Finding the right protein supplement is definitely hard with so many different products out there that claim to be the most effective and best product for you with an ingredient list that seems to go on and on. What if you just wanted to only add some more protein to your body? Well, you don’t have to worry about that any longer with Cellucor’s COR-Performance Whey!
COR-Performance Whey is a great product that is actually very healthy! This product would be ranked much higher if it contained added BCAAs in its formula. BCAAs are very important in a protein powder, but outside of not containing BCAAs, this is a great product.[amazon box=”B011DDC3IE”]
COR-Performance Whey contains the standard 25 grams of protein in every serving, but has only 130 calories in every serving.
This is fantastic compared to many other products. With only 1.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of carbs per serving, this product has a lot of potential.
Each serving contains a fairly low cholesterol level at 35 mg, but the sodium level is rather high at 160 mg. Overall it is a remarkably healthy nutrition panel.
The protein blend (which remember, is extremely important) is pretty solid. Not the best, but still pretty solid. It consists of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey peptides. The shorter the list of ingredients in the blend, the better. This blend is pretty good, but it only contains one really pure form of protein (whey protein isolate).
However, there’s one major problem with this product (I touched on it a little bit in the introduction). It doesn’t contain any added BCAAs. Branch Chain Amino Acids are a huge part of muscle growth and recovery and this product does not have enough. Though this is my only concern, it is a large one. If this product had a decent amount of BCAAs, it would be ranked much higher than #6.
Definitely one of the best protein’s I’ve ever tried, and I used to work at GNC, so I’ve tried almost every brand available in GNC’s as well as about a dozen other brands not available in GNC.
The ingredient profile is great for anyone looking for a standard protein powder. It’s a combo of whey isolate and concentrate, so probably not the best choice for those of you who are lactose intolerant or sensitive. Otherwise, it fits in any (non-vegan) diet, as a low calorie (less than 150 kcal/serving), high protein supplement (25g/scoop) It’s pretty standard for most isolate-first protein powders,the label is eerily similar to the likes of gold standard, animal whey, and iso flex, as well as others. Where it lacks is in protein source diversity; it’s a whey only protein powder, so you’re not getting the slower digesting caseins, or egg albumins. It also lacks hydrolyzed whey, which could be a problem if you’re looking for something that will digest immediately. (I personally am skeptical of the differences/advantages of slower protein absorption rates, but believe whatever you want) It’s also got Ace-K and sucralose, so if you’re looking for a more naturally sweetened powder, you might want to go for something else. (i Can’t recommend any specific other brands here, I don’t really look for naturally sweetened powders.) Finally, it includes digestive enzymes, which a lot of the other popular proteins (looking at you, Combat) tend to leave out, so even if you’re sensitive to lactose, the ‘bubble guts’ should be more subdued if not completely eliminated.
The taste/texture are truly amazing, it’s a little thicker than most other isolate-first protein powders, but that helps it in the taste. To avoid it, you could always add 1-2 more ounces of water, but that might detract from it’s taste. I’ve tried most of the flavors and here are my rankings: 1) Chocolate- probably my favorite chocolate on the market, it’s creamy and rich, but goes down fast if you need to pound it right away 2) Cinnamon Bun- definitely one of the more subtle cinnamon esque proteins i’ve tried. not the best cinnamon flavored protein out there, but the texture is good, and flavor is good as well 3) Peanut Butter Marshmallow- This one started out as my favorite, since it’s definitely a different experience, but it loses it’s novelty after awhile and is definitely heavier on the peanut butter side 4) Cookie Dough-Not great. Pretty bland aside from the chocolate chip bits, and doesn’t mix as well as the others. 5) Vanilla-Like most other vanillas this one is bland and boring. Texture is still good, but I definitely would say that this is the worst of the bunch. Altogether, I found that it was better in water, than in milk, which I feel is the case for most protein powders. But the flavors (generally) retain their value whatever the solute. Effectiveness Protein powders are hard to judge the effectiveness on, since your overall diet can mask the effects of a protein power supplement. If the rest of your diet is trash, the powder won’t do much. However, while I was using Cor-Performance Whey, I was able to meet my protein goals (about 1-1.25 g/lb of bodyweight/day) on a calorie restricted diet (~85% of TDEE) , which allowed me to lose body fat and continually add strength. I was in the gym 5-6 days a week, doing heavy, low rep compound movements during the several months while using cor performance whey. Once again, I was able to meet my strength gain goals while losing ~20 lbs (went from about 22-25% bf, 195 lbs to about 17-18% bf, 175 lbs in the course of 7 months) Ultimately, this could have been affected by many factors, but this protein was a staple of my diet for the large majority of this time.
At roughly $25-30 for 2 lbs almost everywhere, it’s right about what one would pay for similar name brands like Gold Standard, or ISO100. So not a bargain, but also not overpriced, like some brands. Sometimes you can find deals for B2G1 free or 4lbs for $40, and I usually jump on those. Overall, considering the flavor/effectiveness, I would not mind paying $30 for two pounds anyway.
Occassionally, it would make my stomach upset, but that was often on days where I had a lot of other lactose products, so the problem could have arisen from those as well. It shouldn’t make your stomach upset, since it does include digestive enzymes.
In conclusion, Cor-Performance whey is one of the best name brand proteins available, and probably is a top five protein powder altogether. It mixes well, has a clean profile (amino acid-spike tested) and tastes great (generally)
Cor-Performance whey is one of the best name brand proteins available, and probably is a top five protein powder altogether.
It mixes well, has a clean profile (amino acid-spike tested) and tastes great (generally)
Other useful information
Very healthy, low calorie formula
Low fat and cholesterol
Overall great nutrition panel
Slightly high sodium count
All in all, this product is pretty great and it is recommended to people who are not lifting weights.
It would be awesome as a meal replacement, especially because it tastes so good and is probably healthier than most other meals. However, if you are lifting weights and attempting to gain muscle, I would not recommend this product due to the absence of BCAAs.