For the past 5 years I have been doing a lot of research and have been trying to figure out the top post workout supplements. Some have worked, some haven’t. Some taste good, some don’t. Some have better quality than others. Me personally, I’m a quality kind of guy. I won’t take a supplement if the quality is crap, and believe me, there are a LOT of them out there! So many companies claim their products to be healthy for you, but in reality there are a lot of hidden and potentially dangerous ingredients in them. Anyways, I talked about the top preworkout supplements a few weeks back, and now I’m going to focus some attention on what I feel are the top supplements to take after your workout.
First and foremost, though, before you purchase ANY supplements, MAKE SURE you do your research on the company and the ingredients listed on the supplement before you purchase anything. Don’t take my word or anyone else’s word for it, and go out and find out for yourself if what you’re about to purchase is truly healthy or not. Hopefully you’re like me and pay close attention to the quality of the products you consume because, well, this is your body and health we’re talking about! You might look and feel alright, but on the inside you could be doing some damage if you’re not taking in post workout supplements with some bad ingredients in them.
If you don’t take anything post workout, it’s about time you start. After you work out you have about an hour time span to eat food or take a supplement that will help with recovery. I like taking supplements so that I don’t have to prepare actual meals, but others are different. Ideally, you want something that has a good balance of both good protein and simple carbohydrates. Why simple carbs? Because they are digested quickly. When you work out, you deplete your glycogen stores, and it’s important that you take in simple carbs so that you replenish those stores, but they also serve as carriers of the protein to the muscle cells as well. The quicker you replenish the stores and get the protein to the muscles post workout, the quicker they can start repairing themselves. Also, look for a post workout supplement that contains glutamine as well, which has been shown in studies to aid in the muscle repair process.
What are my top post workout supplements? Glad you asked. I have 2 of them, and I switch back and forth quite often. One actually isn’t made to be a post workout supplement, but rather a meal replacement, but because of all the vitamins and nutrients and the balance of protein and carbs, it serves as an excellent post workout supplement as well. That supplement is Shakeology. I’m not going to go into the details of what’s in Shakeology because I would have to write a dang book because of all the ingredients, but it’s about as healthy of a supplement that you can get. (Nothing in it is bad for you, period. If you want to check out all the details about it, click here). When I make my Shakeology post workout, I blend it up with almond milk, organic peanut butter, and a banana just to boost the calories quite a bit. However, it’s prefect as it is for post workout recovery if you just want to add water and shake it up. I am always sending out Shakeology samples, and if you’d like one, just send me an email.
Next is the post workout supplement that I have been taking for about 5 years now, and that’s the P90X Recovery Formula. I like the Recovery Formula because it has exactly what I need post workout for proper recovery. It contains a 4:1 carb to protein ratio, along with excellent ingredients to repair damaged muscle, such as creatine, arginine, and glutamine. I really like the taste of it as well. It sort of tastes like an orange cream-sickle, and all I do with it is stick some ice in a shaker cup and shake it up. You could also blend it up with some whey protein if you would like some additional protein, which is something I used to do quite often in the past. It’s simple, quick, and does its job.
When it comes to the top post workout supplements, those are the two that I take and recommend. They both rock, and have helped tremendously with my results over the years. I hope from this post I was able to show you the importance of taking a supplement after your workout because if you don’t, you can really slow down the repair process. Supplements DO HELP with your results! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be glad to help!