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2. Recovery

These are ways to speed up recovery after those harder workouts.

2. Recovery

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Post-workout recovery is an essential part of any fitness routine, and recovery supplements are your secret weapon to optimize this crucial phase. 

  • Specialized supplements are carefully formulated to help your body bounce back faster, reduce muscle soreness, and ensure you're ready for your next workout in peak condition. 

  • The items that follow help soothe muscles, and break up knots. Read on!

Here are the three I would recommend as essential after a tough workout:

1. BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids): *

BCAAs, including leucine, isoleucine, and valine, are critical for muscle protein synthesis and preventing muscle breakdown. They also help reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. 

What I recommend:

Any highly rated BCAA supplement will work well. The two I use the most (depending on whether or not there is a deal going on!!) are Optimum and EVL.

2. Glutamine: *

An amino acid that supports the immune system and helps repair muscle tissue, glutamine can reduce the duration and severity of muscle soreness after intense workouts. 

What I recommend:

Glutamine is most helpful after intense workouts. Stick with Optimum Nutrition or EVL - these are brands I trust and most recommend.

3. Electrolytes: *

Sweating during exercise leads to electrolyte loss, which can result in muscle cramps and dehydration. Electrolyte supplements replenish sodium, potassium, and magnesium to maintain proper muscle function and hydration. 

What I recommend:

Aim for electrolytes that are easy to consume and light on things like sugar and carbs. Honestly, there are so many good ones to choose from, you can't really go wrong. I personally use Liquid I.V. but I have been meaning to try Kaged - and will probably do that next.

*Not a medical professional - consult with your physician before making any major changes to your diet or supplementation. Always use as directed. Stop immediately if any side effects occur.

More Muscle Recovery:

Foam Rollers: Used for self-myofascial release, foam rollers help alleviate muscle tension and soreness by targeting trigger points and increasing blood circulation. 

Massage Guns: These are crucial for muscle recovery and work great on sore muscles or tight muscles. Pay special attention to this one from BOB & BRAD  - I kid you note, I tried every treatment in the book for plantar fasciitis pain and nothing worked. One week with this gun (the steel tip is the trick), and I relieved 80% of my pain. (Results will vary, but worth a shot!)

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