CytoSport CytoGainer

When I first started working out, I was very much against the notion of most fitness products. “They taste bad and are awful,” I would insist, having tried a few too many health bars that tasted like potpourri and bark.

As my workouts started getting more intense, and my trainers started encouraging me to find a protein shake to help with workouts, I started exploring my options/ I wanted something that would deliver great results while also tasting great. Yes, I wanted it all.

I was willing to sacrifice some of the over-the-top fitness things for flavor — typically the things that some He-man usually yells about in those Fitness commercials — which opened up my options a little bit.

I’ll save you the harrowing flashback montage narrative, but I slogged through forums looking for firsthand recommendations and reviews. I hunted, and I searched, and I eventually decided to go with CytoSport CytoGainer in Chocolate Malt.

The reviews were all consistently good, and heralded this as soemthing that tasted like chocolate cake. Which I can totally vouch for — I’m a huge fan of these shakes, especially when made with coconut milk. Rich, creamy, and actually kind of delicious. Just make sure you have a protein shaker bottle, and you’ll be good to go.

Shake, shake, shake yourself to fitness.

This product is built for people looking to gain muscle, and is specially formulated as a pre- and post-workout supplement. 2 servings have 54g of protein, 560 calories, 74 grams of carbs, and 3g of creatine. There are also a whole lot of amino acids in that that I have no technical knowledge about (what up honesty!) but the you can find more info on that over at the CytoSport site.

I used this all through my 30 Days of Fitness and I put on muscle at a really quick rate. In general, I do put on muscle rather quickly, but I genuinely felt like I was more toned and built than I normally would be. I also definitely felt a boost from the creatine during my workouts, and my muscles didn’t ache as much as they did when I was working out without this shake.

I’m no fitness instructor, but I am a newbie looking to ease my way into things, and I think this is a great mix. Look into it more for yourself, and buy yours on — about $40 for a 6lb container.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.