PROTEIN FOR HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING
If you want to reap all the benefits of HIIT, know that what you do outside of the gym matters, too. Fueling your body well before and after HIIT sessions can help you get the most out of your training. Protein will prime your muscles for intense exercise.
During intense activity, most of these glycogen or energy stores in our body become depleted. Intense exercise also breaks down muscle tissue. This means you also need protein after a workout to help repair and rebuild damaged muscles.
Why Is Protein Essential To Optimize Your Training?
Protein is an essential nutrient which means your body needs to consume the right amount every day. Every cell in our body contains protein and needs adequate protein to remain healthy – from bones to nails, skin and hair.
During digestion protein breaks down into individual amino acids. Our bodies use amino acids to produce important molecules like enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and antibodies which affect how well our bodies function and without adequate protein intake we just don’t feel, think or move as well.
What's The Ideal Protein Consumption?
Active lifestyles require constant nourishment and sufficient protein intake is ensures healthy muscle function and repair. At minimum recommended protein intake is 1 gram per kilogram of body weight and up to double that if you are active. Beyond preventing protein deficiency regular protein consumption is essential to:
Increase energy levels
Enhance exercise recovery
Decrease appetite and reduce cravings
Promote healthy weight management
Boost your immune system
Build lean muscle
Athletes needs to double their protein intake to improve muscle synthesis and recovery (up to 2g/Kg of body weight, against 0.8g for sedentary people).
One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pinpointed 20g as the best amount of postworkout protein to maximize muscle growth.
30 to 45 minutes post workout is perfect time frame - known as the “anabolic window” - for getting the most out of nutrients like protein.
QUESTIONS ATHLETES ASK US THE MOST
We use only NZ whey in our Whey Protein Concentrate blends. New Zealand whey is recognized worldwide for being of the highest quality.
Hormones & Antibiotic-Free Cows: Unlike other dairy producers the New Zealand industry has banned the use of growth hormones on cows, specifically Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is injected to into cows to increase milk production in other countries.
Grass-Fed Cows: New Zealand dairy cows maintain a natural diet grazing on lush chemical-free grass pastures. Non-NZ whey protein is sourced from cows that are usually raised on un-natural corn or soy-based diets and injected with antibiotics to survive unsanitary conditions.
World-Leading Industry: New Zealand processing facilities and techniques are world-leading ensuring the maximum benefits are preserved in final whey product during the filtration process.
Whey isolate goes through an extra filtration process which virtually removes all of the sugar, fat and lactose, leaving an almost pure protein source. Whey Protein Concentrate is a great all-round everyday protein source with amazing BCAA profile. Cost-effective and versatile. Whey Protein Isolate is extremely high protein profile and used with performance in mind. On the expensive side and usually reserved for those with specific dietary goals and requirements.
Simply put Whey Protein comes from dairy (cows milk) and Pea Protein comes from plants. Both Whey and Pea protein are vegetarian friendly and Pea protein is vegan. Nutritionally Go Good Whey and Pea protein is almost identical it really only comes down to personal dietary preference to choose one over the other. The consistency of whey protein is slightly lighter than pea protein which means it’s not as thick. Both Go Good whey and pea protein is sourced from world leading suppliers ensuring premium quality and the best possible nutritional profile.
A physically active person needs 1.2 – 1.8 grams of protein per kilo (kg) of bodyweight each day to maintain and build lean muscle mass. If you exercise regularly like us then two serves of protein powder per day are ideal. To make it simple we have a scoop in a morning smoothie and one directly after training/exercise.
Protein after working out is going to help your muscles recover and grow. According to a study published in by American Journal of Physiology, post exercise is when your muscles are able to absorb the most protein. After a working out your muscles are typically starved. Research shows that after a strength based training session your muscle therefore absorb more protein than any other part of the day. This make a 30-45 minutes post workout the best time to have your protein.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROTEIN FOR HIIT, CROSSFIT & F45
What is HIIT and why you Should add it to your training routine?
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, alternates short bursts of vigorous exercise with short periods of rest. Far more efficient than steady-state exercising, HIIT offers many benefits including improved metabolism and increased weight loss.
5 Lifestyle Tips To Get The Most Of Your HIIT Training
Things you do outside the gym play a crucial role in reaping all the benefits of your HIIT sessions. We explain to you why 5 easy life habits centered around nutrition and recovery can have as much impact as the efforts you put in your training.
What should you eat before and after HIIT sessions?
Carbs, Protein, Water... Learn more about how adequate pre-workout nutrition will help you perform at your best during HIIT sessions and the right post-workout meals will improve muscle recovery and growth after exertion.
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