There are many versatile post-workout supplements on the market – at least that’s what the manufacturers claim they are.
Make way for True Grit Post.
This post-workout supplement has “versatile” written all over it from the get-go – BCAAs, creatine monohydrate, and other unheralded and effective ingredients which will help you recover like no other product.
Another great review awaits you, folks.
About True Grit Post
The manufacturer dubs True Grit Post as a “scientifically-dosed, max-strength, post-workout” and “the most powerful post-workout recovery product on the market today.” Formula notes:
- Great combination of ingredients. BCAAs and creatine monohydrate are just the tip of the iceberg.
- Four grams of leucine per serving. Helps kickstart muscle protein synthesis.
- Three grams of creatine per scoop. Helps enhance muscle growth.
True Grit Post Supplement Facts (Strawberry Lime, 25 Servings)
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (16g)|
Servings Per Container: Approx. 25
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|Total Carbohydrate||1 g||<1%*|
|Creatine Monohydrate||3 g||†|
|L-Carnitine L-Tartarate||2 g||†|
|Tart Cherry Concentrate (as Prunus cerasus), fruit juice||480 mg||†|
|Ashwagandha Extract (Sensori®)||125 mg||†|
|(as Withania somnifera), root and leaf|
|Oat Straw Extract (as Avenia sativa), whole herb||100 mg||†|
|Other Ingredients: Natural And Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Dl Malic Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Salt, Sucralose, Red Beet Powder (Color), Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan).|
|Directions For Post: Mix 1 serving (1 scoop) with 8 oz. of cold water in a glass or shaker cup. Use after your workout. Do not exceed 1 serving in a 24-hour period. Drink 10 glasses of water daily for general good health. Read entire label before use and follow the directions provided.|
The Scientifically-Dosed Post-Workout
In case you missed it, folks, bodybuilding supplement manufacturer True Grit came out with a unique micellar (slow-absorbing) whey protein product known as True Grit Protein.
It turned plenty of heads, including ours.
We’ve never come across a slow-absorbing whey protein product until we saw True Grit Protein. Consider us enlightened.
The product packed a lot of promise, although its cholesterol, sodium, and carrageenan contents turned us off. Big time.
Can True Grit Post – the company’s signature post-workout supplement – help the manufacturer bounce back with a vengeance?
True Grit dubs its post-workout product as the “Scientifically-Dosed Post-Workout” and “the most powerful post-workout recovery product on the market today,” per its official website.
According to the manufacturer, the days when people trained each muscle group once a week is a thing of the past (we agree, you should train each group at least twice weekly).
Having said that, True Grit argues, “it’s not a question of how often you train,” but “how much training you can recover from,” per its official site.
Better take notes, folks.
In formulating True Grit Post, the manufacturer considered two factors in increasing muscle growth and strength: the stimulus or stress you experience during training and the ability to recover from it.
The company adds once you are able to reduce the amount of time between training sessions, the more capable you are of training and recovering for more epic results.
We completely agree. However, it doesn’t stop there.
The manufacturer formulated True Grit Post not only on the premise of rebuilding muscle tissue, but also on managing your protein synthesis levels and minimizing cortisol (the dreaded stress hormone) levels.
These are the premises which make True Grit Post a comprehensive post-workout formula, folks.
This product has six main ingredients.
The stars of the show here are the six grams of branch-chained amino acids (BCAAs) per serving.
Granted, it’s not as much as Dr. Layne Norton’s Carbon Recover, but it should help you get the job done.
Just like Carbon Recover, True Grit Post puts a premium on leucine, the BCAA responsible for kickstarting the protein synthesis process. Look no further than its four grams per serving.
The manufacturer formulated a 4:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine, and valine per serving “for a heightened anabolic and strength effect,” per its website.
Bear in mind BCAAs help in protein synthesis, energy, and prevention of muscle breakdown.
We feel True Grit Post’s 4:1:1 ratio will help you build more lean muscle mass, even without a protein powder supplement. Remember to train consistenly, watch what you eat, get enough sleep, and supplement smart.
Next up are True Grit Post’s three grams of creatine monohdrate per serving.
Creatine is one of the most researched muscle-growth supplements. Its other benefits include its ability to boost strength and endurance.
