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What Beachbody pre-workout supplement to build muscle with P90X
Would appreciate input on recommended pre-workout supplement to build muscle that can be taken prior to P90X workouts and injunction with P90X Results and Recovery (taken after workout). Thanks!
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The E and E is a pretty good pre workout supp. I personally use Muscle Pharms pre workout supplent and love it. Hope that helps!

Corrie
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For building muscle you could use several of the Beachbody products including Shakeology,the Whey Protein Base Shake, E&E Pre-workout formula for an energy boost, and the Max Creatine. It sort of depends on how you want to approach it and how much you want to spend.
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Before the workout you can have snacks for fuel, this is a list:

Pre-workout snacks usually means grabbing a snack about 30-60 minutes in advance, depending on its size and contents, and how much that stomach’s actually grumbling.

Check out these options to start things right:

1. Protein Creamcicle: Put a twist on the classic kids’ treat by blending 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup orange juice, and 1 cup ice.

2. Fruitsation shake: Blend 1 scoop of your favorite whey protein flavor with ½ cup ice, and 1 cup frozen berries for a sweet energy boost.

3. Cha-Cha coconut shake: Infuse 1 scoop chocolate whey protein with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil.

4. Star-buffs shake: Blend 1 cup iced coffee (keep the ice) with 1 scoop chocolate whey protein.

5. Dressed up oats: Load up on carbohydrates for a longer workout with ½ cup cooked steel-cut oats topped with 1 tablespoon dried fruit and 1 tablespoon shaved almonds.

6. Perfect yogurt parfait: Top ¼ cup nonfat yogurt with ½ cup whole grain cereal and ½ cup fresh strawberries.

7. Yoberries a-go-go: For the perfect blend of carbs and protein, try 1 cup non-fat vanilla bean Greek yogurt — which often packs more protein and probiotics than regular plain yogurt — with ½ cup fresh blueberries.

8. Eggs n’ toast: Have a heartier appetite? Try 1 or 2 hard-boiled eggs with 1 slice of whole-wheat toast.

9. Fruit and Cottage: Top ½ cup cottage cheese — a low calorie and higher protein option — with ½ cup fresh pineapple, berries, or melon. And voila!

10. PB Apple: For a quick carb fuel-up, slice 1 medium apple and serve with 2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter.

11. Classic fruit cup: Prefer to keep it sweet but simple? Combine 1 cup berries, melon, banana, and oranges — oh my!

12. Dried fruit: For a quick pre-workout fix, try ¼ cup serving of dried berries, apricots, and pineapple.

13. Fruit leather: 1 single serving of fruit leather. Have a little extra time? Roll some out in the kitchen.

14. Energy in a bar: With so many options in the aisle, try opting for a bar with the most natural ingredients. While protein count is key, also check the sugar content (it shouldn’t rival what’s found in the candy aisle!).

15. Chicken n’ sweets: For a fast bite, grab 2-4 ounces (or a palm-sized amount) of sliced chicken with an equal portion size of sweet potatoes.

16. Oats n’ eggs: Not just for breakfast, try ½ cup cooked oatmeal and 2 whole eggs seasoned with salt and pepper.

17. PB & B toast: Fuel up with 1-2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter and half a sliced banana on whole-wheat toast.

18. Turk-cado pasta: Add 2-4 ounces (or a palm-sized amount) of roasted turkey and 3-4 avocado slices to ½ cup cooked whole-wheat pasta for some enviable eats.

19. Wafflewich: Spruce up this classic by combining 1 frozen Kashi waffle with 2 teaspoons of almond butter and 1 teaspoon of jam.

20. Better than a PB Cup: A half-cup cooked oats with 1 teaspoon defatted peanut flour, a dash of stevia, and a sprinkling of cocoa powder on top.

21. Veggie omelet: Add a little more color to your diet by combining 2 whole eggs shaken with 1 teaspoon of water cooked with 1 cup sautéed seasonal veggies.

22. Rice con leche: Got a long way to run? Fuel up with ½ cup cooked rice, covered with ½ cup milk, a scatter of raisins, and a dash of cinnamon on top.

23. Sports drink: An 8-ounce low sugar sports drink (keep it under 10 grams of sugar) will do the trick if you’re in a crunch. For a little more fuel, add a scoop of BCAA powder— branch chain amino acids that help maintain muscle and tissue health[1].

24. Hearty salad: Try 1 cup of salad greens with assorted veggies, 1 hardboiled egg, and a drizzle of EVOO and vinegar, or your favorite low-fat dressing.

25. Energy gel: Got a long way to go? Slurp down a energy gel (like Gu) prior to an endurance workout.

Coach Alberto
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Pre-workout you want something that will give you an energy spike (usually caffeine), and help you drive through the workout.

Energy & Endurance will definitely push the energy up. Adding Max Creatine (Creatine Monohydrate) allows you to push a few extra reps at a given weight, or push more weight for given reps. E&E also helps a little with vaso-dilation, or opening the blood pathways, but there are other supplements out there for that as well.

My personal pre-workout stack is: 1 scoop E&E; 1 scoop Max Creatine; 1 scoop BCAA powder (I like Scivation's products); 1 scoop naNO Vapor.

Keep in mind that P90X will help with muscle hypertrophy (increasing muscle size) but to a limited extent. The reason for this is that P90X varies what it is going for on a day to day basis: 3 days per week you're doing strength training for muscle increase, but 2 days per week you're doing cardio or interval work, and Yoga on another day. With the variety of the workouts it makes P90X the best all around fitness program on the market IMHO, but 1/2 of the workouts don't focus on building muscle.

If getting bigger is your highest priority goal, Body Beast is better for it. It focuses on one thing alone: Getting bigger. No flexibility, very little cardio, no balance..just get big.

Derek
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