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I just started the beachbody "insanity" dvd workout and am being bombarded by the hype of their "shakeology recovery drink." It is so expensive ($120 for just 30 day supply) even though it does sound like a very good drink.

So my question is, should i invest in the drink (feedback good or bad from experience much appreciated) or can I make a recover drink using a GNC bought whey protien formula but what do i put in it to replenish depleted glycogen etc?? What ingredients make the ideal recovery drink?

Thanks so much!

T

 

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I vote chocolate milk.

Water. Smile

Original Post by bmx419:

I vote chocolate milk.

You beat me to it dude. :) This is a perfect example of why I vote BMX as one of the smartest/most knowledgeable people on this forum.

Chocolate milk is the best. I know there will probably be some skeptics out there. However, if you Google chocolate milk for workout recovery, you will see tons of studies done on it. It has got the protein you need and the simple carbs you need after a workout. The perfect protein to carb ratio. Not to mention the fact that it actually tastes good and it is in-expensive. A half gallon carton lasts me about 3 workouts. So I am covered for post workout recovery for only 12 bucks a month. Way cheaper and better tasting than any protein supplement you would buy at a GNC. The main trick though is ONLY drinking it after intense workouts. I could live off the stuff, and seeing it every time I open the fridge, makes it hard sometimes. It sucks only getting to drink it 3x per week.

The best part of the day is definitely after an intense workout and I get to down my 20 plus ounces of nice cold chocolate milk.

Original Post by ambereva:

Water. Smile

Water is good for staying hydrated and you definitely want to drink at least a gallon a day. However, I think the original poster wanted advice on a post workout drink for recovery. Water is not going to help muscle recover from lifting. You need protein and simple carbs after a lifting session.

I can definitely say, from recent experience, that it is NOT Cabernet Sauvignon.

Original Post by azdak:

I can definitely say, from recent experience, that it is NOT Cabernet Sauvignon.

Agreed - vodka is so much better.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by azdak:

I can definitely say, from recent experience, that it is NOT Cabernet Sauvignon.

Agreed - vodka is so much better.

My head hurts just to think about it.

Actually, we recently hosted our monthly wine tasting group event. Knowing what was in store for the evening (not only wine, but bread, cheese, and dessert), I made it a point to fit it a good, long cardio workout (60 min hard effort) that I finished about an hour before everyone arrived. I lose about 4 lbs from a workout like that. I thought I had rehydrated, but obviously not quickly enough. I haven't had alcohol affect me that quickly since I was back in 8th grade.

Seriously, keep it simple.

If you are "just starting" you really don't need to be worrying about "recovery drinks". The chocolate milk is probably even overkill at this point, but it's cheap, it's still nutritious otherwise, so that's a fine alternative.

For the average exerciser, 90% of this crap is nothing but a placebo effect anyhow.

Original Post by vyperman7:

Chocolate milk is the best. I know there will probably be some skeptics out there. However, if you Google chocolate milk for workout recovery, you will see tons of studies done on it. It has got the protein you need and the simple carbs you need after a workout. The perfect protein to carb ratio.

I have a problem with anything being called 'the best'.  The best recovery drink after a 10 mile run is different than the best recovery drink after a max effort squat session.  The optimal protein-carb ratio depends on the type or workout and probably the person doing the workout (not to mention the protein to carb ratio of chocolate milk varies quite a bit between brands).

In general, the 'experts' recommend recovery drinks with protein and simple carbs, the ratio they should be varies between 1:1 and 1:4 (protein:carb) and maybe even higher depending on who you ask.  Chocolate milk works just fine, it's cheap and available, but it doesn't travel very well.  If you want to make a shake with protein powder you buy at GNC that'll probably work just as well (people can argue about optimization all day long but for the vast majority of trainees it won't make any sort of noticable difference) if you add some simple carbs - gatorade powder is an easy choice, some crackers along with you shake would also work. 

I have been trying to find someone else that is doing this DVD!  What do you think?

I just started Week 4 on Monday.  It is definately insane!

