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By: Sarah Schuh

By now, most of us are aware of collagen's many benefits, including helping to support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.** But many of us are still less familiar with how collagen helps to support workout recovery.** (Spoiler alert: You’re going to want to use it!).

If you’re looking to elevate your fitness routine, keep reading to learn more about how collagen can benefit your workout.

How Collagen Benefits Your Workout

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Collagen Can Speed Up Your Recovery Time.**

If we didn’t have collagen in our bodies, we would literally be puddles of water on the floor. Here’s why: Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and bones,  with its purpose being to provide these body parts with their strength, structure and elasticity. As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at naturally producing collagen, which can lead to slower workout recovery time. This is why we recommend introducing ingestible collagen to your diet.**

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Collagen Keeps Your Body Running Smoothly.*

Despite collagen being synonymous with a more youthful appearance, one of its most important jobs is to keep our bones and connective tissue in optimal working conditions. These benefits are sometimes overlooked, but they shouldn’t be, considering that we use these body parts every day and are rightfully in need of an extra TLC. Whether you’re hitting the elliptical, or performing deadlifts, these essential parts of your body need a little TLC. This is where collagen comes in! 

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Collagen Helps You Get Stronger!**

At the gym, most people solely focus on building muscle. But our collagen-rich tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissue are actually what enable our bodies to get stronger. If you want to lift heavier weights, then you’ll need to have stronger supporting structures. That’s where Vital Proteins’ collagen comes in.**

The Collagen Products You Should Be Using With Your Routine


Collagen Products to Use Before Your Workout

Looking to power those muscles and joints for your best workout yet? Start with Vital Proteins PreWAVE™. This pre-workout is packed with collagen peptides and branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) to keep your body operating like a well-oiled machine, while creatine nitrate and elevATP® enhance what you’re doing. Then, coffeeberry® coffee fruit extract finishes off the trifecta off by giving you a nice little jolt of energy to keep going (yes, even during those early morning workouts!)**


Collagen Products to Use After Your Workout

You made it through your sweat session — congrats! When it comes to aiding in recovery, we recommend one of our newest products,Vital Proteins RecoveryWAVE™, which contains a combination of collagen peptides, amino acids, electrolytes and antioxidants to help you rehydrate, support your muscles and recover.** Plus, it’s made without artificial sweeteners and doesn't contain dairy, gluten or soy, so you can feel good about what you’re consuming, too!

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Collagen Products to Use Every Day

If you’re looking for something to use on every day, consider our fan-favorite hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides, which also happens to be our first-ever product. It’s easily the most versatile in our extensive lineup since it’s not only flavorless and odorless but also easily dissolves in hot and cold liquids. Known to help support stronger hair, skin, nails, and joints,Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides can be added to your morning cup of coffee and blended into your favorite smoothie, among other sweet or savory recipes.**

However, we get that not everyone's the same. If you’re accustomed to taking capsules every day, we recommend taking our Cartilage Collagen Capsules. They contain Type II Collagen, which helps provide the building blocks for cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin and bones.** Plus, they’re super easy to take on the go to the gym, work, on your commute and more!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.