February 29, 2012
First off, a big thanks to supplementreviews.com and RNG Health for allowing me to sample this product for free.
ProStrength is an all-in-one, ready-to-drink product that is marketed as a collagen-based post-workout recovery supplement. A single serving consists of a 1 oz. shot that contains 15g of hydrolyzed beef collagen protein. Each bottle contains 30 servings. Aside from being consumed post-workout, RNG Health also recommends dosing ProStrength before bed for additional recovery benefits. Personally I only took ProStrength post-workout and I usually consumed closer to 1.5 oz. each dose.
Let’s go ahead and get this category out of the way now. The taste of this stuff is roughly akin to vanilla meat sludge laced with motor oil and rubbing alcohol. It is HARSH. The bottle I received was vanilla flavored and I don’t believe RNG makes this product in any additional flavors. Honestly, it wasn’t so much the initial taste of ProStrength that got me… it was the aftertaste. The product has this awful beefy aftertaste that’s kind of like rotten steak. It’s heinous and I never got used to it. By the end of the bottle I was absolutely dreading each dose. It also doesn’t help that the consistency of ProStrength is very viscous and thick, as it tends to linger in your mouth even after you’ve swallowed.
I can hear all you critics already… “but Cray, who CARES what it tastes like if it WORKS?!!11” Yeah, I get that, and most of the time I’d agree with you. But go buy this stuff. Then call me.
I find this category really hard to rate when it comes to protein powders and supplements. To me, protein is a “passive” supplement. It’s not a pump product or a pre-workout that instantly produces a physical reaction. Nor is it like a PH or a test booster where long term results are usually easily measured. Protein is a dietary staple and is consumed in multiple forms by most of us. Therefore I find it very challenging to attribute anything as being solely the cause of a protein supplement.
Do I feel like ProStrength delivers a solid dose of high quality protein? Absolutely. Do I feel like the product aids in recovery and lean muscle growth? Of course… that is the nature of protein. If you’re a person who puts a lot of weight into “protein quality” and notices significant differences between a product like Isopure and a product like Myofusion, then ProStrength could be a good fit for you. I am personally not one of those people, and I don’t put a ton of stock in the whole “it’s gotta be HYDROLYZED!” mentality. I did not notice a huge jump in recovery speed while on ProStrength, but then again I usually don’t have any issues with DOMS.
I do have to mention the convenience and portability of ProStrength – it can’t be beat. The bottle comes with a 5 oz. mini-bottle that you can carry around with you. You can literally finish the last rep of your workout, grab the bottle from your pocket and consume your post-workout protein. It’s that easy. Personally I’d leave the bottle in my car all week and just swallow a little more than an ounce each day. It can be a little tricky to dose an ounce exactly but I didn’t really worry about that.
A bottle of ProStrength is only available through RNG’s site and it will run you $50. That’s $1.66 per serving, which is simply way too much in my book. Hell, a single serving of ON’s Platinum Hydrowhey is less expensive at $1.45 per serving, and you’re getting a heck of a lot more in each scoop. Granted I am not educated in the particular benefits of beef collagen protein, and it could very well be that hydrolyzed collagen protein is the most efficient and effective form of protein on the market. That being said, the benefits and upsides that I experienced from ProStrength were simply not worth the cost in my book.
Here’s the thing, I think ProStrength could be an amazing product for the right athlete. This stuff screams tri-athlete/cross-fit/marathon runner to me. The convenience factor alone is a much bigger plus for people in these sports, and I can also see how a tri-athlete, for example, would be much more particular about the quality and ingredient profile of every supplement being taken (my boss is an Ironman so I know first-hand how these competitors approach nutrition). For someone like me, a person of moderately above-average fitness with a relatively clean diet, this product isn’t a good fit, plain and simple.
If you’re an elite athlete then ProStrength might warrant more credit than what I’ve awarded in this review. If you fall into this category, if you’re a tri-athlete or runner, or if you’re simply looking for something completely different to experiment with, check out ProStrength. If you’re like me, it’s probably in your best interest to spend your money on other products.
For more detailed info on my experiences with ProStrength, you can check out my log at: http://supplementreviews.com/forum/index.php?topic=17764.0
- Excellent Ingredient Profile
- Very Convenient
- Aids In Recovery
- Aids In Muscle Growth
- Horrific Taste
- Too Expensive
- Depends On Type Of Athlete