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Protein Shakes

You work out, eat well and get proper rest – so why the need for a protein shake? Well the harder you train, the more important dietary protein is for making sure you recover sufficiently to grow and get the best possible results. Protein shakes are not a substitute for a poorly designed diet but help to provide a convenient and easy way to top up any shortfalls in your dietary intake and enable you to achieve your physique and sporting goals..

Who should use protein supplements?

Protein supplements are ideal for
  • Strength and power athletes
  • Athletes looking to lose bodyfat
  • Active people looking to manage their weight
  • Intense training individuals
  • Vegans and Vegetarians
Individuals involved in anaerobic sports, such as sprinting and weight training, seem to benefit most from higher protein intake. As these sports lead to breakdown of muscle tissue, the amino acids in protein are used to repair and rebuild tissue, allowing the athlete to gain strength and muscle mass. Endurance athletes also have a need for protein as amino acids are oxidised as energy during long-duration exercise. The bottom line is everyone needs protein but if you’re working out you need it in higher amounts and protein shakes make it easier to get it in the right amounts so you see results.

Situations for using protein shakes

Post Workout - Protein shakes are ideal for post workout as they are readily absorbed into muscle cells, meaning faster recovery from intense exercise. Prior to Workout – Having a protein supplement 45 minutes prior to a workout ‘tops up’ the amino acid pool so you’re less likely to use amino acids as a source of energy when glycogen is depleted meaning less chance of muscle loss. During Workout - For longer duration workouts you could sip a protein shake throughout the exercise session to lessen the chance of muscle catabolism. Prior to bed - Before bed is a key window for protein supplementation as you increase protein uptake and therefore ‘feed’ your muscles throughout the night and don’t risk losing lean mass.

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