Pre and Post Supplements


Recently I’ve been doing more and more reviews on supplements and there are more to come in the near future.  The reason I do these reviews is because there are a million and one different supplements out there in today’s fitness market and every single one of them promises benefits and results and if you don’t know which one’s do what, how do you know what to use?  There’s whey protein, fat burners, pre workouts, post workouts and a tone other things that I can’t even be bothered to list right now.

I’ve tried a lot of different supplements over the past seven years during my weight loss and on my journey to build a healthy, strong and esthetically pleasing body.   Some of them worked and some of them didn’t. I’ve built muscle, I’ve burned fat, gotten heart burn, had the shakes, been temperamental, had my face go numb, and there’s been times when I definitely didn’t feel like myself while on some supplements.

I’ve been using whey protein from day one to help repair damaged muscle tissue from my workouts and it’s something that I’ll never give up. I use Whey Protein Isolate for refueling after my workout as it’s easily absorbed by damage muscular tissue and helps rebuild and grow the muscles and it’s something that never leaves my supplement rotation. Occasionally I’ll also use a Whey Protein Complex as a snack or before bed as it’s slow released and slowly digested and keeps me full for longer.  I’ve used pre workouts here and there over the years and I have found a few that I like and when I do, I throw it in to the rotation because it does help give me a little extra umph for my workout. I’ve taken creatine by itself in the past but I tend to only use it if it’s in my pre or post workout stack (the use of multiple supplements that work together towards a common fitness goal) and as much as I’ve used myself as a guinea pig while testing supplements, I want to stress to you that I’ve never tried anything illegal and that I’ve only purchased legal supplements from a legitimate supplement store.

So, what are pre and post workout supplements and do they work?

Honestly, the whole “what are they” subject is WAY too vast for me to cover in one post and I’m not a doctor nor do I have a degree in science.  So for me to go in to a lot of detail about what they are from the scientific point of view is kind of pointless, not to mention boring for most.  What I am though is a bit of a guinea pig and I know what has worked for me and what I’ve liked over the years.  Back to what pre and post workout supplements are and what they do.

Pre and post nutrition is the key to getting optimal results in the gym and for muscular growth and recovery.

Pre workout supplements can help you get in an extra couple of reps, help you increase your weight that you’re lifting, give you better endurance and help you recover and not be as sore after your workout.

Post workout supplements help to quickly and efficiently refuel the muscles and then provide them with the raw materials they need to rebuild themselves to be bigger and stronger.

Are you someone who uses supplements? Do they work for you? Have you had any horror stories?

Not all pre and post supplements are for everyone.  It’s taken me a long time to find ones that I like.  I know my own medical history and I know what supplements I can handle and which I can’t.  If you have high blood pressure, are on any medication, have any heart problems or any other medical issues, PLEASE seek medical advice before trying these or any other supplements.  If you’re not sure, ask. When it comes to your health it’s better to be safe, than sorry.


  1. I use Vega whey 20-min before my workout because I just read a report saying taking a pre-supplement can help you burn 100 extra calories. Giving that a try. And then I take some after workout, too.

    I just rec’d some GNC Beyond Raw… need to give that a try. They say “shown to deliver more than a 25% increase in muscle strength!” Am looking forward to that! Let you know how it pans out.

    • I’ve been using Beyond Raw Ravage and Re-Built (half servings of rebuilt) and my gains in the last month have been CRAZY. I’m a fan.

  2. I do not really take pre supplements, as still figuring what supplements work for me. Been trying to increase my protein intake, and have noticed it has helped my muscle mass. Still fine tuning everything.

    What are your thoughts on things like 7-keto? I know you are watching your dairy intake, do you still feel whey is okay? Just curious as I have been thinking about, although it has been many years since having any. Lately been sticking to plant based proteins.

  3. Stephen Bolduan

    Ingesting protein alone won’t build muscle. Your muscles need to be worked first at which point protein is effective in feeding muscles during your workout and will aid in the rebuilding process afterward. Ingesting more protein than your body needs will not provide any benefit, and can, in fact, put a great deal of stress on your liver and kidneys.:^,,

    Have a good weekend


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