True Grit Post’s three grams of top-notch creatine monohydrate per serving is the minimum amount sports nutrition researchers claim “a supplement needs to deliver daily to enhance muscle growth,” per the manufacturer’s website.
The third premium ingredient of True Grit Post is betaine, an amino acid that has garnered a bigger share of the spotlight in post-workout supplements lately.
This product has 2.5 grams of betaine per serving. According to the manufacturer, it helps “boost recovery and manage key anabolic and catabolic hormones after a workout.”
We think that’s awesome, to say the least. The key is to increase anabolic hormones and decrease the catabolic ones for better recovery and more muscle growth. Betaine will help in that regard.
Another key post-workout ingredient which has gained traction over the years is l-carnitine l-tartrate. Each serving of True Grit Post has two grams per serving.
What does it do?
“It acts as an antioxidant that can reduce free-radical formation, minimize muscle tissue disruption, and promote recovery,” per True Grit’s official website.
Not only that, l-carnitine l-tartrate – a variation of the famous fat-burning amino acid – can help reduce muscle soreness. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
The fourth key ingredient of True Grit Post is tart cherry, which comprises 480 mg per scoop.
Many post-workout supplements include tart cherry as one of their ingredients, and for good reason: It’s known to help reduce aches and discomfort after a tough workout, boosting your recovery in the process.
The next ingredient is Sensoril Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
Now, we are unfamiliar with this one. It sounds more like an exotic temple, or something to that effect.
The manufacturer says Sensoril Ashwagandha is “a potent adaptogen that has been scientifically shown to signifcantly lower serum cortisol levels.”
Awesome. True Grit Post’s betaine and Sensoril Ashwagandha components should work in tandem to lower – if not eradicate – stress hormone levels for good.
Since we are unfamiliar with the latter ingredient, we decided to look up any potential side effects.
We’re happy to report Sensoril Ashwagandha has little to none – people have been using it in India and Africa for thousands of years.
Finally, True Grit Post has 100 mg of avena sativa per serving.
Well, it’s an ingredient derived from the oat plant. According to HealthyFocus.org’s Angela Deckard, it has several key benefits:
- Cardiovascular health
- Nervous system support
- Blood sugar stabilization
- Wards off withdrawal symptoms
- Skin health
In terms of post-workout benefits, we feel avena sativa will help stabilize your nervous system, which takes a pounding during intense exercise. It’s great to have it in True Grit Post.
Now, let’s check out the formula ingredients:
- Total carboydrate, 1 g: Many post-workout supplements have a heap of carbs, which are vital after a hard training session. Not True Grit Post, however – it only has one gram of carbs per serving. You can get your post-workout carbs form a separate waxy maize or dextrose supplement instead.
- Sodium, 75 mg: This ingredient is important after exercise in order to prevent muscle cramping and boost recovery. Unfortunately, many – too many – manufacturers go overboard with sodium content. Too much of it may be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Good thing True Grit Post keeps its sodium level within reasonable limits at three percent of the daily value.
- L-leucine, 4 g: Like we said, l-leucine is the star of the muscle protein synthesis process. Four grams per serving will help you increase muscle mass in conjunction with your training program. No question about it.
- L-isoleucine, 1 g: This BCAA helps repair muscle tissue and boost recovery. It’s not as highly-regarded as leucine in terms of building muscle, but it’s a must-have in any post-workout supplement, nonetheless.
- L-valine, 1 g: This is the BCAA which helps replenish your muscles with glucose after a hard workout. L-valine also helps transport nitrogen to other tissues in the body, resulting in a positive nitrogen balance, and, consequently, more muscle growth.
- Creatine monohydrate, 3 g: If you want to increase muscle lean mass and strength, you have to supplement with creatine. True Grit Post’s three grams per serving should help you pack on some serious muscle, folks.
- Betaine, 2.5 g: One of the keys to muscle growth is tilting the anabolic-to-catabolic hormone ratio in the former’s favor. Betaine is the amino acid which is up to that task.
- L-carnitine l-tartrate, 2 g: With this ingredient’s inclusion in True Grit Post, you can say goodbye to that sore post-workout feeling for good. Its most impressive benefit is its recovery-boosting prowess. Make sure your post-workout supplement has this.
