How important is recovery protocol after exercise? I have seen so many athletes spend countless hours in the gym or on the field, but they just don’t see the results for the effort. Their diet is right on target…they never miss a workout…they have a supplement plan….but something is missing. I conducted an in-depth research project on why they were not seeing improvement, and although there were several commonalities, the one that stood out from the rest was this…NO RECOVERY OR MINIMAL RECOVERY.
Let’s say you are working out in the gym…you have completed rep after rep, set after set, and most likely lifted several tons of weight. You have broken down muscle, you have exhausted your body, now what? Your body needs to recover and return to normal, but how is that accomplished? When asked, most think they have recovered with a bottle of water and maybe a meal later…well that’s a beginning but is not sufficient to recover and to begin the muscle recovery, repair and rebuilding process.
You need to hydrate the body of course to replace the fluids that you have sweated out or used during the workout. Your body also needs good carbohydrates to help replenish energy, and it needs BCAAs/protein for muscle recovery. Your body is not prepared to digest a meal directly after the workout, and I have seen trainees complete their last rep and within seconds they are trying to eat chicken breasts, broccoli, and brown rice. Now that is great for later, but for right now, the best thing to do is drink water, and drink a protein and carb shake to help the body on the road to recovery and to reach your goals. Once recovery begins, then you can sit down to an enjoyable meal.
When you recover properly, you repair the body, you will see and feel changes in your body…you will assist ROM (range of motion), decrease DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and help the body when it comes to sleep/rest by relaxing the muscle/body in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. In short, if you are not recovering, you are wasting your time. Just ask us for help, we can recommend the proper supplements and when and how to use them.