Review written by Robyn Williams.
I first used Cytomax when I was a swimmer at school. Back in the day swimmers didn’t use many nutrition products. I think I drank Oros when I trained (soft stuff like this was probably frowned upon by my hardcore Hungarian coach) and only used a carbohydrate drink during competitions. So my big tub of orange flavoured Cytomax lasted me forever and a day. It was the herbal lift version, meaning that it had some caffeine in it and I really felt that it gave me a boost on competition days.
So I was super keen to test the Pomegranate Berry flavour, and although I believe that the composition has changed since when I last used it, I still found it to be a fantastic product.
The Pomegranate Berry flavour is not overly sweet and was easy and pleasant to drink. Other flavours include: Cool Citrus, Grape, Tangy Orange and Tropical Fruit.
A serving of Cytomax provides 22g of carbs (maltodextrin, crystalline fructose, dextrose, alpha-L-Polylactate) per 16oz of drink (that’s 473ml for those of us who don’t speak American). It also provides all the necessary electrolytes to replace those you lose in sweat.
Despite the fact that it takes some maths to figure out how many scoops you need to use in your 750ml bottle, the one great thing about it being an American product is that it is certified to be free of banned substances! This is something that I am always quite aware of and worried about. South Africa does not require that sports nutrition is tested. A product that you use may not list a banned substance, but it may end up contaminated in the factory in which it is produced. “The supplement industry is fraught with poor and/or inaccurate labelling, contamination and irresponsible marketing which leaves consumers in a highly vulnerable position.” (ADSA, 2010). There is possibly only a small probability of this happening, but it is definitely something to be aware of. Cytomax products are tested for athletic banned substances in compliance with the NSF International Certified for Sport® program.
I found that I never experienced a “bonk” while using Cytomax as I SHOULD. Of course, I’m not always good about taking in as many calories as I should, especially when it’s cold and I haven’t packed any food for a long ride. My bad.
I had always seen top athletes tweeting about MuscleMilk and was super keen to try it. Turns out it’s as good as they make out. I always used 1 scoop of powder (half a serving) which provides 150 calories, 16g protein, 9g carbohydrates and many vitamins and minerals.
After using this product for a while I have to say that I found the name MuscleMilk very apt. It definitely felt as though it fed my muscles post workout and helped me to recover. Plus it’s an absolute pleasure to drink; I think I’d rank it as the best tasting protein powder I’ve ever tried.
I really like the fact that it is designed to be mixed with water. I find that some protein powders taste awful when mixed with water, but not MuscleMilk. It also makes it super easy to mix on the go. I’d often put a scoop into a shaker and then just mix it straight after a workout.
I didn’t ever feel guilty about using it (although it tastes so good that you need to be careful about consuming too much). I’d often have a serving straight after a swim set if I knew that I wouldn’t be seeing food for a while. It made for a high quality protein snack that aided recovery. Winning.
I tried the Chocolate flavour which I absolutely loved. It also comes in Cookies ‘n’ Creme and Strawberries ‘n’ Crème.
Ease of use: 10/10
I was seriously bleak after knocking out the last bit of powder from the bottom of the tub!
Cytomax and MuscleMilk can be found at your local Dischem