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flipper79
September 22nd, 2004, 11:23 PM
Do any of you swimmers use a recovery drink after a workout? Endurox R4 is one that was recommended. Does anyone use this one? Are they really beneficial? :) Any feedback is appreciated.

tjburk
September 23rd, 2004, 09:17 AM
I actually just take a dietary supplement from GNC, try to eat reasonable and drink PLENTY of Water (about a gallon a day). Water to me is still the best for the body.

maori
September 24th, 2004, 01:50 AM
When i do long training, i use to drink some mineral water during training.
Not dietary supplements, just to stay in the "zone".......

thisgirl13
September 24th, 2004, 06:17 AM
Around "these parts", a lot of our swimmers like to drink either Gatorade or Powerade....I like both, and use whichever I can find for the mornings after I run, or during and after practice, and especially during meets............but that's just me

Rob Copeland
September 24th, 2004, 09:21 AM
I have used both Endurox R4 and Accelerade in preparation for and during my marathon swims. I donít typically use them during my normal training season. I find I typically take in enough calories and protein in my regular diet that I donít need the additional caloric intake.

I personally found both drinks beneficial in keeping my energy levels up during these long races and I never had any problems of exhaustion in training. I canít say of this is directly attributable to the Endurox, a spot on training regime or just genetic good fortunes.

craiglll@yahoo.com
September 24th, 2004, 09:29 AM
I drink V8. It has potassium, sodiumand no fat. I drink it very cold. I quenches my thirst better than Gatorade.

bitwiz
September 24th, 2004, 09:32 AM
Replenishing your glycogen reserves after a workout is important. Endurox R4 and similar drinks make that easy and convenient. Gatorade and different ___ades are good, but they have no protein in them.
Adding some protein to your (post) workout drink speeds up delivery of glucose to your muscles, speeding up the recovery and if it's consumed during workouts it actually improves performance compared to just water or something like ___ade.
There are many drinks on the market, but I make my own.
Half a scoop of protein powder, milk/juice and a table spoon or two (depending on the workout) of good quality honey...

craiglll@yahoo.com
September 24th, 2004, 09:43 AM
I used ot make my own also. But one dauy I forgot mime and had ot buy from a machine. the V8 sounded good so I got it. Now I ussually have some nonfat yogurt or chees before for the protein. Once I was told by a coach (inthe 1970's) that you shouldn't have milk or fat before swimming. I've always stuck to that idea. Bitwiz, do you use nonfat milk?

bitwiz
September 24th, 2004, 10:35 AM
If I make a drink to be consumed during exercise, I use juice or water. If it's for after exercise, I use non-fat milk.

flipper79
September 24th, 2004, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the feedback.

clyde hedlund
September 25th, 2004, 03:49 AM
Latest drink to pop up for recovery is good old chocolate milk. Real cheap too and you can buy it by the gallons. Try the soy version if can't digest it.

SWinkleblech
September 27th, 2004, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by craiglll@yahoo.com
I used ot make my own also. But one dauy I forgot mime and had ot buy from a machine. the V8 sounded good so I got it. Now I ussually have some nonfat yogurt or chees before for the protein. Once I was told by a coach (inthe 1970's) that you shouldn't have milk or fat before swimming. I've always stuck to that idea. Bitwiz, do you use nonfat milk?

I was taught the same thing about milk. The reason is that milk can upset the stomach if you drink it before a hard work out.

bckirkland
September 27th, 2004, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by SWinkleblech
I was taught the same thing about milk. The reason is that milk can upset the stomach if you drink it before a hard work out.

That's ironic, because for the three years that I've been working out I would always drink a protein shake after I worked out, but just recently I started drinking the shake (Protein Powder mixed w/ skim milk) BEFORE I work out and I find that my workouts are much more effective and I can work out harder. My muscles don't seem to tire as quickly.

That just points to what I've kinda figured out over the last year or so, there are so many nutrition/workout programs these days, that they definitely are not cookie cutter. You just need to find one that works for you and stick to it.