Rest Day 8/18/13:
Do you use Protein Powder?
Below is a great post from Alex Black of Wicked Good Nutrition. Check it out and post your thoughts and what you use for protein to comments.
Pros and Cons of Protein Powders
Protein powders were once the stuff of pro athletes and ultra meatheads, but have gone mainstream over the past 10 or so years. I first tried it when I was 15. When I told a personal trainer I’d been seeing with my mom that my goal was to get a 6-pack, he recommended I take 2 scoops of muscle milk powder 1-2 times per day. So mom and I dutifully trekked down to GNC and bought the vanilla flavor. And it was AWFUL. I don’t think I took the recommended dose even once, and I certainly never got said 6 pack. I couldn’t get it to dissolve in anything – not water, not milk, not a smoothie. Only now, looking back with educated eyes, do I see how completely ridiculous it was for this bro to tell a 15-year-old athlete to take a mostly unregulated supplement! The industry has gotten much better since then in terms of taste and palatability, but it is still mostly unregulated and athletes should pay attention to ingredients and types of protein.
I use a protein powder post workout. I take it as recovery. It’s called Amplfied protein powde from GNC. Before that I was using progenex recovery and more muscle. Because of the price and shipping I decided to switch to something else. I take protein powder post workout to prevent losing muscle that I may lose during the workout and the day. I really don’t see any cons in taking a post workout protein shake.
Thanks for sharing Ryan! I hear you on the price thing.