Muscle Recovery Foods
Professional athletes often have very muscular arms and upper bodies. Outside of constantly exercising and working out athletes also eat in a way which allows them to keep and grow additional muscle.
How does food help you to keep muscle? Our body is a machine which is constantly demanding energy to perform tasks which can range in intensities from walking up the stairs to dunking a basketball. The higher the intensity and the longer the duration of the training the more energy is required to perform the task and the more energy which will be required from the sports training.
For this reason athletes need to be sure they are taking in some kind of recovery food post workout. These post workout muscle recovery foods can range from a high protein high veggie dinner to a scoop or two of protein in a shaker bottle right after the training session has ended. For serious athletes a good combination of a high protein recovery shake 30-45 minutes after the workout has ended and a high protein high vegetable meal should be consumed some time following that.
Since the athletes body is in optimal rebuilding mode during that 30-45 minute post workout window a protein powder will quickly digest and get to work on repairing and growing muscle tissue. The meal following the recovery protein shake will give athletes additional micronutrients and macronutrients essential for athletes’ muscle recovery.
How Can Nutrients Help Me Recover
People who doubt the importance of recovery foods to athletes should think of a scenario in which two athletes perform a combination upper body workout composed of the Ballistic Bands Upright Rows and the Ballistic Bands War Curls. If one athlete had a good recovery diet and drank lots of water they would see growth in the arms and gains in shoulder and arm strength.
The second athlete who had no protein, carbohydrates, and little to no calories after their workout will fail to see gains in strength or muscle size. More than that, the athlete who fails to have a good recovery food diet will see reductions in strength gains and decreased performance.
The amount of recovery food and recovery calories an athlete is consuming should be determined by the athletes ideal body weight and ideal level of strength for the sport they are participating in.
A few things that should be taken into account in what is making up an athletes recovery diet should be the intensity and duration of the training exercises. Athletes looking to see greater results should not be afraid to perform the Ballistic Bands Upright Rows and Ballistic Bands War Curls with higher amounts of resistance and additional muscle recovery food. Based on the athletes sport, or desired outcome, this is a great way to really see change in muscle tone and strength.
The varying resistance of the Ballistic Bands will allow for constant tension to be kept on the muscle during the Ballistic Bands Upper Body Exercises. By increasing the Time Under Tension athletes will see additional muscle growth in the targeted areas.
Different Athletes Different Recovery Foods
An athlete who participates in cross country will be able to consume a large amount of calories. The long runs and high usage of energy will require additional carbohydrates and protein to maintain optimal performance levels. Athletes who participate in sports like baseball, football, or basketball will also require a large amount of calories to maintain, or gain body weight. These kinds of athletes can often benefit from consuming a higher amount of protein in their recovery foods.
Athletes who are training or competing with a high level of volume (tournament, 2 a days) will need to increase their calories and water before competition. During these long demanding sports activities athletes will be losing large amounts of water and nutrients from the body. Being hydrated and recovered from previous training or competition will allow the body to function at a higher level when taxed over a long period of time.
Athletes should always remember they can affect their energy levels and recovery by the food they are taking in before and after athletic activities.
Recovery Foods Making More Muscle
Athletes can think of their body like a car, a big heavy car with a large engine will require more energy than a lighter car with a smaller engine. This extra size does not necessarily make the bigger car slower than the littler car, it just means it takes more energy to move at the same speed as the smaller car.
Athletes should think of themselves as always trying to add more muscle to their frame. This helps increase strength and increase athletic output. This added muscle will ultimately mean more body weight, which will lead to more energy needed to move the body.
With all this being said athletes should always stay with an ideal body weight for their sport. A soccer player should not be a 240 pound muscle bound athlete. First of all the athlete could not effectively keep up with the smaller athletes. Second of all the athlete would have to eat an extremely high number of calories to maintain that weight and compete in soccer at the same time.
Athletes can and will increase their metabolism when eating proper pre and post workout recovery foods along with vigorous training. An athlete who is eating the same amounts of recovery foods but is failing to see any additional progress should think about increasing the amount of calories they are eating. This may be the missing key that will really help this athlete take their skills and athleticism to the next level.
For example, a high school linebacker believes he could get more playing time if he were 10-15 pounds heavier and had stronger shoulders and arms. After performing consistent full body workouts that include the Ballistic Bands Upright Rows and Ballistic Bands War Curls and increasing the amount of recovery food being consumed post workout, this athlete could meet his body composition goals and compete for a starting spot.
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