Post-workout protein drink

  • RubiconRider

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    Nov 20, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    Alright, so I'm new to "serious" weight training...recently started the Muscle Building workout after a year of cardio-only to drop some "happy weight." icon_wink.gif

    Went to GNC, and among other things, got some protein drink mix. Everyone I've talked to says I have to get some protein in me within 30 minutes of finishing my workout for it to do any good. So here's the question: when does that 30 minutes start ticking? Is it when I finish lifting? Or when I finish my post-lifting cardio? The MB workout includes ~30 minutes of cardio at the end of every session, so do I need to start drinking my protein before I start the cardio or can I wait until I'm done?

    Thanks for any advice!
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    Technically, you have 60 minutes to get a full recovery meal in you after a workout. But, finish your cardio then eat. Try doing 30-minutes of cardio with a stomach full of whey... and you'll need a new treadmill icon_razz.gif
  • RubiconRider

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    Nov 20, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 said...Try doing 30-minutes of cardio with a stomach full of whey... and you'll need a new treadmill icon_razz.gif


    Yeah, that was a big part of my concern. I was wondering if I needed to do my cardio before I lift, but when I do that, I end up to tired to finish my routine.

    Thanks for the info!
  • Halcyonz

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    Nov 20, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    This is a pretty good article, though it has a little bit more advanced supplementation in it than the average person needs. . . it still has the correct recommended times for protein =)

    http://www.muscleandfitness.com/nutrition/39
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Yeah, cardio is best left to the end of the workout, or, if you're trying to gain mass, do it on a different day.
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    Oh and if you're looking to bulk up, drop the cardio to 20 minutes no more than 4 times a week.
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    Nov 20, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    First off....I would suggest that you not buy your supps from GNC, or any other stand alone type of place. If you do some research you will find that you can get it MUCH cheaper online...in fact there is one that will price match (ask and I'll tell you).

    Some say to eat before you lift, and some say eat after...I do both. Mix one up and take it with you...this way you can slam it after you finish.
  • RubiconRider

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    Nov 20, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    Great article...you're right, a bit more than what I need, but what I need is in there. icon_biggrin.gif

    The workout routine I'm on (RJ's Muscle Building) specifies 30 min. of cardio 4 days. I'm kinda riding a fine line between wanting to bulk up (a bit...not looking to turn into Ahnold, just to look good dancin' shirtless icon_wink.gif ) and wanting to make sure I don't re-gain the fat I've lost over the last year, so I've been pretty religious about making sure to get my cardio in...however, after 45-75 minutes of lifting, an additional 30 minutes pushes my overall gym time to almost 2 hours. Not only is that a LOT of exercise from an energy standpoint, but it's a LOT of time out of the day. SOOOOO, I've been managing about 15-20 min of cardio.

    Thanks again for the advice guys!
  • RubiconRider

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    Nov 20, 2009 4:56 PM GMT
    CapeAnnAthletic saidFirst off....I would suggest that you not buy your supps from GNC, or any other stand alone type of place. If you do some research you will find that you can get it MUCH cheaper online...in fact there is one that will price match (ask and I'll tell you).

    Some say to eat before you lift, and some say eat after...I do both. Mix one up and take it with you...this way you can slam it after you finish.


    Well, a lot of why I went to GNC was to get some one-on-one advice on what I needed to begin with. Like I mentioned, I'm only just starting any real weight training, and didn't even begin to know what I needed to get. So yeah, now that I'm figuring out what I need, I'm very much doing my comparison shopping online & where ever else I can find here in town.

    Personally, I can't eat (much) before I workout. Anything more than a pack of trail mix or something tends to sit really heavy and ends up making me sluggish. I usually have lunch around 1 pm, and get to the gym around 5. I keep my protein drink in my locker and drink it as soon as I get done w/ my cardio, then usually have dinner sometime w/in the next hour or so.

    So who does the price matching? I haven't come across anyone that does that??
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    protein's sweet but don't forget about post workout carbs... if i had to pick between the two i'd eat carbs and not protein... but todays trends tend to wanna throw back some neurotoxins like sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame K instead of some good ol' sugar.

    and yeah, despite popular belief im not being sarcastic... simple carbs post workout will be better in the long run

    might i suggest a lil juice towards the end of your workout then maybe some protein or if ur lazy just get a weight gainer
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    hate to advocate company's but bodybuilding,com cheap and reliable with half/half smart staff.
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    Nov 20, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    NNJfitandbi saidAccording to the New York Times, chocolate milk is the best recovery drink. Use fat free milk.


    Really?

    Why?
  • RubiconRider

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    Nov 20, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    track_boi saidprotein's sweet but don't forget about post workout carbs... if i had to pick between the two i'd eat carbs and not protein... but todays trends tend to wanna throw back some neurotoxins like sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame K instead of some good ol' sugar.

    and yeah, despite popular belief im not being sarcastic... simple carbs post workout will be better in the long run

    might i suggest a lil juice towards the end of your workout then maybe some protein or if ur lazy just get a weight gainer


    No problem there...as an avid cook, I've got a pretty well developed palate and can't stand any of the "sugar substitutes". They all have that nasty aftertaste. I can barely tolerate the little bit of sucralose that's in my protein stuff.

    Typically get my post-workout carbs @ dinner. I've never believed in the whole low-carb crap...I'm a well-bred Southern boy who loves my meat-&-taters too much for that. icon_smile.gif Couldn't stand life w/out potatoes...and rice...and pasta...

    Damn, is it lunchtime yet??
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    Nov 21, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    that's an interesting article, but it's a heck of a lot of products/supplements to ingest.
    Are they well metabolized or do they just go in, visit the place- " hmm, interesting body"- and then go out to enrich your septic tank ?

    leucine, glutamine, creatine, arginine .
    add some testosterone boosters ,
    then the why protein ...
    that's a lot.