Let’s take a quick look at the nutrition facts of WOF vs. Recovery real quick:
fat 0 g 2.5g
sodium 155 mg 200mg
carbs 21g 46g
Vit C 120mg 0 mg
potassium 15 mg 400 mg
calcium 58 mg 180 mg
phosphorous 12 mg 120 mg
magnesium 6 mg 20 mg
Protein 0 g 25 g
Surge Recovery also has 5.25g BCAA and 3 grams each of glutamine and phenylalanine
Surge WOF has 7.2g of citrulline mallate, L-Leucine and Beta-Alanine (it doesn’t say what the ratio is)
I spent over an hour on Medline researching the ingredients in WOF (especially the carbs) and couldn’t find anything that showed the ingredients in WOF worked better than the ingredients in Recovery. I did however come across this:
"Stimulation of muscle anabolism by resistance exercise and ingestion of leucine plus protein.
Tipton KD, Elliott TA, Ferrando AA, Aarsland AA, Wolfe RR.
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009 Apr;34(2):151-61."
In this study, it was found that in young men BCAA and Whey supplementation had no extra effect over Whey alone. This means that the MAG-10 Amino Primer (I wonder why they called it that) in WoF will probably not have any extra effect over the Whey Hydrolysate in Recovery.
If you are following the general consensus and using two scoops of WOF per workout, it will last for approximately 15 workouts and costs $50. If you drink Surge Recovery during your workout using the same protocol as WOF, it will last approximately 16 workouts at a cost of $36 and you will be getting mor nutrients.
When WOF came out, I was already drinking Surge Recovery during and after workouts (I read Nutrient Timing and realized Surge makes for an excellent pre and during exercise drink as well as a post exercise drink). After researching WOF, I couldn’t find anything to prove or disprove that it will work better than Surge Recovery during exercise so I did the only fair thing: I bought some and tried it out for myself.
For one month I substituted WOF for Recovery during the workout. My results: I did not notice any extra effect over Surge Recovery.
Bottom line: Does WOF work? Yes. Does it work better than Surge Recovery? Maybe, but not nearly enough to justify the extra cost of even notice the effects.