Sure, that’s a great question.
As you probably know, in the last twenty years or so we’ve learned that workout nutrition – the nutrients you consume around the training session – make a huge impact on recovery. When this information first hit the mainstream, it was all about post-workout nutrition, and supplement companies began to make specialized formulas for this time period.
Today, we’ve learned that the peri-workout period, that time just before, during, and after the workout, is the real window of opportunity. Pre-loading the muscles with the right nutrients and making sure they’re jammed into the muscle cells is the number one ingredient to accelerated recovery and getting the most of the training session itself. In other words, at the elite level, we’ve gone way past “get some protein and carbs after lifting.”
Our top-end supplement for this peri-workout period is <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma. We’ve seen recovery accelerated so quickly that even top bodybuilders and pro athletes who train brutally hard can increase the frequency of their workouts, get bigger and stronger, and hit PRs like never before. And since the type of carbohydrates in Plazma are thermic by nature, most experience fat loss as well.
For the hardest trainers and those that really push their bodies, a “pulse” or serving of <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/mag-10"target=“new”>MAG-10 post-workout is ideal.
Taking care of workout nutrition works very well for younger and older athletes. Of course, we’re not sure how young these athletes are, so check the warning labels for any age restrictions. Sometimes younger athletes are simply protein-starved since most aren’t too concerned about food quality yet. For them, simply ensuring that they’re nourished for their sport is all that’s needed. A shake or two using <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/metabolic-drive-low-carb"target=“new”>Metabolic Drive between meals or in place of junk-food meals will give them a great advantage.
That said, if the young athlete is training hard – think two-a-days before football season – there’s no reason he can’t use Plazma as well, as long as an informed parent is supervising.
There are several other Biotest supplements we could recommend, especially for the mature athletes looking to make gains like they’re in their 20’s again, but we suggest always starting with foundational workout nutrition. <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/indigo-3g"target=“new”>Indigo-3G may be equally important, but let’s start with workout nutrition and go from there.