So I've been hearing a lot lately including some of my bulkier, stronger friends, telling me they drink a protein shake before (obviously as well as after) their workouts, saying it gives you optimal results. Is there any truth behind this? I usually drink a shake right after a workout and then about 3 to 4 hours later as well, should I drink one before instead of 3 to 4 hours after?
I only drink a shake before morning workouts. Thats because I don't have time to cook a breakfast. But when I work out during the evenings(which is most of the time) I like to have a real meal 2-3hrs before lifting.
I try to put at least an hour between a meal or shake and my workout. Your body shouldn't be using energy to digest while you are trying to focus it on lifting.
Last edited by Mercuryblade; 03-11-2009 at 10:45 AM.
Bench: 45 lbs Bench: 235 lbs
Squat: 95 lbs Squat: 285 lbs
Deadlift: 100 lbs Deadlift: 330 lbs
Unless I've had really big meals during the day prior to workout, I will often have a shake (water + whey + dextrose) within one hour of workout but outside of 1/2 hour of workout.
I tried a protien shake before a workout once, and I was soooooo close to throwing up. I couldnt even finish my workout.
short term goal: 200
Long term goal: Lean 225
I usually have some pre-workout carbs and protein, whether it be from shakes or food.
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I usually have a shake on my car ride home. That gives me about an hour before lifting. I would think drinking one to close to the workout could draw your blood flow to your stomach instead of to the rest of your body. I could be completely wrong though.
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I have one (large one) about 1.5 hours before I workout and no problems. That has actually helped me put on weight.
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I don't drink shakes at all but I do take protein/carbs prior to workout.