(18 Series Nutrition After Action Recovery Review)


If you are being held back by your recovery supplement then maybe it’s time to let go of your protein overloaded “recovery” powder and try something that is designed to actually help you recover.

The problem with a lot of the protein powders out there is that the market is dominated by supplements that are designed to help you get BIG.  If this is what you are looking to do then maybe this review is not for you.

Maybe you should stick to your recovery supplement that loads you with 200% of your daily protein values and pretty much nothing else.  But if you are an athlete looking to improve PERFORMANCE, not just muscle mass, if you are looking for a product designed to help you actually recover, to provide your muscles with the protein needed to develop as well as restore the energy supplies you burned during your workout then look no further than 18 Series Nutrition’s After Action Recovery Mix (AAR).


What sets this product apart is that it was designed for soldiers in the field.  Soldiers who can’t afford to just pump their bodies with protein and sleep off the workout.  Soldiers who need something that not only builds them back up after a hard effort but allows them to jump right back out and repeat that same effort again, because there life might depend on it.  In doing this 18 series nutrition also created an amazing product for true athletes.

The two major differences between AAR and other protein powders is the addition of carbohydrates and fat.  The actual breakdown is 21g Whey Protein, 50g Carbohydrates (Dextrose), and 11g Fat (MCT).  Dextrose is a fast digesting simple sugar which allows you to replenish your energy stores as quickly as possible.  MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides are a form of saturated fatty acids that are considered to be largely missing in the standard American diet.


They are much easier for your body to break down than more complex forms of fat and have numerous health benefits including, improved cognitive function and energy and improved metabolism.  Now what does this mean for you?  It’s simple as I found out first hand when trying this product.  It gives you sustainable energy following your workout and most importantly, especially for you multi-sport athletes it allows you to recover and repeat your workouts sooner.

In my use of this product I saw the most improvement in two areas.  The first was in my overall energy.  As an athlete and a working dad there is never a time sit down and rest after a workout.  On my day’s off I run in the morning and then go straight to playing with my kid’s, which as the leader of an active family usually means running around the playground with my kids or going for a hike.


On my work day’s I get up at 4 to work out before heading to work for a 12 hour shift where nodding off can mean a career change.  With after action recovery I was recovered and ready to go by the time I got out of the shower.  The second and more measurable area of improvement was on my two-a-days.  On days that I did two workouts my second workout saw a huge improvement.

For me this meant completing routes on my boulder wall, shortly after a hard run that would previously have been reserved for my primary workout.  I also followed up my run a few times with strength workouts an hour or so later.  This is something I often try to do but am just too tired to even start when the time comes.  I performed well in all these scenarios. 

Given my results in this area I really wanted to test AAR as an actual energy supplement during an all-day event.  I have not run an ultra since I started using this product and I am interested to see how it will perform if taken midway through a 7 hour event. My bet is it will become a new staple for me there as well.  And that’s really the important stuff right there. military-tactical-1

I didn’t gain 5 pounds of muscle but I did get faster and stronger and won $1500 in prize money at a few obstacle races while using AAR.  Now the icing on the Cake that further sets this product apart, the quality of the powder!  It smells like chocolate, it tastes like chocolate, I actually mixed it with milk fairly often and it made a good quality chocolate milk, and it doesn’t clump!  If everyone used AAR blender bottle would go out of business.  It mixes in to your drink with a simple stir.  Long and short if you are an athlete looking for a true recovery product and not just a muscle builder give AAR a shot, you won’t be disappointed.


By jordan mcdougal

Currently sponsored by the North Face as an ultramarathon runner. Jordan loves his family, running and makes time to stay fit. 2014 Bushido 2 Challenge, 1st place 2014 Spartan Super, Evergreen, 8th place Jordan has placed first in: North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Hells Hills 25 KM Rothrock Challenge 18 M North Face Endurance Challenge, Kansas City 50 KM North Face Endurance Challenge, Washington 50 M North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Nueces 50- 50 M Placed in top 3 in multiple endurance challenges. Attended Liberty University, majoring in Kinesiology and competed on the track and cross country teams. While at Liberty earned several conference titles and was part of the 2006 US Junior Cross Country team that competed at the World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. PR’s are 3:50 for the 1500m, 14:00.13 for the 5k and 29:34 for the 10k. Member of the North Face Team, McDougal rolled through the desert trails in 6:30 to earn the U.S. 50-Mile Trail Championships/Nueces 50 – Rocksprings, Texas. 2007 (R-Jr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … finished as runner-up at the Big South Cross Country Championships … earned first all-region honor of his career at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … finished 16th at the meet, in a personal-best 10K time of 30:27, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships … became the first men’s runner to win three straight 5K titles at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, and also anchored the Flames’ distance medley relay squad to victory … garnered a pair of second-place finishes at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5K. 2006 (R-So.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … Big South third-place finisher in cross country … Liberty’s No. 2 runner (32nd overall) at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … defended his Big South indoor 5K title and finished as 3K runner-up … 1,500-meter and 10K runner-up at outdoor conference meet. 2005 (R-Fr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (two indoor track, three outdoor track) … finished second behind his brother Josh at each of the first three cross country meets of the year … ran an 8K PR of 23:46 to finish as the Stanford Invitational runner-up … placed fifth at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Cross Country Championships, earning a trip to Japan for the World Championships … 5K champion and 3K runner-up at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships … 5K and 10K champion and 1,500-meter runner-up at the Big South outdoor meet … finished second in the Penn Relays 5K. 2004 (Fr.): Redshirted the season … placed fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:29. Prep: Home schooled … placed 23rd at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships as a senior. Cross Country Bests: 8K – 23:46, 10K – 30:27 Track Bests: Steeplechase – 8:58, 5K – 14:00 Jordan subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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