Question: What is the best way to recover after a strenuous workout? Should I eat or use a protein supplement? What is one of the better supplements available?
Answer: After a training session, which is different from a workout, you body needs to repair and restore muscle. Most people workout. The massive influx of people heading to the gym for the first time or the first time in a long time think they are going to train but most are going to workout. Few have a plan once they reach the gym and fewer have the will to execute with intensity.
If you train, and you know who you are, you need food, specifically protein and carbohydrates after completing training. The ideal window of opportunity for this to occur is within 45 minutes. Lee Haney, one of the best bodybuilders of all time, in the years we trained, ate after training. Typically it was two grilled chicken breasts on whole wheat buns with green leaf lettuce and tomato. It worked well for him. If you have a time crunch and a meal like that doesn’t fit your schedule whey protein is a great supplement. The two that are the best is one manufactured locally and is a national brand, Scivation. It can be found at Unlimited Nutrition along with a good tasting meal replacement packet by Lee Labrada nutrition. Another excellent protein that you may have to find on the Internet is Beverly International. It has a great taste and mixes well in milk or water. Post training food is an important factor in achieving both fitness and athletic performance goals. God bless and keep training.