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Old 10-01-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
John Doyle
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When to take protein (pre/post workout)?

I am struggling to figure out the best time to take protein and could use any advice.

GNC Mega Men Sport Vitapack - Taken with breakfast
No-Xplode - 1 scoop taken before most workouts
Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure - two scoops, not sure best time to take

My typical workout:
-.75 mile jog to gym
-10 minutes warmup/stretch
-15 minute crossfit variaton, because I have no experience with olympic lifts and want to build up my core before working into actual crossfit (
-20 minutes lifting
-30+ minutes cardio (typically some type of intervals)
-10 minutes abs
-10 minutes stretch
-.75 mile job home

I also try to work in 2 hours of jiu jitsu 2/3x per week.

My problem is that when I take protein before my workout, I often feel heavy or uncomfortable during my workout. But, if I take it after my workout, I am not sure if too much time has passed (1hr+) for the protein to be effective.

I would really appreciate any advice.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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Re: When to take protein (pre/post workout)?

The whole timing thing has been blown way out of proportion by the fitness industry. Take it afterwards, it will be plenty effective. Maybe move some of your daily carbs around so that you consume them with the protein (helps your body absorb and use the aminos).

With the amount of work you're doing (1 hour+) I would really just try to eat a whole meal afterwards to aid in recovery.
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: When to take protein (pre/post workout)?

Ahhh, why not just do CF?
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: When to take protein (pre/post workout)?

I sure hope your eating a ton. That is a lot of working out, I would venture to say too much cardio, not sure if that much cardio everytime.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:10 PM   #5
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Re: When to take protein (pre/post workout)?

Both and Neither. If you have a clean diet it is not necessary, unless your body has a hard time getting out of a catabolic state pwo, in that case it may be benefitial to take it pre and pwo. If its convient to use it as a protein replacement that's okay too, but not ideal. Be forwarned that opinions seem to be quite diverse here but this is what i have found to be true.
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