How important are post-workout protein shakes?

Post-workout timing is crucial in terms of supplementing and providing your body with essential nutrients needed after you’re done exercising. Remember, when you do vigorous resistance training and lift weights, you are breaking down your body. 

So what do you need to do after you get out of the gym? You need to be focused on the recovery process. The quickest way to begin that is with a post-workout protein shake. 

There are plenty of different options in terms of protein powders, whether it be whey, beef, or pea protein. These are all absolutely fine to kick-start the muscle-building and anabolic processes. It’s important to get this in relatively quickly after you’re done training. 

So do you need a protein shake after working out?

Yes and no. For more advanced clients, I would say yes. For novice clients, I would say no. At the same time, we live in a convenience-driven society, and it’s very easy to keep protein powder on hand. You can add just a few scoops to a shaker cup and down it as you’re driving home from your training facility. My general recommendation for women is to add one scoop—typically 20 grams. For a man, I’d recommend two scoops, about 40 grams.

It might also be a good idea to combine that with a fast-acting carbohydrate post-workout. For a woman, this could one or two rice cakes. For a man, just double that amount.

Essentially, you’re trying to get those nutrients into your cells to replenish what you lost during the workout.

Are post-workout carbohydrates absolutely necessary? No, but they can help counteract the stress of training and bring you back to more of an anabolic environment and start the recovery process quicker.

If you have any questions about which protein powders to pick out, fitness in general, or anything else, please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call.



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