Supplementation for optimum recovery is key for
endurance and other athletes that continually test their limits while training
and participating in events. We've found that Cyclist, Runners, Triathletes and
fall under a unique category of endurance athletes, but is certainly not limited to those sports. Today, just about every sport could be considered an endurance sport because of the higher levels of intensity being asked of the athlete. Regardless of the sport you participate in recovery supplements can play a huge role in your performance level day to day whether your training or setting a new personal best.
Below, we've outlined what we know to be some of the best LEGAL recovery supplements and drinks available on the market for Elite, PRO, and amateur athletes. Muscle recovery and repair, managing cotisol levels - from Gluatmine to Creatine you'll find there is a very diverse range of recovery supplements. Every Body is different and reacts differently to supplementation. Keep this in mind when shopping for recovery supplements as not all supplements are right for everyone and not always right for all athletes - even competing in the same category.
What are the best post workout recovery supplements? We've listed some of our recommendations and will periodically update this list as we continue to athlete test emerging recovery supplements being made available as prototypes or to the mainstream public.
Ultragen RS Recovery Drink by First Endurance
Top of list for recovery supplements in our humble opinion. We've not seen another supplement come close (legally) when it comes to a complete recovery supplement. In fact, we've not seen a company come close to offering the endurance and Elite athlete a complete package when it comes to sports nutrition. First Endurance covers it from A-Z and they continue to innovate with new products each year.
For endurance athletes, it’s crucial to focus on
recovery in order to be competitive the day after a hard workout or race. That’s
why the scientists and athletes
at First Endurance developed Ultragen, the most advanced post-recovery formulation ever produced. Each serving of Ultragen delivers the levels of nutrients that have been shown in clinical research to maximize recovery and give you an extra edge over the competition. Ultragen’s breakthrough technology is designed to work synergistically in order to fully maximize recovery, providing the right nutrients to the right place at the right time.
Research has shown there’s a critical thirty-minute glycogen window (called the “window of opportunity”) immediately following exercise when insulin sensitivity is at its highest and exhausted muscles essentially open the door to nutrients. If nutrients are not absorbed quickly enough, however, this opportunity for maximum restoration is lost. But it’s not just when nutrients are absorbed, it’s also about which nutrients are available. The body requires more than just sugar and protein to fully recover, so recovery is limited without a precise balance of nutrients. Ultragen delivers 60g of glucose, because clinical studies show that high glycemic carbohydrates taken after exercise create a catalyst, which increases the uptake of essential nutrients into exhausted muscle. In addition, Ultragen offers a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, glutamine and BCAA’s specifically designed to modulate the damaging effects of cortisol brought on by intense endurance training. The Ultragen formula is designed to be fully absorbed within the essential thirty minute glocygen window, when the body is primed to absorb nutrients.
Ultragen contains special proteins (Whey Protein Isolate and Hydrolyzed Whey
Protein) that meet the unique requirements of endurance athletes. Fast acting
Whey Protein Isolate delivers high levels of anti-catabolic branch chain amino
acids. Hydrolyzed Protein is enzymatically predigested in small, easy to digest,
di- and tri-peptide chains that are quickly absorbed for muscular recovery. This
is important because small molecule proteins are superior to the larger, hard to
digest Whey Protein Concentrates that are used in most recovery products. The
special proteins in Ultragen are absorbed faster and easier assuring you
maximize recovery during the critical thirty-minute glycogen “window of
opportunity”. The result: quicker recovery, improved endurance and the ability
to race at a higher level.
Ultragen is designed to be absorbed quickly. For maximum recovery, mix Ultragen with water and consume immediately after exercise. Mixing Ultragen with anything besides water and/or consuming other foods during the first thirty minutes after exercise will slow down absorption. Thirty minutes after using Ultragen you should drink and/or eat something else.
Recoverite by Hammer Nutrition
Hammer Nutrition quite a household name among endurance
athletes which range anywhere from cyclists to swimmers and everything in
between. Hammer Nutrition has been playing catchup in a number of areas when it
comes to innovation. No longer able to rest on their laurels they were
forced to to start competing in a space where they played the big fish for a
long time. Regardless, they are still cranking out some of the best endurance
nutrition and sports supplements you can buy. Recoverite
is no exception. Running a
very close second to ultragen (some would say otherwise) this recovery
product is number two on out list of top recovery supplements.
Recoverite comes in these delicious flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, and Strawberry .
