I can read a million studies on a certain supplement or diet or workout plan but I will never really believe it until I try it myself. If it doesn’t work for me, it just doesn’t work, plain and simple. I read a few years ago on Janae’s blog, that she supplemented with glutamine during training season to help muscle recovery, then a few months ago my brother bought some glutamine to supplement his heavy lifting training plan. While I was completely skeptical, I thought I would give glutamine a whirl.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I teach spin 2-3 evenings a week, and I like to run in the morning. Teaching spin at 6pm at night and then heading out for a run less than 12 hours later is TOUGH. It’s something I have struggled with, so I exclusively wanted to see if taking glutamine post-spin would improve my morning run performances.
I have only ever tried it after spin classes and post-long runs because I feel those are times where my muscles are the most broken down. In order to attain the full effects of glutamine supplementation, it is recommended you take it every day, no matter the intensity of the workout, but I didn’t feel it was necessary for me to have it on light to moderate workout days. While there is a 67% chance this is a placebo effect and the glutamine is helping my mind recover more than my muscles, I truly believe using glutamine has helped my muscles recover.
I have been excitedly awaiting the chance to write this post but I really wanted to use it for a few months to see if it was helping. I definitely feel ten times better setting out on my morning run after taking glutamine post-spin than without glutamine. First of all, I get the added hydration from the two cups of water I mix with the scoop of glutamine, and I get the amino acid benefits of glutamine.
Initially, I used a different brand than the one shown above, but it was flavourless… and by flavourless, I mean it tasted like chalk water. I had to basically down it to drink it all because it left a weird chalky taste in my mouth, but the new brand (pictured above) is flavoured and it is much easier to drink and quite delicious. If you want to read more about the benefits of glutamine, you can do exactly that HERE.
If I were super into body-building or had a million dollars or was an elite runner, I would probably try to use glutamine every day to get the benefits consistently, but I choose to supplement only when I feel my body needs it. As of now, I use it on days where I teach spin at night (and have a workout scheduled the next day) or do a long run. That means only on days that I workout for an intense 90-150 minutes.
I tried doing about 20-30 minutes of foam rolling and stretching instead of taking glutamine to see if all I really needed was to give my muscles a good massage and rest but it definitely didn’t give me the same benefit as glutamine.
… I just proofread this post… I swear, I’m not auditioning for an infomercial…
The gist is, I have found that with all the intense workouts I do, specifically during double workout days, I need a little extra help getting my muscles into recovery mode. Glutamine has significantly helped me and I no longer feel like my muscles are constantly sore!! Hurrah!! Do you own research, read more scientifically valid blogs like mine ;), and if you want… try glutamine!
Do you supplement with anything while training?
How many, if any, double workout days do you do a week?
Do you ever try “brick workouts” like in triathlon training?