Article By: Christopher Godwin
If you don’t have time for a meal that contains protein before wrestling practice, a protein shake, though not ideal, can be used as a replacement when necessary. You don’t want to consume a protein shake any less than two hours before strenuous activity of any kind, whether that’s wrestling, cardiovascular workouts or strength training, as you might feel sick or simply bloated and weighed down by the liquid.
Some wrestlers have the misconception that drinking a protein shake after a weigh-in can give them more energy and power, especially if they have been trying to cut weight to make a certain weight class that is typically below their standard weight. But most weigh-ins occur too close to a match to truly benefit you, and in many cases, a heavy protein drink will just make you feel too full to move properly and could cause cramping during an intense match.
Protein shakes are beneficial after wrestling because they provide nutrients that your body needs after intense exercise. Protein, in all of its forms, works to restore
Along with restoring glycogen levels to muscles after intense workouts, premade protein shakes have a more practical benefit. They are mixed to be an ideal combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat, which may help to reduce muscle soreness and recovery time, the likelihood of heat exhaustion and the potential for infection. For busy wrestlers or wrestlers just starting to learn about how to properly balance protein, carbohydrates and fat, protein shakes can be a simple solution that provides the correct nutrition.
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