YOU KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN, BUT FEW OF US ARE GETTING FULL PROFILES OF ALL THE AMINO ACIDS THAT MAKE UP A COMPLETE PROTEIN—ESPECIALLY LEUCINE.
Plant-based bodybuilders, or bodybuilders who aren’t chowing down on steaks after each workout, are likely missing key amino acids in their diet, while meat-eating lifters are potentially missing the key amino acids in post-workout recovery meals for the best adaptations. Since amino acids make up the building blocks of protein and are responsible for making sure our bodies are adequately recovering, adapting and even building new muscle, missing out on a whole protein right after a workout can keep an athlete from reaching his or her full potential in the gym.But it’s not just amino acids lacking in the HIIT population. Strength-training and HIIT athletes also suffer from issues with chronic and acute inflammation from constant stress on muscles. One way to deal with inflammation on a cellular level involves making sure your diet is rich in antioxidants—and that’s hard to do if you primarily exist on powders, shakes, and animal-based proteins.
FRESH SPIRULINA, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS THE BEST PLANT-BASED SOURCE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AMINO ACID BUILDING BLOCK, LEUCINE.
Adding fresh spirulina to a post-workout recovery shake instead of a chemically processed and impossible to pronounce protein supplement ensures that 95 percent of the nutrients ingested actually be absorbed by the body. Even bodybuilders looking to shed pounds can benefit greatly—at only 27 calories per serving, SP2 packs almost 5 grams of protein.
Spirulina is a nutrient-dense, natural
algae and is the richest natural, whole food source of complete protein, plus one of the best sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and other essential nutrients like iron and B12.For those prone to aching, inflamed and puffy muscles long after your workout
has ended, adding fresh spirulina also boosts your antioxidant uptake. In fact, studies have
shownthat there is more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in 3 grams of spirulina than in five servings of fruits and vegetables. So even if you don’t have time to mix a fresh smoothie, popping a packet of SP2 into water or juice will put you on the road to recovery—and hopefully less puffy legs!
WE ALL WANT THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN NUTRITION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THAT EXTRA EDGE
With SP2, we're revolutionizing a classic—spirulina—that’s been used for centuries around the world. SP2’s Fresh, Frozen Spirulina Cubes contain fresh spirulina that is all natural, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly—and much easier for your body to fully absorb than powdered or pill forms you’re used to.
Adding SP2’s fresh frozen spirulina to your daily intake is a 27-calorie way to ensure that your nutrition as an athlete is more balanced. SP2 is packaged fresh and shipped frozen in order to retain 150 percent more nutritional value than dried and powdered forms of spirulina.
MORE CALCIUM THAN MILK,
With 180 percent more calcium than whole milk, SP2 allows bodybuilders to keep dairy out of their diets while maintaining bone and muscle mass. Calcium has been shown to aid in body fat loss and body composition regulation, so athletes looking to shed a few pounds know that keeping calcium in their diets is key to finding the ideal body composition. Getting the ‘Popeye’ effect by pounding spinach is all well and good, but spirulina actually contains 3x more iron than spinach does, allowing CrossFitters to keep producing healthy red blood cells necessary for top performance.
MORE IRON THAN SPINACH
NATURALIZE A PROCESSED DIET
SP2 adds a unique whole food addition to a daily diet rich in powders and pills—if you spend hours each week in the gym going hard or lifting heavy, finding time to make meals that are balanced enough to fuel your energy and recovery needs can be tricky. Because of that, most bodybuilders end up relying on a series of powders and pill supplements to keep nutrient needs dialed. But a more natural solution to vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids can be stored in your freezer and popped into a water bottle once a day with SP2. Skip the fake, over-processed supplements and get more natural, without adding any work or prep time in the kitchen.
NAIL POST-WORKOUT RECOVERY
When you’ve banged out a new PR on the leg press machine, you do need a decent recovery meal or snack before getting back to your workday, picking up the kids from school, or heading out to meet friends at a local bar.
A simple SP2-infused smoothie as your regular post-workout beverage of choice gives you the amino acid building blocks that you need for optimal recovery, plus antioxidants to begin to help reduce the inflammatory response caused by exercise.