February 21, 2021 3 min read
By Melissa Mitri, MS, RD
How you fuel your body can make or break your workout plan. If your goal is to increase lean muscle and burn fat, you need to fuel your body with the proper nutrients. High-quality protein will help you maximize muscle gain and support a healthy metabolism.
Maintaining muscle and getting enough protein is critical at any age, but especially as we get older. We naturally lose muscle mass over time. One way to reduce the amount of muscle loss is through resistance exercise. However, as muscle breaks down during a workout, it needs to be replenished in order to rebuild new, stronger muscle.
Adding collagen peptides to your workout routine can help you build strength, preserve lean muscle and aid in post-workout recovery.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, making up 25% to35% of our total body protein. It provides structure to the connective tissue that makes up our tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. Collagen has many known health benefits such as maintaining muscle mass and supporting skin, hair and joint health.
In the diet, collagen is found in the cartilage and connective tissues of animals. Unfortunately, in our modern diets, we don’t eat a lot of skin, ligaments and tendons in meats. Therefore, most people are not getting enough collagen protein from diet alone.
If you are strength training regularly, one of your goals may be to increase muscle mass and size. The process of building muscle starts with breaking down the muscle fibers during resistance exercise and then rebuilding them. One key nutrient that can help increase muscle mass is protein.
Collagen is a type of protein that has been shown to be effective for building muscle mass and strength when taken as part of a workout plan. A daily dose of collagen peptides combined with regular strength training may lead to better results than strength training alone.
After a tough workout, it’s critical to be able to both repair muscle tissues and recover. Your muscles need the opportunity to recharge, and they need fuel in order to do this. A faster recovery time leads to quicker results and less risk of injury, getting you back to the gym faster.
Collagen peptides may aid in faster muscle recovery and reducing muscle soreness. In one study, those who took collagen peptides were less sore and recovered more quickly 48 hours post-exercise, compared with those who did not.
The answer to this may depend on your individual goals, but what is more important is taking it regularly.
If you suffer from joint pain or stiffness, taking collagen pre-workout may be a better choice. One study showed that supplementing with collagen peptides containing vitamin C one hour before working out improves collagen synthesis in the body. Doing this may increase joint strength and resilience.
If your primary goal is to gain muscle, taking collagen post-workout may be better, as it can have an anabolic — or muscle building — effect.
Our hydrolyzed INVIGOR8 Collagen Peptides can help you maximize your workout gains and support recovery. It also contains Vitamin C to further encourage natural collagen production. For maximum benefit for muscles and weight management, take one daily dose of our hydrolyzed collagen peptides mixed with our INVIGOR88 Fat Burner or Superfood Shake.
Our weight-loss products all work great on their own, but they work even better together! Try our Superfood Shake in combination with our Collagen Peptides or Fat Burner.
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