Recovering from your workouts the right way is just as important as hitting the gym regularly – and recovery starts with a good protein powder. Protein is by far the most important macronutrient when it comes to your muscles recovering from a workout. Taking it shortly after the workout aids muscle recovery as well as muscle growth, an imperative step for anyone with a firm fitness goal
There are a variety of brands on the market that use a wide array of basic ingredients and grams of protein per serving to cater to different goals. The best way to supercharge your recovery routine is to make sure you're not just taking any protein after your workouts but rather one that suits your needs and gets your body primed to bounce back for your next session
Personal trainers spend hours in the gym and working with clients to help them achieve their goals, meaning they probably know how different body types react to proteins ̵
MFL Muscle Hydrolyzed Isolate Protein
Trainer, stuntman and cirque performer Brennan Mejia is generally skeptical of protein powders and aims to hit most of his macros through food rather than supplements. "Since the supplements are not typically regulated by the FDA, I'm always hesitant to rely on them too heavily," he says. However, when Mejia turns to MFL Muscle Hydrolyzed Isolate Protein, when it does not get it done, it does not work. "It's made in a good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility, which is also inspected by the FDA, is free from a lot of artificial ingredients found in other protein powders and uses stevia as the sweetener. (19659006) Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein
Optimum Nutrition Gold Whey Protein
Joshua Habeck is a longtime trainer at Root 18 Crossfit who keeps his protein fix simple: "I've been stuck with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein for about four years now. It's the product I recommend to most of my clients. "The reason is simple: the price. "They provide a high-quality product at a relatively low price, which is pretty great for me at the rate I go through the stuff." Habeck also keeps it basic when it comes to preparation, usually taking it with water or sprinkling some on his plant oatmeal in the morning
Plant Fusion Complete Protein
Vegan fitness buffs will appreciate the trainer Ryan Foray's powder of choice. A powerlifting and strength training specialist, Foray is picky about his protein. He believes a lot of products are more stuff than substance, but his surefire go-to is Plant Fusion's Complete Protein. The protein is plant-based, vegan and non-GMO, which helps him recover well. "Most of the time I'm just mixing it with water on the go, but if I have time, it's almond milk," he says. "Vegas One Organic All-In-One Shake"
Vega One Organic All-In-One Shake
Dominick Popolo is a bodybuilding trainer who needs a protein that will help build as much lean muscle as possible without making him put on unnecessary weight. He's also been vegan for the past year or so. Consequently, Popolo sticks with Vega Organic All-In-One Shake, preferably French Vanilla flavor. "I feel the ingredients are less harsh on my stomach than other powders," he says. Dominic's go-to Vega smoothie consists of almond milk, strawberries, bananas and Vega protein – with a bit of creatine for a boost in the gym
Apollo Pure Protein Powder
Sometimes the massive size gains are not the goal with a fitness routine or the accompanying recovery regimen. Certified trainer Neil Thomas, who specializes in conditioning, boxing and kettlebell training, knows this well. Because he rarely tries to build a size (and tries to avoid whey product when possible), he usually recovers with BCAAs rather than protein; they help him build strength without bulk. When he does incorporate whey protein into his recovery, he's a big fan of products made by Unico Nutrition. "Their stuff is by far the tastiest," Thomas says. "Their transparency in terms of ingredients is great to see too. While I'm not really opposed to putting terrible chemicals in my body for physical gain, it's nice to know I can get the results I want without them. "