I started to consume protein shakes (about 25g with milk and water) after hitting the gym to help me gain muscles. I also play flag football two times a week, where the training is more focused on endurance and agility. Does it make sense to consume protein shakes after the flag football training (which is basically cardio) as well or is it enough to consume extra protein after lifting weights (bodybuilding)?
Once And For All Time: Protein Shakes Are Not Magical
We get a lot of protein shake questions. What should I put in it? and when should I drink it? and will my spleen explode if there's ice in it? The mysteries of protein shakes are many, and the science is weak.
Protein Shakes Are Just Protein...In Shake Form
Here's the deal: don't overcomplicate protein shakes. It's just protein. In a shake.
Put another way, it's just liquid protein.
One might say that it's just a form of protein that doesn't require a knife and fork or de-shelling an egg. Because it's liquid. If you don't need your protein in liquid form, just eat some meat.
The Complex Part, Which Isn't Really Important
Protein shakes can be optimized (made as useful as possible) by making sure they hit a couple milestones. (But to be clear: it's just protein that you drink. It's not that special.) Here's what I keep in mind for myself: