Ugh! That dreaded feeling when you sit down and discover muscles that you didn’t know you had! Muscle soreness is so common and yet it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it is absolutely not the sign of an effective workout.
Without getting technical, at all, muscle soreness is essentially the “damage” from activity. It’s important to understand that “damage” is a critical component to improving your fitness. That doesn’t mean that there should be so much muscle soreness that you can barely move a day or two after your workout.
Research, and my 20+ years of experience, supports the use of protein around workouts to help prevent or alleviate muscle soreness. I know without a doubt that a solid dose of protein immediately after a workout substantially reduces muscle soreness.
This year I had the honor of fulfilling one of my career-long dreams. I teamed up with Promax Nutrition to create the protein bar that I have been searching for to use around workouts. The problem with most protein bars is that they are low carb and therefore do not support your fueling needs during exercise. Together, we created an outstanding bar that works brilliantly, and tastes amayzing. I eat half of a bar before my strength workouts and half immediately after.
Because of the speed of digestion and assimilation, some protein sources are better around workouts than others. Whey and egg white protein are two of the best, and therefore are what I used in my Promax Pro Series bars. Other great sources of protein around workouts are:
- Low fat cottage cheese
- Low fat, high protein Greek yogurt
- Vegan protein powder
- Whey protein powder
- Egg white protein powder
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