Do you take protein before and after working out?

  • manpit209

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    Dec 30, 2010 8:02 AM GMT
    I have only drink protein after a workout thus far. I have not had protein before a workout. Do any of you have some before and after? If you take protein before a workout, how many grams do you have? How many grams do you have after a workout? Also, what is the benefit of having protein before a workout? I know that it helps repair your muscles so it makes sense post workout. Thanks for any feedback!
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    Dec 30, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    15g protein EAS + skim milk, peanut butter, banana, granola (sometimes ice cream) in a milkshake before and after work out.
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    Dec 30, 2010 3:15 PM GMT
    I eat protein before I workout. Usually chicken and it comes to about 40 grams of protein usually. I like to have fuel for my muscles for the workout.
  • SpikeJock

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    Dec 30, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    I eat a protein bar before a workout (less liquid in my tummy while I'm active) and drink a protein shake when I get home. Fuel to burn for energy to give me more power during workout, and fuel to build muscle afterwards.
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    Dec 30, 2010 3:55 PM GMT
    After.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Dec 30, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Pre-digested protein AFTER workout, within 20 minutes of your last set. Also, remember that up to 50 grams of complex clean carbs consumed within 90 minutes of completion of a workout go almost 100percent toward aiding in protein synthesis.

    There is no real benefit to your workout for any protein - shake, solid, whatever - consumed sooner than 90 minutes prior to that workout. i.e. a shake before hand is beneficial in fueling your workout IF you drink it 90 to 120 minutes prior.
    Sooner, like RIGHT before?...well, frankly, if you're lifting with real intensity, it's gonna come back up....icon_eek.gif

    Carbs give you energy and help replenish your ATP more than protein prior to a workout. But even then, at least an hour prior.
  • calibro

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    Dec 30, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    i do both, but consume more after
  • mybud

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    Dec 31, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I drink a protein shake during my lifting routine....mix in creatine.....It seems to give me that extra energy to hit it hard.....BUD
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    I took protein before and only recently switched to taking protein RIGHT after my workout.

    Because I live three blocks from my gym I'd walk the ten or so minutes home and then have a shake. I'd be irritable and exhausted, but now I take a shaker with me and really feel the difference.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I do abs first (around 15-20 minutes) then i drink 1 scoop of wheybolic extreme 60, then i do my main workout (1hour) and drink 2 more scoops.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Both before and after.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAAE2yNZs78
  • Glorfindel

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    Feb 03, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    After. Important for muscle rebuilding after tearing them up with a workout.
  • rioriz

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    Always after for me although I start out with a mass builder in the morning to help get my calories and protein in the day.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I take 30g about 90 min prior and another 30g (with waxy maize) when I am done.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:20 AM GMT
    before and after...but dont forget the clean carbs!!
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    KSUOWL saidI eat protein before I workout. Usually chicken and it comes to about 40 grams of protein usually. I like to have fuel for my muscles for the workout.


    Wrong. You need to study.

    Glucose, that is CARBS (blood sugar) are your muscles preferred source of energy. Protein rarely contributes to physical work (unless you're starving).

    If you want energy for working out, eat a plate of pasta. Protein is for tissue repair.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    singleagain saidI take 30g about 90 min prior and another 30g (with waxy maize) when I am done.


    If you're not up for paying for waxie maize, get corn starch, instead. Essentially, different in name only, and butt pile less money.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    Glorfindel saidAfter. Important for muscle rebuilding after tearing them up with a workout.


    Post workout, you want both carbs and protein. Carbs, simple sugar preferably, post workout, to drive an insulin response, and protein to ride that insulin into the cell.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    It's perfectly fine to have some simple carbs while working out to maintain your blood sugar.

    Doing movies like squats / leg presses can RAPIDLY plummet your blood sugar.

    Most of you have heard of Gatorade. It uses salt and potassium, and carbs, to fuel athletes.

    It's perfectly fine to nibble while you work out. It will help your endurance.

    Folks always gave me a strange look when I'm really lean and they see me nibbling on some sugar. Try doing stairs for a while. At any rate, it'll help your performance.

    Protein has little to do with extending your workout. Rather, protein is for repair. Carbs are the path you need for better performance.

    Carbs are the direct source of fuel your muscle needs to perform heavy work loads.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidPre-digested protein AFTER workout, within 20 minutes of your last set. Also, remember that up to 50 grams of complex clean carbs consumed within 90 minutes of completion of a workout go almost 100percent toward aiding in protein synthesis.

    There is no real benefit to your workout for any protein - shake, solid, whatever - consumed sooner than 90 minutes prior to that workout. i.e. a shake before hand is beneficial in fueling your workout IF you drink it 90 to 120 minutes prior.
    Sooner, like RIGHT before?...well, frankly, if you're lifting with real intensity, it's gonna come back up....icon_eek.gif

    Carbs give you energy and help replenish your ATP more than protein prior to a workout. But even then, at least an hour prior.



    I follow this like clock work.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    so how bad is it that i don't take any protein (outside of my reg diet...which isn't exactly what one would call healthy)
  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    manpit209 saidI have only drink protein after a workout thus far. I have not had protein before a workout. Do any of you have some before and after? If you take protein before a workout, how many grams do you have? How many grams do you have after a workout? Also, what is the benefit of having protein before a workout? I know that it helps repair your muscles so it makes sense post workout. Thanks for any feedback!
    i make a big shaker full and drink some before, during and after my workout
  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    DrNY saidso how bad is it that i don't take any protein (outside of my reg diet...which isn't exactly what one would call healthy)
    as long you are getting protein after your workout you are fine
  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 03, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    chuckystud said
    Glorfindel saidAfter. Important for muscle rebuilding after tearing them up with a workout.


    Post workout, you want both carbs and protein. Carbs, simple sugar preferably, post workout, to drive an insulin response, and protein to ride that insulin into the cell.
    actually, big guy are right and wrong. you do want the protein prior to working out but you want the simple carbs and protein afterwards