How well you perform tomorrow depends on how well you recover today, which is
why you can't cut corners when it comes to your post-workout fueling. Recoverite
supplies your body with the proper 3:1 ratio of complex carbohydrates and the
highest quality whey protein isolate, along with generous amounts of
multi-beneficial glutamine (a whopping 3 grams per serving!), the potent
antioxidant l-carnosine, and a full-spectrum electrolyte profile. The result is
rapid and enhanced recovery, which allows you to obtain the maximum value from
all your hard workouts, ideally prepping your body for your next workout or
race. Make sure you're recovering right with Recoverite and remember, it makes a
superb meal replacement drink as well. Train hard, recover right today and feel
Athletic performance improvement depends on a program of exercise to stimulate muscular and cardiovascular adaptation followed by a recovery period in which the body rebuilds itself slightly more fit than before. Thus, the real gain of exercise occurs during recovery, but only in the presence of adequate rest and optimal nutritional support. Carbohydrate and protein replenishment, as soon as possible upon completion of the workout, helps you to get the very most out of every minute you've put into training. That's where Recoverite comes in, providing unsurpassed nutritional support to ensure you obtain the maximum value from your workouts and complete recovery after each training session and race.
Recoverite supplies carbohydrates and protein in an ideal 3:1 ratio for
superior glycogen synthesis and muscle tissue rebuilding, the two main
components of recovery. For carbohydrate, Recoverite contains only maltodextrin,
a complex carbohydrate with a high glycemic index, to ensure rapid metabolism.
Unlike most recovery products that contain simple sugars, maltodextrin provides
a large volume of easily digested and rapidly assimilated carbohydrate, vital
for preventing stomach distress and promoting full, efficient restoration of
Regarding protein, Recoverite contains only whey protein isolate, which is virtually fat and lactose free, and yields the highest percentage of protein. For rebuilding lean muscle tissue and immune system support, whey protein isolate has no peer; it's simply the purest form of whey protein available. In addition, each serving of Recoverite also contains a potent, recovery-boosting three grams of l-glutamine.
Recoverite supplies other recovery-enhancing
nutrients such as Chromemate" brand chromium polynicotinate (for maximizing
muscle glycogen synthesis) and l-carnosine, a powerful antioxidant and potential
anti-aging nutrient. Recoverite also contains a full-spectrum electrolyte
profile, which helps replenish depleted essential
SUPER Recovery by DBM Endurance / A.K.A. Kona Endurance
Short on marketing, but long on product when it comes to bringing top supplements to market DBM endurance AKA Kona Endurance comes in at number three on our list of Recovery Supplements. Makers of Kona and Kona PRO endurance supplements bring you SUPER Recovery they've some a long way in a short period of time. We'd like to see them try their hand at a new Endurance Sports Drink again. Until then if you're looking for a great tasting recovery supplement try on our number three for a recovery product.
Any world-class endurance athlete will tell you that the key to success is not necessarily how hard you train, but how effectively you recover. Kona Endurance Super Recovery is designed to be the most effective recovery beverage available. Each serving of Kona Endurance Super Recovery contains a whopping 70g of carbohydrates, 24g of protein, 7000mg of L-Glutamine and 5500mg of Branched Chain Amino Acids. This advanced formula allows the endurance athlete to rapidly restore muscle glycogen and repair muscle damage. Kona Endurance Super Recovery should be taken within 15 minutes of hard training/racing. Research shows that quickly taking Kona Endurance Super Recovery after training/racing leads to immediate and rapid synthesis of muscle glycogen.
Recover-Ease by Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition
Looking for a recovery supplement in a capsule form? Look no further than Recover-Ease by Wicked Fast Sports Nutrition. Also makers of the Endurance Supplement Energ-Ease they cover the athlete where others may fall short. Many of the recovery drinks on the market cannot address an athletes issues with sugars and sometimes other "heavy" post-workout ingredients found in powdered formulas. Recover-Ease packs a big punch in an otherwise small capsule that contains a proprietary blend of ingredients including the all important Glutamine that aids in the reduction of soreness and Muscle Recovery
Can't do powders and proteins? We recommend this
product to a lot of customers that need a recovery supplement but can't handle
the powders and drinks. Our number four recovery supplement (number one in a
Recovox by Primal Nutrition
Our number five and second in recovery supplements in a capsule form. Recovox, primarily designed to help balance or mitigate the elevated amounts of cortisol your body secretes in response to training and other forms of high stress. Recovox also provides key "adaptogenic" herbs to help improve energy production through better oxygen utilization. With a unique blend of five top research proven recovery and anti-stress nutrients: Phosphatidyl Serine, l-Theanine, Magnolia Bark, Beta-sitosterol, and Rhodiola Rosea, Recovox will help you become a better athlete.
Some other notables in the "specialty" category for Recovery Supplements
Rapid Recharge - Dedicated Athlete
PRO Charge, Fast Charge Amino Vital
Endurox R4 Recovery
PureSport Recovery (heavily marketed to Swimming athletes)
Millennium Sport Technologies
NeoVar by Applied Nutriceuticals
Have a product question / Suggestions or would like to submit a supplement review please contact us RecoverySupplements@ProLineSportsNutrition.com 800.692.0489