Gym coaches size up pro­tein bars

This week, train­ers from Manor gym in Lon­don test the best

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Once the pre­serve of pro­fes­sional ath­letes and Sch­warzeneg­ger wannabes, en­ergy gels, car­bo­hy­drate shakes and pro­tein bars are now firmly in the main­stream. From 2012 to 2017, the UK sports nutri­tion mar­ket more than dou­bled to hit £799 mil­lion, and pro­tein bars alone have be­come ubiq­ui­tous, on sale ev­ery­where from petrol sta­tions to those quick-grab bas­kets at the su­per­mar­ket check­out. They’re teed up for mus­cle-build­ing – higher in pro­tein (some have as much as 20g or more per bar, and plenty are now plant-based) and lower in carbs than en­ergy bars – but many of us buy them purely as a snack, so they’ve got to taste good. This week, we tempted the coaches at Manor SW1 in Lon­don to put down their ket­tle­bells in or­der to sep­a­rate the card­board duds from the high-per­form­ing stars. my­manor.lon­don

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