Protein is THE most reliable nutrient to reduce soreness, promote muscle repair, and optimize your workout recovery. By consuming protein at each meal, and spreading out your protein intake throughout the day, studies show that serious athletes can perform stronger — and for longer.
In partnership with Orgain, which champions clean nutrition and organic foods, we've created a four-part series to help you up your protein game: The Extreme Protein Power-Up. With the help of in-house experts and renowned RDs, we've curated Spartan-approved strategies to help you efficiently consume protein so you can max your training regimen.
Check out the full four-part series below. At the bottom, you can find additional Spartan-approved protein tips and hacks.
The Extreme Protein Power-Up
Need More Protein? Eat & Think Like This.
Whether you’re training for a Spartan race, lifting heavy, or just flipping tires, your muscles are constantly being pushed to the limit. Every time you exercise, you break down muscle tissue, which then needs to be repaired and strengthened ASAP so you can test your grit all over again. This is where protein comes in.
Spartan-Worthy Protein Powders for Max Recovery and Performance
OK, real talk: There are a lot of protein powders out there. And not all are created equal. (Think: Some are packed with sugar, some taste like chalk ... You get it.) When picking a protein powder, you should not only ensure that it contains the basic nutritional musts — non-GMO, gluten-free, no preservatives or artificial flavors, and only high-quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients — but also know what kind of powder will support your athletic endeavors best. There's plant-based, whey, casein, you name it. But WTF is the actual difference between all of them, and how can you tell which powder is right for you?
3 Protein Powder Strategies for Weight Management
For most athletes, pursuing and maintaining weight is a lifelong journey tied to age, hormones, exertion, stress, sleep, and many other factors as the body changes over time. It’s a moving target that. (in general) should be based less on a scale and more on how you feel in your own skin.
Drink This Protein Smoothie to Recover Like a Spartan Pro
In addition to deep sleep, myofascial release, foam rolling, cross training, and supplemental bodyweight work, you’ll need to ensure that your protein intake is on point. Athletes who consume protein pre- and post-exercise generate more muscle mass and recover faster, according to a recent study in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.