Do Protein Shakes Help Recovery

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on November 4, 2019 - 4:47pm

Do protein shakes help recovery?

A recent study says no. Let's take a closer look.

The Journal of Human Kinetics published a study concluding whey protein or milk-based drinks did not aid in the speed of muscle recovery after a heavy resistance training session.

Thirty participants were chosen to participate, all between the ages of 20-30, they all participated in a resistance training session, were required to rank the level of muscle soreness after the training session, were assessed for muscle power and function - all of which were reduced.

The participants were divided into three groups. The first group drank a whey protein hydrolysate drink after their workout, the second drank a milk drink and, the third drank a flavoured carbohydrate drink. The researches noted that the level of muscle soreness noted by all participants was the same no matter what drink they drank after training.

The purpose of this podcast is to look at and discuss the findings of this study and how it would apply to you and your training.

Here Is What We Covered

  • There's no need to stop with your post workout protein just yet. The researchers are very open about the possible flaws of the study and what could have happened.
  • The results are interesting. Could protein factor less in initial recovery then we would have thought at first?
  • Does this study shed any light on anything else that nutritionally could be going on?

Stuff From This Episode

Protein Shakes May Not Do Much for Your Muscles After a Workout

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