Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Recovery Drinks

Theia over at The Fit Goddess posed an interesting question in one of the comment sections of my blog ... Does anyone used recovery drinks? Well it turns out that Theia uses orange flavored Endurox with a vanilla whey protein. I don't drink a recovery drink in essence, but I do drink Xtend by SciVation during my workouts. It is a drink that is completely filled with aminos, specifically the 2:1:1 blend consisting of L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine. It also has L-Glutamine in it to help with muscle soreness and the re-building process. So what do you drink before, during and after your workout?


  1. Right now, I mainly stick to water. I find it's at about the 90 minute length where I start needing more. I still drink water during (and usually use a gel) and have chocolate milk after. Once I get to longer workouts, I know I'll have to re-examine that strategy, but for now it's working.

  2. For workouts of an hour or less, I stick to water before and during. I've learned (the hard way) that many drinks and gels bother my stomach, so I have to be careful. On race day I fill one water bottle with water and the other with a water/Gatorade mix for the bike, then stick to water only during the run portion. I also use either Sport Beans or Clif Shot Blocks during the bike and run as needed.

    Endurox is expensive but worth it, IMHO. Plus it tastes yummy, at least the way I make it. :)

  3. Chocolate Milk! That is one of the best post-workout drinks you can take. Trust me, if you check it out on-line you will see it touted as one of the best recovery drinks you can consume. During my training last year, I used it after every hard/long training session and I think it definitely worked.

    Two cups of chocolate milk will provide you with 320 calories, 52 grams of carbs, 16 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat. Okay, so it does contain some saturated fat and is fairly high in sugar, but as an occasional glycogen-boosting drink after a hard workout, chocolate milk is a great choice.

  4. Totally agree on the chocolate milk for post-longer training rides/runs (I treated it like a little bonus for rides longer than 4 hours).

    Shamrock Farms makes one called 'Rockin Refuel' that has 20g of protein, 200 calories and 3 g of fat (8 oz container)

    It's probably limited in availability but you can check out the details here:

    Post-race, my recovery drink is Recoverite (a Hammer product) followed by a Diet Coke :)

    And truthfully (I'm sure miles9999 can attest), after a long training ride/run or race in a new distance, your recovery drink is whatever you can keep down!

  5. Just make sure it's lowfat chocolate milk. :) I usually use the Endurox mix because it's more portable (I can mix up the powders in advance and just add water when I'm ready for it, vs. having to keep chocolate milk cold and fresh).