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    Question Pre and Post Supplement info for smaller at-home machine workouts - what is best?

    Simple Question - hoping some of you on here may be more knowledgeable on general exercise/fitness supplements than I am and be able to help me out here.

    I have a Bowflex Max Trainer M6. My question and why I need help here is not on the app or length of use, or even a warm-up routine prior to getting on.... (I exercise a few mins before using the machine) Rather it is of how to make the MOST of my workouts pre/post with SUPPLEMENTS!

    Yes, I know, using supplements kinda goes against the whole I spent $2,500 on a machine to do everything for me idea. I am not saying I want to use just supplements, rather I want to utilize them to help my workouts on this at home machine go better and to maximize them if possible!!! I did some research online - but see many different ideas and things to consider, none of which seemed geared towards a smaller at home workout under 30 min - most are for pre/post Gym workouts or Hour or longer yoga sessions etc etc.

    So what I gathered if I am doing this right, is If I use supplements, I need a pre-workout supplement and mass Protein post-workout to aid in recovery. So what I did was go and buy 2 bottles of "Six Star Pre-Workout N.O. Fury" which basically has 60mg sodium and 4 supplements that total 3,000mg (L-arginine, L-arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, l-arginine HCI and L-citrulline) - It advises me to take 3 capsules (which equal the serving I just listed, that serving is for 3 capsules together)

    Then I purchased a "Purely Inspired Organic Protein Plant-Based Nutrition" which is basically 20g of protein in one scoop and has 7g fiber only 2g sugars and says has active probiotics in it too (woohoo, I don't have digestive issues tho lol - can't hurt I guess) because this is what I read you need (Protein) to help recover your muscles after a workout.

    SO, for the past week, I have tried using these 2 products pre and post-Bowflex Max Trainer workout. I take the 3 pills about 30 min before I use the Max Trainer (as it says to take 30-45 min prior to workouts) so I figure 30 min then my 5 min warm-up before getting on my Max Trainer is 35 min or so maybe a bit longer if I do not start exactly 30 min after taking pills lol. After the 14 min is up I use the protein mix with milk and mix it up and drink it all within 5-7 minutes after getting off the Bowflex.

    My issue is this. A week into this I do not notice **** going on and am wondering if I am over-doing it for such a small workout (14 min vs normal 45-2 hr workouts at a gym) - I mean don't get me wrong after about 20 min of taking the pills my penis is as hard as a steel wall, which is I guess a side effect lol - no complaints there except I don't have libido issues and I am single so there's no one to see the hardness nor have any fun with it

    And while the protein powder may be helping, I sure feel just as dripping wet in sweat and tired/worn out as I used to before taking them. So I don't see that they are really doing **** to help my Bowflex workouts.

    I even have some SlimFast Boosters, Energy + Metabolism pills I am taking daily to help increase and/or speed-up my weight loss journey (Main reason for using Max Trainer, to lose the fat in my stomach and prostate area, not necessarily to gain muscle or a 6-pack lol) - These are chock full of b-12 and Green Tea Leaf and EGCG and other stuff... Maybe I should take these with the pre-workout pills to give me an extra boost of energy for my Bowflex workout? IDK??? (I normally take these 30 minutes before each of my meals as per the directions on a box, but the protein powder could be considered a meal now?

    IDK.... Just trying to figure out what would work best and be best for my body while using the Bowflex. You all who have been on here longer than me, and used maybe or heard of Bowflex longer than me (Just got it a month ago) and know general fitness health and maybe, hopefully, supplement health too - (again, longer and more so than me), so can any of you guide me on what to do here, please??? When these run out should I get more or just take nothing? Maybe my workouts at 14 min a day are not enough to warrant needing these? Maybe there are some different pre/post-workout supplements I should or could be taking that would work better than these brands (The brands I got at Wal-Mart, not the cheapest brands nor the most expensive lol - and many ppl online say stay away from whey protein as it has glass in it hence I got the plant-based one)

    IDK, does anyone have advice here? What should I do? I mean if having supplements like this before and after my workout really can help, I will keep using them gladly, just need some reassurance that yes, it's better to keep using than to not use.

    Thanks and sorry for the long text, but I wanted to explain this fully so y'all understand it better and get a full grasp on what I am asking, what I am doing and can help me with advice.
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    Firstly you're over estimating the effects of supplements, secondly if you're going to use a pre workout supplement at least use with effective doses of ingredients i.e. not the one you are using,thirdly a majority of weight loss supplements don't do much in the way of directly affecting weight loss and lastly whey > plant protein if you are going to use protein powder.
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    Originally Posted by eatyourspinach View Post
    Firstly you're overestimating the effects of supplements, secondly if you're going to use a pre-workout supplement at least use with effective doses of ingredients i.e. not the one you are using,thirdly a majority of weight loss supplements don't do much in the way of directly affecting weight loss and lastly whey > plant protein if you are going to use protein powder.
    Thanks - the one using says for pre-workout use, but if you know of something better please share - I am open to any help. I just looked on the bottles for what said pre-workout and post-workout. Maybe the kind i got is not right for what I am doing at home? If so please advise me what I should be using, in your opinion. I appreciate the help
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    Originally Posted by drtechnology View Post
    Thanks - the one using says for pre-workout use, but if you know of something better please share - I am open to any help. I just looked on the bottles for what said pre-workout and post-workout. Maybe the kind i got is not right for what I am doing at home? If so please advise me what I should be using, in your opinion. I appreciate the help
    Skip it all. Focus on dialing in your lifting and eating enough protein. Add in a daily dose of creatine and a multivitamin.

    Then, and only then, maybe try a pre-workout of some sort. Honestly, coffee has about as much impact as anything. But once you’re very attuned to what you’re doing, you can try a couple different pre’s and see if they have any effect. I mostly take one as an alternative taste to my coffee-flavored caffeine.
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    Originally Posted by Corbets View Post
    Skip it all. Focus on dialing in your lifting and eating enough protein. Add in a daily dose of creatine and a multivitamin.

    Then, and only then, maybe try a pre-workout of some sort. Honestly, coffee has about as much impact as anything. But once you’re very attuned to what you’re doing, you can try a couple different pre’s and see if they have any effect. I mostly take one as an alternative taste to my coffee-flavored caffeine.
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    Your pre-workout choice is going to depend on what you want from it or need from it. If you don't need any of these things, then don't use one.

    Do you want feelings of energy, pumps, focus or some combo of the three? Once you know that, you can figure out what pre you want to use. If it's just feelings of energy, coffee or caffeine tablets are inexpensive and will do the job.

    As for post workouts. DO NOT waste your money. These are the supp industries biggest noob catchers.
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    Pre workout is your tool to "switch on" and energise a workout which can be a fantastic addition to a programme - but don't pin your expectations on results from the product beyond that.

    Post workout is much the same logic, it's a product targeted at delivering some protein, but your overall dietary protein being in check is the box to tick here !
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