Internet hype machines want you to believe Pro Jym is the best whey protein supplement available.
Well, my Pro Jym review is here to tell you why it isn’t.
Now, you may be thinking:
What the fuck?
And you may be feeling that cold, wobbly sensation in your stomach which comes from the realization that everything you thought you knew was wrong.
Because the day you can’t rely on a Jim Stoppani product to be the best in it’s class, well, surely that’s not the case?
What next? Squats are bad for you? Miley Cyrus to take over as lead singer of AC/DC?
I am sorry to burst the bubble.
I’ll be putting this product through my deliberately harsh Russ Rating score-o-meter today and, while I’ll go into much more depth below, I can confirm right now that it didn’t come out on top. There are numerous factors behind Pro Jym’s failure to compete with the true top-of-the-line competitors in the whey protein category, and I’ll get into them in this article.
But first, let me just get this out of the way – Jim Stoppani is great.
I’ve always been an admirer of his work and will continue to recommend his products, such as the excellent Pre Jym, but the fact remains that Pro Jym simply isn’t as great as it claims to be.
It made sense for Bodybuilding.com to release a line of supplements with Jim Stoppani’s name on them.
After all, such was the trust placed in Stoppani’s supplement advice, I’d have pretty much let him bang my girlfriend if he said it would improve my barbell squat max.
And with the initial release of the excellent preworkout Pre Jym, it’s a relationship which seemed to be going incredibly well.
When Pro Jym was released shortly afterwards in the summer of 2014, it quickly became the “go to” choice for those looking to pick up a premium whey protein powder without worrying about the quality, and it wasn’t long before it was ranked in the top-selling whey protein supplements on the market.
But that’s where the fun stops.
As a whey protein supplement, Pro Jym cannot – and does not – deliver on quite a few fronts.
Pro Jym Review
First up, let me start my Pro Jym review by looking at the good.
What we are looking at here is a protein blend.
You see, while some people will argue that you should use whey and others will argue that you should use casein, in truth you’ll get superior results from using both. (1, 2)
Pro Jym does that, and it’s a great thing.
The second plus-point is that our main ingredient in the protein formula is whey protein isolate.
Now let’s look at the nutrition breakdown per serving:
- 24g protein
- 3.5g fat
- 7g carbohydrates
This is where things begin to get a little dirty for Pro Jym.
While billed as a premium whey protein supplement, a considerable chunk of the serving size here is devoted to things which are, erm, not protein.
In fact, it’s almost a third of a serving.
Make no mistake – you are using your whey protein supplement to boost your protein intake, so it makes sense that you want as much “bang for your buck” protein-wise, right?
As a guide, I always recommend opting for a product which gives you a protein-per-serving ration of above 80%.
With it’s array of creamers and fillers, Pro Jym comes in at only 69%.
This is where things get really messed up.
If you look closely at the formula above, those of you with a keen eye for supplements may recognize the similarities between Pro Jym and an old whey protein supplement called Protogen.
Protogen was Bodybuilding.com’s own-brand whey protein which they sold on their website before the creation of the Jym brand.
In this recent article over at PricePlow, it was suggested that Dr Stoppani didn’t even formulate Pro Jym and, rather, that Bodybuilding.com merely repackaged their old whey protein product, reduced the dosages by 20% and increased the price.
And finally, this is where things go from bad to worse for Pro Jym.
I saved this until last because it’s more of an advertising error, or a case of “foot in mouth” syndrome.
Since the product’s release, Pro Jym has been billed as the world’s only whey protein supplement which doesn’t hide behind a proprietary blend.
Dr Stoppani has been very keen to point this out on numerous occasions:
“When I tell people that Pro JYM is the only non-proprietary protein powder blend available today, some state that a few other companies are already doing what I am doing. But they’re not.
A few other companies are listing the percent of each type of protein that is in their protein blend. For example, a protein powder blend that is whey, casein, and egg protein might list that it’s composed of 40% whey, 40% casein, and 20% egg protein.
But that is NOT listing the exact amount of each one of those proteins.
Pro JYM is the only protein powder blend that lets you know exactly how much of each type of protein you are getting in every serving.
If your protein powder blend is not Pro JYM then it’s a proprietary blend!”
Sorry, but no.
First of all, see the picture of the nutrition breakdown of Pro Jym below:
Actually, make that a FUCK no.
Because Jim then went on to slam NutraBio, a solid and trustworthy supplement manufacturer which has been putting out a long line of products – none of which have proprietary blends – on social media.
That rant resulted in this wonderful response from NutraBio CEO Mark Glazier.
Not only doesn NutraBio’s Muscle Matrix Protein completely avoid proprietary blends, in terms of label transparency it absolutely trounces Pro Jym.
But instead of admitting the error in the claim that Pro Jym is the only non-proprietary blend on the market, they released a video three days later doubling-down on their claim, in the face of the absolute facts displayed in the video above.
Quite frankly, this is total BS and it’s sad to see one of my heroes do this insulting nonsense. Just my opinion, of course.
FYI, Grenade Hydra 6 – released before Pro Jym – is another whey protein supplement which doesn’t use a proprietary blend.
Of course, the Jym brand is now undergoing somewhat of a makeover, with Dr Jim and Bodybuilding.com recently parting ways in a very public manner.
That change has seen Jim re-design his brand and align himself with GNC as the new sole retailer of Jym 2.0, while Bodybuilding.com are set to continue promoting the original line of Jym products.
However, I see this as a potentially good thing.
If anything, if the original line of products were indeed formulated by Bodybuilding.com it gives Jim the chance to redesign them and put out some great products in the future, while drawing a line under this messy business and in particular the crazy behaviour aimed at any companies which dared to defend themselves against the accusations which were being thrown at them.
Pro Jym Review – The Verdict
So, here we are.
I told you this Pro Jym review wouldn’t be your typical “Awesome gainz, go buy it!”, and hopefully I’ve delivered upon that promise, because it was a fucking journey writing this one up given my admiration of Dr Stoppani’s previous work.
While the future may see a brand new Pro Jym formula in the works, the original Pro Jym simply cannot stand strong in the top end of the whey protein market, and pales in comparison to products which fall into the same premium price category thanks to it’s relatively low protein-per-serving ratio and all of the aforementioned bullshit.
As a result, it didn’t fare too well.
Edit: here’s my updated Pro Jym 2.0 review. All is lost.
1. Soop, M., et al. “Coingestion of whey protein and casein in a mixed meal: demonstration of a more sustained anabolic effect of casein.” Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Jul 1;303(1):E152-62. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00106.2012. Epub 2012 May 8.
2. Reidy, P. T., et al.”Protein blend ingestion following resistance exercise promotes human muscle protein synthesis.” J Nutr. 2013 Apr;143(4):410-6. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.168021. Epub 2013 Jan 23.