The best protein to get ready for the beach
Being in shape is key for beach volleyball. Good nutrition is key for being in shape. But what is good nutrition?
If you’ve checked out our recent post on the best nutrition blogs for beach volleyball, I don’t need to tell you that one nutrition component is huge – protein. To achieve the best fitness level possible and strengthen your muscles, you need the right amount and type of protein. As you have probably read, whey protein plays a vital role in ensuring protein supply. Perhaps you don’t wanna hear it but if you are not using whey protein, that’s kind of stupid. And that’s where the problems start. Why?
Supplement companies provide so many options for whey protein, selecting the right one for you can be confusing. That’s why we did some groundwork. And here is what we found:
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard
Optimum Nutrition (ON) is an Illinois-based sports supplement firm. They are an autonomous division within Glanbia, an Irish global nutrition group. Over the years they have proved to be a reliable, high-quality supplier of whey protein. Their gold standard product provides 24 grams of all-whey protein per serving and 5.5 grams of amino acids (BCAAs) which are the building blocks of your muscles. So why should you have it?
There are quite some whey proteins out there that taste…horrible! Of course taste is always subjective. By the way, we liked vanilla a lot… But ON offers more than 20 flavors to choose from. So just start with vanilla and if that’s not yours, there are plenty more options. And you don’t have to buy the big boxes. ON comes in four different sizes: 1, 2, 5 and 10-pound. So no need to buy some 10-pound box and then throw it away if you don’t like the taste. But we are sure you will like most of their flavors.
ON gold standard is instantized and mixes well. For good results, pour the milk first and put the powder on top before mixing. If you buy the big sizes (e.g. 5 or 10 pound), shake vigorously because the powder may have been compressed for volume reasons.
For building muscle and losing weight, ON is great. With 80% of protein and 24 grams of protein per scoop, it is really high in protein. If you check out the nutrition values (see below), you will find that it is also extremely low in carbs. That helps to lose weight and become lean.
So no downsides?
Well, ON gold standard is not exactly cheap. But we still think it is great value-for-money. Some folks are struggling with digestion when it comes to whey protein. That can often be due to mixing it with milk. If you have problems digesting, try it with water instead or a mix of water and milk. And mix well.
Ah…And if you are avoiding animal products, there is also a vegan version 😊
So are you ready to start improving your nutrition regime today? Check out ON gold standard whey protein and let us how it works in the comment section below!