Key Points

  • Maintain energy levels and fuel your workouts
  • Stay hydrated
  • Recover effectively
  • Improve mental focus
  • Minimise chances of illness or injury
  • Training Plan
  • Meal Plan

Energy & Recovery Tips

Do you run out of energy and strength during a training session or competitive game? If you want to get that little extra effort on the pitch or in the gym – whether it's faster or longer on the treadmill, an extra set of crunches, or a few more reps on the bench press – Maximuscle's Energy and Recovery range will give you the edge you're looking for. No matter what your goals, we can help you reach them – in less time, with less work...

1. Maintain energy levels and fuel your workouts

Eating five to six small meals a day provides your body with a constant energy supply. Skipping meals may leave you feeling lethargic as your body is lacking the required nutrients for energy. Eat balanced meals containing complex carbohydrates, protein, good fats and fibre. The addition of quality carbohydrate drinks before, during and after training will give you the essential energy you need to train hard, delay fatigue and recover effectively. Viper is a superb formula that addresses all of these needs and helps you to retain motivation and focus during every training session.

2. Stay hydrated

Training causes you to sweat and lose water, salts and minerals. Not replacing these can cause dehydration. When you are dehydrated your performance suffers. Research shows optimum re-hydration to be a weak carbohydrate drink (6-8% solution) with electrolytes. The flexibility of Maximuscle's Viper formula means you can mix your drink to the correct solution for before, during and after training.

3. Recover effectively

With the large exercise loads that endurance athletes commonly have, it's imperative to maximise recovery by introducing the right nutrients straight after training. A 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein has been shown to be beneficial in helping the body to restore carbohydrate levels stored in the muscle (glycogen) and address muscle breakdown caused by training. Introduce a recovery formula such as Maximuscle's Recovermax to ensure you are ready for your next exercise session.

4. Don't neglect protein

To help repair and rebuild damaged muscle tissue, make sure to eat plenty of protein – around 2 grams per kilogram of bodyweight. Products like Recovermax and Promax supply highquality Biomax whey protein, a naturally complete protein that's often referred to as a "fast" protein for its ability to provide rapid nourishment to muscles.

5. Improve mental focus

Branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) are found in some proteins and have been shown to prevent imbalances that could cause mental fatigue. Maximuscle's Viper formula contains these BCAAs, as does our whey protein product, Promax. For additional formulas that could give a mental and physical boost you can try high-energy products such as Viper Extreme as a drink, bar or as capsules.

6. Minimise chances of illness or injury

There's nothing more frustrating than making great progress, only to get injured or sick. The Maintenance range – such as Protrient and Immune Support – supports immune health by providing your body with the right nutrients at the right times.