Bodybuilding/Exercise Supplements in Mumbai

#1 Jun 13th, 2009, 00:05
Join Date:
May 2009
Location:
Malad West, Mumbai
Posts:
21
  • Nickjaa is offline
#1
Hey all,

I'm moving to Mumbai and I quite enjoy exercise, I was wondering if legitimate exercise supplements (like protein powder) are available in Mumbai, and if they are expensive?

It seems silly to ask a question like this about such a big city, but I used to live in Shanghai and the consensus was that protein powder and supplements were not to be trusted, and after experimenting with them there I can only agree...
#2 Jun 13th, 2009, 04:49
Join Date:
May 2009
Location:
Redlands, CA
Posts:
53
  • mikedll is offline
#2
I don't know, but I'd also be interested to know the answer. Right now I use Optimum Nutrition's Whey supplement in the mornings and its great; would like to continue this in Bangalore.
#3 Jun 13th, 2009, 05:14
Join Date:
May 2008
Location:
Back in Jolly ol' Blighty!
Posts:
8,249
  • Haylo is offline
#3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nickjaa View Post I'm moving to Mumbai and I quite enjoy exercise, I was wondering if legitimate exercise supplements (like protein powder) are available in Mumbai, and if they are expensive?
If I was in your position, I would be looking to increase my knowledge of nutrition rather than rely on high quality dietary supplements being available locally.

If you're serious about your exercise I'm sure you already know that those supplements do not offer anything that isn't available in a healthy diet.

I do realise that when you're somewhere like India where you have a totally different set of foods to think about, it's far easier to reach for a supplement, but unless you're 100% sure about manufacturing standards I suggest that you stick to "real" food.
______________________________ ______________________________ _________________

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful - E.E. Cummings, poet (1894-1962)

My India Photos Re-Entry Permit from: UK & USA ~ MHA Tourist Visa FAQ ~ MHA Employent & Business Visa FAQ ~ MHA Student Visa FAQ ~ MHA Entry Visa FAQ .
#4 Jun 13th, 2009, 06:26
Join Date:
Oct 2005
Location:
Abode of Glooscap
Posts:
10,480
  • PeakXV is offline
#4
I don't think it's that easy to get the pure whey protein there unfortunately. A quick google found this Indian fitness site. The posters on this forum really sound like they know what they're are talking about and the thread is current. One poster talks about seeing dust on the whey containers in a recommended mumbai store and because of this walked out. A good idea! I would join that forum & post your question on that thread.

I use Pure Whey Protein Isolate from isonatural.ca - it contains no aspertame and is 93% pure protein. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it is not available in India.

The only other tip I can offer is that the purer the whey - the shorter the shelf-life seems to be - especially when stored in humid/hot conditions - so you may want to sample before buying should you find some.

Best of Luck and let us know how successful you are ... or not.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~
T. S. Eliot

http://www.derekgrantdigital.com
#5 Jun 13th, 2009, 20:17
Join Date:
May 2009
Location:
Malad West, Mumbai
Posts:
21
  • Nickjaa is offline
#5
I'm pretty knowledgeable on nutrition, and as I'm a vegetarian I'm actually quite looking forward to exploring nutrition in India as there will be a far greater variety of vegetarian food (and by extention vegetarian protein sources) available there than there are here in Australia, where you have to prepare a lot of your own food if you want to get enough protein. I know it won't be a problem to get enough protein in my day-today diet, however shakes are important post-workout as they are absorbed much faster when the body needs protein the most. Shakes are really important for exercise, and it's an easy protein boost if you can't be bothered cooking eggs or making a meal. I'll start poking around on that other website and let you know..
#6 Jun 13th, 2009, 20:22
Join Date:
May 2008
Location:
Back in Jolly ol' Blighty!
Posts:
8,249
  • Haylo is offline
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post One poster talks about seeing dust on the whey containers in a recommended mumbai store and because of this walked out.
While that would definitely ring alarm bells in the UK, in Delhi all that means is that nobody had dusted for the last few hours!

Honestly I've never lived ANYWHERE so dusty, it's unbelievable; no wonder everyone who can employs sweepers and maids, if we didn't I'd spend all my time cleaning!
#7 Jul 29th, 2009, 15:26
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Sydney, Australia
Posts:
11
  • marinelines is offline
#7
Be careful of US proteins as they are unregulated and have many "proprietary blends". Meat is always a good source of protein (sorry veggies), but being in India it will be hard getting beef, especially in the north. You can always eat earthworms which are 80% protein compared to beef which is only 20%.
#8 Jul 29th, 2009, 15:46
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
chicago, IL
Posts:
110
  • LBJ_KING is offline
#8
I've searched for whey protein in India, but have been unsuccesful so far. You could perhaps try some of the bigger drug stores and check if they have it.

