It's no secret that a protein shake post workout has become a staple for most athletes and gym rats. We see more and more of our athletes drinking them after their lifts and we love it.
Ever wonder why people drink them? Here's why...
When you workout you're producing stress on the body, this is a good kind of stress-the kind of stress that facilitates recovery and growth. In order for the body to recover at an optimal level there needs to be an intake of protein, this intake will stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is the use of amino acids to create proteins to repair muscle and help them grow.
This is why you see diets high in protein far more superior for athletes and regular lifters. The increased intake of protein will help stimulate more protein synthesis, especially when you're lifting and playing your sport (constantly breaking down the body).
So why a whey shake?
Whey protein is classified as a fast-digesting protein, as in, it's protein form will be easier and readily used by the body. Along with being fast digesting whey contains a lot of essential amino acids (building blocks of protein), the higher the amount of amino acids, the greater muscle protein synthesis. Protein type does matter when it comes to amino acid content, not all protein is created equal. A typical amino acid profile of the whey protein we offer is below...(it contains an optimal amount of essential amino acids, which some whey's do not)
When you're playing a sport and lifting consistently protein timing becomes important, the body needs strategic recovery and energy. This is why you see so many people drinking protein post-workout, the body is in a state of needing protein and the shake can be a great start for protein synthesis (recovery). How much protein is still in debate, but a serving of 20-30 grams is a safe bet (the normal serving size).
If you're lifting and playing hockey, you're at the age that strength and growth are important keys to your success. A protein shake is a great safe supplement for helping you recover and providing the body the fuel it needs to keep performing optimally. We offer protein in the gym and will gladly answer any questions you have about the supplement and it's use for you.