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Old 12-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2 months before my weigh-in (hopefully I can get matched for a fight) and I've just started getting back into some tough sparring.

Problem is,
I train boxing 3 days+ a week and I've been skipping a few sparring days because I get too sore from the day before.

Now I feel like buying some protein supplement to aid me recover muscle faster.

I was thinking about Muscle Milk, but I don't know. Any experienced guys help me out a little here?
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll definitely benefit from the extra protein. Just get a whey protein with low sugar and you should be good.
If you really want to get the best out of your nutrition, I advise you to aquire [read: download; since it's not sold anymore. Feel free to PM me] "The Boxer's Guide to Performance Enhancement" by Ross Enamait. It has a great chapter on nutrition and is packed by good advice concerning working out, running, etc.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just have an ice bath or really cold bath after every session.
Also, drink chocolate milk, it's weird but it reduces soreness after a workout, I drink it after I work out and it works well.
There's no harm in asking to go a little easier in sparring but you have rest days(I assume) between each session and a longer rest break to make the week. Your body will get used to it, so at least when you fight you know your body can take it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just have an ice bath or really cold bath after every session.
Also, drink chocolate milk, it's weird but it reduces soreness after a workout, I drink it after I work out and it works well.
There's no harm in asking to go a little easier in sparring but you have rest days(I assume) between each session and a longer rest break to make the week. Your body will get used to it, so at least when you fight you know your body can take it.
Though an icebath is not going to be able to provide the nutrition his muscles need to recover effeciently; even though it may be helpful. The reason the chocolate milk helps is because of its protein and carbs.

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-edit- The sugar is beneficial as well obviously.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Though an icebath is not going to be able to provide the nutrition his muscles need to recover effeciently; even though it may be helpful. The reason the chocolate milk helps is because of its protein and carbs.

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But an ice bath will reduce soreness, (correct me if I am wrong)
So if he does both it'll help.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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an ice bath alone does not reduce soreness. Something olympians do is alternate from ice cold showers or baths for 2 minutes then jump in a hot shower or bath for to minutes, then repeat for 20-30 minutes.

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An ice bath by itself will just cause your muscles to contract and possibly worsen the soreness.

As for muscle milk protein, be aware that this is a sort of weight gainer, not a simple protein supplement. If you need to make weight, you'd be better off taking a pure protein powder rather than muscle milk as it has lots of calories and carbs added to it.
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Default Re: The Use of Protein Shakes and Boxing Training?

Thanks for all your replies, it was really helpful.

@JollyRoger -
Yeah, I want to stay as slim as possible to make weight at the moment.
So am I better off just buying Whey Protein with low sugar and carbs?

I've never tried protein before so I'm afraid the taste might put me off. But I'll do anything just to get the correct benefits I need.

If anybody here can:
Recommend me a good whey protein powder to start off with.

Thank you once again.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use beneprotein. Just as a meal replacement/protein supplement.
It's bland as fuck though, throw like a banana in there.
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I prefer the "On" whey protein brand.

It tastes pretty good (as long as you get one of the chocolate flavors. Vanilla and the fruit flavors are not as good), affordable, easy to find, and a fairly pure source of whey protein. In addition it doesn't clump at all, so it's easy to mix with a spoon, you don't need a shaker cup or blender.

I prefer these kinds as it packs lots of protein into smaller serving sizes. Weight gainers tend to have serving sizes 2 or 3 times as much, and it gets a little too filling.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the recommendations

What do you guys think of MusclePharm Combat Powder? because it seems like the ON gold standard isn't available in Australia (and it's expensive in Australian sites).

The MP whey protein actually seems quite affordable.
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