Post-workout supplementation is crucial. If you train hard, push yourself to the limit, you will deplete your resources (I.e., water, amino acids & other essential nutrients) that your body needs to recover.
Therefore, this will inhibit your body from rebuilding muscle, recovery will be prolonged, and you’ll be dehydrated, along with many other negative side affects. In simpler terms, it will be very hard to make gains.
Taking a post-workout supplement has enormous benefits. Some of which include increased muscle recovery, endurance, reduce soreness, dehydration & muscle tissue breakdown.
It also can increase stored energy, and increase protein production, which is important when combining with a protein powder post workout to allow the body to utilize protein and build the maximum amount of muscle possible (i.e., maximum amount of gains).
In healthy adults there is little to no chance of any adverse physical reactions to post-workout supplementation. Proven by countless research, many of these top ingredients are already required by the body for recovery and growth.
Check the list below to see the Top 10 post workout supplements on the market for 2018 (ranked lowest to best – scroll to the bottom to see the #1).
- Muscle Tech – Amino Build Next Gen
Coming in at #10 Amino Build is a great option if you’re on a budget, it contains all the necessary BCAA’s, Glutamine, and more. It will help with muscle recovery and growth.
However, the formula doesn’t contain any form of Creatine and is fairly under-dosed; with this you are largely losing out. However, overall this supplement isn’t a bad idea and there are surely worse out there!
Hightlights for Muscle Tech – Amino Build Next Gen
- Promotes Muscle Recovery
- Reduces Muscle Soreness
- Great Pricing
- BCAA (2:1:1)
- Betaine Anhydrous – 1.25mg
- Contains Caffeine – 50mg
- EVL Nutrition – Re BLD
Combined with Creatine, Glutamine and BCAA’s, Re BLD is attempting to give you an all-in-one formula. The downside to this product is BCAA complex is in a proprietary blend, and it is slightly under-dosed. Overall, if you want to continue to have good workouts, RE BLD is good choice.
Highlights for EVL Nutrition – Re BLD
- Reduces Muscle soreness
- Creatine Monohydrate – 3g
- Creatine HCI – 750mg
- Glutamine – 2g
- Increased Endurance
- MHP Dark Matter
Dark Matter is unlike most post-workout supplements; when formulating Dark Matter MHP focused on stimulating protein synthesis and glycogen replacement to the body in the quickest way possible.
Dark Matter attempts to put the body into recovery mode as quickly as possible. It contains amino acids, creatine, and much more. Overall Dark Matter is a good post-workout supplement choice that will do the job for you but the price point is steep and for the same cost or cheaper there are better options out there.
Highlights for MHP – Dark Matter
- Spikes Insulin levels
- Stimulates Protein Synthesis
- Glycogen Replacement
- Rapid protein synthesis
- Reduces muscle soreness
- Helps Increase Muscle Growth
- Do Vitamins – PostPump
PostPump by Do Vitamins is a no-proprietary blend formula that contains all the essential ingredients for a good post-workout supplement. PostPump contains BCAA’s, Creatine Monohydrate, and L-Carnitine/L-Tartrate. It’s unflavoured and unsweetened, with no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavours or fillers.
This is great if your looking for an unflavoured post-workout to mix with you protein shake; however, not if you want some taste! The downside to this product is the under-dose of ingredients. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a decent unflavoured formula at average price PostPump is a good choice.
Highlights for Do Vitamins – PostPump
- Unflavoured & unsweetened
- No Artificial Sweeteners, colors, flavours or fillers.
- Creatine Monohydrate – 3g
- Betaine Anhydrous – 1.25g
- L-Carnitine / L-Tartrate – 500mg
- BCAA’s – 3g
- Cellucor – Alpha Amino
Cellucor has been around for a while and is well known in the supplement industry for producing great, trustworthy products. Alpha Amino is another one on that list.
This post-workout drink is packed with amino acids and electrolytes to keep hydrated and to refuel your body after a hard workout.
Alpha Amino contains 14 amino acids of which 11 are in an “Essential Performance Amino Acid Complex” and a hydration blend that contains Betaine, Coconut water, and more.
One unfortunate thing about Alpha Amino is the proprietary blends; because of this we are unaware of the amount of essential ingredients we are getting in the product, pushing it to #6. However, Alpha Amino is still a good option for a post-workout supplement and has a great price point!
