The Importance of Post-Workout Nutrition

The Importance of Post-Workout Nutrition

There is a misconception out there that the time you spend in the gym is the most important part of achieving your health and fitness goals when in actuality, it’s the time spent OUTSIDE the gym that gets you the results. Now, I don’t want to downplay the importance of putting in the effort while training, but if you don’t take the necessary steps with your post-workout nutrition, your results will be dramatically minimized regardless of what you do with your workouts.

Post-Workout Nutrition is VITAL for Success

Not only should you properly rest your muscles following an intense training session, but you must also to feed your muscles the nutrients they need in order to grow and repair before considering working them again in the gym.

When you lift weights, you are creating mini-tears in the muscle fibers. While you might think this is harmful and damaging to the body, it’s actually the opposite – assuming you have a proper post-workout nutrition plan in place.

After tearing down the muscle fibers, you need to supply them with amino acids in order to allow them to repair, grow, and become stronger (this is a natural process). Additionally, after finishing your training session, you’re going to be wiped out from a physical standpoint. Through proper post-workout nutrition, you are able to replenish your energy stores and help provide energy for the rest of your day, or at least replenish the stores if you exercise at night to get you ready to tackle the following morning’s routine.

What happens if you don’t focus on your post-workout recovery? Your muscle fibers won’t have the ability to repair before you train them again. Essentially what you will be doing is taking one step forward and two steps back. After you break down the fibers, they only are able to minimally repair and grow if you don’t focus on your post-workout recovery. If they aren’t fully recovered due to poor post-workout nutrition, you break them down even further than the first time and would need even more time to fully recover. In the end, this is detrimental to your overall success.

Without Proper Recovery You Won’t Achieve Maximum Results

Divided Labs Fitness Coaching has your post-workout nutrition needs taken care of. Following a workout, you should strive to take in a liquid form of protein which can get into the system and out to the muscles quickly to start repairing and rebuilding. Divided Labs Isovide is a fantastic post-workout protein source to help effectively kickstart the recovery process. It contains 25 grams of quality whey protein isolate and whey protein hydrolysate along with helpful digestive enzymes to aid in the breakdown and absorption of key nutrients.

Another product to consider would be our amino acid product called, Aminovide, which contains a high concentration of BCAAs along with hydration ingredients to help you recover faster from intense workouts. Divided Labs Aminovide can be used intra-workout, post-workout, or anytime you wish to improve hydration and recovery.

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Author: Matt Weik, BS, CSCS, CPT, CSN  

The Divided Academy cultivates, creates and collaborates with leading fitness experts to help you stay informed and achieve extraordinary results.