Original Post by vyperman7:Original Post by ambereva:

Water. Smile

Water is good for staying hydrated and you definitely want to drink at least a gallon a day. However, I think the original poster wanted advice on a post workout drink for recovery. Water is not going to help muscle recover from lifting. You need protein and simple carbs after a lifting session.

Protein and simple carbs, huh? I get those from food.

I only take recovery drinks after long runs  ...  14+ miles.  Anything less I just drink gatorade.

I like Endurox R4, which is a powder that you mix.  I like this when it is hot during a long run.

I am currently testing Honey Milk to see if it works.

I think chocolate milk is an excellent choice, but I don't like milk.  I enjoy steamed milk so when it is cold during a long run I will stop at Starbucks for a large steamed milk mocha coffee.

Chocolate milk is a good standby.  There are a number of recovery drinks that are a little better, but for the money, chocolate milk is hard to beat.  Just make sure you get one that's fairly low fat.

Insanity is a great program.  I did P90X, then Insanity and am very happy with my results.  Good stuff!

Original Post by floggingsully:

I have a problem with anything being called 'the best'.  The best recovery drink after a 10 mile run is different than the best recovery drink after a max effort squat session.  The optimal protein-carb ratio depends on the type or workout and probably the person doing the workout (not to mention the protein to carb ratio of chocolate milk varies quite a bit between brands).

In general, the 'experts' recommend recovery drinks with protein and simple carbs, the ratio they should be varies between 1:1 and 1:4 (protein:carb) and maybe even higher depending on who you ask.  Chocolate milk works just fine, it's cheap and available, but it doesn't travel very well.  If you want to make a shake with protein powder you buy at GNC that'll probably work just as well (people can argue about optimization all day long but for the vast majority of trainees it won't make any sort of noticable difference) if you add some simple carbs - gatorade powder is an easy choice, some crackers along with you shake would also work. 

Yeah I should have been more specific saying what type of workout chocolate milk is good with. The OP was talking about protein, so I just assumed that they were asking about recovery from lifting which is when chocolate milk works.

I do agree that chocolate milk doesn't travel well though. Unless you have access to a refrigerator it does make it kind of tough. Luckily for me, the gym I work at has a refrigerator for employees so I am able to keep my chocolate milk in there until I am done.

I think we can both agree that chocolate milk is definitely the BEST tasting recovery drink though..LOL

I always look forward to lifting mornings...but I can barely contain my excitement for tomorrow, because I'm planning and getting some chocolate milk afterwards Laughing

Original Post by maxx86:

I always look forward to lifting mornings...but I can barely contain my excitement for tomorrow, because I'm planning and getting some chocolate milk afterwards Laughing

Exactly..LOL

It is so hard only drinking it 3x per week though. Now that I switched to doing HIIT on non-lifting days, I could drink it after HIIT as well since HIIT is anerobic. However, I only drink it on lifting days. There is something about drinking chocolate milk 6x per week that feels wrong..LOL

Eh...I eat chocolate every day anyway, I'd proabably be better off with the chocolate milk. 

Herbalife24 products. you can get a nutritious meal replacement mix, a during powder to mix with water to keep you intensity level up during workout, and according to triathlete magazine the best recovery shake on the market for under $200

I love the idea of chocolate milk as a recovery drink, but am trying to move away from dairy products. Would a soy chocolate milk with 7g protein/1 cup serving give the same benefits as dairy?

Depends on what you're doing for training. For most casual exercisers there's really not much point to recovery drinks or much of any difference of effect size regardless of what you use. For someone like Vyper, Ambereva, or a few other here it does make a difference; unfortunately in the studies I've seen calorie-matched soy protein drinks did nothing whatsoever for recovery over and above the muscle-sparing effect getting some carbs post-exercise has.

 So no, soy won't work the same way milk does, if you're training hard enough for there to be a point to recovery drinks in the first place.

 I realize it's annoying when I keep saying "it depends", but it really does. In this case, it depends on whether you're matching or exceeding Amber's workouts ;)

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