You can take in protein or amino acids pre- and post-workout, but if I absolutely had to pick one time, I’d say pre-workout. Sacrilege, you say! If you’re more upset than a cat kicked off a ledge, give me time to explain before you claw my face off.
Post-workout shakes have long been considered the most important pieces of the workout nutrition puzzle. Recent research suggests, however, that ingesting protein and amino acids prior to training may be even more beneficial.
Having a protein before your workout will allow you to have more energy, resulting in your workouts feeling stronger, but you will not burn as much fat when you workout.
After your workouts, it is commonly accepted that your body acts like a sponge for about an hour while your muscles attempt to collect nutrients to repair what was torn down during the workout. That is why it is important to have a quality source of protein immediately after your workouts.
You should eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight each day. This should come from a combination of
high protein foods and protein supplements. I personally have 3-4 high protein food meals per day and 2 protein
drinks per day. This is for everyday, regardless if I weight train or not. On the days you workout have one of your
protein drinks right after your workout.