Q: I’m currently going through a Police Academy, and I’m having a rough time adapting to the recovery aspect after some of our PT sessions. My fitness background is rooted in traditional barbell training with an emphasis on the big movements – bench, squat, clean, dead lift, and military press. Needless to say, I became a fish out of water when we began PT, and I’ve been playing catch-up ever since. As you can imagine a great deal of what we do is run. Luckily, we get to do some semi cross fit type of workouts, but overall it’s running, push ups and crunches.
My lungs are nearly up to speed with all of the endurance work now as we approach our 8th week, but I find myself sore for about 3 or 4 days following our more intense sessions. I want to follow my typical post workout recovery protocol from my weight training, but I have no clue if that’s going to be productive. I used to have a serving of chewable aminos immediately post workout, followed by a 40 gram protein shake with roughly 30 grams of carbs about 30 minutes later. What are your thoughts on this? I greatly appreciate your feedback and help.
– Tim P.
My Answer: For endurance work, you will need to concern yourself with recovery and performance, so your supplementation must address those 2 issues. Although using bodybuilding supplementation is fine, having a post-workout shake is not really going to address recovery and performance. In addition to a post-workout drink, I would suggest a beta-alanine supplement. Beta-alanine increases muscular endurance, which will help you get through the grueling academy PT sessions.