Lift some weights, drink a protein shake and you’re good, right?
This used to be my attitude towards fitness. Even though I grew up playing sports from a young age and stayed active, I never truly understood the balance between movement and recovery. I always gave my best effort during practice or games, but outside of that, never considered the impact that recovery had on my performance. My belief was that as long as I worked hard in the gym, that’s all that mattered. It took years to learn that your physical training or workout of the day is only a small part of a much larger growth process.
When it comes to movement and exercise, mobility should be a top priority. It’s not all about strength and how much you can bench press. If you have reduced ranges of motion in your hips and shoulders, you’re not going to be able to move well and are also putting yourself at risk for an injury. I neglected my mobility for a long time to the point where my hips were so tight that I could no longer sit cross-legged. Most of us just assume this is what happens as we age and accept it. This doesn’t have to be the case. It took months of practicing yoga to restore the mobility I had lost, but it gradually improved over time. Being more mobile allows me to move better and keeps my body durable and resistant to injury. I believe everyone, especially men, should incorporate some kind of mobility training into their workouts.
One of the most overlooked areas of fitness is sleep. A myth I often find myself having to dispel is the idea that you get stronger while you are working out. In fact, the opposite is true. We actually break our bodies down when training and then through the recovery process, regenerate and grow stronger for the next session. More is not always better when it comes to workouts. Just as training on a poor diet will get you nowhere, exercising without allowing your body to recover will only leave you vulnerable to injury. Adding active recovery sessions on days where you’re not feeling 100% are much more beneficial than trying to train hard through soreness and discomfort. Dial back the intensity of your workout and spend some extra time foam rolling areas that are tight or sore. At the end of the day, sleep is the best recovery aid for the body. Getting adequate, high quality sleep allows the body to repair muscle tissue and replace aging or dead cells. Sleep also allows the brain to recharge. This will help keep you focused an motivated toward your fitness goals.
Over the past year I have seen a noticeable difference in my ability to bounce back after an intense workout. I would often have a difficult time sleeping, wake up the day after training more sore than ever, groggy and contemplating missing the gym. I started to see a plateau in my gains as well. I had ebbs and flows like everyone else, but I had recently kicked-up my training a notch and was surprised to see that the results just weren't there.
Determined to find a secret weapon for getting rid of my sleep and recovery issues, I immersed myself in research. It didn’t take me long to learn that, to get the best recovery while you sleep, you need to deliver the proper nutrients to your muscles during this process.
What comes next isn’t rocket science: to achieve optimal sleep and recovery you need an effective product designed to repair, recover and rejuvenate your muscles during sleep.
I had taken post-workout recovery supplements since I was in college, but had never taken any recovery supplement specifically designed for night time.
After learning about the importance of night time recovery, I was determined to create a product built around it. Our R&D team immersed themselves in research, and after almost a year in develop, we created the perfect formula. The result? A BCAA-rich formula called Swole PM.
And what makes it the absolute best thing that So Alpha has produced to date, is the importance of sleep and how this nutritional supplement aids in the recovery of your muscles during this peak time. This is going to sound rather unscientific—and hey, I am no scientist—but I think of it in the same way I think of how medicine is able to effectively do its thing when we swallow a pill. Basically, Swole PM provides your muscles with the proper nutrients to get the best possible recovery and repair during the deepest stages of sleep.
Once I started using Swole PM, change happened quickly. After just a few weeks, I was waking more rested and less sore and—yes!—I started to see in increase in muscles mass.
For what it’s worth, it’s not just me who thinks Swole PM is one of the single greatest, does-what-it-says-it-will products of all time. Turns out, 85% of people who used Swole PM for 5 weeks said they noticed better results with Swole PM than their typical post-workout recovery drink†. That’s huge.
Slow PM is the solution to night time muscle recovery. And if you're anything like me, you will consider it the best money you've ever spent.