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By Nader Qudimat / Jul 8, 2017

Want to pack on muscle mass faster?

Recover.

Any bodybuilder knows the importance of being able to recover and rebuild as efficiently as possible.

It doesn't matter how hard you train, if you don't recover, then you simply don't give your body the chance to rebuild the damage you've caused.

So let's jump right into it...

Top 10 Post Workouts For Recovery

Buying Guide: Post Workout Supplements

Purpose: Enhance recovery and speed up the repair process of muscle. 

Ingredients

Must be made to replenish glycogen stores and help speed up recovery by using clinical dosages of various ingredients. 

Formula

It should be a well thought out formula to help speed up the recovery process and increase muscle growth.​

Reviews

The brand must be reliable as well as the reviews of the users must be good without depending on hype. 

The Best Buying Guide To Post Workout Supplements

Recovery and post workout supplements can help speed up the rebuild process that occurs post-workout.

Now if you don't have a proper diet that supplies you the nutrition you need, then these supplements will not do anything for you other than burning a hole in your wallet.

Supplements do one thing and one thing only....

They supplement your diet.

This guide will help you decide which post workout is best suited for you. 

We'll dive deep into the ingredients and reveal what they do and how they will help enhance the recovery process.

There's really a whole bunch of these post workout supps out there, but only a few made our top 10 list.

Fortunately for you, we've narrowed it down to a top 10 list.

If you're cutting however, you'll want to take half a serving.

Or adjust the serving according to your calorie / macros requirements as a lot of these supplements contain a lot of carbs to help you repenlish your glycogen stores.

Just because we list it as one of the top 10 supplements, does not mean it's the best choice for you.

So it all comes down to your goal and preferences.

We'll be adding in sections to where you can pick according to your preferences like how we did with our top 10 pre workouts, protein powders, and fat burners lists.

And ladies...Any of these post workouts will work for you but you should only take what would fit your nutrition and needs.

If you weigh 125 lbs, obviously you won't need as much as a male who weighs 200lbs.

Don't just go for post workouts or supplements that are spefiically targetted to women as they are generally overpriced.

Top 10 Post Workout Supplements For Recovery and Muscle Growth

Features:

  • ​6g BCAA's
  • 3g L-Glutamine
  • 2g Creatine Hcl
  • 2g Beta Alanine
  • 2g Canipure (L-Carnitine L-Tartrate)
  • 1.5g Betaine
  • 1g Taurine
  • 5.3mg BioPerine
  • 32g Dextrose (Seperate serving)

Just like Kaged Muscle, JYM has cut down the dosages to sort of force you to buy their pre workout.

This is fine for most people as usually their pre / intra covers the other half of these dosages but it isn't nice to be "forced" to buy seperate products as they have split dosages.

But that aside, let's look at what Post JYM offers....

Glutamine is included here to ensure recovery as the body is made out of this essiential ingredient, though it is poorly absorbed without L-Alanine to help with bioavailability.

Luckily there is a solid dose of BioPerine to help with the overall absorption of this formula.

Creatine is dosed here at 2g, which is low but JYM is assuming you're using his Pre-JYM supplement to make up for the other half of this ingredient.

The 2g of beta alanine is included to increase recovery, strength but it gets better with regular use as your body becomes saturated with this lactic-acid buffering ingredient.

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate is present here to maximize testosterone production as well as increased vasodilation as it can help with blood flow.

Betaine is another strength builder that helps with ATP production and recovery.

The 1 gram of taurine is also included for maximum voluminzation and nutrient delivery.

Finally we have a solid 6 gram serving of BCAA's to help with reducing fatigue and increasing recovery through increased muscle protein synthesis.

Post-JYM seperates the carbs in case you'd like to control the carb serving.

Each serving contains 32 grams of fast absorbing dextrose to drive insulin up and increase nutrient absorption of the other ingredients.

Overall, Post JYM is a great post workout formula that is put together by the popular Jim Stoppani.

If you're looking for increased recovery and muscle growth, you'll get it with this supplement.

9. AML Muscle Growth

Features:

  • 5g Leucine
  • 5g Creatine Monohydrate
  • 2.5g Betaine

If you're after recovery, then you're looking at a great supplement.

While AML has already got a speific post workout supplement, they've turned, Muscle Growth into a strength building supplement designed to enhance strength, increase muscle growth and recovery.

It uses 3 ingredients that are all backed by science and dosed at clinical amounts.

