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Tasty PWO Drink


Easy to do and you should have all the ingredients already.

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • Bunch of ice
  • 2 scoops Chocolate or Vanilla protein
  • 2 scoops Surge

It's a 550 cal cal packed with protein and high GI carbs. Tastes awesome too.


Why blunt the effects of Surge with other protein?


Doesn't mixing Surge with additional proteins and carbs defeat the purpose of its precise formulation?


Sounds good except for two things:

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • 2 scoops Chocolate or Vanilla protein

Remove these and you've got a winner!


I don't know why the effects of Surge would be blunted. You would still be ingesting the exact same ingredients. Your body will react to the sugars the same way it always does.

The coffee provides a nice kick plus is makes it taste good(different I should say...I love Surge). Does anyone here ONLY have a 350 calorie shake after they work out? PWO is a prime time to ingest calories much like breakfast.


I hear what you're sayin', Dude. But the optimum PWO plan is a little more complicated than just scarfin'-down any ol' mixture crammed with any ol' protein and carbs.

That's not quite accurate, which is why I used the phrase

, with regards to the specific types of protein and carbs Surge contains, and...

... the specfic amounts of each, because your body won't react the same.

Surge, by itself, in the suggested dosages (dependent on body weight), is formulated to bring about specific hormonal responses during the PWO window, to turn on your body's protein synthesis mechanisms, and turn off the catabolic processes brought on by the stress of a workout.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but shoveling-in gobs of protein during 'the window' can cause an adverse effect (David Barr explains it in the article I'll link to below).

Timing is also key.

I answer, "No." Those 350 calories are only the first step.

Very true! But not all at once, in one shake. PWO nutrition isn't a one-shot (and depending on your goals, not even a two-shot) deal; it's a process.

If you're not familiar with Berardi's two-part PWO article, you should read it.

Part One:

Part Two:

And if you have read it, read it again. Anyone who lifts should live by this article.

And I would also read David Barr's write-up on Surge:

His info on the PWO process (timing, etc.) is an excellent addendum to Berardi' article.