Last week, we talked about ways to add more protein into your diet but why should we care about protein anyway? Well, protein is one of three macronutrients (macro meaning big!) that are used to make sure your body is not only running, but running efficiently. It makes up our muscles, tendons, organs, skin, hair, enzymes, hormones, and so on and so forth. As we work out, we need energy and that energy comes from what we already have in our bodies. After we work out, we need to help our muscles through catabolism by supplying the proper building blocks to repair itself so bring on the amino acids, hence protein!
Here are 3 ways to help your body repair after a WOD.
- Consume a protein shake with in 30 minutes after your workout. This will speed up your recovery by getting that protein into your blood stream quickly to help repair your muscles that have been broken down.
- Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) are best used during a WOD because your muscles start breaking down. Simply put, BCAA keep your muscles working a little longer and protect your muscle mass. Especially, if you are on a caloric deficit (aka Diet to lose weight).
- Creatine helps speed up recovery, build muscles strength and size, and studies have shown it to improve brain function. These are just some of the many things of this often mis-understood supplement. Mix it with either of the first two supplements mentioned here and you will be able to see better improvements in your workouts.
If you need help with some recommendations on what to take, ask one of our coaches during your next class or get in on our next pre-order of Supplements from Driven Nutrition.