ATH Sports Nutrition Review
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31 Muscle Recovery Drink
For this review, I tried the ATH
Sports Nutrition 31 Muscle Recovery Drink. I didn’t know much about the company so I dug around their page and checked out their bio, which you can read HERE
. Good company with zero negative comments about their service or owner. They seem to be heading in a great direction and already have UFC fighters on their team promoting their products. ON TO THE SHOW!!!!
First lets talk about flavors. At the time of this review they had Banana, Coconut, and the ever so popular Chocolate. If you’ve ever tried a supplement shake that’s flavored, usually they taste terrible and you have to add them to milk to get any kind of desired taste.
As of now they only offer the recovery formula in All Natural Cocoa, which tastes amazing by the way.
That is not the case with these. While I found the coconut to be a little too sweet for my liking, the banana and chocolate were pretty spot on as far as taste was concerned. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the coconut drink had a bad taste but it was sweet. If I were craving something sweet after a workout I would definitely choose the coconut as my recovery drink.
Also a lot of shakes leave an odd after taste, sometimes gritty and leave you feeling bloated, but once again this was not the case with the ATH 31 Muscle Recovery Drink. All I got was the natural flavor of the drink with no grit or funky textures to leave my mouth feeling gnarly or an extended belly.
This drink as also SUPER EASY to mix, I used a spoon and water. No fancy shaker cup needed for this powder. Blended so easy a caveman could do it.
Second thing to write about has to be ingredients and nutritional facts;
340 calories per serving. 27g of sugar? Usually for most protein powders that people use for recovery (with the exception of Muscle Milk which actually comes in higher on the calorie count at 350 and 6g of sugar) is around the 120-220 calorie range and 3g of sugar for 1-2 scoops. That’s a pretty significant jump. Here is their reasoning behind it
The “sugar” inside Recovery is a high quality carbohydrate called Dextrose specifically added to improve effectiveness of the shake. IT IS NOT TABLE SUGAR. Dextrose has the same molecular structure as blood glucose and is used to spike your insulin after training to drive amino acid and nutrients to your muscles while restoring your muscle glycogen and preventing muscle breakdown. We have used both high quality Maltodextrin and Dextrose to provide optimum glycogen replenishing rates.
I’m not going to pretend like I know what they’re talking about. I did do a bit of research though and everything I came across said the exact same thing.
Ingredient wise they explain it in a way that someone like myself who doesn’t know a lot about recovery drinks can understand
We combined fast-acting Whey Protein with slow absorbing Micellar Casein and L-Glutamine, coupled with high quality carbohydrates Maltodextrin and Dextrose to drive amino acids and nutrients to your muscles. Each protein source within Recovery provides naturally occurring Branch Chain Amino Acids – Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine, to increase protein synthesis, prevent muscle damage, and help muscles recover.
In addition to our macronutrients, we have included five electrolytes for improved rehydration and two critical antioxidants, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Vitamin E and Vitamin C are important vitamins included to combat the free radicals created in intense training sessions and help prevent overtraining effects.
We chose to use Citrate versions of Electrolytes: Magnesium and Calcium for their superior digestive qualities. These two electrolytes play crucial roles in cell communication and preventing muscle cramping since many athletes are deficient in Magnesium and Calcium.
The protein we use is 100% natural and is derived from free grazing grass fed cows and manufactured right in the USA. These cows are never fed grain or corn and are free to graze in pastures. In addition, they are never fed growth hormones such as rGBH. It costs a little bit more to source but we believe you can taste and feel the difference.
All products are naturally flavored using real fruit shavings making our drinks the best tasting sports drinks on the market. These flavors are vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and 100% all natural.
That sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and 100% all natural? You can’t get much better than that. What’s the catch you say? How much is this product you say?
At this point in time on Sunday February 3rd 2013 the price is as follows
- 20 single serve pouches of Banana – $44.95 w/o shipping
- 6lb Bucket or Food Grade Bag – $49.99 w/o shipping
Seems a bit steep but when you factor in the quality of the protein, mixed with everything else they have thrown in there, could it be worth it?
The main question that will tell you is it worth it….How did it make me feel after a workout? Well I could give you a one word answer but what fun would that be?
I purposely waited almost a week after receiving the products to test them out because I knew that I had some grueling work outs coming up to get ready for the IBJJF Houston Open.
With that being said, the first night I used it I could barely walk through the door after class…it was that intense. Usually, our classes are great but that night the instructor worked our asses off. I immediately grabbed the package, made a drink, slammed it down and headed for the shower and out to bed.
The next morning…nothing. Not a single ounce of soreness from any of my muscles. For the most part, something on my body is always sore. Thighs, forearms, quads….something. This particular morning though…nothing. So, I followed up my usual training day and that night with another drink. The same thing the next morning. No soreness. Repeated the next day. Same results.
You can purchase ATH Sports Nutrition 31 Muscle Recovery here…
The night I didn’t take the drink….the next morning I was, in fact, sore. So, as the saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding”. Well, I like that pudding…and I think I’ll have me some more.
ATH Sports Nutrition Review