Everyone that has any type of experience with weight training knows that nutrition is the key to success, and while real food is great, supplements can also provide you with many benefits. Supplements come in many shapes and sized but in this particular article I will be talking about post workout supplements. As you can probably tell from their name, these supplements are taken right after your workout and are popular with many athletes out there. Here I will talk about the types of post workout supplements available, their advantages, and how to select the best post workout supplement possible.
Now you may be wondering who I am and why you should listen to me. While I am not a big name in the bodybuilding scene, I have been training for close to 7 years now as of writing and have spent just as much time researching as I have spent working out. It is through this knowledge that I gained that I am able to write posts such as this one, and I urge you to always take the time to learn new things. Let’s get started then!
Why Do You Need Post Workout Supplements?
Before you understand why you should use such supplements, you need to first understand how the body actually works. Unknown to most people, during training you are actually breaking down your muscles and not making them bigger. Your body will then start to repair this damage, which will result in a bigger and stronger muscle once the process is over. Now in order for the body to do this you must provide it with the correct nutrients just like giving fuel to your car. Now what you eat is important, but when you eat it can also have an impact.
Right after you finish working out your body will be highly susceptible to nutrient absorption (also known as the “window of opportunity”), which you must take advantage of if you are to see any real gains in the long-run. While working out your body will also be depleted from several nutrients, and if left in this state, will start to break down muscle for said nutrients. This is why it is important to nourish your body as quickly as possible after your workout, preferably immediately.
Food is obviously a great and highly recommended way of replenishing these nutrients, but as an addition, you can also incorporate supplements into the equation. Some supplements absorb a lot faster than food does and can be taken right after you exit the gym, which is a big plus.
Benefits Of Post Workout Supplements
Post workout supplements along with post workout meals are generally used to replenish glycogen, increase protein synthesis, and also to decrease protein breakdown.
Athletes who make use of such supplements generally have 3 things in mind:
- To repair the damage done during the actual workout
- To increase muscle size
- To replenish their depleted energy stores
So to summarize everything up, proper post workout nutrition gives an athlete the following advantages:
- Lessened muscle soreness
- More muscle
- Faster recovery
- Higher bone density
- Stronger immunity system
- Faster metabolism
Types of Post Workout Supplements
Generally speaking, there are 3 main post workout supplement types; these are whey protein, glutamine, and amino acids. While others do exist, these are the ones you are likely to encounter so chances are you will end up taking one of them. Protein powders in particular are a very popular post workout supplement because they provide your body with a quick-absorbing source of protein.
While it is hard to define a best post workout supplement since there are so many, one can follow a set of procedures to make sure he is selecting a quality one. The best and most effective way which I have found so far is to read reviews on the product in question. Assuming the reviews are legit, they will give you a realistic look at the product which you can then use to decide whether you want to purchase it or not. Reading the product’s ingredient label is also a good way to know what you are actually getting per serving, along with doing research on the main ingredients found in your supplement.
Taking whey protein as an example, by reading the ingredients label you can see which protein source your particular product is using. Whey isolate is very good for post workout use since it is very fast digesting, but other ones may not be as suitable
That’s all for this article guys, I hope you have found it useful and also learned how to select the best post workout supplement. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below if you have anything to add!