Review of Weider's Dynamic Muscle Builder Protein
Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts drink protein powders to increase their protein for muscle building without substantially increasing their caloric and fat intake.
There is a lot of controversy over which type of protein powder is the best for building muscle (see the related article The Best Type of Protein to Build Muscle which reviews some of the research regarding which type of protein is best for building muscle: whey, casein, or soy).
The current article is about the particular brand of protein that I believe is best for building muscle (and I've tried most of them). While I have had good results with several different protein brands my favorite is Dynamic Muscle Builder by Weider. This protein supplement may not be as well known as some of the others and that is why I chose to review it here.
FYI - I get no compensation for promoting this particular protein, so this is an honest review. I decided to write this article because I think this protein powder often gets overlooked in favor of the more popular protein powder brands.
One thing to remember is that the most well known or popular protein may not be the very best for muscle building and the most expensive protein may not be the best either.
Why I like Dynamic Muscle Builder
I first started using Dynamic Muscle Builder by Weider back in 1995, which was when I first started working out and lifting weights. I made really good muscle gains, but didn't really attribute this to the protein powder.
At that time you could still buy Weider products at GNC and so they were easy to obtain, but then GNC stopped carrying Weider products and so I started using a different brand of protein. I was still muscular, but didn't make any more progress than what I'd already made.
For several years I tried various brands of protein powders, including the popular ones (e.g., Muscle Milk, Optimum Whey, EAS, and even GNC protein powder). I still worked out with weights and I was still strong, but not as strong as before.
I thought I was just getting too old to make any more muscle gains.
Recently, I began using Dynamic Muscle Builder again and shortly thereafter I noticed that I seemed a little more muscular (and I wasn't really expecting this) and that I even seemed to feel better too.
About Dynamic Muscle Builder
One thing that is a little different about Dynamic Muscle Builder is that unlike most protein powders that contain only one type of protein (e.g., whey, casein, or soy) Muscle Builder contains all three types of protein (17 g of total protein per serving if mixed with water).
Weider's Muscle Builder also differs from most other protein powders in that it contains more carbohydrates than most of the other powders (22 g mainly from fructose). Now some of you may not want added carbs in your diet, but I believe that having the added carbs may contribute to the increase in muscle mass.
With only 160 calories per serving, you certainly won't get fat on Dynamic Muscle Builder (250 calories if mixed with milk).
In addition, it taste pretty good too. I mix mine with milk, for a total of 25 grams of protein and 34 grams of carbohydrates, and I think it tastes great! It is available in both chocolate and vanilla.
Muscle Builder also contains several B vitamins, vitamin C, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and a few other vitamins and minerals. It also contains the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) L-leucine, L-valine, and L-isoleucine.
What I Don't Like About Dynamic Muscle Builder
There is really only one thing that I don't like about Dynamic Muscle Builder. It does contain aspartame, which I could do without. If not for this, then to me it would be the perfect protein: it tastes good, it works (at least for me), and it is inexpensive as compared to most brand name protein powders. However, with the aspartame it contains, I would recommend going with a different protein powder than this one.
Also, keep in mind that you must also work out and do weights in order to build more muscle. Just drinking Dynamic Muscle Builder in the absence of working out won't build muscle anyway.
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