Maximuscle Cyclone Protein Powder Review

Maximuscle Cyclone Review

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On 2013-06-28
Last modified:2019-10-20


Maximuscle Cyclone might cost proportionately more than the competition, but here's an idea: why don't you refrain from pissing £50 away on Saturday night in some shitty night club and give this supplemental powerhouse a go? You will not regret it, that I can promise you.

Maximuscle Cyclone is a brand so synonymous with muscle and strength it has to be up there with other respective market leaders like Apple, Nike and Walkers Crisps.

Let me put it another way: if Maximuscle Cyclone was heroin, it would be endorsed by Frank Lucas.

To demonstrate quite how much of an impact this product has had, let me take you back through the vistas of time to 1995…

Cotton Eye Joe was at Number 1 in the charts, Frank Bruno had just won the WBC World Heavyweight Champion, and Andrew Richards had become the first person to be convicted of male rape under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act.

A really, really good year.

Aside from that, a young aspiring bodybuilder walks into Boots the chemist looking to find a supplement to take his muscular development to the next level.

But what’s this?

This is new… what the shitting crikey is Cyclone?

This young bodybuilder is me from 1995.

(Not actually me, I’d have been six at the time, and I think if it was me I’d be asking my parents some seriously telling questions about a) why I was in Boots alone and b) why, aged six, had I already hit a plateau – their training programme must have been weak).

Let me explain…

Product overview

Maximuscle Cyclone

Maximuscle Cylone is branded as an all-in-one supplement, which is essentially a protein shake with a handful of additional ingredients (creatine, glutamine, BCAAs) to help you build muscle and strength.

This supplement has dominated the protein market for many years, and it’s a testament to its quality that Maximuscle is the official supplier of supplements to: England Rubgy, England Cricket, Welsh Rugby, Everton FC, and UK Sport (although 90% of footballers are small and weedy so perhaps they need better exposure to this muscle building phenomenon).

Per 60g serving, the nutritional stats are as follows:

Calories 225kcal
Protein 25g
Carbs (of which sugar) 9.1g (2.4g)
Fat (of which saturates) 6.3g (3.3g)
Fibre 1.2g
Salt 0.3g
Zinc 2.5g
Calcium HMB 1.5g
Creatine monohydrate 5g
Glutamine 10g

Taste and texture

These are huge plus points for Cyclone, as they really are market leaders in taste and texture as well as muscle and strength building.

Unlike nouveau-riche companies like Myprotein and Bulk Powders, Maximuscle don’t fuck about with unnecessary flavours that you might find in a stick of Willy Wonka gum, such as ‘Endives’ or ‘Coq au Vin’.

I went for the chocolate flavour and guzzled it down like August Gloop, albeit with a lower body fat percentage.

Also, the fact that I don’t have to spend all day trying to stifle bum gas in the office after my morning shake is a massive bonus, and, quite frankly, a major USP for me.

Maximuscle Cyclone

Value for money

This is what probably causes a lot of people to abandon their carts.

There’s no other way of putting this: Maximuscle Cyclone is considerably more expensive than the competition.

The age-old idiom of ‘pay peanuts get monkeys’ isn’t 100% true in the supplement market any more, but, for the cash-strapped bodybuilder, trying to justify paying almost twice as much for a product that might be 10-20% better than the competition is implausible.

What’s more, there’s an army of keyboard warriors/cunts on internet forums quick to criticise Maximuscle Cyclone and simply dismiss it as overpriced.

However, for me, the fact that pharmaceutical powerhouses GlaxoSmithKlein bought Maximuscle demonstrates that this product, amongst the rest of their catalogue, must still be making the kind of sales that would put George Michaels’ coke/car dealer to shame (either works).


Quite simply, the gains I achieved with this product were unmitigated.

Despite sticking to a fairly primordial strength routine which would’ve made Reg Park proud (the routine, not the weight, he probably would’ve shown the same disdain and indifference as Billy Elliot’s father upon discovering a photo of Wayne Sleep hidden inside a copy of Razzle), I gained around 1.5kg of lean muscle over the course of one Maximuscle Cyclone 2.7kg tub.

