Well, my first conclusion from this is that I need more whey protein powder. Between this week’s Tabatas Training experiment and my High Protein Shakes experiment, I’ve been going through this vanilla bean why protein powder like nobody’s business!
This week’s experiment has been Tabatas Training, which is a type of high intensity interval training that makes use of of shorter intervals than I had used in my previous HIIT Training experiment. However, in my previous experiment with high intensity interval training, I found muscle pain to be a serious issue. So, I’m adding in the whey protein shakes that I drank during my high protein shakes experiment in an attempt to lower the amount of muscle pain I feel.
To see how this experiment has been going for me so far, check out yesterday’s results in Tabatas Training.
Tabatas Training Conclusions
In the beginning of this experiment, I asked 2 questions:
1. Can I feel a significant increase in health, fitness (or a decrease in weight) over the course of a week.
2. Can the high protein shakes help me do this experiment without feeling like I’ve been beaten up?
After a week of performing this experiment, my weight is down 0.2 lbs, which is really insignificant, I might have had a glass of water before my last weigh in. However, considering that I’ve put in about 30 minutes of exercise this week, any weight change is impressive for the little amount of work I put in. I do feel like my muscles are growing stronger, but that’s hard to provide measurements for since I didn’t set a baseline measurement at the beginning of the experiment.
The big discovery of this week was how the protein shakes impacted my muscle pain levels. If this experiment demonstrated anything to me, it’s that while I consume enough protein on a day-to-day basis, I consume insufficient protein to promote quick muscle recovery when I’m doing high intensity interval training. This is why I had such bad muscle pain in my HIIT Training experiment. While the protein shakes didn’t completely eliminate the pain, they brought it down to a level that was entirely manageable.
Lesson learned, if I will be adding more strength training to my life, I need to also be adding more protein to my diet.