Fueling your body to get the most out of your workouts is a no-brainer. You eat and drink the right things, they give you energy to exercise hard, and everyone wins. But here’s the deal: Just because you’ve done your 45 minutes doesn’t mean the job is complete.
Long after you’ve moved on to commuting to work, turning on Netflix, shopping for tighter yoga pants, or doing whatever else you do apré le workout, your body continues rebuilding all the muscle you just broke down, managing soreness, and taking on myriad other challenging post-exercise tasks.
In other words, you’re still recovering. And it’s every bit as important to provide nutritional backup for that job too. That’s why there’s Openfit Recovery post-workout supplement, specifically formulated to help speed muscle recovery and reduce post-workout muscle soreness. Because the faster you get all of that out of the way, the more you can put into your next workout — and the better your results can be.
Openfit Recovery contains two key ingredients: Whey protein isolate and tart cherry powder. It doesn’t include synthetic colors or artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. In other words, you’re getting the stuff you need without the stuff you don’t need.
Why Whey Protein Isolate?
Milk contains two types of protein: whey and casein. Casein is slow-absorbing while whey is fast-absorbing. (Funny how that worked out.) This means when you consume whey — whether in milk or a post-workout supplement — it gets where it’s going more quickly.
Like all proteins, whey contains amino acids, the building blocks of, among other things, muscle. Whey is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids (EAAs). These are the aminos our bodies can’t create on their own and, therefore, must be consumed in the diet.
The art of leucine
One of these EAAs is leucine — a magic amino acid for anyone serious about exercise.
“Leucine has been shown to be especially effective in stimulating muscle protein synthesis,” explained Dr. Catherine Mikus, Ph. D., senior scientist at Openfit. “Gram for gram, whey contains more leucine than other protein sources, such as casein or soy, making it a popular go-to protein source for athletes and weekend warriors alike.”
Whey protein isolate vs. concentrate
You’ll find one of two forms of whey protein in a post-workout supplement: concentrate or isolate. Whey protein concentrate is typically 70-80 percent protein and contains other components naturally found in milk like fat, lactose, and other carbohydrates. If you take that a step further and filter concentrate, you get whey protein isolate, which usually contains about 90 percent protein or more, along with less fat, lactose, and other carbs than whey protein concentrate. “It’s a better option for anyone looking to limit unnecessary fat and carbs,” said Mikus.
Why Tart Cherry Powder?
Tart cherries contain anthocyanins, phytonutrients shown to help fight free radicals produced during exercise. Openfit Recovery is formulated with a clinically-tested tart cherry powder shown to help reduce key markers exercise-induced oxidative stress, combat post exercise-muscle soreness, and speed muscle recovery. Fun fact: You also find anthocyanins in various berries, red onions, and kidney beans. They give all these foods their red color.
On the subject of food, you might be wondering why you can’t just skip the post-workout supplements and get these nutrients from your diet. But it’s not an either/or thing.
A diet filled with protein and phytonutrients is a must for any healthy person. But by taking a post-workout supplement, you’re going an extra step and targeting specific nutrients. As Mikus explains, “Our muscles are especially receptive to nutrients like protein and amino acids after exercise. Exercise can cause muscle proteins to breakdown. Consuming protein after your workout gives your body the building blocks it needs to repair and build new muscle protein.”
And when it comes to anthocyanins, tart cherry powder allows for a concentrated, effective amount delivered to your system. You’d have eat a lot of whole cherries to get that amount.
You’ll also notice a lack of added sugar in Openfit Recovery Post-Workout Formula. This isn’t because carbs are a bad thing post-workout — quite the opposite.
Longer training sessions, say in excess of an hour, can really drain your muscles of glycogen — a stored supply of carbohydrate that basically acts as a blood-sugar backup to your muscles. If you exercise for prolonged periods on a repeat basis, it’s especially important to restore glycogen as soon as possible.
But Openfit Recovery gives you the choice as to how — and even if — you want to do that. If your workouts are shorter, you really don’t need the extra carbohydrates. But if you’re doing longer workouts, simply make your post workout shake with a carb-based liquid like rice milk or coconut water.
Or you can throw some fruit into the blender when you mix it up. Suddenly, functional, targeted nutrition becomes a chocolatey fruit treat. Who knew building muscle could be so delicious?