Now aside from vitamin D3 (dosed at 4,000IU), we also have two powerful ingredients to help with recovery:

  • Calcium Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate Monohydrate (3000mg)
  • Phosphatidic Acid (750mg)

If you stack AML Muscle Growth with AML's post workout, you'll also get:

You may reconigze one or two of Muscle Growth's ingredients but chances are, you probably haven't seen them used in a combination like this.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluable vitamin that helps with the production of testosterone and protein synthesis.

Studies have found that the exact amount used in AML's Muscle Growth, to increase the production of insulin as well as increasing protein synthesis.

Many bodybuilders don't get enough vitamin D so this alone can be game changer in recovery and muscle growth.

HMB is the next ingredient in the list and it is one of those ingredients that is getting back into supplements.

Being a metabolite of leucine, HMB is able to increase anabolism by stimulating protein snythesis and preventing the breakdown of muscle protein.

This will help increase muscle growth and strength when used with a proper strength training program.

Finally we have phosphatidic acid.

This phospholipid is able to activate mTOR, which will help stimulate muscle growth and increase size.

This ingredient alone has been seen to increase 12.7% in squat strength with a 2.6% increase in muscle mass.

Pop 4 of these capsules and you will notice a huge differance from your training, with increases in strength, muscle mass as well as recovery.

AML Post Workout goes well with AML Muscle Growth, you'll surely recover quickly and have a epic stack to help you out.

8. BCAA glutamine by transparent labs

Features:

  • 8g BCAA's
  • 5g L-Glutamine
  • 1g Coconut Water Powder.

By now you've probably heard of Transparent Labs.

There might be hundreds of supplement companies out there but Transparent Labs is one of the few that not only uses naturally sweetened products but also fully transparent labels with full clinical doses of ingredients.

Their low stim but awesomely packed pre workout PreSesries Bulk has landed quite high on our top 10 list as it's one of the most balanced out there (each serving is like a protein scoop!).

CoreSeries BCAA Glutamine has your recovery covered as it has fully dosed ingredients:

Starting with BCAA's, it's made out of 3 essential ingredients that is used to increase protein synthesis.

Muscles tissue is quickly broken down during intense exercise, which can be a bad thing if it happens too often.

BCAA's will help maintain lean muscle mass while decreasing soreness and increasing recovery.

Most products only contain 5g or less per serving, but here TL is going all out with 8 grams.

Next is Glutamine, an amino acid that is readily available throughout the body but it is easily depleted with intense exercise.

So this 5 gram dosage will help increase recovery and delay the onset of fatigue. Last but not least is coconut water powder.

If you've ever tried coconut oil before your workout, you'll know it energizes and increases endurance better than most things out there.

This full gram of coconut water powder contains electrolytes which will help maintain hydration during workouts.

This helps with many things including helping increase muscle contractions and reducing the risk of muscle cramps.

You'll get about 65mg potassium from this dosage.

This may look like a simple formula but really it's better than most post workouts as it contains 3 ingredients that are perfectly dosed for enhanced recovery and increased hydration.

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7. Optimum Recovery 2:1:1

Features:

  • 35g Carbs (Fructose, Sucrose, Waxy Maize Starch)
  • 17g Protein (Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Micellar Casein, Egg Albumen)
  • 5g BCAA's (2:1:1 ratio)

Optimum Nutrition has not only formulated a solid post workout supp but they also ensured that it was simple and effective.

It looks like a simple formula but it has premium sources of protein, BCAA's, and various sources of carbs to replenish glycogen stores.

These are the ingredients that make up Optimum Recovery...

These ingredients are based on the latest studies which has shown that blending different sources of carbs and proteins ensures maximum absorption.

The speific blends and ratios have been shown to increase repair and recovery.

The protein sources rang from fast digesting, to medium to slow so your body is constantly fed the fuel it needs to recover.

Carbs are a mix of types from simple to rapid digesting carbs which will help shuttle nutrients to where they need to go in the body.

The 5 grams of BCAA's are in a 2:1:1 ratio, so you'll get more leucine than isoleucine and valine.

On top of that, there's also 23 grams of amino acids that's already available in the protein.

You could take double servings (2 scoops) to double the doses there, but usually, if you're under 200 lbs you'll be find with 1 scoop.

Optimum 2:1:1 is a great post workout if you're looking for something proven to help with recovery.

