Is Your Recovery (Or Lack Of It) Holding Your Back?

You might be training for an hour or two multiple times a week and for some reason we like to think those hours are the only hours that matter. However, what we do outside of training is critically important. One of those things that you do that is extremely important is the opposite of working out, which is sleeping. Sleep is when our body goes through repair. But, sleep is not just sleep. There is sleep quality and quantity. Quality is relative to the amount of deep sleep (responsible for growth hormone release) and REM (plays a role in memory and emotional regulation) and quantity is the sheer number of hours of sleep. By nature, getting more sleep raises the potential for you to get more quality hours of sleep, but does not guarantee it. So making sure we get good quality sleep comes from our sleep hygiene (no phones/tv before bed, cold dark room, sleep routine). This allows you to get the most out of your sleep in all. Along with protein and adequate nutrition, sleep is a key factor in augmenting your gains. So if you are working hard and not seeing results, look elsewhere to see what might be holding you back. 

Check out Upper Echelon Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate to help take your recovery to the next level. Each serving provides 22 grams of some of the highest-quality whey protein out there. The ingredients are all-natural - we only use cocoa powder, Himalayan rock salt, and Stevia for flavoring - resulting in a protein that quite simply tastes amazing. On top of that, each batch of our whey isolate undergoes a strict quality control process that includes independent third party testing to ensure that our protein is exactly what we say it is, free of any harmful substances or contaminants.