Before After and During Workout Supplements
Hello, I'm 5'10" tall, weigh 165 pounds and have 12%
body fat. I'm in the gym almost every day and you could even say I'm addicted to
the gym and the pump.
I have really only been into weight training for
about three years. I'm only 23 years old and in great shape. My question is about pre
workout drinks and protein.
Now I have heard so many different stories, I just
want to get the facts. I take NOXExplode for my pre workout drink and the after
my workout I take Muscletech Halo. When should I fit my protein in? Before,
after? And is this other stuff really even doing anything to help me achieve my
I know your body needs the protein so I take it
about twice a day. I'm not a big eater and I don't have much time, but when I do eat
I eat healthy. So you know where I started and where I am at now (if it will
help). At the beginning of my three years I was only 20 and weighing about 145
My max on bench was 110, squat was 135, and dead
was 135. Now I'm 165 max bench, 225 squat (bad Groin), and deadlift 310. I'm
sort of afraid that I'm pumping my body with harmful things.
So what do you advise me in taking for pre-,
during, and post- workouts? Also, what about throughout the day?
Thank you so much and I'm truly greatfull for
you guys taking the time to answer my question.
Supplements are there to Supplement Diet
As you mentioned there are
so many different stories out there about what is best for pre, post and during
workouts as far as nutrition and supplements go.
The Reason for this is
People Fail to look at the Body, Exercise Program and Especially nutrition as a
These aspects of your health and fitness
are as personal as anything about you and yet people try to lump everyone in a
Having a website with thousands of
visitors every day is difficult because what is written needs to be applicable
for a majority of the readers which also may be a reason why there are so many
different opinions and E-pinions out there about this subject.
Whether or not "this other stuff
even doing anything for me?" depends on the rest of your diet and training.
Do the supplements help? Well you should probably look at is as whether or
not they provide benefits that cheaper, natural foods couldn't and the answer is
probably, not much. Only time will tell whether the supplements are
harmful to your body or not as they are usually tested (if they're tested at
all) for the short term.
One thing for sure is it has made your wallet a lot less lighter!
Current Supplement Regimen
NO-Xplode while it may seem great especially the first few times you use it is
by no means a long-term solution. It is loaded with an extremely unnatural
combination of random, unproven junk along with tons of stimulants.
While the boost it gives you is beneficial
it by no means is necessary in anyone's program with the exception of maybe pro
bodybuilders or athletes that indirectly get paid for their workouts.
Real food alternatives would be a cup of
black coffee or green tea which would give you the caffeine you need but it's
often the best bet to simply load up on a carbohydrate and B-vitamin rich food
such as sweet potato or yam pre-workout.
didn't mention what you drink during your workout but you asked about it.
Replacing fluids & electrolytes during your workout is always going to be your
number 1 priority.
As mentioned above, when considering a supplement and/or nutrition during
your workout you have to look at your nutrition and exercise program as a whole.
How long before your workout did you eat carbohydrate? Did you ingest a
caffeine loaded pre-workout supplement such as NO-Xplode that could cause your
blood sugar to crash during workout? How long after your workout do you
plan to ingest your next calories after your workout? What type of workout
are you performing, high reps? Low reps? Circuit training?
If you are exercising on an empty stomach you may benefit from including a
carbohydrate beverage along with electrolytes such as Gatorade or Cytomax
The Halo product you are taking is
absolutely loaded with a bunch of stuff which is probably overkill on your
wallet as well as your body.
During the time directly after your
workout your body is going to be very receptive to any food you ingest.
This is why a high carbohydrate, low protein (4:1 ratio), minimal fat liquid is
As mentioned throughout this page, it
should be obviously to you now that if you drank 40 grams of carbs during your
workout, the need for post-workout carbs is going to decrease. Likewise,
if you had a 64oz steak close to your workout time, protein will be less of a
need in this period.
Real food alternatives to post workout
supplements are easy to digest carbs such as simple sugars in grape juice,
cool-aid but remember most fruit juices with fructose are not optimal for this
time frame because they take excess time to assimilate. A small amount of
protein such as non-fat chocolate milk would do the trick.
What you ingest before, after and during your workouts
depends on everything you have eaten up to that point and what you will eat
after. It truly is all about timing as life is constantly changing.
You really just have to experiment and find the timing and which combination of
food and supplements works best for you.
Supplements other than macronutrient replacements such
as plain whey protein powder and multivitamins are really the only supplements
you will use for the long term.
Most other supplements you take are likely going right
through your body and down the toilet. You are not alone, most beginners
and I say beginners as people who workout routinely for less than 5 years spend
a lot of money on supplements and almost all of them discontinue them at one
point and wonder what toys they could have bought with all the money they would
If you check out the supplement reviews on this site you
will only see a dozen or so supplements as most of these are the supplements
which can really benefit for the long term. The exceptions will have
disclaimers explaining usage for very specific goals. This is on
purpose because out of thousands of supplements out there, there truly are only
a handful of ones you should be putting in your body.
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