Best after workout recovery drink?

  • HotCoach

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    Dec 07, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    How about good old chocolate milk. My club has started selling it, in packaging that costs more than the contents, for $1.95 a 1/2 pint! RYup. rght next to Myoplex and the assorted sugar waters, Vitamin Water, etc.

    I bring a thermos full unless I'm going straight home. Otherwise I wipe up some in my blender

    Got a favorite?

    Just remembered. When I ran my 1st marathon back in the sixties the drink of choice was flat coke. I still have some of that occasionally. haha
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    Chocolate milk and coke both taste amazing after you've worn yourself out, so I can understand that.

    I like to chase my exhaution with tequila.
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    WATER! What the hell is wrong with WATER?
  • Ironman4U

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    Dec 07, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    After a long endurance workout (running or biking longer than 2-3 hours), my recovery drink of choice is Endurox Rx. The stuff is amazing. Can do a 20 mile run and feel great the next day!
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    CYTOCELL, for post workouts in wieght training, end of story.
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    Try this instead:




    Or this:

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    Dec 07, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    After a run.. either Powerade or fruit juice.

    After a workout.. MRP shake, with 1 scoop of Glycomaize and a tablespoon of sugar mixed in.
  • jingold04

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Chocolate milk (or plain milk) actually has the same amino acid profile as whey protein. The only diff. is that whey has almost twice the protein as milk per oz. I have learned that if you really bust your ass, whatever your workout routine, you should consume some simple sugar with those post-workout calories. If you don't add the easily and quickly absorbed sugar,your body uses the protein to bring your blood glucose levels back to normal,instead of using it to build mass,if that's your goal.
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Right.

    Fast carbs (sugars) are a VERY GOOD idea post workout if you are doing heavy anaerobic exercise. Milk has a lot of fat, though, and many folks can't digest milk sugar (lactose), or milk protein well. Better choices would be orange juice, or apple juice, with corn starch, and whey protein, which also has the benefit of being economical. Stuff like Vitamin Water, etc., are garbage designed to rid you of your dollars and not much else, and of little value in a sound training program. Fruit and veggies are fine but simply don't have enough calories and should be considered an adjunct and not the main course. Corn starch is a component in many commercial drinks and is very cheap and caloricly dense. You're an idiot to buy stuff at a health food store when you can do it more cheaply and better, yourself.

    One of the reasons so many folks fail in their weight lifting is inadequate carbohydrates, which is protein sparing, and provides glucose for anaerobic exercise.

    If you're having problems staying small, the first thing you need to do is to look at your carb intake. A machine without fuel doesn't run properly.
  • dpjr

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    When I hired a couple of personal trainers earlier this year they both indicated that a whey protein drink taken within 30 minutes of the workout was best. Both had degrees in exercise physiology and minors in nutrition. One had written an article for a professional journal about this.
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:36 PM GMT
    dpjr saidWhen I hired a couple of personal trainers earlier this year they both indicated that a whey protein drink taken within 30 minutes of the workout was best. Both had degrees in exercise physiology and minors in nutrition. One had written an article for a professional journal about this.


    I know plenty of crazy folks who are shrinks, too. And several fat doctors, and more than few tiny personal trainers. I know more than a couple doctors who are clueless about sports medicine. Point being, a degree, may, or may not, mean something.

    What the trainers forgot to tell you is that you need a "push" with the protein for the best results. That's done with carbs. You also need to recharge your glycogen in the golden hour post workout (uptake is nearly 70% better then). Feel free to ask them about it.

    Massive giants supplement their post workout carbs with exogenous insulin to make the effect even more pronounced.

    If you're looking for gains, carbs are key.

    One of the guys that studied me in my 20's had a master's in exercise science (now a doctorate from University of Penn), but, also had the practical experience of being an advanced athlete. You would do well to find someone the same. I've met more than a few papered trainers who were terrible and look much worse now than they did several years ago.

    Understand, some of these folks will repeat whatever was put in front of them. As part of the generation forced to watch "Reefer Madness" and that knows about the misinformation of "juice" I take many of these guys as nutcases.

    I've often had doctors ask me for advice. Such is the way of The World.
  • HotCoach

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidWATER! What the hell is wrong with WATER?


    Water is fine anytime, for hydration but it doesn't do much to repair muscles after they done their work. Muscles fibers break down in the workout and need to be repaired, They sooner and better the repair job it's more likely that the worked muscle will increase in size and/or strength.
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    Dec 07, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    HotCoach said
    SAHEM62896 saidWATER! What the hell is wrong with WATER?


    Water is fine anytime, for hydration but it doesn't do much to repair muscles after they done their work. Muscles fibers break down in the workout and need to be repaired, They sooner and better the repair job it's more likely that the worked muscle will increase in size and/or strength.


    and thats where chuckys advise comes in handy... immediately after your workout a mix of protein and fast carbs will fuel muscle growth (someone said within 30 mins. I've heard 20, but thereabouts).
    That's why the chocolate milk is becoming popular cos it's a cheap alternative to protein drinks.
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    Dec 07, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    Oh okay.... {shrug} learn something new every day.
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    Dec 07, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    I find a combo of Max Iso Extreme Whey and Max ACM is great for the fast absorbing whey combined with some carbs for glycogen replenishment.
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    Dec 07, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    I used to take Recovery 2:1:1 by Optimum Nutrition.

    It has a very nice balance of carbs, protein, and sugars for replenishment of the things your body needs to promote protein synthesis and recovery.

    It worked for me, but now I'm trying to see progress without it.
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    Dec 07, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Water.
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    Dec 08, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Chocolate whole milk with either a tablespoon of peanut butter or 2 ozs of nuts.