Never overlook the simple, effective and easy to administer: Post Workout Chocolate Milk. Regular and chocolate milk have been used for many years as an after exercise supplement by high school and university athletic programs. It’s premixed, safe and effective. Also important is the fact that most kids like the taste. Chocolate milk is a product that provides recovery hydration, protein, and carbohydrates that can be easily consumed after exercise.
If you’re in a public school, there is a good chance that you may benefit from buying milk through the state contract associated with the school cafeteria. It’s certainly worth investigating. My experience dealing with dairy suppliers has been very positive. They are likely to supply a cooler and deliver the product to you at no direct charge. It’s possible that the dairy reps are former students or athletes of your school or a parent of current or former students.
There are nay-sayers regarding the use of chocolate milk as a recovery drink for resistance training because of sugar and fat content. The research supports the idea that an effective post hard resistance workout is a mix of protein and carbohydrates delivered soon after the workout. The protein is available for the rebuilding of muscles and the carbs for the replenishment of muscle glycogen used in the workout. I’ll take the fat in a pint of chocolate milk over a fat-free Diet Mt. Dew that is too often a kid’s staple.
Some kids are lactose intolerant, for these kids a lactose-free milk product or alternative food supplement makes sense.
Simple and Smart
Successful Galax Va. High Football Coach, Mark Dixon, who trains all of his athletes before school and uses post training chocolate milk. He uses the following dosing system successfully:
Everybody gets two half pints after workouts except those that need to lose weight (1 pint) and those that need to gain weight (3 pints). Genius.