‘Best Protein Shake’

I’m going to have more to say about this later, but can’t sit on this good news any longer …

I recently learned that one of Herbalife24’s recovery drinks, Rebuild Strength, was named the Best Protein Shake by the editors at Triathlete Magazine. In the September 2011 issue, the magazine compared Rebuild Strength to Muscle Milk, Detour Lean Muscle and Interphase Hypertrophy Matrix. Here’s what they wrote:

Damaged, exhausted muscles need protein. But not all protein shakes are created equal.

Amen to that! I’ve written before about using another Herbalife24 recovery drink, Rebuild Endurance, in my own workouts because it was designed specifically for endurance athletes. Recovering from different sports (and different workouts) requires different types and amounts of nutrients. Instead of a one-size-fits-all recovery product, Herbalife24 offers two recovery drinks that are each tailored for the specific needs of athletes engaged in different sports. Rebuild Strength is specifically designed to help athletes such as weighlifters and anyone interested in enhancing body tone, recover from demanding strength-conditioning workouts.

As I incorporate Rebuild Strength into my own training regimen in the days ahead, I’ll have more to say about all this. In the meantime, here’s what the editors at Triathlete Magazine have to say about Rebuild Strength:

This easily blended, chocolate-flavored recovery shake was the best of the bunch for taste and semi-thick consistency, with the look of a milkshake and the malty finish of Whoppers candy. It also blends well into a smoothie.

Sorry, I couldn’t find this article online. Follow this link to view an image of the full page from Triathlete Magazine.

Then compare Rebuild Strength with whatever recovery drink you’re using, and let me know how it stacks up:

  • 24 g dairy protein
  • 190 calories
  • 4000 mg BCAAs
  • 3000 mg L-glutamine
  • Bioavailable and buffered electrolytes
  • 20% DV iron
  • 300 mg calcium

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Bouncing Back

You just finished your workout, and you’re feeling pretty good. You ran a solid pace over long mileage. You worked up a healthy sweat. You basked in the scenery and the sun on your face. The endorphins are still zig-zagging through your brain, so you feel pretty good.

But will you be ready to do it again tomorrow?

Here’s a lesson I’ve learned the hard way: The key to marathon training (really, any exercise) is recovery.

Recovery isn’t just about feeling better after a run … taking the kids to the park instead of  collapsing on the couch. Recovery is a critical training element to boost future performance. Especially when you run 30-50 miles per week, which means running on successive days, you have to be able to meet each day’s run feeling fresh and energized. If I’m still tired or sore from yesterday’s workout, I won’t benefit as much from today’s workout. I may be injury-prone. I’ll probably be cranky.

So recovery is key. We need to provide our hard-working muscles everything needed to not only recover from today’s workout, but to be stronger for tomorrow’s workout.

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