Effectivness: (4.75 / 5) Taste: (4 / 5) User Reviews: (4.75 / 5) Value: (4 / 5) Overall Rating: (4.75 / 5)
What is Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Gainer & Does It Work?
Pro Complex By Optimum Nutrition is quite simply one of the top weight gainer supplements on the market in 2014. Pro Complex prides itself on being a high protein, lean gainer meaning it is perfect for hard gainers and/or those that are looking to bulk. Pro Complex stands out from its competitors because ON doesn’t BS you by loading up on fat and sugar like other inferior gainers. From the outset, you know that ON has thought carefully about the ingredients they put into this product. Its superior profile includes premium protein sources, the main ones being whey isolate, concentrate, casein, and egg albumen. In addition to the 60g of protein per serving, Pro Complex is also loaded with BCAAs, digestive enzymes, vitamins, and glutamine and precursors (see below for specifics). Pro Complex is on the low side in terms of overall calories per serving (650), but its effectiveness is undeniable. Realistically, you can probably expect about 5-7.5 lbs of weight gain off of a 10-lbs bag of Pro Complex, though of course your results are going to vary.
Taste & Mixability
As with all other ON products, Pro Complex is above average in the taste department. Unlike ON Gold Standard Whey, which comes in 16 different flavors, Pro Complex is available in only 5 flavors: Rich Milk Chocolate, Creamy Vanilla, Banana Cream, Rocky Road, and Strawberry Swirl. As with other ON products, we recommend you stick with the chocolate flavors as they are the most consistent. Pro Complex mixes pretty well, so you should have no issues there. A blender is probably ideal though considering the big scoop size.
The nutritional make up of this gainer is at the top of it’s class. If you’re looking to gain without putting on as much fat this protein is for you. I took 2 1/2 shakes a day (1/2-Morning,1-Post workout, 1-Before Bed)for 3 months and packed on 23 pounds. Out of that 23 pounds 19 pounds were muscle weight. If you’re looking to gain weight quickly you will have to put on some fat pounds, but as you can see the muscle gained to fat ratio is great! I can assure you that 99% of gainers out there will have a lower muscle to fat ratio than I mentioned above. I also noticed that my recovery was a lot quicker while taking this protein. It’s one of the few proteins that was great tasting (double chocolate) and didn’t really clump. -M.F. Arguelles
I’m sure this is some of the best gainer out there, but it’s not the best tasting shake. Love the taste of Syntha-6 chocolate milkshake, it taste just like the name. The ON Pro Complex double chocolate taste like old expired chocolate and horses hay. It’s got a weird flat taste, not a rich chocolate taste. It’s not so bad that I can’t drink it, it’s just not delicious like other shakes. GREAT GAINER but not so GREAT TASTE. -Michael Scott
- Protein (60g): quality protein blend composed of whey isolates, whey concentrates, calcium caseinate, egg albumen, hydrolyzed whey, and glutamine peptides. This premium protein mix is probably our #1 reason why this is the top gainer.
- Carbs (85g): carb source mainly from maltodextrin
- Fat (8g): Pro Complex Gainer is truly a lean gainer in that it contains much less fat per serving than other weight gainers. With only 8g of fat (4g saturated), you’ll put on lean mass without the unwanted fat.
- BCAAs: triggers protein synthesis, inhibits breakdown of muscles, and helps for lean mass gains
- Glutamine: prevents muscle loss and helps in recovery
When we evaluate a workout supplement’s value, our main considerations are (1) how it is priced relative to other comparable products, and (2) what it delivers relative to other comparable products. With regard to its price, ON Pro Complex is definitely on the higher end of weight gainer supplements. However, it is also one of the most complete weight gainers on the market. On balance, we think it more than delivers on its price. In the end, if you are seeking results, spending slightly more on a far superior product is going to be worth it. That being said, we think Pro Complex provides excellent value as a premium weight gainer.
Where Should I Buy ON Pro Complex?
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If quality is your main concern, you are not going to find many better than Pro Complex. Yes, you may have to fork over a little more dough, but it’ll more than pay for itself through the lean mass gains you’ll achieve. We have no qualms about naming Pro Complex Gainer our best weight gainer protein in 2014, and we’re sure you’ll agree after giving it a shot.
IT’S YOUR TURN! Do you use Pro Complex Gainer? What are your thoughts on it? Tell us in the comments below!