Highlights for Alpha Amino
- BCAA 2:1:1 Ratio – 5g
- 14 Amino Acids – 3.75g (Performance Complex)
- Supports muscle maintenance & recovery
- Free-form Amino Acids
- Hydration Blend
- Great Price Point
- Muscle Tech – Cell-Tech Hyper-Build
Earning another spot on our list, Muscle Tech really improved their post-workout game by introducing Hyper-Build as their “5-in-1 post-workout creatine & BCAA formula”.
With a completely transparent label, Hyper-Build contains the essential BCAA’s, Creatine Monohydrate & HCL, Amino Acid Matrix, support blend, and an Electrolyte Blend.
Hyper-Tech is a good formula, priced fairly, and available in three flavours. But it is not clinically dosed; see our #1 pick for that!
Highlights for Muscle Tech – Cell-Tech Hyper-Build
- 5-in-1 Post-Workout Formula
- Creatine Monohydrate/HCL – 4g/1g
- Leucine – 4g
- Added Electrolytes
- Supports Increases in Muscle Size & Strength
- Faster ATP Synthesis for better Recovery
- SciVation – Xtend Perform
Xtend Perform by SciVation is well known as an intra-workout drink but can be also used for post-workout. After recently formulation their famous Xtend, SciVation took their Xtend Perform formula to the next level.
Xtend Perform has two proprietary blends ‘PEAK02 Performance Blend’ & ‘Electrolyte Blend’. Other than this, Xtend Perform is a completely transparent label, available in 13 flavours (& unflavoured) at a great price; Xtend Perform is not only a good option as an intra-workout but also a post-workout supplement. U
nfortunately Xtend Perform falls to #4 because it contains zero creatine and a two proprietary blends.
Highlights for SciVation – Xtend Perform
- BCAA’s 2:1:1 Ratio – 7g
- PEAK02 Blend – 2g
- Supports Muscle Growth & Peak Strength
- Replenishes Electrolytes
- Helps Increase Fat Burning
- Helps to Speed Recovery Time
Welcome to the top 3 Post Workout Supplements
- BSN – R3Build Edge
Making the cut at #3 is R3Build Edge by BSN. At 19-grams a scoop, R3Build contains the essential BCAA’s, Glutamine, multiple forms of Creatine, and more. R3Build is a “3-in-1 recovery stack in a bottle”, to help kick start your post-workout recovery.
Available in 5 different flavours at average price, R3Build will certainly help with recovery and growth.
Unfortunately R3Build has multiple proprietary blends and that we don’t want. But if you’re looking for a good post-workout supplement to help with recovery, R3Build Edge is a great option!
Highlights for BSN – R3Build Edge
- 3-in-1 Recovery Stack
- Glutamine – 5g
- BCAA’s – 4g (Blend)
- Creatine – 5.5g (Blend)
- Help with Muscle Recovery & Growth
- Fair Price Point
- JYM – Post JYM
#2 on our list is Post JYM by JYM. With zero-proprietary blends, and fair ingredient doses, Post JYM is one of the top post-workout supplements on the market. Its 20-grams serving size contains all the essential BCAA’s, Glutamine, Beta-Alanine, Betaine, and more. It’s available in 2 flavours.
As you read this you’re probably curious as to why it’s not labelled as #1? It falls short because each ingredient is not clinically dosed like our #1 pick, and it does not contain the optimal form of creatine – creating Monohydrate.
With that being said, Post Jym is a great secondary option as a post workout supplement to get the most out of your workout.
Highlights for JYM – Post JYM
- Support Recovery & Growth & Endurance
- BCAA’s 3:1:1 Ratio – 6g
- Glutamine – 3g
- Creatine HCL – 2g
- Beta-Alanine – 2g
- Betaine – 1.5g
#1 JACKED FACTORY – POWERBUILD – TOP POST WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT FOR 2017
Jacked Factory has really changed the post workout game with their clinically dosed post-workout supplement POWERBUILD.
It is totally transparent with a non-proprietary blend label. Because of the clinical dosed ingredients, you can expect nothing but great results from this product.
In POWERBUILD, unlike most post-workout supplements you get value for what you pay. It is a true game-changer in the post-workout supplement market.
Highlights for Jacked Factory – POWERBUILD
- Clinically Dosed Ingredients
- Promotes Increased Lean Muscle & Strength
- Promotes Muscle Recovery
- Creatine Monohydrate – 3g / Beta-Alanine – 2g
- No Artificial Food Dyes or Sweeteners
- Naturally Sweetened & Flavoured
- Manufactured in the USA in a cGMP & NSF Certified Facility
- 100% Money-Back Guarantee
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