People want to make sure that they're rebuilding muscle in the most efficient way possible after hard workouts. The question is, though, what's the best way? How do we get that efficiency?
That's exactly what this FitPerezcious reader asked Anastasia Rodionova, a world-class professional female tennis player, and her trusted personal trainer, Jason Stacy:
I've been taking protein powder to improve my muscle recovery and such after workout and tennis matches – what would you recommend after a workout?
According to Anastasia & her fitness trainer Jason Stacy:
The protein powder is not a bad idea. There's a few things here, 1- try drinking a sport drink that contains approx 5% protein during the your matches. This will help your recovery during and after, and between matches. Ensure you ingest your nutrients (protein shake and/or meal) within 30min post workout/match. Look for a protein powder with the least amount of ingredients namely artificial sweeteners, flavors, etc. The less processed, the better!! For a post meal- have a good balance of carbs, fats and protein. Experiment with the balance of each to see what works best for you. An example, chicken is great, broccoli, and pasta with minimal sauce. Can be 25-50% of a typical regular meal serving size.
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