MusclePharm’s decision to partner with legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger makes their new line of supplements; titled the Arnold Series or the Iron Series, one of the most exciting releases of 2013. With 7 products to be initially released, one of these supplements will be Iron Whey, their all purpose blended whey protein.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Highlights
- 100% Whey Protein with Whey Protein Concentrate, Isolate and Hydrolysate
- Fast Absorbing Protein to Kick Start Muscle Recovery & Growth
- Added Amino Acids
- Lactase Enzyme to Assist with Digestion.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Ingredients & Dosage
Musclepharm’s Arnold Series Iron Whey is a very simple blended whey protein featuring 100% whey proteins. Iron Whey contains:
- Protein Matrix – Consisting of whey protein concentrate, isolate and hydrolysate.
- Amino Matrix – Containing L-Glycine, L-Taurine, Branched Chain Amino Acids & L-Glutamine.
- Glucose Polymers
- Lactase Enzyme
The rest of the ingredients are used primarily to assist with mixing, taste texture and shelf life. Iron Whey is available in two sizes; 2lbs (909g) or 5lbs (2.2kg) containing 28 to 70 servings respectively of 32.4g each. Each serving contains 120 calories with 22g protein, 6g carbs and 1g fat.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Pros & Effectiveness
Iron Whey is an extremely fast absorbing whey protein thanks to the formulation being predominantly whey protein. This helps to give your body a quick boost in protein and amino acid delivery right after exercise to help kick start anabolic muscle building processes. The addition of various amino acids is also helpful in assisting with recovery and growth. Including the digestive enzyme lactase is helpful for trainers who are lactose intolerant; however, there will be quite low lactose levels anyway due to the highly purified forms of whey protein used.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Cons
The issue with blended 100% whey proteins such as MusclePharm's Arnold Iron Whey is its unsuitability with novice or beginning trainers or those who don’t have their diets in check. The speed at which blended whey proteins are absorbed are great at providing a quick influx of proteins to kick start the muscle building process. However, if no other protein sources are provided for a couple of hours, this tends to slow down and even halt muscle protein synthesis. Protein blends consisting of whey protein, casein and other protein sources are considered more ideal to support prolonged muscle protein synthesis; especially in the absence of an appropriate diet that provides adequate and timed protein intake.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Taste & Mixability
The Arnold Series Iron Whey is currently only available in 2 flavours; Vanilla and Chocolate. It tastes remarkably similar to MusclePharm Combat, which is great as Combat is one of the best tasting blended whey proteins on the market. Iron Whey is one of the best mixing proteins around and is devoid of residue, frothing or clumping.
MusclePharm Arnold Series Iron Whey Verdict
The Arnold Series Iron Whey appears to be a fairly standard blended whey protein, no gimmicks, no fancy ingredients, just pure 100% effective whey protein. It’s refreshing to see a simple, tasty yet practical supplement that works and one that is just as functional as Arnie himself.