Recovery drinks will aid performance and… Recovery!By
This study on sixteen recreationally trained males saw them perform two bouts of 90 minutes exercise separated by a 2 hour recovery period, and assessed the impact of ingesting a carbohydrate-protein-electrolyte beverage compared to placebo on repeated submaximal and time-trial cycling performance. After 45 minutes on an exercise-bike at 60%VO2max, participants immediately completed a 45 minute performance test. Participants were randomly assigned an 8% carbohydrate-protein-electrolyte beverage or placebo before each trial. After 7 days they switched their intervention to compare the strategies.
Participants consumed 100 ml of the assigned beverage every 10 minutes during the low intensity endurance phase, to assess the impact on distance covered in this phase, and performance in the subsequent time-trial.
The use of the recovery drink improved performance in both of the trials compared to placebo.
Higher rates of carbohydrate oxidation, maintenance of blood sugar, and decreased levels of fatigue may be beneficial for secondary bouts of performance and faster recovery!
Our own recommended protein carb and electrolyte drink will enable you to give your all – 100%!
Roberts JD, Tarpey MD, Kass LS, Roberts MG. (2012) An investigative study into the influence of a commercially available carbohydrate-protein-electrolyte beverage on short term repeated exercise performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. Mar 9;9(1):5. [Epub ahead of print]
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