MHP's Dark Matter
A Simple Post Workout Drink That Works
by Jesse Seal

Are you looking to recover faster and gain more muscle?

Your body needs fuel after a grueling, heavy training session.  When it comes to the athletes at Irondom Gym, there is literally one post workout drink that rules them all...

...MHP's Dark Matter.

Head coach and Warrior Science's founder, James Bullock, is by no means a supplement junkie like the rest of us, but this is one of the only supplements I've heard him swear by. Believe me when I say that this is a great testament in itself.

Normally I laugh at supplements that try to come up with creative, marketing jargon like "WaxiMAX C3G Low Viscosity High Molecular Weight Osmotic Waxy Maize Starch with Molecular Dispersion Technology".

"What in the actual f$%# does that even mean?"

Yeah, I thought the same thing. It would be much easier to just call it Waxy Maize Starch, but where's the fun (or money) in that? Fortunately for you and me, Dark Matter actually delivers on this hyped up jargon, and here's why...

Dextrose and the Power of Waxy Maize

Dextrose is one of the most common types of simple carbohydrates found in many athletic supplements. Dextrose causes an insulin spike allowing for the carbs to replace the glycogen in your muscles once they've been depleted from heavy resistance training. Basically, it allows your muscles to work longer, and it also helps them recover after a workout.

Waxy Maize Starch, in theory, is a carbohydrate with a higher molecular weight than dextrose and maltodextrin, and is supposed to restore glycogen levels more quickly. Another claim by waxy maize starch manufacturers is that it also acts as a nutrition partitioner, meaning your protein, carbs, vitamins, etc. bypass the stomach faster and is more efficiently used by the body. Keep in mind that no real studies have been made to substantiate these claims.

InstaPeak, IntraPhase, and MicroTein...Oh My!

These are basically a creatine complex, respectively MHP labels each as Instant Acting Peak Plasma Concentration Creatine Pyruvate, Glucose Bound Creatine Gluconate, and Micro-encapsulated Sustained Release Creatine Monohydrate.

Whew!

Filter out the fancy jargon and you have:

  • Creatine Pyruvate
  • Creatine Gluconate
  • Creatine Monohydrate

First, you should know that creatine restores energy in the muscle and delays lactic acid buildup and muscle fatigue. With that said, pyruvate increases the effects of creatine by increasing the amount of glucose in the muscles. Studies also show that pyruvate promotes lean muscle mass by decreasing gains in body fat without reducing the amount of protein used by the muscles.

Creatine gluconate is currently considered by many to be "end-all-be-all" of creatine due to its increased absorption rate. Unlike creatine monohydrate, creatine gluconate does not convert in the gut. Monohydrate, which is also featured in Dark Matter, is known to cause bloating and an increase in water weight in some people. With that said, none of us have experienced any bloating from this product.

ProSYNTHAGEN

Deemed as a "Protein Synthesis Accelerator", this is essentially a complex of amino acids and BCAAs. BCAAs are the building blocks of muscles, specifically Leucine. There is a slew of other amino acids, which you can locate on the ingredients label below. Leucine is most important and abundant in Dark Matter, as it should be, because it is the primary amino acid that facilitates muscle growth.

Overall Impression

We all love Dark Matter at Irondom Gym!

I would say that it was one of the main contributors to my gain in muscle size during my bulking phase. Although it mixes rather thick (let it sit for about an hour and it thins), the taste is good and it mixes well with other supplements. Whereas most carb supplements give my drinks a chalky texture, Dark Matter is nice and smooth.

The most obvious benefit I experience is the time it takes for my body to recover after an intense training session. I also experience plenty of energy and endurance post workout, which is much appreciated when I have additional training or work later that day. Training for four to five straight hours would otherwise be a daunting and exhausting task without Dark Matter, so this would be great for serious athletes.

I haven't tried the blue raspberry flavor, but the grape and fruit punch are excellent, with fruit punch being my favorite. When you mix them with grape and fruit punch Gatorade (respectively), you've got yourself a great tasting post workout drink.

While this is primarily marketed as a post workout recovery drink, the ingredients make this an adequate intra-workout and pre-workout drink as well. I've mixed the grape Dark Matter with blue arctic raspberry Assault for a kickass tasting pre-workout drink.

Price wise, Dark Matter is on the expensive side, so I suggest trying it once before stocking up as we did. At around $35 you get 20 servings (one serving = two scoops). I recommend trying one scoop during your first cycle to gauge your body's reaction. This will make your first bottle last 40 training days, a much lighter hit to your wallet. I believe that once you've tried it, however, you'll be willing to shell out a few extra bucks to keep using it.

As always, this is my personal review, and you should always try things for yourself before fully committing to a supplement.

Overall Score: 9/10

Value: $1.75/full serving

Pros

  • Immediate increase in energy
  • Tastes good
  • Increased recovery time
  • Exceeds expectations

Cons 

  • Price per serving
  • Mixes thick (may be a problem for some)
Dark Matter Ingredients

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About the Author

Jesse Seal is the assistance Combatives Instructor, and has been training in Combative Sciences since 2008. He has also been training and learning through Bullock's Irondom Performance Systems since 2010.

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