Our expert says:
Good for you!
The stiffness will pass, as long as you are consistent. There is nothing you can eat or drink to prevent this - only training and teaching the muscles how to work will do that.
In terms of recovery, high carb and protein is the answer, and that is best taken in an hour or two after training, not later. I'm a big fan of diet - if you eat well, then any money spent on supplements is actually wasted because you're getting it all anyway. So I'd say focus on your diet and make sure you get a high carb and protein meal in after that gym session.
The way to avoid getting bulky is to avoid high resistance training. You're doing quite a bit with weights, which may cause it. Keep the weight down and keep the intensity and number of reps up. In other words, don't lift heavy and strained, rather do "cardio" type training, higher volume and lower intensity.
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