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A former Australian triathlon champion, Dean is the Founder of www.getfit.com.au, an award-winning online fitness website. ASK ME A QUESTION

When is the best time to drink protein drink?

Thursday, June 7, 2012
"If your aim is weight loss, have the protein shake after training. Whereas if your main aim is to get fitter and stronger then have the protein shake 20-30 minutes before training."

Question:

I have started doing cardio three times a week first thing in the morning for 30 minutes on the treadmill, using the cardio burn setting. I also do Michelle Bridges tone and tight DVD (the weights settings, which is about 30 minutes twice a week and her super shredder DVD (30 minutes) once a week and Zumba abdominal workout once a week too. This is the commitment I have made for the next few weeks. Any suggestions on improving my routine? Also my main question is in regards to when to drink the protein shakes. Should I exercise first thing, then use the protein shake with water and chia seeds and 1/2 banana for breakfast? My breakfast is my hardest meal to figure out as I don’t have much time if I’m exercising. I have a snack mid-morning of handful of nuts and yogurt but I think dairy makes me bloated. Lunch is salad with some roasted sweet potato and egg. My afternoon snack is usually a rice cake with natural peanut butter and half a banana. Dinner is usually meat and vegies or salad. Any suggestions would be great.

Answer:

It's not essential to have either a cold or hot bath or shower after a work-out buintake is very good.

I would suggest adding in 1-2 more cardio sessions a week and mixing up the duration and intensity of the cardio sessions. This will challenge your body in new ways and have you working out in different heart rate zones, which will accelerate your results. Stick with the other activities you are doing, as this gives you variety and will prevent boredom from creeping in.

If your aim is weight loss, have the protein shake after training. Whereas if your main aim is to get fitter and stronger then have the protein shake 20-30 minutes before training.

Dean Piazza — your online personal trainer
www.getfit.com.au


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