- Tart cherry concentrate, 480 mg: If it’s muscle recovery you’re talking about, tart cherry concentrate is the ingredient you’re looking for – it will help you get back on track sooner than you think.
- Ashwagandha extract, 125 mg: Too much cortisol can impede your muscle-building aspirations. Ashwagandha extract helps annihilate that nastry stress hormone for good.
- Oat straw extract, 100 mg: This is the avenia sativa component of True Grit Post. It has several impressive health benefits, but the most eye-catching one for post-workout purposes is its ability to boost your nervous system.
If there’s a “Most Versatile Post-Workout Supplement” category, True Grit Post should be a serious candidate.
Simply put, we like the combination of ingredients. It’s potent. It’s slick. It’s non-conformist.
Above all, it works. Trust us.
We know about BCAAs and creatine’s abilities to build muscle mass – they already border on legendary.
With that, we like the four grams of leucine and three grams of creatine monohydrate per serving. Watch your muscles grow, folks.
However, it’s the inclusion of unheralded post-workout ingredients such as betaine, l-carnitine l-tartrate, tart cherry concentrate, Ashwagandha extract, and oat straw extract which make True Grit Post an effective post-workout supplement.
We’ve discussed their benefits. All you need to know is they cover just about every post-workout base with little known side effects.
True Grit Post is also low in calories with just 45 per serving (although not as low as Carbon Recover which has a measly 10 calories per scoop). It’s also low in carbs and sodium.
Another point we’d like to make: Many manufacturers include nasty artificial food colorings such as FD&C Red # 40, which is now known as a human carcinogen, per the Department of Health and Human Services.
Not True Grit Post.
Instead, the company uses red beet powder, which has antioxidants, fiber, and several minerals. Beets are known for their ability to regulate blood flow and blood pressure. Awesome.
Does that mean True Grit Post is a clean supplement?
Unfortunately, it has carrageenan, an additive linked to several ailments. On the bright side, it’s the only dirty ingredient True Grit Post has. Why the manufacturer included it is beyond us.
The company is also transparent for the most part – it shows how much of each ingredient you put into your body. Plus, True Grit Post has no proprietary blends. All good.
However, the inclusion of a gum blend means True Grit Post has at least some sugar in it. Come to think of it, what Straberry Lime-flavored supplement doesn’t?
We would like to have seen that on the label.
True Grit Post Benefits
True Grit Post has several key post-workout benefits, per the manufacturer’s official website:
- Decreased soreness
- Increased anabolic hormone response after workouts
- Improved protein synthesis and increased strength
- Decreased coritsol (stress hormone) levels
This product contains just about every post-workout ingredient which addresses these needs. So who are we to argue? It’s one of the most complete post-workout formulas we’ve seen to date.
Who Takes It?
True Grit Post is intended for healthy and active individuals who want to improve their post-workout results, boost recovery, increase muscle mass, , decrease cortisol levels, and achieve their regular fitness goals.
Any Side Effects?
One look at True Grit Post and you can tell it has no glaring side effects. However, those who are allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and fish should steer clear of this product alluding to the processing environment it was in.
The manufacturer also issues a warning:
True Grit Post Summary
- Versatile post-workout blend. One of the most comprehensive post-workout supplements on the market.
- Four grams of leucine per serving. Helps kickstart muscle protein synthesis.
- Three grams of creatine per serving. Helps enhance muscle growth.
- Low in calories. Just 45 per serving, folks.
- Good reputation. Lots of positive reviews from customers.
- No proprietary blends. No “ineffectual doses of any ingredients,” per official website.
- Dirty ingredient. Has carrageenan, an additive which has raised eyebrows.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 25-Serving Container (25-Day Supply): $34.97
- Available exclusively on Bodybuilding.com
Final Word on True Grit Post
Well, did True Grit Post help offset the shortcomings of True Grit Protein?
Yes, it does. Resoundingly.
True Grit Post is one of the best post-workout supplements on the market. Great combination of ingredients. Period. Had the manufacturer done away with carrageenan, it would have been a near-perfect product.
The company continues to impress us. First was True Grit Protein’s micellary whey component. Now, True Grit Post is set to trample on other post-workout supplements in its path.
It’s not perfect, but we give it a good recommendation.