The strength gains were also pretty special, particularly on the overhead lift movement on which I’m constantly plateauing.

I similarly added 5kg to my 3-5 rep max – cannot fault the product there.


If this supplement review was based solely on taste and effectiveness, Maximuscle Cyclone would easily get a 5/5.

However, for your everyday bodybuilder, 75 green queens for 45 servings is simply too much (worth pointing out it had been reduced from £106!).

The hook line for Maximuscle Cyclone aggressively reads ‘for serious trainers that want results’.

Frankly, and unequivocally, this is true – I can’t recommend this product enough!

Yes it might cost proportionately more than the competition, but here’s an idea: why don’t you refrain from pissing £50 away on Saturday night in some shitty night club and give this supplemental powerhouse a go?

You will not regret it, that I can promise you.

Order Maximuscle Cyclone

You can usually get the best price on Maximuscle Cyclone here at Amazon where it typically goes for well below the recommended retail price.

Until next time: lift smart, and lift strong(er with Maximuscle Cyclone).

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  1. I’ve been using it for over a year, great product, greats gains.

    No complaints whatsoever.

    1. Hi Thomas.

      Couldn’t agree more.

      I think once you bite the bullet and try this product, you never look back.

      What do you think of the bars?

      I had a dark chocolate one today, a lot more palatable than most other brands.

  2. Nice article Greg.

    How does it compare to rival brands like Hurricane XS? Is it worth forking out extra for?

    Also, have you tried any other Maximuscle products – like Promax, for example?

    1. If you’re in the fortunate position where money isn’t too much of an issue then go for Maximuscle Cyclone, it’s simply better.

      You can’t argue with the price of Hurricane XS that’s for sure.

      I’m a recent convert to Maximuscle (having a better financial position then when I was a student) so will soon to be sampling (and maybe reviewing) more of their products.

      Still trying to bulk at the moment so Promax can wait for a few months.

  3. Hello to all.

    I am an old Karate Player and I just have started Maximuscle Cyclone since 2 weeks.

    Since I am allergic to milk the taste is not very good for me but the results I have noticed during exercise and after workout is a bit suitable for my body, I am on diet as I have to lose about 20 to 30 pounds of extra fat and then I will be here again with the result.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Nemat, let us know how you get on!

  4. Sugar content is too high

    1. Sugar content isn’t too high as it’s mainly meant for post workout.

      Thus insulin spike forces more into the muscles.

      The dectrose in the pack if balanced with a x6 a day usual bodybuilder meal is perfect.

      Sugar content (well dextrose) is there for a very good reason if taken at the right times.

      I keep finding the 1200 tubs for 25 quid on Amazon.

      To get the daily 11g of glutamime, Amino acids, 10g of creatine… 3g of HMB… 60g of whey, I would say, at the discount prices… it’s cheap!

      10 servings in a tub, that’s only the price of one Latte at Starbucks!

      This stuff really works.

      Maybe HMB is underrated.

      As something really gives me a boost more than using these separately.

      Don’t complain about the sugar.

      If you want to complain ask why Calcium is in it and Zinc… we do not get enough Zinc as low absorption.

      Adding zinc with calcium will render the zinc useless, hence why its best to take a ZMA separately at night on an empty stomach.

      Best product on the market.

      Yes. A 25 quid a tub cheapest… actually yes!

      Not sure why Maxi go for £55 when no one else does!

      For me the bars don’t work as well as pure power.

      Note, sugar guy, when you take whey on its own you have to dextrose overload anyway otherwise much of it will be expensive urine.

      Ciao ciao

      1. That’s what I was going to say…

  5. Found the product awful, been training for 8 months and the first 3 of them I used Cyclone.

    Doesn’t mix very well, product become very claggy, no real gains.

    Spoke to their customer care and they couldn’t give a jot.

    Went on to Mutant products and never looked back, far superior.

    Avoid this cheap supermarket product and go to your local independent supplement shop they will tell you the same.


