Carbon Recover – Layne Norton’s Post Workout Supplement

Recover from Layne Norton's Carbon line of supplements has everything you need to speed recovery and reduce soreness.

Recover from Layne Norton’s Carbon line of supplements has everything you need to speed recovery and reduce soreness.

Yesterday we covered Layne Norton’s new pre workout, Carbon PREP, and promised that we’d analyze his post workout supplement next.

Lately, the trend at Bodybuilding.com’s exclusive product lines has been the following: provide most of what you need for a workout, and follow up with a post workout product that compliments everything in the pre, filling in ingredients that weren’t effectively dosed in the pre.

Thankfully, that’s not the case with Layne’s line of supplements.

Instead, Carbon Recover is what a true post workout recovery supplement should be – that is, if you want a carb-free one. It contains ingredients proven to repair muscular damage, kickstart anabolism, and speed recovery.

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Carbon Recover Ingredients: Hand-Picked by Dr. Layne Norton

As we mentioned above, Carbon Recover’s profile isn’t a mish mash of half-dosed ingredients in order to fill in the gaps left over by an under-dosed pre workout. Rather, we have a simple profile of ingredients that helps you recover quicker and better so you can get back in the gym the next day and get after it all over again:

  • BCAA’s (6g)

    Recover uses only science backed ingredients that real reduce the dreaded DOMS and allow you to feel fresher the day after a heavy lift session.

    Recover uses only science backed ingredients that real reduce the dreaded DOMS and allow you to feel fresher the day after a heavy lift session.

    Recover starts off with a full dose of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in the clinically proven 2:1:1 ratio. That means in each scoop of Recover you’ll get 4g of Leucine, 2g of Isoleucine, and 2g of Valine.

    We all know that the BCAAs are a unique class of aminos that stimulate muscle protein synthesis[1,2]; however, that just scratches the surface on what this trifecta of aminos can do.

    BCAAs also speed recovery and delay the onset of muscle soreness, also known as DOMS.[3,4] So, not only will your body start repairing and building new muscle as soon as your workout is over, but you’ll also wake up feeling a lot better, even if it’s after leg day!

    Go and take a look at other “post workout supplements” – or even standard BCAA supplements – you’ll sadly see that many of them don’t even have this much per serving, and are often nearly priced as much. And we’ve only begun…

  • L-Citrulline Malate (3g)

    Yes, we did have 6g worth of Citrulline Malate in Prep, but that was to take care of your pump and endurance needs during your workout. Citrulline Malate also supports muscle protein synthesis and reduces soreness.[5,6]

    Furthermore, should you happen to be cutting, citrulline could beneficial for maintaining higher levels of MPS, something not easily accomplished while on a calorie deficit.[7] Basically, you’ll hold onto all of your precious gains even while on “poverty macros.”

    Now, you may think that you need another 6g of CM just like you did in Prep to see any benefit, but research actually shows that 3-4g is the amount needed for aiding recovery and improving MPS.[8,9]

    If you haven’t ever taken citrulline malate after a crazy hard lift, give it a shot if you have a few bucks to burn. Have a flex session afterward. It straight feels awesome. It’s not 100% necessary, but we’ll be damned if it doesn’t feel great post workout.

  • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (1g)

    LCLT (L-Carnitine L-Tartrate) also made an appearance in Prep, but that was to improve your performance and blood flow. Layne’s included LCLT in Recover for a different purpose altogether.

    LCLT also improves recovery by decreasing DOMS and increasing the density of androgen receptors in your muscle cells.[10,11] What this means is that anabolic hormones (i.e. testosterone) function more efficiently in the body, helping you to get more out of your workouts.

    Additionally, there is some research showing that LCLT supplementation can increase lean body mass, although this was in the elderly.[12]

  • CherryPURE® (480mg)

    No doubt you'll need every one of the soreness reducers included in Recover once you tackle Layne's Ph3 Daily Trainer soon to debut on BB.com!

    No doubt you’ll need every one of the soreness reducers included in Recover once you tackle Layne’s Ph3 Daily Trainer soon to debut on BB.com!

    Our final ingredient in Recover is also well known for improving your post workout recovery. In particular, tart cherry reduces muscle pain brought on by exercise as well as improve strength recovery in the hours after your workout.[13]

    CherryPURE® is also loaded with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, that help the body combat inflammation. This also contributes to reduced muscular damage and quicker recovery from your weight room thrashing.[14]

Initial Flavors

Recover only comes in two flavors: Blueberry Pomegranate and Sour Apple. Layne has posted pics of himself enjoying the blueberry pom flavor, so that’s probably where we’d start.

