Save the Scivation
for during your workouts to reap the unique potential benefits of BCAA's. If you're taking something post-workout, save the money and use Google shopping to find the cheapest price from a reliable seller on a solid Milk Protein Isolate (80:20 of Casein:Whey) like Gaspari Myofusion
or Dymatize Elite Gourmet
. If you don't ever drink the BCAA's in the Scivation
during your workout, then do like Hard Heart recommends, and toss in a scoop of the BCAA's with your cheaper protein. Bang! Best of both worlds.
If you can find plain Whey Protein Concentrate (i.e. WPC) for substantially cheaper than those I've recommended, then get it. I think my local Costco stocks Cytosport
's 5lb tubs of Complete Whey
for $35. Long gone are the days when I believed that substantial differences would be reaped depending on the type of protein you take PWO (ex. WPC vs. Hydrolyzed Protein). Ultimately, it's about the macros. If you want to grow, and assuming your diet and training regimen would otherwise be identical, then the guy taking 3x grams of Whey Protein Concentrate will outgrow the guy taking 2x grams of MPI or BCAA or Hydrolyzed Protein or specialty formulas like Endurox or others with added Glutamine/MCT's/Waxy-Maize/whatever...every single time.
It's about calories, and meeting a protein minimum
(that is much lower than the supplement industry wants you to believe). Sugars/Starches are cheaper beyond the minimum for fortifying your calorie intake from a powder, but they do present a substantial glycemic load if that's a concern for you. But ultimately, it's about energy.