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Optimum Platinum Hydrobuilder review

Jul 20, 2016 | by: Team A8

Post-Workout Muscle Builder

Platinum Hydrobuilder by Optimum Nutrition (ON hereafter) is a great all-in-one post-workout muscle builder. Platinum Hydrobuilder is designed to help you achieve one simple goal - gain lean muscle mass. As you know (and you should know this), you gain muscle mass when you are outside the gym. What happens after your rigorous workout makes a huge difference. And this is where this product comes into play. Platinum Hydrobuilder is ON's answer to your need for recovery and lean muscle gains. Let's analyze the ingredient profile first.

Ingredient Profile

Let's see if we can call it a comprehensive all-in-one muscle constructor:

  • 30 grams of staged proteins
  • 5 grams of German creatine monohydrate
  • 2.5 grams of BetaPower betaine
  • 13.5 grams of essential amino acids (EAAs)
  • 200 mg of enzymes
  • Micronized BCAAs, Glutamine, Arginine, and Citrulline
  • only 180 calories

platinum hydrobuilder profile

Proteins are made up of CreaPep Enriched protein blend for enhanced nutrient delivery. Hydrolyzed proteins are known to be very fast-acting. I am not sold 100% on hydrolyzed protein, but there is no doubt it is a great blend when combined with micellar casein as a time released protein.  In addition to proteins Hydrobuilder contains 5 grams of Germany Creapure, which is the purest form of creatine monohydrate available. Moreover, each scoop contains 2.5 grams of betaine (pronounced "BEET-uh-een") which boosts muscle protein synthesis and helps improve strength, energy, and size. Last but not least, a 2-gram micronized Amino Acid Matrix (2 grams per scoop) and a 200-mg Enzyme Complex enhance nutrient absorption and digestion. When you look at the ingredient profile, Platinum Hydrobuilder is undoubtedly a great-quality All-in-One muscle builder for sure. Before we move on to flavor & taste, here is the breakdown of the Hydrobuilder protein blend.

Platinum Hydrobuilder Protein Blend

  • CrePep Enriched Protein Blend
    • Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate
    • Micellar Casein
    • Hydrolyzed Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Hydrolyzed Egg Albumen

Flavor & Taste

The taste is amazing and has a great consistency in texture. This is one of the very few protein drinks that feels as though you mixed it with milk even though you're mixing it with water. And it doesn't clump and mixes well. It doesn't get overly foamed up like some cheap proteins. As far as taste, I have tried both the Vanilla and the Chocolate Shake. I like (not love) the Chocolate flavor as I never get bored with the taste. Vanilla on the other hand has an aftertaste that is probably due to the creatine.


This product is said to be effective if it aids in post-workout recovery. This is a solid post-workout protein with excellent ingredients for fast recovery after workouts. I must say that this is one of the best whey isolate I have ever used as a post workout tool. I have noticed a recovery increase from the use of Hydrobuilder. They have everything from whey isolate to casein to egg albumen to hydrolyzed whey to creatine to amino acids... Hydrobuilder may be pricey, but when you factor in the great profile and what you would have to pay for BCAAs, amino acids, creatine, etc, this All-in-One product is versatile, convenient, and fairly reasonably-priced in my opinion. It's certainly not outrageous. And a scoop contains only 180 calories, so you can be confident that this protein helps you gain lean muscles. I hope you enjoyed my review on Platinum Hydrobuilder, Optimum Nutrition's comprehensive All-in-One post-workout muscle builder.