What Happens To Your Body During And Post Workout!
Depending on the type of workout you are doing will determine what is happening with your body. Understanding this will help you better understand how to properly fuel your body post-workout to achieve the best results from your efforts!
What Happens During Each Type Of Workout:
There are many different types of workouts, however, they can be broken down into two major groups: Strength Training and Cardio.
Strength Training/Weight Lifting/Resistance Training:
- You are breaking down the muscle fibers and creating micro-tears in the muscle tissue.
- You are depleting your glycogen stores (glycogen is glucose stored in your muscles to fuel your body).
Cardio/Low Intensity Training:
- Your body burns calories as a way to maintain a caloric deficit.
- It will help to improve your endurance and cardiovascular strength.
Above, I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so that you can easily see that these two types of workouts do very different things for your body. Therefore, properly fueling your body post-workout, to achieve the best results from your workout is different.
What You Do Post-Workout Is Just As Important As The Workout Itself.
After you have completed a workout, it is important to begin the recovery process as quickly as possible. This involves building your body back up and refueling the energy we depleted. During the workout process, you are breaking your body down. Post-workout is the time to build it back up, and how we do this varies depending on the type of workout you completed.
Post-Workout, Strength Training/Weight Lifting:
After this type of exercise, your body is going to continue to work hard for 24-48 hours to repair itself, and because of that, your body will continue to burn more calories during that process.
However, many people don’t realize that your body doesn’t know when you’re done with a strength training workout. It will continue to break down your muscle tissue for a few hours post-workout.
This Is Why What You Do Post-Workout Is So Important!
You want to stop the breakdown process as quickly as possible so that your body can begin repairing and recovering. To do this you need to do two things:
- You need to help your body refuel its glycogen storage so that it stops pulling energy from your muscles
- You need to fuel your muscles which will aid in the recovery process and allows you to see better results from your hard work.
Doing these two things at the same time as quickly as possible post-workout is when you will start seeing better results from all of your hard effort in the gym. By as quickly as possible, I mean within 20 minutes of completing your workout, but the faster the better! Drink your post-workout shake while laying on the floor of the gym!
This is the one time that supplements are going to be better than whole foods. This is because the right supplement can digest faster than food, thus reducing the amount of time your body can start the recovery process.
I personally love 1st Phorms Post Workout Stack. I take this after every single one of my strength training workouts. It has everything your body needs to replenish your glycogen levels and quickly feed your muscles. It tastes incredible, and I honestly feel it working within minutes. My energy levels improve, and my muscle soreness doesn’t last nearly as long!
Post-Workout, Cardio/Low-Intensity Training:
During cardio training, your body is doing something very different than during a strength training exercise. Is not breaking down muscles, you are not creating tiny micro-tears in your muscle. You are simply burning energy.
Once you have completed your cardio workout your heart rate quickly returns to normal levels and this tells your body that the workout is complete. The strain was not put on your muscles the way it is during a strength training exercise, therefore, the calorie burn effect from your workout stops almost immediately.
However, This Doesn’t Mean It Is Any Less Important To Fuel Your Body Post-Workout. This Simply Means It Will Be A Little Different.
After a cardio session, you don’t need to refill your glycogen levels, you simply need to feed your muscles.
- To re-feed your muscles you need to fuel them with a high quality: Low Temperature Processed, Whey Protein Isolate.
I personally love 1st Phorms Level 1. I take this after my weekly steady-state cardio runs! It tastes amazing and is by far the best protein shake I have ever had…and I have had many!
By properly fueling your body you will recover faster, see faster results, and be able to work harder during your next workout!
If you have any questions about anything in this post please feel free to reach out to me, I am always happy to help!
1. You are breaking down the muscle fibers and creating micro-tears in the muscle tissue.
2. You are depleting your glycogen stores (glycogen is glucose stored in your muscles to fuel your body).
1. Your body burns calories as a way to maintain a caloric deficit.
2. It will help to improve your endurance and cardiovascular strength.
1. You need to help your body refuel its glycogen storage so that it stops pulling energy from your muscles
2. You need to fuel your muscles which will aid in the recovery process and allows you to see better results from your hard work.
3. This is the one time that supplements are going to be better than whole foods. This is because the right supplement can digest faster than food, thus reducing the amount of time your body can start the recovery process.