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You always want to squeeze as much gain from a workout as possible, and this includes what you do before and after a workout Of course you will want to be well hydrated as that is essential for maximizing power and avoiding injury when training.
You can get another assist by taking some amino acids before and after you train. Of all the nutrients your muscles need for growth, protein ranks at the top. In fact the very word protein is derived from a root word meaning "first". Protein is the king nutrient for everything. And the workout time is when you really need the nutrient.
Protein in supplemental amino acid form is taken in order to speed up absorption in the body. You want the nutrients to go to work fast. Speed is important at this point. That applies to both pre and post workout ingestion. Interestingly, some studies indicate that the pre-workout ingestion is even more important than the post workout ingestion. A study from the University of Texas discovered that amino acid deliver in the body (via blood flow) was much higher for amino acids taken prior to a workout than it was for amino acids taken after a workout. With all the hoopla around post workout refueling, the pre-workout intake should not be overlooked and in fact deliberately featured for the best gains.
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