Protein or nutrient timing could be defined as the consumption of protein/nutrients in and/or around an exercise bout. This has been a favored strategy adopted by bodybuilders to optimize numerous performance- and muscular-related adaptations. Indeed, a number of researchers have suggested that the timing of nutrient consumption has greater importance to these adaptations than the quantity of food and macronutrient ratio of the diet. The most researched aspect of nutrient timing lies around the consumption of protein immediately after exercise.

Is There a Narrow Anabolic Window?

The purported beneficial effects (i.e., increased muscle protein synthetic response) of protein timing are based on the hypothesis that a limited ‘‘anabolic window of opportunity’ exists post workout. It was once thought that protein must be consumed within 1 hour post workout to take advantage of this window of opportunity. More recent research states that this window may be as wide as 5 – 6 hours after exercise depending on the timing of the pre-workout meal; the closer a meal is consumed prior to exercise, the larger the post-workout anabolic window of opportunity.

What Does This Translate to in a Real World Setting?

Yes the window may be wider than once thought so do not stress if you are unorganized from time to time.

HOWEVER, there is no benefit to delaying protein intake post exercise. The longer you delay this intake the harder it will be to consume your TOTAL daily protein requirements. Therefore, from a practical standpoint, it makes sense to consume protein as fast as possible post workout and then have your meal 2-4 hours later. MUTANT PRO combines 3 different whey protein sources for rapid, delayed and extended phases of amino acid absorption. By time-releasing protein, MUTANT PRO is the supplement you need when you’re addicted to what all the hours in the gym transforms you into!

MUTANT PRO flavors

Combining science with taste, MUTANT PRO has formulated a mouthwatering range of flavors to have you indulge in after that grueling workout. We leave the training to you, and with MUTANT, you know you’re getting a science-backed whey protein that tastes awesome so rest assured you’re getting optimum results in and out of the gym!



Steve O’Mahony, BSc MSc
Performance Nutrition