Strangely enough, Recover is available in a 30 serving tub while Prep only comes in a 20 serving tub. This makes us scratch our heads in confusion…why offer one product in a different amount than its counterpart?

Takeaway

Carbon Recover Layne Norton

Layne loves his Blueberry Pomegranate flavor of RECOVER!

Layne’s line is off to a banging start with two extremely well-dosed products that give you everything you need before and after your workout to get in the gym, create some havoc, and then repair the damage you unleashed on your muscles.

These are the kinds of products that should be coming to the market rather than a bunch of under-dosed prop blends that still continue to dominate the vast majority of products. We’ve seen more products debuting transparent labels with full doses of ingredients, but there’s still more room for growth across the industry as a whole.

Comparing this product to other “post workout” supplements out there, and even BCAA supplements, Carbon Recover is magnitudes better, but not magnitudes more expensive. And we’re starting to wonder if taking it intra-workout wouldn’t be fun thanks to the extra citrulline!

But…

There’s always a caveat. In this case, we’ll just be bluntly honest: if on a budget, we’d rather go to Costco and buy a bunch of cheap steak, potatoes, and eggs with this money. Post workout supplements are a bit lower in priority compared to eating serious food.

But if you’ve got that covered, have a few bucks in the tank, and are sick of being so damned sore all the time, then this could be the next step.

Either way, we’ll chalk this line of products up as a win for the good bros and not sit back and wait for the haters to release a series of videos bashing this line of products… because so far,  @BioLayne is doing it right here.

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References

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  2. Blomstrand E, Eliasson J, Karlsson HK, Köhnke R; Branched-chain amino acids activate key enzymes in protein synthesis after physical exercise. J Nutr. 2006 Jan;136(1 Suppl):269S-73S
  3. Howatson G, Hoad M, Goodall S, Tallent J, Bell PG, French DN. Exercise-induced muscle damage is reduced in resistance-trained males by branched chain amino acids: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2012 Jul 12;9:20.
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  5. Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 May;24(5):1215-22.
  6. Osowska S, Duchemann T, Walrand S, Paillard A, Boirie Y, Cynober L, Moinard C. Citrulline modulates muscle protein metabolism in old malnourished rats. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Sep;291(3):E582-6.
  7. Ventura G, Noirez P, Breuillé D, Godin JP, Pinaud S, Cleroux M, Choisy C, Le Plénier S, Bastic V, Neveux N, Cynober L, Moinard C. Effect of citrulline on muscle functions during moderate dietary restriction in healthy adult rats. Amino Acids. 2013 Nov;45(5):1123-31
  8. Osowska S, Duchemann T, Walrand S, Paillard A, Boirie Y, Cynober L, Moinard C. Citrulline modulates muscle protein metabolism in old malnourished rats. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Sep;291(3):E582-6.
  9. Le Plénier S, Walrand S, Noirt R, Cynober L, Moinard C. Effects of leucine and citrulline versus non-essential amino acids on muscle protein synthesis in fasted rat: a common activation pathway? Amino Acids. 2012 Sep;43(3):1171-8
  10. Kraemer WJ, Spiering BA, Volek JS, Ratamess NA, Sharman MJ, Rubin MR, French DN, Silvestre R, Hatfield DL, Van Heest JL, Vingren JL, Judelson DA, Deschenes MR, Maresh CM. Androgenic responses to resistance exercise: effects of feeding and L-carnitine. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006 Jul;38(7):1288-96.
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  12. Pistone G, Marino A, Leotta C, Dell’Arte S, Finocchiaro G, Malaguarnera M. Levocarnitine administration in elderly subjects with rapid muscle fatigue: effect on body composition, lipid profile and fatigue. Drugs Aging. 2003;20(10):761-7.
  13. Howatson G, McHugh MP, Hill JA, Brouner J, Jewell AP, van Someren KA, Shave RE, Howatson SA. Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 Dec;20(6):843-52.
  14. Cassidy A, Rogers G, Peterson JJ, Dwyer JT, Lin H, Jacques PF; Higher dietary anthocyanin and flavonol intakes are associated with anti-inflammatory effects in a population of US adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Jul;102(1):172-81.
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