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You've Never Had a Shake Like Arnold Schwarzenegger's

By Linnea Zielinski

There's a time and place for the scoop-and-mix protein shake, but post-workout recovery can be much more. Even LADDER co-founder Arnold Schwarzenegger finds time to bulk up his shake with more than protein powder despite his 4 a.m. wake-up calls, and done-by-5:30 a.m. workout routine.

But the beauty of his go-to recipe is that it's all-purpose. It has enough protein and carbs for ideal muscle recovery post-workout, while containing a healthy balance of macros if you're looking for a satiating meal that's portable and ready in minutes. Here's how to make his protein shake and why we love his ingredient combination so much.

Load up your shake with the premium protein powders that Arnold helped create: LADDER Whey and Plant Protein.


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"The Arnold" Protein Shake Recipe

Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time:
5 min.


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup 100% tart cherry juice
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 scoop LADDER Whey or Plant Protein - Chocolate
  • 1 large egg, pasteurized*

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs, or unpasteurized milk may increase your risk of foodborne illness.


1. Place almond milk, cherry juice (if using), LADDER Protein, banana, and egg in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!


The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

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This shake can help you recover from even the most strenuous workouts, thanks to LADDER Whey and Plant Protein, which (along with all LADDER supplements) are NSF-Certified for Sport. They help contribute to this recipe's 36 grams of muscle-building protein and help stimulate muscle growth and repair.

A banana gives this shake a more complete nutritional profile and provides some of its 46 grams of carbohydrates. Carbs are essential for replenishing your glycogen stores post-workout and can help prevent a hard crash.

And it wouldn't be a shake fit for the Terminator without a raw egg to slightly beef up the protein and fat content. Just be sure to use pasteurized eggs, which undergo mild heating to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.

Arnold adds an extra splash of tart cherry juice, but this ingredient isn't totally necessary if you don't have it on hand. Whether you're choosing whey or plant protein, LADDER performance proteins already contain tart cherry extract, an antioxidant-like compound that helps reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.