I have exciting news!
Ever since I started this blog back in 2014, I have had many, many requests to become an ambassador for different brands. Usually it’s supplement companies that ask, but I also get requests from the many ‘fitness apparel’ companies that keep popping up. (I use quotation marks because I don’t think screen printing the word “GYM BABE” on an American Apparel tank top is fitness apparel, but hey, WHAT DO I KNOW).
I’ve always turned down these ambassadorships, because I have no intention of filling your brain and face with crap that I don’t use, or I don’t believe in. Also I find nothing more unappealing than asking people to use the code “CHENG15” to get 15% off their order, just so I can earn some money.
Like, no, I don’t like that at all.
With all that being said, I have (for the first time ever) proudly become an official ambassador for a product that I actually love and use every single day: Kaizen Protein (Also they’re 100% Canadian, eh)
I have always said that I would never take any sort of supplement except for whey protein. The idea of putting fat burners, weight loss stacks, pre-workout, or any other chemical in my body is terrifying to me. I have no idea what sort of reaction my body will have to those supplements, and what might happen if I suddenly stopped taking them. I’d rather use my own motivation to workout, rather than rely on some sort of energy drink to pump me up.
I’ve recommended Kaizen protein to so many of my clients and friends, because (to be straight with you guys) there is no bullshit with their protein. It tastes great, without any sugar needed.
Why I Like It
Aside from the fact that Kaizen protein is born and bred in Canada, I love it for a few other reasons as well.
1. It is affordable – I would buy a 5 lb container from Costco for $50, and it would last me forEVER. I really don’t see the need to have to spend a chunk of your pay cheque on something just to stay healthy and fit.
2. It’s a good source of protein for vegetarians and pescetarians. Although the stuff I drink isn’t vegan (however they do have a vegan line), it provides 25-35 grams of protein per serving
3. It’s clean protein – they source all their whey from New Zealand
I always buy Kaizen from Costco because like anything from Costco, it’s affordable and it’s BULK. However if you don’t have a Costco membership, you can actually buy it while you’re shopping for a new TV at BestBuy, or at Fitshop.ca.
What Happens When You Don’t Drink Protein
It actually surprises me the number of people who work out, but don’t refuel afterwards with a protein shake.
I don’t know all the science-y science about it, but I do know that your muscle fibres tear when you work-out, and they need replenishment to help them rebuild bigger and stronger.
A few years ago, I used to train Muay Thai around 5 days a week. The sessions were intense, long, and hard. Ignorantly I didn’t think I needed whey protein (which is crazy, since i’m a pescetarian) and I slowly started to fade inside. That was right before I got extremely sick with pneumonia and was basically out of service for 2 months.
I’m not saying that the lack of protein is what caused the pneumonia, but I have no doubt that with all the training I was doing, my overall health and immune system was weak and overworked. This made me more susceptible to the virus, and likely much harder to recover from.
Ever since then, i’ve been adamant about drinking protein as much as possible – not for the glamorous and aesthetic reasons of keeping myself lean, but for my general health and wellness. Whenever I’m started to fill a little under the weather, or sore from a workout, Adam’s number one answer is a protein shake. I find it hilarious, but I also find that it works.