Protein Shake Essentials
Throw back the right drink between sets to boost your gain
You know that a protein shake after your workout can help build muscle, but chugging one mid-workout may be even more useful. You'll get nutrients to your muscles faster, speeding recovery and promoting muscle growth. Buy a pre-made powder or try blending up your own using these five essential ingredients:
Whey protein is the ideal source to consume around training time. It digests rapidly for easy uptake by the muscles.
This easily digested carb moves into the bloodstream quickly, carrying other nutrients with it.
The potent amino acid has a laundry list of fitness benefits and can significantly increase muscle size and strength.
Branched-chain amino acids are special building blocks of protein that support muscle growth and increase endurance. Look for on with a ratio of 45% leucine, 25% isoleucine, and 30% valine.
It's the body's most abundant amino acid and the most rapidly depleted. Supplemental doses may increase muscle and boost immunity.
HOW MUCH YOU NEED
For an average guy weighing 175 to 210 pounds, shoot for:
- Protein Powder = 30-40 grams
- Waxy Maize = 60-80 grams
- Creatine = 5-10 grams
- BCAAs = 6 or more grams
- Glutamine = 8 or more grams
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Mix everything in a shaker cup with about 16 ounces of water and begin drinking it halfway through your workout. Finish it shortly after training.