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AKRAEMER21 SparkPoints: (912)
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1/4/13 4:19 P

Thanks guys I am also taking it bc I am having a hard time to meet my requirements.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/4/13 10:16 A

I agree totally with coach Jen. Good food always so much better for you.

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 579
1/4/13 8:17 A

I drink one after a strength training day, especially if I know I wont be eating for a while. Your muscles need protein after a hard work out is what my trainer told me.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,445)
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1/4/13 7:51 A

I agree with Coach Jen.

But to answer your question, most people drink them after their workout.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,557
1/4/13 6:12 A


The only reason I'd recommend protein powder is if you have been unable to meet your protein requirements through food. As long as you're meeting those minimum levels in your nutrition tracker, you really don't need supplements. They aren't going to help with weight loss, and I wouldn't take it just because you think it's "good for you". Real food is always better, in my opinion :)

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

HAPPENINGFISH SparkPoints: (0)
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1/4/13 5:42 A

Generally the protein is for after the workout, because during the workout you want your body to use other fuel, and afterwards you want the protein to help you rebuild the muscles you just worked.

Before a workout basically I don't really need to eat; if you're doing an hour or more of cardio a bit of carb-based snack is advisable. Some people like a bit of food in their stomachs. I really wouldn't down 300-400 calories before a workout, but if it makes the difference for you between a rotten workout and a good one, I don't see the harm.

If you're trying to bulk up like a bodybuilder, then the story's a bit different, so that's why you'll find different instructions on the protein powder.

Edited by: HAPPENINGFISH at: 1/4/2013 (05:45)
BENTOGYRL Posts: 278
1/4/13 12:39 A

I don't know if I was doing it right, but I always drank it after doing a weight lifting workout because I found that I wasn't as tired and it didn't take me as long to recover if I drank it after I worked out.

AKRAEMER21 SparkPoints: (912)
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1/4/13 12:11 A

I have bought me some protien powder because I heard it's good for you only problem I am having is do I take it before working out after working out or what.... The directions says with meals or after exercising but I heard its better to drink one before your work out please help

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