duly noted wrote:
From something I read....
"A 2001 study at the University of Texas found that lifters who drank a shake containing amino acids and carbohydrates before working out increased their protein synthesis (their ability to build muscle) more than lifters who drank the same shake after exercising.
Before or After? Any opinions?
Was the shake made with free form amino acids or with a protein source such as whey? I think that I read somewhere once or twice that a cocktail of free form amino acids (about 6 grams or so with 24 grams of high glycemic carbs) was more effective at building muscle than the usual whey protein shake. GNC had a product based on this line of reasoning several years ago that I tried, but it tasted awful. I asked for and got my money back. And they no longer make it, so..
On days that I do weights, taking a protein shake or real food pre-workout isn't a problem. On cardio days it is if I don't wait an hour or so. I did Muscle Milk
pre workout and Endurox R4
post workout a couple of years ago on weight days. They're both good products. Labrada makes a good line of protein bars that I use from time to time as well. But pasta or rice and beans before working out and an egg or tuna salad sandwich after works just as well