This week I want to talk about the role of nutrition in the recovery process.
If I could recommend only one adjustment to the nutrition of strength training athletes, it would be to ensure adequate protein intake. When we train, protein is broken down and reconstituted for the repair of damaged muscle. If we don’t have adequate protein in our diet then this breakdown will come from skeletal muscle – the very thing we are trying to build. This scenario of robbing Peter to pay Paul will inevitably lead to stunted progress. For a healthy individual with no underlying health issues, a good rule of thumb is 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body weight. Be sure to get this primarily from animal sources like lean cuts of meat (shouldn’t be a problem with this crowd), fish, and eggs. You can also explore secondary options like dairy and protein supplements like whey.
Motivate your friends and the hunting community at large. Share alternate or complimentary workouts. Post your sets in the comments and let us know how you feel pre/post workout.