    1. Hi Andy, thanks for your comment.

      Personally I found it to mix very well for an ‘all-in-one’ supplement, bearing in mind it contains creatine which often struggles to dissolve.

      Sorry to hear it gave you no real gains, but it’s only a supplement remember, and there are so many other factors at play.

      Which Mutant products have you tried, out of interest?

      And what the fuck does “claggy” mean?

  6. After trying different products and having mixed results I’ve landed on Cyclone now – and I’ve read mostly good things!

    I was just wondering how often you take it and when?

    My normal routine is 12k hard cycle in the morning (commute) and then weights at the gym in the afternoon before the return leg on the bike.

    Any tips for a schedule such as this?



    1. Hi Tom, thanks for dropping by.

      The timing of when you take a protein shake is not really that important, it’s a supplement which is there to help you meet your daily macros, so don’t get too hung up on this.

      Generally, I would take a supplement such as this 2 times a day in between 3-4 high protein meals.

      And remember, at the end of that day, supplementation is no substitute for ‘real’ food, it’s there primarily for convenience.

      I would always take a proper meal over a protein shake if I had the opportunity.

      Have fun, and let us know how you get on!

  7. I’ve been going to the gym for about a year and I’ve decided its time to jump into the world of protein.

    I’ve just ordered my first tub of protein and I was wondering if you followed the recommended intake or you just did your own thing?

    I don’t think I could afford to take it twice a day every day (even on non work out days) as I’d run out before the end if the month!

    Do you think I would get similar results if I just took it on workout days (I go about 3/4 days a week)?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Adam

      If you’re in the fortunate position where you can afford to take this (or any product) twice a day then it will be more beneficial then do so, it will help you gain strength/size.

      That said – only taking it once a day or just on work out days will not make you 50/100% less efficient in achieving your goals.

      Always keep in mind that this product is a “supplement” to your diet. Eating lots of clean food will have a bigger impact on your gains than missing a shake every now and then.

      Ideally try and take 1 shake per day on non workout days & 2 on workout days then maybe drop it one day at the weekend on your designated treat/cheat day. You’ll probably be getting sufficient calories that day anyway.

      If you want to make it go further then just stick you 1 per day, as I said, supplements might only make 10-30% difference to your overall gains. Diet and sleep are more important ultimately.

      Hope this helps


  8. I really need to know if this product is vegetarian friendly.

    1. Just bought some today, vanilla flavour.

      Tastes pretty good and as a vegetarian I can confirm it is veggie friendly.

      Not vegan though obviously.

  9. I am relatively new to protein shakes and was wondering, should I use water or milk with maximuscle cyclone?

    1. Either is fine.

      Milk will taste better and up the protein content so it’s really about whether you want 50-100kcal extra per shake.


  10. My favorite product.

    Had a while of training, started back sparring 6 week ago and damaged my tendons which join onto your bi’s, had week of went back done it again!

    I’ve completely lost my recovery but am still fit so I have gone back on the weights to get my body back.

    First week couldn’t move for 4 days so got back on the Cyclone and within a week I’m back and caining it.

    Did chest and shoulders 6 this morn, then 8 round sparring after work and feel gd!

    As for the bad for mixing comment, if you mix it b4 you set off for gym it goes denser with a funny taste.

    Best leave your tub in the car then mix it straight after training – only need a few shakes and presto!

    1. Hi Shaun, great to hear you are back in the gym and smashing it!

      If you have any questions – do let us know!

  11. Used it a couple of years ago and loved it, saw a impressive gain and fast recovery.

    Perfect supplement if you are looking to kickstart.

    But have to say after a while switch to USN Anabolic Muscle Fuel for beast results (just an opinion).

    1. Hi Lewis

      Anabolic muscle fuel sounds like something Wiley Cayote would buy…in which case, I need to try this!



  12. Maxi have really sorted the taste and mixability of their protein powders.

    I tried Cyclone a year or two ago and it was disgusting – now it tastes like you’re drinking a very light milkshake and it’s tasty with no powdery lumps.

