You know those shops where you see something in the window then walk in and see a million other things that you want, like an Aladdin’s cave? Well MyProtein is a bit like that but online. Which makes it even more dangerous because you can shop in your pyjamas.
When I was offered some products to review I was spoilt for choice but this is what I went for:
2) Energels (tropical flavour)
3) Capri leggings (not on the site anymore but these are pretty similar)
5) Slim shaker
My top pick has got to be the protein and not just because it’s cookies ‘n’ cream flavour (my favourite ice cream). It’s perfect for a high-protein breakfast which is when I tend to mostly use protein powders, especially if I want a light breakfast that I can train on soon after.
My go-to breakfast is a protein smoothie made with 1/2 banana, handful frozen berries, 2 tsp ground flaxeed, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 scoop protein powder, ice and almond milk.
The powder contains green tea extract, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Essential Fatty Acids as well as instant oats to give you a low-GI boost of carbohydrates. For someone who’s looking to lean out rather than build serious bulk this is a great protein because the Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) helps the body to utilise fat for energy while the green tea extract gives you a boost of caffeine and feel-good energy. Plus, it tastes really very nice which helps.
I used the Energels during my triathlon training and the event itself and they did a great job at just keeping my legs moving when normally they would have given up. The flavour is ok and would be better if they were cold but an hour into a race that’s not going to happen. The carbohydrates in the gels replace all of the glycogen in your muscles that are used up during exercise, allowing you to keep going. They also contain electrolytes, a vital component for those long events. I picked the ones without caffeine because I’ve heard way too many bad stories about what happens if you take too many caffeine gels….
The shaker is a perfect size for drinking BCAAs during my workouts to make sure that my muscles don’t break down when I’m going hard and the barrel bag is a great size to chuck all of my training gear in to take to client sessions. The only thing I’d say about the bag is that the zip is a little bit dodgy and doesn’t always close properly!
And so, onto the leggings. This is a tricky one because they’re probably the most flattering leggings I’ve ever put on. The grey colour and soft fabric is good at accentuating every muscle and curve which led to some interesting and unwelcome comments in the supermarket.
That said, my problem with the leggings is that not only are they a bit see-through but if you’re in the middle of a serious sweat session, everyone is going to know about it. After a hiit session, teaching a class and then a heavy leg session the sweat was showing in all of the areas you don’t want it to. Crotch, knees and bum. Yep, not cool.
Overall I’d say that MyProtein is really excellent for supplements and nutrition but I’m not completely convinced by some of their other products. Try them out for yourself and let me know how you get on!
PS. if you’re in the US try this link for specific USD prices and products: us.myprotein.com
Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review for free but all opinions are my own as always!