In Delhi, I found a shop selling Creatine, but then again I've used creatine before and it wasn't very helpful.

As a college athelete, our nutritionist gets us to eat a lot of oatmeal with skim milk. This is high in protein and fibre and reasonably low in fat. One cup of oatmeal and 2 servings of milk should give you about 20g. of protein and only 5g. of fat.

And oatmeal is a lot easier to find in india!
Hope this helps!!
#9 Jul 29th, 2009, 15:57
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Sydney, Australia
Posts:
11
  • marinelines is offline
#9
Too bad it's not as tasty. There are two types of whey. Isolate and concentrate. Body builders need the isolate and dieters, and everyone else needs the concentrate. Most isolates have concentrates in them anyway.
#10 Jul 29th, 2009, 16:29
Join Date:
May 2009
Location:
Redlands, CA
Posts:
53
  • mikedll is offline
#10
I just moved to into Bangalore and...I found my Gold Standard Whey protein brand! It's at a Reliance Wellness store on 100 Ft Rd:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yA6QyB2jqn.../s1600-h/2.jpg (you can see it here if you look carefully!)

It's about Rs. 2099 (with 10% off at purchase...not sure what that's about) for the 2lb container. They offer free delivery. Even after the discount, it's more expensive than what you'd get at a GNC in the United States, but I'll probably get it soon anyway.

Friend's bazaar seems to have good stuff in Chennai:
http://friendsbazaar.com/index1.php

So in other words, if you go out and look, you can probably find it.
#11 Jul 29th, 2009, 16:38
Join Date:
Nov 2007
Location:
Austin, USA
Posts:
1,203
  • AwayFromHome is offline
#11
Quote:
Originally Posted by marinelines View Post You can always eat earthworms which are 80% protein compared to beef which is only 20%.
Alrighty then!

More power to those who can do that, I'll respectfully decline.
#12 Jul 29th, 2009, 22:54
Join Date:
Oct 2008
Location:
Delhi
Posts:
287
  • AusE is offline
#12
Optimum Nutrition protein powder is available here, have bought it from one of the Alpha Stores, Irla Ville Parle (Alpha 5??)...those stores are SUCH treasure troves. I am fairly sure it was direct from the US, around the rs3000mark (yes, more $$ than States but around same price as it is in Aus). I will run out shortly though and then the hunt begins again! Protein bars I have not yet sen, though I hear gyms sell some supplements, no doubt a little pricey though.

Alpha also sells some other supplements etc e.g. GNC brand, but stock does vary!!!

Have also seen the ONC protein powder, creatine and something else (I forget) upstairs at the Star Bazaar in Andheri(W)

Did order some stuff from bodybuilding.com last year, import tax was a little rude. Suggest you stock up/get your loved ones at home to send you some shipments, as can be a little hard to find particular things here.
#13 Jul 30th, 2009, 04:16
Join Date:
Jan 2009
Location:
Mumbai
Posts:
130
  • Karina83 is offline
#13
Hi mates,
My question is the following: Do you know any good fitnees club in Mumbai and which is not that expensive? I have heard of " Gold Club"! ....

Thank you
Kabhi alvida na Kehna
#14 Jul 31st, 2009, 14:17
Join Date:
Jun 2009
Location:
London
Posts:
12
  • THFourteen is offline
#14
i was in powai for a month and they had a GNC nutrition shop with a whole range of powders.

the "Food Bazaar" supermarket has a range of protein (rupee 1250 for a tub of "British Nutrition something something") which i'm currently using, and it hasnt made my insides feel any worse than they normally do. Sugar and Calorie content seems pretty decent.

Also the gym i was using (at the Beatle in Powai) had a juice bar where they whizz you up protein shakes that were pretty tasty.
#15 Aug 13th, 2009, 23:31
Join Date:
May 2009
Location:
Malad West, Mumbai
Posts:
21
  • Nickjaa is offline
#15
So I've arrived in Mumbai now (I started the thread) and am staying in Malad, and honestly I've seen protein all over the place in the malls here on Link road. I think it's link road. But yeah, plenty of protein, I brought two big bags from Oz but it looks like I'm set up here, I didn't even have to look very far, and I see supplement/fitness shops/gyms pretty regularly when zipping around on rickshaws.

Of course eventually (when I run out of the protein I brought from home) I'll start buying up here and have to do research on the brands to see if they're reliable, and then I might be disappointed, but... it all looks pretty good so far. Some powders claim to be 90% protein.

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Bringing Supplements to India Apr 30th, 2008 17:03 31 6538 Health and Well Being in India
Bodybuilding in Delhi? Feb 3rd, 2008 20:26 9 4473 Delhi
Traveling with Supplements? Dec 29th, 2005 12:07 4 868 Health and Well Being in India


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2014
Page Load Success