    Only been on it a few days but feeling good!

    1. Agreed, taste was always good in my opinion, but it’s better now than ever!

  13. Could I use milk instead of water?

    1. Yes, I much prefer the taste with milk, plus you’re getting more calories.

  14. Is this protein suitable for women?

    I don’t want massive gains haha.

    1. Absolutely.

      You won’t get “massive gains” like a man, as women simply do not produce enough testosterone to build mass like men do.

  15. Hi there was wondering if anyone could help me?

    I’m a slim/athletic tonedish guy but really unconfident in myself and don’t feel comfortable with my body at all!

    So I’ve started going gym and do about 40-50 mins a night.

    I want to tone my arms enough just so they fit snug in a top rather then the sleeves hang off.

    Also want to build a better bit more toned stomach.

    I’m on a lean muscle Maxi product which I take 2 shakes every day 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening, then go gym around 10pm.

    Is there any tips on what Maxi product to get and how to get quick results?

    Also are Maxi products worth it?

    Thanks for reading!

    1. Hi Lewis.

      Any Maxi protein shake is fine, they’re all much of a muchness when it boils down to it.

      Protein is protein, and with Maxi Nutrition you’re always guaranteed superior quality.

      I would add that supplements are just a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to building size and strength; the best results will come from training and eating more effectively.

      Training-wise, a good place to start would be a three-days-per-week full-body routine comprising plenty of compound lifts.

      There are plenty of decent routines to get you started here:

      Hope that helps, let me know – either here or on Twitter – if you have any further questions.


      1. Rubbish.

        Not all protein is created equal and since Maximuscle has changed its name to Maxinutrition and become part of a big corporate the protein in cyclone has changed.

        It’s now poor quality protein and as a result I will not buy it.

  16. Hi, interesting read thanks.

    I go kickboxing/boxing 5 days a week, no weights.

    Is it worth taking this – if I don’t lift?

    Many thanks,


    1. Hi Luke.

      If you’re experiencing muscular soreness after your sessions then of course, it’ll help your general recovery leaving you fresher before your next session.


  17. I have a really fast metabolism and have recently lost a lot of weight for one reason or another.

    I was advised along with good food I should drink some protein.

    I’m not exercising at the moment either as I want to gain weight first, get to my ideal weight, and then introduce exercise later.

    Any other advice you could offer?

    1. English Breakfast before sleep 🙂

    2. Hi Mel.

      I’d suggest a high-protein diet full of wholesome “real” foods and lots of healthy fats: steaks, chicken with the skin on, olive oil, nuts, eggs, fish, loads of veg, sweet potatos, wholegrain rice.

  18. My god… what a belter of a product.

    Bit the bullet last week and picked up 2 very large tubs on offer at the local supermarket.

    What can I say?

    Just simply didn’t expect these gains and the explosive power during workouts in as little as 2 weeks.

    You could easily say it’s half of 12 and half a dozen of the other but I swear this feels different.

    Utterly smashed arms and chest last night but raring to go this morning already.

    In the car at present dying for the gym to open at 6:30am!

    Sad I know.

    New person, new body, new me!

    Love it & worth every penny.

    Usually in life, you get what you pay for!

    A fantastic product.

    1. Hi Sanj, awesome to hear you’re getting some great results, keep it up!

  19. Is there still beta ecdysterone in Cyclone like there used to be a few years ago?

    1. Doesn’t look like it – certainly not listed in the ingredients on my current tub.

  20. Can’t wait to trial a cycle!

  21. Is it best for lean body?

    My age is 18+, body size is fit.

  22. That looks like it was written by the company itself.

  23. I’m sorry but I think this product tastes absolutely awful after being bought it I thought I would give it a go but no, the taste is absolutely terrible (chocolate flavour) and tastes nothing like actual chocolate more like a fake reproduction of something that remotely represents the flavour.

    The serving sizes are huge for something that only gives 25g of protein, also after being able to bite the bullet and drink it it leaves you extremely bloated and a sick feeling in your stomach.

    Solid 2/10