Well, apparently I did well enough in Graduate school to pass. Actually, I did phenomenal in graduate school - not to toot my own horn, but I'm just saying. Now that this chapter is finished, I am with a bit of free time to catch up on a few things. As you may or may not know, I have a wedding that we're planning in July. I also have the process of finding a new strength & conditioning position across the US. Overall, I'm glad that I finished school and earned my Masters. It's been a fun and great experience; I learned a ton - both in the class room and in the applied setting.
I don't however want to take an entire blog post to write about Graduate school. I, however, would like to encourage anybody who is hesitant about it, - SIMPLY DO IT! I'm telling you, the two years time that it may take to complete is completely worth it. It all pays off in the end. I'll now get off my soap box. Rather, I want to talk about some random stuff throughout my days - now that I have an opportunity to write a bit more frequently.
I am jonesing off some new coffee that I've been drinking lately. Dunkin Donuts "Turbo". Let me tell you, if you haven't tried their coffee, pick up a bag of their ground beans at your local grocery store. Literally, after a cup or two of their Turbo flavor, I'm ready to hit the treadmill, road or gym; hell... Maybe all three. There is actually quite a few research studies that have covered the effects of coffee before cardio in regards to weight loss.
I wanted to take a moment out of my post workout nutrition meal to educate you guys/gals on something that I've been doing lately. I will make no lie about it, there are particular reasons why I work out. One of those reasons, is my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and protein. I know there are drinks on the market that combine the exact ratios of protein to carbohydrates for "optimal" recovery... But I can tell you that those mass produced drinks taste nothing compared to the taste of both C.T.C., and my childhood. I have a deep love for cinnamon toast crunch and for me to indulge on cereal and protein right after a workout, and supply my body with carbohydrates and protein... I'm in heaven. For those of you who are hesitate, I swear it's tasty. I use your run of the mill chocolate whey protein powder combined with water (as I'm not a fan of milk), and good old fashion CTC. I've done this will all sorts of kids cereals like Cookie Crisps, Chocolate Pebbles, etc. It's good, trust me.
Everybody wants to get bigger, stronger and faster in the gym. But don't kid yourself, nutrition is absolutely vital for proper recovery. I end up eating this immediately after my workout w/ anywhere of 50g - 75g of carbohydrates. An hour after that meal I end up eating another meal with less carbohydrates but a similar amount of protein. This is my post workout strategy. If you have an opinions or want to share your methods, feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear how you guys are recovering immediately following your workouts.