AFTER - The Science Behind the Classified Nutrition's Post Workout Supplement




We need to address what YOUR body needs after training and competition.  The focus of post-training nutrition should be two-fold:  Repair and Adapt.  The entire purpose of training is to stress physiological systems, specifically the neuromuscular system, so that the body will adapt to the specific stimulus (training).  The role that AFTER plays is providing nutrients that will allow your body to respond to the purposeful damage training just caused, adapt to the training stimulus, and prepare your body for the next training session.  AFTER does this by combining 4 very powerful and effective ingredients:  Whey Protein isolate, Leucine, Time-release Leucine, and Creatine Monohydrate.

Here’s the ingredient breakdown:

Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein is a staple in most serious athlete’s supplement arsenal, and for good reason. This stuff packs a serious punch when it comes to promoting quality changes in body composition, aiding in immune system support and recovery, as well as countless other physiological processes necessary for adaptations to training and general health. Research on whey protein shows overwhelming evidence (time and time again) that it is responsible for the following:

Decrease Fat Mass

Increase Lean Mass

Increase Physiologic levels of Cysteine and Glutathione

Promote Training Induced Power Output

Reduction in Ghrelin

Promote Bone Health

Increase Anti-Oxidant/Immune Enzyme Profile

If you are serious about maximizing your recovery between training sessions so that you can train and compete as fresh as possible and then adapt as much as possible to your training to take your fitness, strength, power, and resiliency to the highest possible limit, then you want whey to be a component. That is why it is in AFTER.

Leucine and Active TR Time-Release Leucine

Leucine is an essential amino acid and one of the branched chain amino acids (the others beingisoleucine and valine), and is the most important amino acid involved in any training-dependent change or adaptation in muscular tissue. Simply put, without leucine, you would not be able to see any significant improvements in muscle strength, power, size, or repair and recovery. Leucine does this by increasing the calcium concentration within muscles similarly to the action of muscle contraction. This increase in intramuscular calcium has the effect of activating mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), which then starts the cascade of processes that results in an increase in the synthesis of new muscle protein within muscle cells. It is this increase in new muscle protein that allows for muscle repair, muscle growth, and potential for the greatest muscular adaptations to training. In order to maximize training and recovery, the goal is to stimulate mTOR and muscle protein synthesis as often as possible. This can be an issue since leucine concentrations spike very quickly after supplementation, and then drop very quickly. For this reason, Classified Nutrition includes Time-release leucine to AFTER. ActiveTR (time-release leucine) provides another leucine spike in the blood right around the time plasma concentrations of leucine drop significantly (approximately 2 hours after ingestion). In this way, as soon as your body is ready to stimulate recovery and adaptation, time-release leucine kicks in and gets the job done. The total result of this leucine/time-release leucine combo is a 1-2 punch to not only kick-start the repair and adapt signal near-immediately, but also a delayed signal to repair and adapt hours after you’ve finished training or competing, setting you up for your next training session and getting you closer and closer to your long-term performance goals.

Creatine Monohydrate

If you’ve read the description for BEFORE, then you’re familiar with Creatine Monohydrate. If not, pay attention! Good old Creatine Monohydrate does not get the praise it deserves. This stuff is the most effective single ingredient on the market. We put Creatine in AFTER because the benefits it provides are too significant to neglect. Creatine plays such a major role in recovery as well as neuromuscular adaptations to training; specifically in its effects on satellite cell activation and proliferation. That is scientific jargon for the process of increasing the number of muscle cell nuclei so that more muscle protein can be synthesized within each involved muscle fiber. So why is it so hard to find on supplement store shelves now? Well, because it is cheap and harder to make a profit on, in comparison to newer and more “novel” forms of creatine. To date, no other form of creatine has been able to out-perform the original: Creatine Monohydrate. When ingested at this dosage, creatine monohydrate has been shown to promote neurological as well as cardiopulmonary health. In addition to its protective benefits, it is very effective at increasing muscular strength, power, exercise intensity, training volume, and maintaining/increasing lean body mass. It assists with total body hydration, improves anaerobic running capacity, reduces fatigue, and improves subjective well-being.

At this dose, Creatine Monohydrate does the following:

Promotes neurological and cardiopulmonary health

Increase muscle strength

Increase power

Increase exercise intensity

Increase training volume

Promote maintenance of lean mass

Promote increases in lean body mass

Assist with total body hydration

Improve anaerobic running capacity

Reduce Fatigue

Improve subjective well-being

AFTER contains some of the most potent recovery, growth, and adaptive stimulators on the market.  Understanding that training causes not only damage, but also immune system distress, it makes sense to combine these specific ingredients (whey protein isolate, leucine, time-release leucine, and creatine monohydrate) at effective doses in order to deliver exactly what the body needs, when it needs it.  With AFTER, you can be completely confident that you are not only repairing the damage that just occurred, but also preparing your body to handle greater amounts of damage and stress in future training and competitive sessions.


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Whey Protein and Efficiency

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Whey Protein Supplement: Usage, Dosage, Side Effects & Benefits

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