RecoverElite™ - The Endurance Athlete's Recovery Drink (Coming Soon)
- Protein & Leucine to Accelerate Muscle Repair & Recovery*
- Complex Carbs to Replenish Muscle Glycogen*
- Supports Decreases in Muscle Soreness*
- Minimizes Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage*
- Electrolytes & Amino Acids
- 30 Servings Per Container
Recovery is arguably the most important aspect of performance enhancement. Training is paramount, but if you train hard, you need to recover hard as well. For endurance athletes, recovery is especially important because our legs take such a beating with each workout. We need to regain the muscle glycogen used up during exercise AND facilitate the repair of damaged muscle fibers. There are really only 2 ways to do recover effectively. 1 – rest for 3 or more days. 2 – optimize your nutritional strategies to meet the intense demands of your sport. The most important step in optimizing your nutrition is eating the right amounts of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins each day. The second step is timing your food optimally throughout the day. The most important times for athletes to fuel are before, during, and after training. Before exercise you are getting ready to PERFORM; during exercise your goal is to SUSTAIN; and after exercise your goal is to RECOVER.
RecoverElite is the best recovery formula on the market – scientifically engineered to refuel and repair exhausted muscles after training. Following exercise, rates of muscle glycogen resynthesis are optimized with mostly fast digesting carbohydrates at a dose of 1.0 – 1.2 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight. Muscle protein synthesis is the name of the repair process for muscle fibers. Muscle protein synthesis is maximized with 0.25 – 0.30 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is why a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrate is recommended as the best combination. What is left out of this equation is the leucine threshold. Leucine is an essential amino acid whose job is to initiate protein synthesis. Most products, if they even have a 4:1 or comparable ratio, do NOT have enough leucine to completely trigger muscle protein synthesis, which is 0.05 grams per kilogram body weight.
RecoverElite is formulated for a 50 kg athlete for two reasons. 1 – high-level female endurance athletes are about 50 kg, and 2 – well-trained men are about 75 kg. This makes dosing easy at 1.0 – 1.5 servings! If you think this is going to cost you, it’s not. You can check our competitor analysis here. We matched the cheapest efficacious cost per serving and made RecoverElite had the highest quality ingredients like a high degree of hydrolysis whey protein hydrolysate. When it comes to muscle recovery, no protein has ever topped whey, but nearly every protein hydrolysate on the market is a ~3% hydrolyzed protein. That’s regular protein! Ours is certified at 10 – 20%! RecoverElite also features an efficacious dose of Carnitine to facilitate muscle damage repair; berberine to enhance insulin sensitivity so carbohydrates can actually be used effectively; Astragin to increase intestinal absorption of nutrients; electrolytes to replace those lost in sweat, and B vitamins to facilitate metabolism! If you train hard, RecoverElite.
Cane Sugar – Cane sugar is a natural form of sucrose, the disaccharide of glucose and fructose. Usually, large quantities of sugar are unwanted, but post-exercise is the exception. High glycemic sugars quickly get into muscles to restock muscle glycogen.
Fructose – Fructose compliments the other carbohydrates in RecoverElite to take advantage of multiple transporters in the intestine to greatly enhance carbohydrate uptake.
CCD – Cluster Cyclic Dextrin is a moderate speed carbohydrate in terms of digestion. Having a variety of fast and moderate digestion speeds may increase total carbohydrate uptake over a 1 hour period.
Rice Starch – A small quantity of rice starch is included in RecoverElite to prevent reactive hypoglycemia in response to the fast-digesting carbohydrates commonly observed ~45 minutes after consumption of sugars.
Hydrolyzed Whey Protein – Whey protein is the best kind of protein for stimulating muscle protein synthesis and recovery. Protein hydrolysates are easily digested, and RecoverElite features a 10 – 20% degree of hydrolysis, while nearly every other “hydrolyzed” protein powder is only 3-5% and combined with non-hydrolyzed proteins.
L-Leucine – Leucine is the amino acid in protein that is responsible for initiating protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is required for muscle recovery.
L-Carnitine L-Tartrate – Carnitine transports fatty acids into the mitochondria so they may be converted into ATP. However, supplementing carnitine shows even greater abilities for repairing damaged muscle tissue.
Berberine – Consuming large quantities of carbohydrate, even post-exercise (check the references tab), can induce insulin resistance. Berberine is from the Berberis genus of plants, and research has found it to be as powerful as pharmaceuticals for enhancing glucose tolerance.
AstraGin® – AstraGin activates intestinal transporters to increase absorption of nutrients in RecoverElite.
Electrolytes – The major electrolyte minerals include sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. In addition to the prevention of cramping, each has their own unique function. Sodium is the primary intracellular electrolyte, while potassium is the primary extracellular mineral. Calcium has numerous roles, but the most relevant to exercise is its responsibility for initiating muscle contractions. Chloride is the most abundant negatively charged ion with several roles in gut function and cell homeostasis. Last but not least, magnesium is a co-factor for hundreds of reactions, most of which are related to nutrient metabolism, muscle and vascular tone, and antioxidant synthesis.
B-Vitamins – RecoverElite contains the biologically active forms of B vitamins most crucial to carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. These include B6, B9, and B12 or pyridoxal 5’ phosphate, folate, and methylcobalamin, respectively.
What is the best way to take RecoverElite?
Generally speaking, women should take 1 serving and men should take 1.5 servings of RecoverElite for optimized recovery. RecoverElite is formulated so that one serving meets the needs of a 50 kg athlete, as well-trained women are about 50 kg, and trained men are about 75 kg. However, your specific needs may not fit these parameters, so if you want to be specific in your dosing, take 1 serving per 50 kg of body weight. An exception to that rule is if you’re a man over 20% body fat or a woman over 30% body fat, in which case the 1 – 1.5 serving(s) rule still applies.
If you are competing or training multiple times in the same day, you may want to use 1 – 1.5 serving(s) immediately and every 1 – 4 hours thereafter between bouts of exercise. While we still recommend RecoverElite immediately post-exercise due to its rapid digestion, meals could easily serve you just as well in the 1 – 4 hour intervals between bouts of exercise.
What makes RecoverElite the best? Why should I use it?
You should use RecoverElite any time you are going to use the same muscle groups on back-to-back days or sessions. Most recovery products are underdosed, but RecoverElite is not. While some companies only consider their bottom line and worry whether or not athletes will purchase their products, we know that athletes want what’s best, so we put you first! That’s why we have clearly laid out dosing protocols and an optimal 4:1 ratio of an ideal blend of carbohydrates and easily digested whey protein hydrolysate with additional leucine to maximally stimulate recovery processes. What you never hear about protein hydrolysates are that they’re almost all 95 – 97% NOT hydrolyzed. Only up to ~28% degree of hydrolysis exists, and we use a protein that is 10 – 20% hydrolyzed! In addition to the basics, we’ve also included 3 other key supplements to enhance absorption, metabolism, and insulin sensitivity, and quite simply, this is something no other product offers.
What is the significance of a 4:1 ratio?
The 4:1 ratio comes from what has been determined to be the optimal amounts of carbohydrate and protein for glycogen resynthesis and muscle damage repair. In isolation, carbohydrates are most effective for glycogen resynthesis at 1.0 – 1.2 grams per kilogram body weight, and protein is most effective for increasing rates of muscle protein synthesis at 0.25 – 0.30 grams per kilogram body weight. This happens to work out perfectly to a 4:1 ratio. Carbohydrates and proteins consumed in combination post-exercise also enhance each other’s efficacy, a synergistic effect.
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