6. Post-Factor by Blue Star

Features:

  • 50g Carbs (Maltodextrin)
  • 27g Protein
  • 2g L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
  • 480mg CherryPURE
  • 50mg ActinGIN
  • 61mg Blend (Fumaric Acid, BioPerine, AstraGin, Sodium R-Lipoate, Succinic Acid)

Post-Factor is a monster of a supplement as every scoop is jammed with 85 grams of high quality, recovery-enhancing ingredients.

The formula seems simple as it has 2 simple blends on top of 27 grams of protein and 50 grams of carbs (and only 3 grams of sugars).

Look at what's included...

Most post workout formulas aim to have some ergogenics and maybe some BCAA's but Post-Factor does it different by containing much more, including protein, and a couple of nutrient driving ingredients to help enhance absorption.

The first blend is a muscle recovery complex starting with L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT), a much more bioavailable form of carnitine.

Soreness is reduced with the help of LCLT and since it is the full 2 gram clinical dose, you'll also be in "anabolic state" as it can increase the density of androgen receptors in muscle cells.

The next ingredient is CherryPURE, a freeze dried powder of Montorency Tart Cherries, which has been proven to increase recovery and reduce inflammation.

AntiGin is the final ingredient of the recovery complex and what research has shown is that it's able to improve performance and increase recovery by enhancing glycogen replenishment.

With the help of the final blend (XD Delivery Technology), all the ingredients absorability will be enhanced and maximized.

Ingredients in this blend like fumarate, BioPerine, AstraGIN, Sodium Alpha Lipoic Acid and Succinate, are going to increase bioavailability of all of the ingredients.

AstraGin here will also help with ATP production by increasing it!

Now the carbs are from maltodextrin, which studies have shown to replenish glycogen stores as they get depeleted from training.

The 27 grams protein are from hydrolyzed whey, the purest form of protein so it has the fastest absorptation rate and is able to be digested quickly.

The only downside if you're cutting, you may find the calories to be a bit high (310 calories).

But there's only 0.5g of fat and 3 grams of sugar (50g carbs and 27g protein) so it is a beast of a post workout formula.

As you can see this Post-Factor covers everything from enhanced recovery, reduced soreness and inflammation.

You'll feel restored and replenished for the next training session.

5. Kaged Muscle re kaged

Features:

  • 28g Whey Protein Isolate
  • 3g L-Glutamine
  • 1.5g BetaPower (betaine anhydrous)
  • 1.5g Creatine HCl
  • 280mg Prohydrolase

Kaged Muscle covers everything from pre, intra and post.

Re-Kaged is your post workout supplement as it has everything you need to recover from a hard session.

But like JYM's post workout, it is meant to be stacked with their pre workout as it has the other "half" of the clincial dosages.

For example, Pre-Kaged has 1.5g betaine anhydrous, while the post has the other half, 1.5g.

This may be a downside but if you're already taking a pre workout with at least 1g of betaine anhydrous and 2g of creatine, then you're covered.

Each serving is packed with 47 grams of post-recovery goods though.

Just look at these ingredients:

Having 28 grams of whey protein isolate is a big game changer for a post workout as this category is filled with supplements that only have a few ergogenics and a whole bunch of carbs.

It's important to have this fast digesting form of protein as it contains all the amino acids (not just BCAA's) as well as ensuring your body gets the protein it needs as soon as you've finished training.

If you're training as hard as you should be, then you may be depleting yourself from glutamine, a essential amino acid that is available everywhere in your body but decreases after training.

It may be argued that glutamine isn't the most effective recovery ingredient as it may have trouble making it past our stomach, however combining it with L-Alanine is usually a way of overcoming this problem.

Next up is BetaPower, which is a patented form of Betaine Anhydrous, a strength enhancing ingredient that can also increase cell hydration and muscle protein snythesis.

There's 1.5g here, so if you're taking Pre-Kaged or any pre workout with at least 1g of betaine anhydrous, you're fully covered.

Creatine Hcl is up next and it is the same deal as it is only dosed at 1.5g so you'll need to supplement with bulk creatine to ensure you're getting at least 3-5g of creatine daily.

The last and final ingredient is Prohydrolase, an interesting ingredient that can increase absorption of protein by hydrolyzing it.

So whey protein isolate is absorbed just as quick as whey hydrolyzed.

Overall, this post workout is put together well but it is better if it's combined with their pre workout (Pre-Kaged).

