As summer 2012 is drawing ever closer and the gym seems more and more likely to get that supreme beach body, the question we all want to know is, do protein shakes even work?
On average 75% of males who go to the gym use a form of protein shake whether it is for size and strength or to get a leaner look, but 50% of that 75% claim that they see no results.
So are the facts true? Is the daily protein shake just a myth? Or do users believe that by taking the shake on a daily basis that they will suddenly become the incredible hulk?
Words and pictures by Matthew Stanford
5 Facts about protein
·They help to recover the worked muscles quicker
· Contain essential nutrients such as vitamins to keep the body healthy
· Help build muscle mass
· Help absorb calcium to keep bones strong
· Keeps the body fuller for longer and maintains stamina throughout the day
Frequent gym user, Shaun Gordon said, “I’ve been going to the gym for the past 3 years, when i first joined i was really overweight and was advised to take protein shakes. Since i have took them pre and post workout on a daily basis, and I have to say its worked a treat.”
“Obviously I have to put the effort in in the gym but the shakes work wonders, they have got me to where I am now without doubt.”
So what do the professionals have to say on the matter?
Mark Harrison, Level 4 Fitness Instructor, said “This is a question I am asked regularly by men at the gym, and my answer is yes they do if used correctly, cause there not magic potions.”
“For example if you are going to do a few bicep curls, sit in the sauna, have a protein shake, then go out on the lash and finish your night with some meat that’s come off a caged rat surrounded by bread then no it’s just pointless. “
Where can you get them?
You can buy protein shakes from the majority of sporting shops such as Decathlon, XXL sports, however the easiest way to purchase them and to make sure you are getting the most suitable is online. Here you can research which one will suit your needs the most and it is far cheaper than the shops, which is always a plus point.
What you will be receiving?
The standard shake contains between 40-60 grams of protein and from that dosage it should enable the body to start repairing the broken down muscle fibres from vigorous exercise and starting growing more fibres so the body can become bigger and stronger.
So the bottom line is yes they do work but only in conjunction with everything else, such as a positive training regime and a healthy/nutritional lifestyle.