Workout Protein / Energy Drinks

  • buffyogi

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    Sep 14, 2007 3:30 AM GMT
    Per a nutrition regime that I have been following, I'm drinking a protein concoction pre-, mid-, and post-workout. Firstly, I find that I'm the only guy in the gym sipping on a Muscle Milk. Which is fine, but between all these drinks, I wonder whether I am not a bit full and lethargic during my actual workout. Also, the 'Rocky Road' feels like its about to come back up when I am doing crunches at the end of a workout. (Lovely, I know.) Does any one else have this problem? Am I overdoing the protein drink thing?

    While we're sort of on the subject, who else has an energy drink before working out? I feel like the caffeine/taurine/whatever helps, but am not sure whether this is physiologically the best idea. Any thoughts?
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    Sep 14, 2007 4:42 AM GMT
    I've never been able to eat anything very heavy before a workout. I know that some of those shakes have a lot of sugar but even if not, even lots of protein in your stomach can take energy to digest.

    If I eat anything before a workout because I am hungry, it is something like a piece of bread or a snack bar or something.

    As it is I wish I could drink more of those protein shakes at throughout the day but my lactose intolerance and a few other problems make it hard for me to stomach most of them.

    Maybe you should consider a lighter form of protein like a glass of carnation instant breakfast instead.
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    Sep 14, 2007 9:07 AM GMT
    You are doing just what you need to be doing, except maybe could go for some more calories.

    Stimulants are awesome.

    Calories are your friends.

    See food; eat it.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 14, 2007 5:53 PM GMT
    I think you should get most of your protein from food. The rest is just for your add on. Ask BigJoey!!
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    Sep 14, 2007 7:16 PM GMT
    Everyone's body is different and reacts in different ways. I have no problem guzzling down a three quarters full blender of protein shake right before and right after a workout.

    My partner on the other hand...has all kinds of rules and regs as to when and how much of anything he eats...for fear of cramps, indigestion, etc etc....

    Bottom line....if its making you feel uncomfortable during your workouts then maybe you need to make some changes. Might want to take the shake an hour before instead of immediately before.

    If you want to try an energy drink that will shoot you with a tremendous energy rush....try "Nuspeed"...(GOOGLE IT)its got an insane matrix of different herbs and stimulants. Your buddies will have to remove you from the gym....makes you want to workout for hours!! Great stuff but let me warn you....NOT FOR EVERYONE....this stuff is super intense and you should only drink half bottle until you know you can tolerate it. And never drink it late...because you wont sleep that night.

  • buffyogi

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    Sep 17, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the advice guys. I have started to drink a pre-packaged Muscle Milk or just half a blender shake pre-workout, instead of a full blender worth. I typically use 4 scoops of powder, ice, fat free yogurt, fruit juice and a banana in my shakes, which is perhaps a bit much just before working out. Cutting down on this intake has made my feel less full during my workout. Sometimes the mid-workout drink 9another Muscle Milk) still feels like its coming up during crunches at the end, but I can live with that.

    I am very much subscribed to your guys' ideas about whole food-- I just add three shakes on my workout days. I am a bit torn at the moment about how much I should be eating-- I know I need all those calories to get bigger, but I also want to lower my body fat and achieve ab definition. I currenty scarf down ~3500-4000 kcal on work out days.

    That NUSPEED sounds awesome. Typically I just have a bottle of Redline, which doesn't do too much for me. Yesterday I added a 16 oz sugar free Rock Star drink to this and could really feel the stimulant. Good work out.

    Alas, I don't think I will be able to try NUSPEED as I am flying back to the UK tomorrow-- where a lot of the newer/fancier supplements are not readily available (or so it seems). Any British guys with ideas for energy drinks are encouraged to leave suggestions :D
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    Jan 11, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    Why don't you try a pre-workout booster BEFORE you train and save the Protein Shake/Muscle Milk until after?

    Pre-workout boosters usually contain nitric oxide, creatine, caffeine and amino acids and they give you a great lift if you're feeling lethargic during your workouts.

    Drinking a protein shake before the gym can me feel very heavy - whereas the pre-workout boosters have the opposite effect icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    Well, I know nothing on Muscle Milk and how that all works, but, I do eat protein bars. I particularly like Luna Protein Bars, because they taste the best. Ok, so it's a woman's brand...who cares? It's my protein and that's all that matters.

    But, I eat protein bars as kind of a supplement for something else. Let's say I'm really, really busy and I can't squeeze in time to have lunch. If I absolutely cannot have any lunch, then I'll eat a protein bar. I dunno how it works for others, but eating just one protein bar fills me up very easily. I usually only have 1 per day, because not only are they filling but it's a lot of calories, (180 for a Luna Protein Bar).

    So, I dunno. I guess try something different...hell I dunno.