|To actually confirm the marketed "more complete recovery", I'd like to see more relevant study outcomes (who does CMJs?) to be tested, EAS ;-)|
I guess Kraemer et al. (2015) may have had similar doubts, when they designed their latest study. A study in which they compare recovery from highly demanding resistance exercise with whey protein (WP group) alone or a supplement containing whey, HMB, and a slow-release carbohydrate (isomaltulose | RP group).
Now, I have to admit that due to the lack of a "HMB + whey only" group it is difficult to tell how much of any potential benefits the subjects in the WHI group may have experienced can be ascribed to HMB. As we are going to see in the discussion of the results, a comparison to previously observed effects of HMB do yet suggest that the addition of HMB may have had an effect,... but hey, I am anticipating here. Let's first take a closer look at what exactly the researchers from the Ohio State University did.
"Thirteen resistance-trained men (age: 22.6 +/- 3.9 years; height: 175.3 +/- 12.2 cm; weight: 86.2 +/- 9.8 kg [at least one year of RT experience]) completed a double-blinded, counterbalanced, within-group study. Subjects ingested EAS Recovery Protein (RP; EAS Sports Nutrition/Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, OH) or WP twice daily for 2 weeks prior to, during, and for 2 days following 3 consecutive days of intense resistance exercise" (Kraemer. 2015).The workout sequence included heavy resistance exercise (day 1) and metabolic resistance exercise (days 2 and 3 | see Table 1 for details) and was specifically designed to provide "excessive demands" on the recovery process.
|Table 1: Three-Day Workout Sequence. Workouts were performed on consecutive days at the same time of day. Rest period represents time in minutes between each set (Kramer. 2015).|
|Figure 1: Creatine kinase levels (left | RP < WP ), pain scores (right, top | RP << WP) and countermovement jump performance (right, bottom | RP >> WP) at baseline, 24h and 48h after (Kraemer. 2015).|
- Kraemer, William J., et al. "The Addition of Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate and Isomaltulose to Whey Protein Improves Recovery from Highly Demanding Resistance Exercise." Journal of the American College of Nutrition ahead-of-print (2015): 1-9.