Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had a great weekend. It was probably full of a lot of candy, so now we have even more of a reason to start the week off with a little talk about something healthy. Today, in addition to my weekly workout recap, I’m introducing you to an incredible new product and also offering a giveaway for two lucky readers to win a full-size batch of the product to try it out! Read on …
Introducing the brand new Les Mills Good Protein
If you’re a regular around A Lady Goes West, then you’ve heard the name Les Mills many times before. Les Mills is the group fitness company that I’m slightly obsessed with and the creator of BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and CXWORX workouts, all of which I teach. I’ve been a Les Mills instructor for more than five years and even worked for a short time at the Les Mills West Coast office here in San Francisco. I’ve attended tons of Les Mills trainings (which you can read all about over on the Fitness page), I write about Les Mills-related topics all the time, and most recently, I’ve had the very exciting opportunity to become a Les Mills U.S. Blogger. As part of that role, I’ve been able to be one of the first to try out and tell you all about Les Mills very first nutrition product, Les Mills Good Protein, a high-quality protein powder.
To tell you the truth, I was really nervous about trying Good Protein, because if I didn’t like it, I would have to tell you my honest opinion, and I don’t like to speak ill of Les Mills. But good news, it’s completely delicious, the ingredients are high-quality, and I’m 100 percent sold. I can honestly say this is the best protein powder I’ve ever had. What’s it like? Well, according to the folks at Les Mills who spent a long time developing it, here’s what you need to know:
Good Protein is low carbohydrate, dairy-based protein powder, sweetened with stevia leaf extract. It contains the same ratio and types of proteins found in real milk, whey and casein. Whey gives a fast release of amino acids, and casein provides a slower release over several hours. Together, they provide optimum muscle recovery. Les Mills Good Protein is protein as nature intended.
Good Protein comes in two delicious flavors: Natural Vanilla and Natural Chocolate. The big white pouches contain 2.3 lbs. of protein powder, which is about 30 servings total. The price per pouch is $69, and this stuff just hit the market. In fact, Good Protein went on sale online at the very end of October, and you can only get it in the U.S. by visiting the Les Mills shop.
The verdict on Les Mills Good Protein
Taste: I put both flavors of Good Protein to the real test: I mixed one scoop of powder with nothing but water — no extras at all. I’ve had so many different protein powders throughout the years, and I can confidently compare and contrast this product to other major brands. Taste-wise, Good Protein is incredibly delicious and much tastier than other protein powders I’ve ever tried. Both the vanilla and the chocolate are rich with the right amount of sweetness, with no strange artificial aftertaste, and I liked them both equally.
Texture: Good Protein has a thicker, creamier texture than you usually get just by mixing a protein powder with nothing but water, and I like that aspect about it the most. It’s almost like a thick creamy milk-type liquid consistency, and that’s solely from the quality of the powder.
Recovery: After drinking both Les Mills Good Protein flavors as shakes after hard workouts (once after teaching Les Mills BODYATTACK class and once after taking a different hard class), I was very pleased with the quick recovery and shot of energy I received from just one cold shaker of the powder mixed with water. Because a one-scoop serving calls for 10 ounces of water, it seems like a heartier portion than you usually get with other products. The thick and delicious mixture restored my blood sugar and definitely provided the quick amino acids that I needed to go on about my day after sweating and working very hard.
Overall: I promise you, this is delicious and nutritious stuff. As a group fitness instructor and someone who works out a lot, I reach for a protein shake after every single one-hour workout for muscle recovery and so the ingredients are very important to me. But I can also tell you, that as as a foodie, I want each and every shake I reach for to be something with quality flavors and taste. I’m not into stomaching functional health food; I need good food. And Les Mills Good Protein delivers. I’m once again amazed by the fabulous production from my favorite company out of New Zealand, now offering a nutrition product as awesome as their workouts.
The high points of Good Protein
- It’s got just over 26 grams of protein and 120 calories per serving.
- There are only six simple ingredients, nothing artificial.
- Made with a combination of whey and casein protein, you get the best of both worlds: Whey protein works fast, while casein offers slow release of amino acids.
- The protein is ethically-sourced from the milk of grass-fed cows, which is the best kind.
- Each pouch costs $69, and there are 30 servings in each.
- Can be used in smoothies and food, but is good enough to drink alone just mixed with water.
The final say? Good Protein is not-your-average store-bought protein powder. It’s made from the people who really research and think about how to do things right, and you can tell. Les Mills cares about creating a fitter planet, and the company’s first nutrition product is nothing but A+, with top-of-the-line ingredients, taste and purpose, designed to do good.
I love it. And I’m promising you, it’s worth the extra money, because just like the name says, it’s GOOD.
With that, I’d like to get back to the regularly scheduled programming here on Monday mornings. Let’s take a look at how I got moving over the past week.
- Monday – Completed 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
- Tuesday – Rest day (traveling from Florida to California!)
- Wednesday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP classes, foam rolling
- Thursday – Attended one-hour Barry’s Bootcamp Hardcore Abs class
- Friday – Attended one-hour Vinyasa flow yoga class at Satori Yoga
- Saturday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Sunday – Attended one-hour Barry’s Bootcamp Full Body class
What was good about my week of workouts?
I had great variety in my workouts this week, with several sessions of cardio in BODYATTACK and Barry’s Bootcamp, as well as resistance training in BODYPUMP and Barry’s Bootcamp. That, combined with a full rest day, a short day of core training and a one-hour yoga class gave me all the different types of exercising and moving I needed to get in over the course of seven days. I taught some classes, and I took some classes, which gave me the chance to lead and follow. I must say that I loved attending Barry’s twice in one week, because the workout was totally different, yet absolutely killer each time. I was able to do that because I skipped a couple of workouts while visiting Florida and had a mid-day rest week, which freed me up to sweat on Sunday morning.
What could have been better?
This week, I didn’t fit in a single session alone in the gym lifting weights, although I did do the 30-minute CXWORX workout at home in my parent’s living room. I’ve been very good about getting at least a short weights workout done on my own time lately, such as my four-move total-body dumbbell workout and 20-minute total-body dumbbell workout, but none of that happened this week. It’s certainly not the end of the world, because I’m pretty sure my muscles felt worked enough after Pumping and Barrying this week. I’ll say this week was A-okay, especially since I was able to refuel with Les Mills Good Protein.
Now, it’s all about you …
Enter the Les Mills Good Protein giveaway
I’ve raved all about Les Mills Good Protein today, so I’d like to offer TWO of you a chance to give the product a try. That’s right, there will be two winners of huge 2.3 lb. pouches, one of which will get the vanilla and the other the chocolate, worth $69 each. Follow the instructions below to enter. This contest is super short and closes this Thursday night, so enter today. And hey, share with your protein-powder Les-Mills loving friends, because I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. (This giveaway is now closed.)
And if you’re new to A Lady Goes West because of this giveaway, thanks for stopping by and come back again real soon.
* Disclaimer: As part of my role as a Les Mills U.S. Blogger, I was sent two complimentary pouches of Les Mills Good Protein in exchange for my honest review. But of course, my love for the product is real.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend? Did you eat too much candy? Do you have any workouts planned for the week?