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Comparisons of Post-Exercise Chocolate Milk and a Commercial Recovery Beverage following Cycling Training on Recovery and Performance

Kelly L. Pritchett, Robert C. Pritchett, James M. Green, Charlie Katica, Ben Combs, Michael Eldridge, Philip Bishop

Purpose: To compare low-fat chocolate milk (CHOC) to a commercial recovery beverage (Endurox, CRB) ingested daily over a one-week period in 10 trained cyclists.

Conclusions: There was no significant difference (P = .95) for CKpost between the two trials (CHOC 570 ± 336 UL-1, CRB 579 + 383 UL-1). There was no significant difference (P = .73) between trials for cycling time to exhaustion at 85% of VO2 max(CHOC 17.4 ± 13.1 min, CRB 15.5 ± 9.9 min). As a recovery beverage, this study suggests that chocolate milk is just as effective as CRB.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: Eschew expen$ive commercial recovery beverages and drink chocolate milk as a part of post-workout recovery strategy.

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