People have learned that post-workout shakes are great and a pre-workout snack is wonderful as well; but what about during your workout? Do you ever see those people carrying jugs of fluid and chugging them down and wonder why?
It is because what you take in during your workout can have a big impact on your results as well.
While water is great to sip on during a workout, you can get a much bigger benefit from an intra-workout shake. This is more than just Gatorade; we are talking about a planned shake full of the important stuff your body needs while you are blasting the muscles into the growth-zone. Those nutrients you take in will directly help with the results you get.
The Mass Gain Shake
If you are looking for a bigger boost to your mass gains then this is the shake for you. This is in addition to a pre and post-workout meal; it is great for those people who have a hard time adding on muscle. Sometimes people get labeled as a ‘hardgainer’ but that might mean they have to take a more structured approach to the intake of nutrients.
- 32 ounces of water
- 18 grams of whey protein
- 3 grams of Creatine
- 5 grams of BCAA’s
- 5 grams of glutamine
Mix this all up in a big shaker cup and constantly sip at it during your workout.
Whey protein provides essential amino acids for during the workout that are being depleted. By constantly adding more whey to your system you provide a stream of what your body needs which prevent it from taking them from other places like your muscles.
The Creatine during a workout helps with energy, stamina, and strength. It helps move water into the cells and transfers energy used during exercise. Glutamine is a critical amino acid used in muscle fibers during exercise. It can help increase growth-hormone levels for a natural increase in size and strength. The body burns through it during a workout so having more added it will instantly replenish stores.
Branch chained amino acids (BCAAs) are the top level aminos used in building muscles. Muscles use them as fuel during workouts so again, it makes perfect sense to replenish stores as they are depleted to prevent the body from robbing other areas to get them.
The Bottom Line
Working out helps start the process of muscle growth, but the actual recovery is where the growth truly occurs. To maximize this scenario you need to have maximum fuel before, during, and after a workout. This ensures that the body has everything it needs to create the body you want, as quickly as you want.
Why take the long road to get to your goal when there is a perfectly reasonable short path? Putting in the effort at the gym should be matched by effort in the kitchen and supplement section. Doing this gets you on the short path which is the quick way to satisfaction!