Post-Workout Phase

Is your fitness journey stuck in a rut? Have your results plateaued? Then now is the time to Unleash the Beast.

All of us have been endowed with a sense of fight or flight. It is a part of our being that is designed to keep us safe and prevents our race from extinction. Our inner core waits for a signal from us to activate that beast that lurks inside… just itching to be unleashed. This natural fighting instinct can propel us to be in the best shape of our lives…and these supplements can support you in your quest. 

During intense workouts, tissue can be damaged at the microlevel and the usage of fuel stores goes up dramatically. Ultimately, these strong performances can push us to higher levels of leaner, meaner muscle, but in the short-term, some repair is necessary.

In addition, the body has been tasked to use its sources of essential nutrients faster than usual due to the stress taken place during the workout phase. Most often, carbohydrates are used as the primary source of energy during a workout. After being converted to glycogen stores, carbohydrates are stored by the body to be used as energy. Following a workout, these glycogen stores have been depleted and require restoration. R5 Reload was designed to replenish your body during the most important part of your training program, the post-workout phase.

 In previous articles I have discussed some things you should not do right before heading to the gym and while performing your actual workout. Now its time to complete the “tale” by delving into some post-workout-pitfalls that you should avoid at all costs!

Pitfall #1: Not Stretching Targeted Muscles – Once the workout is done you should stretch the muscles that were just targeted. This will not only help them recover more quickly and keep you more limber, but may also enhance the growth process!

Pitfall #2: Performing Excessive Cardio – There is nothing wrong with doing some cardio (20-30 minutes maximum) after your weight training, but it should not be excessive or you will severely hamper the physiological/hormonal mechanisms that lead to muscular hypertrophy. Your best bet is to separate cardio and weight training by about 5 hours for optimal progress.

Competition season is here! Around this time the gym is filled with competitors, carrying their gallon of water, sweating through their long sleeves. The men are found usually in the area with the best lighting, practicing their side pose, while the women practice in their clear heels. It is my favorite season. These individuals put months of work in for only a few minutes on stage.

I watch my bikini team bust butt in the gym and always help them stretch after their workout, but after the cool down I make sure they continue to work on the post recovery. I explain the importance of nutrition and recommend the following supplements to help them maximize their growth.

What is the Post Workout Phase? What does it mean? What are you supposed to do? Most people consume something after a workout, but there are those out there that do not. Are you one of those people? Why?!

I have broken this into three parts: 1) carbohydrates, 2) insulin debacle, and 3) muscle glycogen. Apart from these three things, it goes without question that you should be consuming PROTEIN post workout! I personally take in 50g after each training session.