MAXIMIZE YOUR RESULTS WITH POST-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS FOR MUSCLE GAIN
Have you ever heard of the anabolic window? It’s the name for the 30-45 minute window following your workout. There’s tons of information out there that states you should get the adequate amount of muscle building protein and carbs in during this window. However, there’s also a lot of information out there that confirms this anabolic window is a myth. Some scientists, nutrition, and workout professionals disagree. Needless to say, it’s a fiercely debated topic in the world of gains.
So what’s our take on the anabolic window? It’s hard to say. It’s a topic we go back and forth on as well. We like to simplify things here at Crazymass, and our gut tells us that eating a quality meal following an intense workout is a safe bet to ensure your muscle gains are not lost, and your recovery doesn’t suffer.
Because who wants to be extremely sore, tired, and not be able to hit the gym the next day?
FUEL UP WITH MUSCLE BUILDING PROTEIN AFTER PUMPING IRON
If you have a long way to travel from gym to home, it may be hard to get lean proteins and complex carbohydrates in immediately after your workout. In this case, post-workout supplements are essential for muscle gain and convenience purposes. Even if you have a short drive home after the gym, a quick protein shake is just easier sometimes, anyway. Here are a few of our favorite combos to protect that anabolic window (if that is such a thing), and recover your tired muscles after a grueling lifting session.
- High-quality protein supplement shake and a banana
- High-quality protein supplement shake and an apple
- Chicken and potatoes
- Egg whites and oats
- Fish and rice
If you train in the morning, on an empty stomach, we recommend being a little more urgent with your post-workout meal. And remember – there are essential amino acids in supplements and foods. To go along with our list above, here are a few foods that are rich in amino acids from both animal and plant products:
- Chicken, fish, beef, pork, eggs
- Milk, yogurt, cheese
- Chia seeds, raisins, quinoa, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados
- Olives, seaweed, leafy greens, grains, beans
HEALTHY PROTEIN POWDER
If you’re in the market to maximize your results with post-workout supplements for muscle gain to go along with your stack, think adding a ISO protein powder to your campaign. Muscle-building protein powder packs a punch. Following your workout, your muscles will be receptive to the 25 grams of powerful protein. Mix it with iced coffee, water, or your choice of milk, add your choice of carb (we like to recommend fruit after a workout) and those fast-acting proteins and amino acids will help you replenish and recover those muscles.
NOBODY WANTS TO LOSE THEIR HARD-EARNED MUSCLE GAINS
All in all, we’re still conflicted about the anabolic window theory. But no matter what’s true and what’s #BroScience, eating after your workout is a good habit to get into.
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Gary David is the founder and CEO of CrazyMass, one of the nation’s leading supplement companies. Before starting CrazyMass in 2006, Gary was a bodybuilder and personal trainer for several gyms throughout Northwest Michigan, helping clients meet their fitness goals. Gary happily worked in this profession for over 15 years. He saw that most weight gaining products to increase muscle were made with ingredients that were dangerous or of poor quality. He knew there was a safer and healthier way to do this, so he created a special blend of herbs, amino acids, and nutrients to help bodybuilders slim down and gain muscle.
Although Gary no longer participates in bodybuilding competitions, he continues to be involved in the community, helping others prep for shows and attending events where he can advertise CrazyMass products. When Gary isn’t working long hours, he likes to spend his time working out at the gym, boating on Lake Michigan, traveling the trails around Northern Michigan by four-wheeler, and spending time with his family. He also loves to take a yearly trip to Europe with his wife and children.