4. Finish Line by IFN

Features:

  • 6g BCAA's
  • 3.2g Beta Alanine
  • 2.5g Betaine
  • 2g L-Carnitine L-Tartrate
  • 2g Creatine HCL
  • 1g Magnesium Cretaine Chelate
  • 1.5g L-Glutamine
  • 1.5g L-Alanine

From HemaVO2 to Max Out, iForce has always been putting out solid supplements that go above and beyond expections.

Here we have Finish Line, a packed and well thought out post workout formula that will help with recovery and allow you to come back to the gym refreshed and repenlished.

Finish Line stands out in that it doesn't force you to buy multiple products to get full doses of ergogenics, like Kaged Muscle and JYM would.

Look at these ingredients and their doses...

That is one solid looking formula... All of those ingredients are provided with full clincal dosages so you are undoubtetldy to make the most out of your post-recovery.

With a 4:1:1 ratio of BCAA's, you'll benefit from reduced soreness, increased muscle protein synthesis and decreased fatigue.

Next we have an ingredient that's traditionally used pre-training, beta alanine.

It's dosed at 3.2g so you're going to feel tingles if you're not used to this ingredient but it does come with various benefits like increased muscle growth, reduced fatigue and increased strength.

You can take BA anytime so there's no need to worry about the timing here and it gets better with long-use as it builds up in the body.

Betaine is the next ingredient and it's another strength booster that is used to reduce soreness, increase protein synthesis and increase ATP production as well as increasing endurance.

Now for testosterone production and increased bloodflow, we have L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, a more bioavailable and better form of L-Carnitine.

It wouldn't be a complete formula without creatine, and what better time to replinish your ATP stores than post workout?

With 2g creatine Hcl and 1g magnesium creatine chelate, you'll benefit from increased muscle mass, strength and increased recovery.

Usually we see L-Glutamine on it's own but it's nearly useless without L-Alanine, which is why iForce has combined both of these ingredients in Finish Line.

Glutamine has a hard time getting past the stomach and into the intestines.

L-Alanine counters that by making glutamine much more bioavailable.

The only downside is that everything by iForce is usually tasty so you may get addicted to this post workout!

Everything they've made from pre's, intra to post is perfect so do expect this to really help with muscle growth and recovery.

3. Muscle Pharm Re-con

Features:

  • 6g GroPlex™ (Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Protein, Micellar Casein, Lecithin, Whey Concentrate)
  • 5g Carb10™ (Pea Starch)
  • 5g Creatine Monohydrate
  • 3g L-Leucine
  • 3g Glutamine
  • 300mg VitaCherry
  • 150mg N-Acetyl L-Cysteine

MusclePharm has made waves in the supplement industry but many would say they are overadvertising and spending way too little time on actually making the formula's with full clincal doses.

It looks like they've made a hit with Re-con as it's put together really well.

Just look at these ingredients...

A lot of you may be wondering... "Where's the carbs?!" as there's really not much in it at all.

Well, you don't need much carbs post workout to get a insulin spike and you can always add your own carbs as it's only a penny per carb really.

Most of you would probably rather control the carb amount to adjust according to your goals and macros.

The protein content here is made out of a patent blend of petides and proteins.

There's different types of protein to help increase the body's response to insulin as well as increasing nutrient absorption so your muscles will be able to begin the recovery and rebuild process much quicker.

Rather than maltodextrin, Muscle Pharm uses Carb10, which is a slower released carb source that causes absolutely no GI distress but it does get digested fairly quickly.

You will get a benefical insulin spike from the GroPlex blend above though.

You're also getting a full 5 gram dose of creatine to ensure maximum power, performance and increased lean mass.

To activate the mTOR pathways, 3g l-leucine is added to ensure maximum protein synthesis for muscles and you'll also benefit from increased fat loss and recovery.

While there is L-Alanine in protein, we don't know how much there is and if it's going to increase the bioavailablity of glutamine here but it's good to have in a post-workout formula nevertheless.

Finally we have antioxidants: VitaCherry and N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, both are popular in post workout formula's.

They both help combat inflammation and increase recovery by protecting the body from free radicals.

MusclePharm is usually full of prop blends, weird combinations and underdosed ingredients but with Re-Con they are proudly showing off their ingredients as well as packing clincal dosages.

If you want superior recovery and to maximize gains from training, then you'll enjoy Re-Con.

2. Post Lift by Nutrex

Features:

  • 25g Cluster Dextrin
  • 10g BCAA's 5g L-Glutamine
  • 2.5g Betaine Anhydrous
  • 2g HICA
  • 2g L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate
  • 2g Taurine

Nutrex has been in the business for a while now but they've only recently boomed with their recent "Clinical Edge" series.

