Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Recovery Supplements??

So, we've all heard about all of those things guys take to get huge... creatine, whey protein, etc. Well, considering my arms already ARE huge (yes, you know what I'm talking about, I don't need to see you do the gesture), I am less concerned about muscle building supplements. However, combining CrossFit with training for endurance events has left me with some very tired muscles. In addition the the obvious REST, I know there are supplements out there that people are taking to aid recovery. I've been doing glutamine, vitamin B, and carnitine. Anybody else heard of anything else?


  1. I do a multi-vitamin 2x/day, fish oil (omega 3-6-9) 3x/day, and glucosamine 2x/day. The fish oil and glucosamine made a HUGE difference in how I felt post-WOD and in general...I'd definitely recommend them both.

  2. I've heard tons of different stuff about fish oil. Do you get it from the zone site or like the normal stuff at GNC?

  3. That is a lot of pill swallowing. I know I should take them but I am taking Gummie Vites so that I will.

  4. I have GNC fish oil. I really do not think it makes a difference. If you are a veggie, you could take flax seed.

  5. I'm actually giving John Hill's Nutrilite stuff a try. I like it.

  6. Sorry in advance for the long post.
    Here is what I do for recovery:

    1. Zoning in general (this is my shameless plug). It really does help with recovery.
    2. After my workouts (optimally within 1/2 hr) I have a combination of fast-acting proteins and carbohydrates, with less fat than usual. I have not come up with a single perfect proportion between the two, but it usually hovers around 6 proteins to 10 carbs. Eat less fat at this time (fat slows the digestion of it all, and I need it to enter faster). So generally, I have about a cup of chocolate milk and a small scoop of whey protein. Yes folks, this is a wonderful time of day. Nothing wrong with some chocolate milk and whey protein! (If you really are opposed to chocolate milk, try sweet potatoes). And if getting "big" or bulky is a worry, don't worry. Pounding why protein shakes all day is one thing, and having whey at specific recovery times is quite another. I find that I have a VERY difficult time putting on any mass while I am zoning. For better or for worse, that's what tends to happen.

    Other recovery habits include:
    3. Fish oil! This stuff really aids in recovery. You will feel a difference. I pop it a couple of times a day, and I get mine from Trader Joes. No need to order it directly from Zone because they will charge you an arm and a leg. Just get fish oil that is "molecularly distilled".
    4. Ice bath within 2 hours of my workout if the workout was really hard on my muscles. If the workout doesn't warrent a full ice bath but was still pretty tough, I will get in the shower and alternate cold and warm water in rounds of a couple minutes each.
    5. Epsom salts baths. Pour a bag of epsom salts into a warm bath and live it up. Warm baths feel really good. I wouldn't do this within 2 hours of your workout, unless you have already cooled off your muscles with an ice bath or cold shower.
    6. Multi-vitamin. I am taking One-A-Days right now, but just until I finish the bottle. Then I am switching to a whole foods vitamin. I really do think they are better for you.
    7. Sleep longer. Sleep sounds basic, but I am bad at this one, and I see a major difference in my energy and performance based on how much sleep I am getting.
    8. Static stretching post workout. (Before workouts I do active stretches).
    9. Glucosamine: not yet in my habits, but I have resolved to start taking it this week for joint health. I do believe it will be beneficial.