People generally have very mixed opinions on supplements, some people say for example - 'why do I need a protein shake when I can just eat more chicken?' - to which I would say ok, your slightly missing the point! But I am sure what this type of person means is that as long as your diet is nutritionally sound, you should not need to resort to protein shakes, which is fair enough.
In some cases.
A sound diet is crucial before using supplements. They are the next step, the extra edge. After all that's what they are there for - to supplement an already healthy diet. It is a very common mistake for people to use dieting supplements as a meal replacement, completely disregarding a healthy breakfast and just having a shake to see them through to lunch for example. Not ideal. An important thing to bear in mind, is the world of health and fitness is a mass of mixed opinions - different people with different body types, training for different goals with different time constraints, for different sports and holidays and weddings... I could go on, but you get the idea. Opinions on exercises, supplements and routines will vary with every person you speak to, but all that really matters is what works for you. So, I will only be able to talk about why this supplement benefits me, and through this article you may find it could also be suitable for your needs!
So on with the product! PHD Recovery 2:1 - Firstly, a breakdown of the key ingredients:
Per 100g serving (80g servings advised if you weigh under 80kg)
of which Sugars 31.5g
Creatine Monohydrate 2.5g
Sodium and Potassium for Re-hydration
As the name would suggest, this product is fantastic in aiding recovery and I would usually take it after every workout and after football training and matches. After all, the unique selling point of the product is that it contains the perfect ratio of proteins and fast and slow acting carbohydrates to not only increase your rate of recovery and promote muscle growth and repair, but also generally increase your strength and power with the inclusion of BCAA's and Creatine monohydrate which will help you squeeze out that extra rep next week or move up the weight rack.
The timing of when you take on particular nutrients is extremely crucial if you are an athlete looking to gain an edge or simply want the best results from your workouts. The second you consider your workout over, you should be thinking about getting this great tasting shake into your system as quickly as possible. Your 'anabolic window' where your body will be most responsive to the nutrients you take on usually lasts up to around half an hour after a workout and rapidly decreases from then on. When you remember that blood pumps to the working muscles during a workout, you can imagine that there will be a lot of blood in the muscles you have just worked, this is also referred to as the 'pump'. Your depleted muscle fibres will be screaming out for the nutrients they so desperately need, so what better time than straight after your workout to get these fast and slow acting carbs into your blood to replace your immediate energy and replenish your muscle glycogen stores, maximising your benefits and keeping you a step ahead of the rest!
Reasons I would recommend this product
* Rate of recovery - I have never experienced faster recovery with another product, you will be ready to go again the same day! (Rest though).
* Price - £20 for 1.28kg bag - If used regularly this would last about 3 weeks or more - If you don't hit high intensities on a regular basis this product may not be for you, (a tough day for me at the moment could include 2 or 3 sessions from football/gym combined which means being very susceptible to injury/exhaustion)
* Taste - PHD have a great track record for nice tasting shakes across all of their products, for Recovery 2:1 I have tried Berry Blast and Lemon Barley, and both were very easy to drink. The powder is much thinner than other products and does not come out lumpy, it seems more like juice than a shake.
Anyway, I would thoroughly recommend this to anybody looking to gain that edge from their training or unsure about what product they should go for. I will be back with another product review soon, sit tight!