As a kid, I remember watching Kane debut in the WWE.
This is one instance where a younger sibling really built upon the original formula and took it to another level.
Which leads me nicely to Pro Jym 2.0, the latest whey protein supplement from bodybuilding Dr. Jim Stoppani.
Trust me, this ties in…
The original Pro Jym formula is still a very popular product which is used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. But a messy 2016 (more on this below) saw the release of a brand new version in the product line that left many gym lovers wondering the burning question – “Is it better than the original formula?”
Today, my no-nonsense Pro Jym 2.0 review will put your mind at ease by sticking this product under the microscope and running it through my deliberately harsh supplement rating system.
No supplement has ever made it out with 5 stars.
A Formula That Works
Let’s get one thing straight – I’m a huge mark for Jim Stoppani.
I’ve always enjoyed his work, and I have used (or had clients use) many of his supplements.
When the Jym Supplement Science product line launched in 2013 off the back of a super-strong preworkout drink (Pre Jym) it quickly established itself as one of the best-selling brands in the bodybuilding world.
The main reason for this was the fact that Dr. Stoppani had his name on the tub.
In a fitness world riddled with below-average products, which often hide their formulas from the customer, the knowledge that the doc had formulated your supplements removed a lot of the doubt and allowed the Jym line to become a top competitor within it’s first year of business.
However, the problems began once they expanded the product range beyond a preworkout.
Pro Jym was their first foray into the world of whey protein. And the sales figures continued to be exceptional.
In fact, in terms of sales it was ranked second only to Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey, which is a pretty impressive achievement for any new supplement on the market.
But under the hood, Pro Jym was an average product.
I savaged it in my original review, which you can read here.
Carrying it’s hefty price tag, it’s sole marketing tactic was the fact that it had been formulated by the good doctor himself. Until it was revealed that that may not have been the case, either.
You see, the original Pro Jym bore an uncanny resemblance to the formula of an old whey protein product known as Protogen, which was part of the Bodybuilding.com line-up of supplements quickly discontinued upon the creation of the Jym range. It was suggested that they simply recycled the old blend, reduced (yes, reduced) the amount per serving and repackaged it as a premium grade model.
After a very messy year, we now have Jim reproducing his products under the umbrella of GNC.
To make matters worse, Bodybuilding.com are sticking to their guns over the ownership of the original line of products, meaning they will continue to sell the original items on their website with no mention of the doc on the product (his picture has even been scrubbed), as he re-brands and sells through GNC from now on.
But knowing this information puts you in a much better place to understand the review of Pro Jym 2.0, as you’ll see below.
Pro Jym 2.0 Review
Much like the re-launch of the preworkout formula, what we see here is a misleading use of the phrase “2.0”.
Despite the suggestion that it has been made superior in some way over the original, the differences are pretty minimal.
The total breakdown is as follows:
- 24g protein
- 3g fat
- 4g carbohydrates
If you are familiar with the first product, that’s 2g more fat and 1g less carbohydrates. The whey protein formula remains the same (but more on this later).
24 grams of protein is actually pretty good.
In a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Canada concluded that providing your body with around 20 grams of protein after a workout is able to stimulate almost as much MPS (muscle protein synthesis) as a 40 gram serving, so in fact 24 grams is better than good, it’s pretty much perfect. (1)
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows….
With a sizable 7 grams in every serving not containing any protein at all, the problems begin to surface. This amounts to 34% of your entire tub, which means your cost per actual serving of protein is extortionate with this product.
In my review of the original, I advised that the best way to tell if a whey protein is truly top quality is to look for a protein-per-serving ration of around 80%. That’s where the original Pro Jym fell down, landing with a disappointing 69% protein in each scoop.
While the re-branding was forced upon the company due to the legal issues discussed above, this was a chance to really drive forward by addressing the problems the original products suffered from and create something truly top class.
But sadly, Pro Jym 2.0 goes down the exact same road.
Your protein-per-serving in Pro Jym 2.0 is a lowly 66%!
That means one third of every scoop you use is not even protein. Once again the formula has been stacked with fillers and creamers, meaning it’ll taste great, but ultimately you are paying for something you could get cheaper elsewhere.
You will, however, get a picture of the doc on the tub.
Enter The Madhouse
This is where things get progressively worse for Pro Jym 2.0…
2016 was a publicity nightmare for Dr. Stoppani, thanks to a number of strange outbursts on social media. It saddens me to say that, because I’ve always bought big on Dr. Jim, but hey, it’s the truth.
Most notable was the claim that Pro Jym is the only whey protein supplement on the market not to hide it’s formula behind a proprietary blend.
This absurd statement threw up 3 different problems.
1. It’s a fucking lie.
2. Pro Jym is a proprietary blend
I mean, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Technically, Pro Jym is a proprietary blend. While we know the ingredients within the whey protein formula itself, dosages of each ingredient are not provided. Game over.
3. The sheer madness which followed
One of the people to respond to Dr. Stoppani’s claims that Pro Jym is the world’s only non-proprietary blend was Mark Glazier, CEO of NutraBio.
In a very well put-together video, Mark addressed these claims and basically ripped a hole in Pro Jym over these claims.
NutraBio have been selling supplements – none of which use any form of proprietary blend – for years.
You can see this video here:
When presented with this, Dr. Stoppani didn’t correct his mistake. Nor did he simply ignore it. Instead, he went on a full-scale offensive, doubling-down on his claims that Pro Jym is the only non-proprietary blend formula on the market.
See this video below:
The content above is probably my least favourite thing Jim has ever released.
The story alters from “I’m the only non-proprietary blend available” to “Okay so I’m not the only one, but I’m the only one that actually matters in the industry.”
So fuck all the smaller companies who are trying to establish themselves by releasing products with clear ingredients, I guess.
It’s sad to see this from one of the people who inspired me to get into the fitness industry, but hey, I like to make a point of displaying all the relevant information when I’m reviewing a product. I think you guys appreciate my reviews because I’m not a supplement industry hack and I keep it honest.
Pro Jym 2.0 Review – The Verdict
When the original wasn’t much cop, what chance does a sequel have?
That’s why Pro Jym 2.0 comes out of my deliberately harsh supplement rating system with a below-average score of just 2 stars.
1. Moore, D. R., et al. Ingested protein dose response of muscle and albumin protein synthesis after resistance exercise in young men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Jan;89(1):161-8. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26401. Epub 2008 Dec 3.