So you just started hitting the gym and you have noticed that everyone at the gym is carrying around shaker bottles. As you start hitting the weights more and more you may want to take supplements that help you gain muscle mass, lose weight or recover from a hard workout. This is when you will want to get a good shaker bottle. A good shaker bottle will allow you to mix protein powders, pre workout, vitamins and other supplements that you need to mix.
So what separates the good shaker bottles from the bad ones? There are quite a few ideal features that your bottle must have.
1. Odor resistant bottle
The last thing you want to do is leave your protein shake residue in your shaker bottle. The smell is awful and extremely hard to get out. If you have a plastic bottle the odor is absorb into the plastic and pretty much impossible to remove the stink! Good protein shaker bottles are made of kitchen grade stainless steel. Stainless steel does not absorb odor making it ideal for protein shakers. If you do leave protein in your shaker for days it will still stink bad but you will easily be able to clean the smell out of the stainless steel bottles.
2. It must be leak proof
When using a protein shaker cup, the last thing you want is a leaky bottle that will splatter protein all over your kitchen floor. You want to be able to shake your protein up with some decent power to make sure its smooth and not chunky so your protein shaker better not leak! You also want to be able to throw it in your gym bag without it leaking all over your gym gear.
3. Easy to transport
We all know how annoying it is when you have bottle that does not fit into your car's cupholders! The bottle flies across your car every time you turn or put the breaks on. A good shaker bottle must fit into all standard size cupholders and also fit in the pockets of backpacks.
4. Insulated Bottle
No one wants to drink warm protein shakes or even warm water when they are at the gym. A good protein shaker cup will be insulated, and a really good one will hold ice for over 24 hours! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that water and other drinks be chilled when used during exercise. Chilled water passes through the stomach faster and is sent to the intestines for quicker absorption. During and after exercise, you want to rapidly replace fluids lost due to sweat, so cold water and cold sports drinks are preferred to room temperature drinks. Drinking ice cold water keeps your core temperature down while exercising helping to increase endurance and prevent heat exhaustation. A lot of people find that ice water tastes better and quenches your thirst better than room temperature water allowing you to drink more and stay hydrated. Another huge benefit of drinking ice cold water is that it burns calories. Drinking ice cold water can burn up to 8 calories for every cup of water you drink. This number is not especially significant but over time these calories definitely add up!
5. Easy Open Pop Top
A good shaker bottle has an easy open top. Pop tops are ideal as you don't have to waste time twisting and unscrewing the lid while you are lifting weights. Just pop the top and sip your drink and easy close it by popping it back down.
6. Measurement Marks
When you are taking supplements or even making a glass of ice tea, you need to be able to measure how much liquid you are adding to your cup. If you do not have usable measurement marks then your not going to be able to mix your contents properly. Make sure you grabs yourself a shaker bottle that has measurement markings that are accurate and easy to read.
7. Easy to Carry
If you have a good shaker cup then you will want to bring it everywhere with you. Shaker bottles work great not just for mixing, they also work great as a water bottle. For this reason it must be easy to carry! A shaker bottle with a handle or lanyard are idea for carrying your bottle around all day long from the gym, to the office, the beach and the pool!
8. Easy to Clean & Fill
A good shaker bottle has a wide opening that is extremely easy to fill with powders without spilling. You also want a wide opening that is easy to clean without having to use a special brush. There is nothing worse than not being able to get all the protein out of your shaker cup.
9. It must mix protein powders well
The main objective of protein shakers is to be able to mix protein powder. You don't want clumpy protein floating around in your shakes. Make sure your shaker cup comes with an agitator if it is not insulated. If it is insulated, you can always throw a few pieces of ice into your bottle to act as an agitator without having to clean up the agitator afterwords.
10. Sweat Free Bottle
How annoying are those sweat rings all over your furniture and the gym floor? Grab an insulated bottle do not sweat so you don't have to worry about needing a coaster every time you put your bottle down.
The Ice Shaker Generation 2 Bottle!
Now there is only one thing left to do. You need to find a shaker bottle with all 10 of these awesome features. Well we did that for you. Ice Shaker's generation 2 bottle was created by Chris Gronkowski, a former NFL player and fitness enthusiast, and he created the Ice Shaker for his own personal use. The all new Ice Shaker has all these awesome features and will be launching September, 2017. Sign up for our newsletter to be updated when the new cup launches or grab an original Ice Shaker today!