WOD + Protein = Gainz
Lately we’ve gotten some questions about why so many people in the gym are shaking their Blender Bottles and guzzling their protein shakes, seemingly before their Sweat Angel on the floor has started to dry.
So, why is it so important to get some fuel in you ASAP after a workout?
Without getting technical, immediately after your workout is when your body is most primed to be able to take in and utilize whatever you are giving it, to help you recover and build muscle. It’s OK to wait for your breath to come back (we don’t want you to choke!), but it’s best to stay within a 30 min window of finishing your workout. And yes, it’s perfectly OK to prep the shake before class, so it’s ready to go for while you are stretching!
But specifically, why do most people use whey protein shakes? Really, you could eat any combination of protein and carbohydrate (grilled chicken and sweet potato, some yogurt, etc), but whey protein is broken down to a point where your body doesn’t even have to do much work to use it…. it’s like its already chewed for ya!
We recently got in a new Cappuccino flavor of the Ascent whey, along with the regular Chocolate and Vanilla. I’ve heard it’s great!
*Note: I wrote any COMBINATION of protein and carbohydrate… if you really want to pump up the “gainz”, add a little bit of fruit juice to your shake, or eat it with a piece of fruit, etc. They work together to even further boost your body’s ability to utilize the nutrients… take advantage of it!!
**Further note: If you or someone in your family is sensitive or intolerant to lactose or casein, your best bet is to avoid whey protein shakes. You can either find beef or egg white based protein powders, or just eat some chicken or a hard boiled egg after your class.
Any questions? Ask Coach Katie. Let’s get ready for Opens!
12 min: 1rm power clean
12min: build to heavy 2 DL w/ perfect low back
500m x 2 @ push pace don’t max out, 90-95% rest 2-3 min