These supplements consist of everything you need in clinical doses while maintaining full transparency.

Each 54 gram scoop contains carbs, BCAA's and quite a few muscle builders as well as ingredients that'll help increase recovery.

Just look at these ingredients you get...

The 25 gram cluster dextrin alone will help with recovery as it is a fast digesting, high quality and expensive carb.

Post Lift stands out in its category as it packs everything you need for recovery and maximizes on dosages so you get the best bang for your buck.

It starts with a monster 25 gram dose of Cluster Dextrin, a highly branched cyclic dextrin that is able to replenish glycogen stores and jumpstart recovery as soon as it is consumed.

It's made to bypass the stomach and straight into the intestines as it's a very low osmolaity and highly molecular weight starch molecule.

Post workouts are not complete without BCAA's, especially if it's dosed at minimal amounts.

With PostLift, we are complete with 10 grams of BCAA's as Nutrex did not skimp out on this research-backed 2:1:1 ratio.

Now we have glutamine, a essential amino acid that is available throughout our body but is depleted during intense exercise.

Supplementing with glutamine ensures that we make the most out of our bodies ability to recover so you can get back to training with maximum efforts.

A recovery supplement is not complete without betaine anhydrous, and here we have the full clinical dose of 2.5g, which has been seen to increase power, ATP production as well as reducing soreness while increasing recovery.

Supplements with BCAA rarely have HICA and even then, they are even more rarely dosed at such a high amount like the 2 grams we see here.

HICA is a metabolite of Leucine, one of the branch amino acids that is important for the mTOR pathway activation.

With HICA, you'll benefit from reduced soreness, fat mass and increased lean mass. This ingredient is essential to have if you want to increase muscle growth and strength.

Instead of L-Carnitine, we have the highly bioavailable form, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT), which has been seen to increase blood flow, reduce soreness, all while increasing the production of testosterone.

And finally, PostLift is topped off with a monter 2 gram dose of Taurine.

Taurine is one of the most abdunant amino acids that is found in mainly skeletal muscle (like the heart, brain etc.).

It is also known to increase "wet pumps", like glycerol monostearate, by enhancing nutrients and water uptake by muscles, thus increasing hydration and ensuring you'll be full and voluminezed after each session.

PostLift is not only a post workout but a complete, daily muscle builder that has all the essential ingredients that every bodybuilder will massively benefit from.

Every ingredient is benefical for recovery, strength, and muscle building.

Recovery (and soreness) won't be an issue with PostLift.

1. Aftershock by Myogenix

Features:

  • 34g Protein (Partially hydrolyzed and whey isolate)
  • 17g Carbs
  • 8g Amino Acids (MagnaPower, Glutamine Chelate, L-Glutamine, L-Norvaline)
  • 7.25 BCAA's
  • 1.5g Joint Support (Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, MSM) Vitamins and minerals

Getting the most out of your post-recovery window is more than just consuming BCAA's, glutamine and a bit of ergogenics.

MyoGenix has an advanced formula put together that is made to enhance recovery, performance and reduce soreness.

After-Shock contains a wide variety of ingredients and nutrients, all of which are shown to increase muscle growth, replenish glyocgen stores and enhance recovery.

So this is what's in every 80 gram serving...

Right off the top you can see that the carb to protein ratio is perfect for most people as it isn't overwhelmingly packed with carbs.

With 34 grams of fast digesting protein, you'll make the most out of your post workout supplementation as the protein source is made out of both hydrolyzed and whey isolate.

The addition of carbs will have the flavor tasting good without a doubt, and it's made out of maltodextrin, a fast digesting carb that is benefical to have post workout.

The amino acid blend is made out of patented and highly bioavailable ingredients, like magnesium glycyl glutamine and creatine chelate.

This blend will not only increase energy and ATP production but also recovery and muscle growth.

It wouldn't be complete without the fully packed 7 grams BCAA's and 1.5g joint support.

If you're training hard and putting your joints under stress with compound exercises, then you will surely benefit from all of these ingredients that MyoGenix has put together.

This is a packed post workout formula that has everything your body needs to recover fully.

Forged by the iron and cold steel, Nader takes his knowledge and hulk smashes it into this puny site.


Being an ex-hardgainer, he has no choice but to keep training until he has surpassed in every way imaginable.


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