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Pre-Workout Protein Optimizes Muscle Recovery

October 28, 2010

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According to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, what you eat before you work out may enhance recovery. Consuming protein prior to weight lifting, the research suggests, improves muscle recovery more than a protein drink post-training. Reason being, as noted on sports nutritionist Nancy Clark’s blog: pre-workout protein is digested into amino acids, which work to repair muscle damage as you train.

Clark recommends pairing protein with carbs for balanced fuel. Protein works to repair, while carbs refuel your muscles. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bagel with peanut butter
  • Cereal with milk
  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Chocolate milk
  • Source:  Nancy Clark's Blog

    Photo:  blog.timesunion.com

    Sarah Gearhart
    Sarah Gearhart
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