Recovering from your workouts—especially if you’re just getting back into the game or trying something new—isn’t always easy. And, actually, it’s not really supposed to be. Occasional soreness, muscle aches, changes in your appetite, maybe some fatigue? These inconveniences are the price you pay as you rip apart muscle fibers so they can grow back stronger and more resilient (and bigger, of course). The saying “No pain, no gain” is cliché for a reason, but there are certainly some steps you can take to minimize your post-workout bounce back.

Studies show that certain supplements—like the ones mentioned below—may help you see results faster, while lowering you risk for injuries as you progress.