Max’s is a name synonymous with the Australian bodybuilding and supplements community. Walk into any supplement store and you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of their logo of a massive, shredded, sunnies wearing bodybuilder. Always at the forefront of the supplement industry, Max’s has produced extremely popular products throughout their 20 plus years in the industry including Max’s SuperShred, Max’s SuperSize and Max’s SuperWhey. Always keeping abreast of the trends in sports nutrition and the sports and training culture, Max’s have decided to release a protein directed at the CrossFit market titled CrossPro. Let’s take a look at what this protein contains and what we can expect from Max’s latest Product.
Max's CrossPro Highlights
- Specially designed recovery protein ideal for CrossFit trainers and those who train at high intensities
- Plenty of carbohydrates, protein and other ingredients to expedite recovery
Max's CrossPro Ingredients & Dosage
CrossPro is Max’s latest creation and is promoted as being their specialised recovery protein aimed at promoting faster recovery and reducing the detrimental effects of muscular damage so that you can increase the frequency at which you can train and your growth potential. This is ideal for CrossFit trainers who tend to have intense training sessions which can break down a lot of muscle. Max’s CrossPro contains a wide range of ingredients including:
- Protein Blend (27g per serve) – Combination of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and hydrolysed whey protein isolate.
- Carbohydrates (45.9g per serve) – A range of carbohydrates including waxy maize, maltodextrin, dextrose, sucrose and fructose.
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
Each 80g serving of Max’s CrossPro contains 27g of protein, 45.9g of carbs and 2.1g of fat for a total of 322 calories.
Max's CrossPro Pros & Effectiveness
An initial quick examination of CrossPro shows it to be a fairly high energy protein powder with a substantial amount of carbohydrates. On the surface, it almost appears to be a slightly lower calorie mass gainer, but with plenty of less commonly used, but interesting ingredients. Macronutrient wise, there’s plenty of protein (27g per serve), essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids to kick-start muscle repair and synthesis1. CrossPro is also chock full of carbohydrates (45.9g per serve) of different glycaemic indexes to ensure sustained insulin release for glycogen resynthesis2 and to slow down the breakdown of protein. It is also relatively low in total and saturated fats.
Like most of Max’s products, CrossPro contains a large range of vitamins and minerals which, ideally is great in helping people meet their recommended daily intakes (RDI), however, only 2 of the vitamins and minerals contribute over 10% of your RDI. The inclusion of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids coming from flaxseed oil is also an excellent inclusion both for general health and as a way to reduce inflammation. However, due to the small amounts per serve, it would still be advisable to invest in a separate omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid supplement.
Cortisol has always been a hormone feared by the bodybuilder due to its generally negative effects on muscle synthesis and the immune system. The inclusion of phosphatidylserine is therefore a useful addition due to its researched ability in reducing cortisol levels in the body3. In addition, the inclusion of L-theanine is able to counteract physical and mental stress4, important to keep the body in an anabolic state.
Difference From the Competition
While there are a few recovery proteins out there, none of them are quite like CrossPro. The prime difference of CrossPro to other post-workout proteins would be their inclusion of an ‘Immune Restore Complex’ consisting of 8 key ingredients. After intense physical exercise, the bodies immune system is often depressed leaving the body susceptible to infections.
Examining these 8 ingredients; zinc has long been associated with benefitting the immune system5. The intense plethora of research on Vitamin D has also shown it to be rather effective as an immune response booster.6 Lactoferrin and lactoperoxidase, both commonly found in milk are both part of our innate immune system and is commonly referred to as being part of our first line of defence against infections.
The use of lactalbumin (another protein commonly found in milk) as well as vitamin B6 are both important in providing the body with plenty of cysteine, either directly through digestion and absorption or via metabolic processes in the body. Cysteine is an amino acid involved in the production of glutathione, a key component of the body’s antioxidant and immune systems. On top of that, lactalbumin has been shown to have bactericidal activity7; that is, it has the ability to kill bacteria. The only real qualm with Maxs CrossPro ‘Immune Restore Complex’ is their inclusion of Vitamin C and immunoglobulins. The small amount of vitamin C coupled with the lack of research for oral immunoglobulin effectiveness is not enough to justify its inclusion in the product.
Of Particular Interest
An interesting ingredient in Max’s CrossPro is Grape Seed Extract. With a high concentration of Vitamin E, flavonoids, polyphenols and linoleic acid, it has been subject to intense research the last couple of years due to its strong antioxidant activity and potential. Furthermore, one in-vitro study was able to show that grape seed extract was able to show aromatase inhibitory activity8. For those who are unaware, aromatase inhibitors are commonly used by persons wanting to reduce the transformation of testosterone into estradiol, thus preserving their testosterone levels.
Max's CrossPro Cons
Although magnesium has been shown in some earlier studies9 to reduce the level of cortisol in the body, the extremely small amount of magnesium per serve and the fact that it’s in the comparatively less bioavailable form of magnesium oxide makes it an interesting ingredient to be promoting.
Max's CrossPro Taste & Mixability
Max’s CrossPro is available in two flavours; Banana and Chocolate. Both are excellent tasting, but the banana flavour is perhaps the better of the two. However, if you were to buy the large size, you can try both with the availability of a twin pack option, ideal for those who like to have a little variety. CrossPro is easy to mix without any residue or grittiness and has a moderately sweet taste with a slightly thicker than flavoured milk consistency. Max’s are well known for their great tasting proteins and CrossPro continues this tradition.
Max's CrossPro Verdict
Max’s CrossPro is a highly regarded post-workout protein for those trainers training at a high intensity or frequency and wanting to boost their ability to recover and to pack on some considerable muscle mass. Designed for CrossFit trainers, this protein is one of the best around to boost the immune system and help you recuperate fast enough so you are ready to get back to the gym or your workouts the very next day. To make the most out of this product, aim at consuming at least 2 serves per day on top of your current diet.
1. See Article on Protein - http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/how-much-protein-per-day
2. See Article on Carbohydrates - http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/advanced-carbohydrates
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5. Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T, Vollmer TL. ‘The dynamic link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status.’ J Nutr. 2000 May;130(5S Suppl):1399S-406S.
6. L. McMahon, K. Schwartz, O. Yilmaz, E. Brown, L. K. Ryan, and G. Diamond, 2011. Vitamin D-mediated induction of innate immunity in gingival epithelial cells. Infect. Immun. 79: 2250-2256.
7. Barbana C, Sánchez L, Pérez MD. ‘Bioactivity of α-lactalbumin related to its interaction with fatty acids: a review.’ Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2011 Sep;51(8):783-94. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2010.481368.
8. Ikuko Kijima, et al. (June 2006). "Grape Seed Extract Is an Aromatase Inhibitor and a Suppressor of Aromatase Expression". Cancer res. 66 (11): 5960–5967.
9. Golf SW, Happel O, Graef V, Seim KE. ‘Plasma aldosterone, cortisol and electrolyte concentrations in physical exercise after magnesium supplementation.’ J Clin Chem Clin Biochem. 1984 Nov;22(11):717-21.