What Everyone Needs To Know About Faster Post Workout Recovery

Too Tired To Work After Your Workout?  

About an hour after an intense workout – as the effects of the endorphins begin to wane- do you ever feel a great big ‘Ugh’ take over your body?   This is something that I’ve experienced, especially when I try to increase the intensity of my workout with speed drills or put more power in another benefits  Even though I focus on eating the right post-workout foods and drink plenty of water, some days the fatigue is so overwhelming all I can think about is taking a nap.  Since I go directly from the gym to work, that’s not an option.

Too tired to work after your workout?

I mentioned this to a co-worker of mine who is a professional body builder and personal trainer for competitive builders, and she recommended I try taking the supplement L-Glutamine after working out.

So I did.  I started the practice of taking L-Glutamine post workout a couple of years ago and didn’t realize how much is was helping until I got out of the habit awhile back when I ran out.  Before long, the sluggish, tired feeling was back.

L-Glutamine 101

If you research Glutamine you’ll find that it is extremely popular in the bodybuilding world and has been found to be vital to muscle recovery and growth. Glutamine is the most common amino acid in the body.  Over 60% of skeletal muscle is glutamine.

During training, glutamine levels become depleted and it can take up to six days for them to return to normal.  Knowing this, it’s easy to see why the muscles would be easily fatigued if you’re training on a daily basis.  Making any kind of progress with strength and endurance is nearly impossible with the glutamine stores in a constant state of deprivation. A daily supplement can help the body catch up so you’re ready to give 100% to the next spinning class, CrossFit session or training run.

Not only is glutamine effective in muscle recovery, there are plenty of should not take to having an adequate amount of the amino acid in your system:

  • Glutamine helps prevent the muscles from being catabolized (eaten up) in order to provide glutamine for other cells in the body.
  • Glutamine helps maintain cell volume and hydration.
  • It speeds up wound and burn healing recovery.
  • It replenishes the glutamine that is lost during intense workouts.
  • Glutamine assists with the production of the growth hormone.
  • It boosts the immune system.
  • Glutamine provides a component in muscle metabolism and cellular support not shared by any other amino acid.

There are very few side effects with L-Glutamine however people that should not take supplements are:

  • Women that are pregnant and breast-feeding
  • People with severe liver disease
  • People that are sensitive to MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Individuals that have mania
  • People that have seizures.

L-Glutamine supplements are also beneficial for the liver, intestines and bowel.  They have been used in the medical setting to treat leaky gut syndrome, colitis and Crohn’s disease and to help protect the liver from chemotherapy toxicity.

Is It For You?

Glutamine is sold in a variety of forms: powder, capsules, pills and sticks.  Dosage is individual and varies according to body weight.  Some experts believe that you can’t take too much glutamine because if you supplement with more than the body needs it will just make less of its own.  It would be wise to start out following the directions on the package and make sure it agrees with you.  As with anything, just because a little of something is good doesn’t mean that a lot is better.

Dietary sources of glutamine include beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, daily products, wheat, cabbage, beets, beans, spinach and parsley.

Remember, it’s always best to check with your doctor before taking this or any supplement.  

Post workout recovery requires good nutrition and hydration and an adequate amount of rest before you hit the gym or pavement again.  Along with that, a daily dose of L-Glutamine may catch you up, prevent that running-on-empty feeling, and peak your energy level so tomorrow’s workout can be just as effective as the one this morning was.

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  1. Interesting. Do you take any other supplements?
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    • I don’t take much in the way of supplements. B12, Vitamin D in the winter. That’s about it. What about you?

  2. Marylyn says:

    That is interesting because I often feel like I can go back to sleep after step aerobics class! I have to have a cup of coffee as soon as I get to work to sort of “wake” me up so I can start my day. I thought I was sleepy because I sit at a desk for 8 hours.

    • I think when we work out in the morning it can make us tired all day. The L-Glutamine might be worth a try.

  3. I am going to buy some tomorrow and give it a try!