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Rob
Rob
June 4, 2020 13:48

Hello. Nice Article!

I train in the evening and don’t drink any caffeine at all.

Nevertheless, I’m curious about taking a 200mg caffeine pill before my training.

My training starts at 6pm and my bedtime is 10pm. Note: I wake up at 7:30am.

Can I safely take 200mg to 600mg of caffeine 60 minutes before my 6pm workout if I need to wake up at 7:30am?

I used to train in the morning but I stopped doing that because I felt self conscious about having a temporary “pump” at work.

Thank you.

Jake
Jake
May 21, 2020 19:41

Hi Andy,
An owner and trainer at my gym told me to not take creatine if trying to get lean because my lower belly will hold onto that water as well…any truth to this?
Thanks, Jake

Jake
Jake
May 22, 2020 20:43
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Ha, for sure! Can’t argue that. Good to know, thanks.

_tony
_tony
May 18, 2020 04:45

Hey Andy-
What are your thoughts on Creatine HCL vs MonoHydrate?
Some studies suggest it reduces the bloat but given the small daily amount you recommend does it matter anyway?

Separate question – Any thoughts on zinc magnesium? worth it?

Swapnil
Swapnil
April 2, 2020 00:24

Hi Andy, in your book you have suggested to avoid caffeine with creatine monohydrate (interference effect). Can you please elaborate more about the same.

jj smith piens
jj smith piens
March 30, 2020 20:50

How up-to-date is this article? Comments go back to 2015, yet, there’s no date on the article, so I have no clue if it’s current or now. Thanks.

Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts
March 11, 2020 06:50

Hey Andy…I heard that large doses of magnesium can increase testosterone is this true ? 10 mg per kilo was recommended.

Jiman Mircea
Jiman Mircea
February 8, 2020 22:25

how many calories in 5g of creatine? (Creatine monohydrate, unflavored, pure)

Jiman Mircea
Jiman Mircea
February 10, 2020 14:27
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thank you Andy !

Arthur van der Meulen
Arthur van der Meulen
September 20, 2019 02:35

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the great content!

I used to be a very light sleeper who did hours of ceiling-staring before falling asleep each night. I had already cut down to 1 cup of coffee each morning for about a year – no other “uppers” like Coke. It didn’t help much.
Four years ago, I decided to quit coffee completely to see if it would make a difference. After about 2 weeks, I fell asleep easily and waking up feeling more and more rested. Also, heart palpitations I had experienced for years diminished rapidly.

I’ve repeatedly tried drinking coffee again, with the same result: bad sleep after 2 weeks, good sleep 2 weeks after quitting.

I cannot believe I’m unique in this respect?

Abdulla
Abdulla
July 9, 2019 01:05

Hi Andy,

What are your thoughts about Laxogenin and Epicatechin for building muscle ?

Thank you

Phillip Clark
Phillip Clark
September 18, 2016 12:39

Andy,

I very much enjoy your writing style, and am grateful for it. Straight info delivered in a very straight forward manner. Thank you for all the amazingly helpful information. I am a NOOB to the lifting/serious training and your site and your site has been tremendously helpful to me (Especially the IF and Big 3/5 x 5) because there is a lot of crap out there.

This is probably the most helpful section, as there are so many ‘Magic Beans’ promises out there is is easy to blow a LOT of cash for nothing more than colorful piss.

I am just starting on the BCAA’s with my fasted training (week 3) and look forward to seeing how it comes out.

Thank you again. I hope to start training with you one day (soon!)

Kim
Kim
August 12, 2015 18:49

Do you recommend women take creatine when trying to drop body fat/weight? If so, what dosage? I’m 5’5″, 119 lbs, but need to drop a lot of body fat.

Mike
Mike
July 7, 2015 01:10

Hey Andy ! I bought a BCAA supplement in pills, https://www.bodybuilding.com/store/gat/bcaas.html, how can i know how much pills i have to eat to reach the 10 grams of dosage that you recommend it ?

Mike
Mike
July 8, 2015 05:06
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thank you Andy, In serving size, 6 capsules, the amount per serving is Leucine 1.5 gm, Valine 1,3 gm, Isoleucine 9.6 mg. A powder of BCAA for 10 grams the amount per serving is: Leucine 2.5 Isoleucine 1.25 Valine 1.25. I think that i have to take 6 pills before a workout 🙁 Thank you !

Kraig Keeling
Kraig Keeling
July 2, 2015 19:11

I am glad I found your site, thanks for all the info, IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED, it has cleared up many things for me. I am very excited to put this into practice, lost 14 lbs so far but stuck at current weight.

My questions…1) I work nights 3-4 days a week, should I follow the same model as prescribed ( skipping breakfast as soon as I awake) & just follow the same plan for my night shifts, ( as day plans)?

Also, I have seen 2 different theories of exercising for night workers, sleep being more important than training on those night work shifts and either no training or only a short intense workout or walking for those days I work.. 2) Thoughts? no training or limited training, train but don’t go to extremes or walking only?

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Wegs
Wegs
May 24, 2015 00:39

Hi Andy,

I’m sure you’ve covered this, so sorry if this is a repeat. I have always been told that you should have a protein shake post-workout with 2:1 fast carbs. So if I workout at 6:00 in the morning fasted, should I skip this shake and just do BCAAs? Or wait until the feeding period at 11:00?

Thank you.

Peter
Peter
April 30, 2015 00:38

Hi Andy,

First off, thank you for an awesome site and keep the good work up!

Do you still consider BCAA useful for fasted Training?
Considering there are more and more articles coming showing no or very little effect.

For example:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25886707

And a quote from Dr. Stuart Phillips
“Do you feel that branched chain amino acid supplements are of any value to the typical lifter who already consumes a very protein-rich diet?

In short, no! The evidence on BCAAs is remarkably weak as to their positive effects and they are not anabolic. They may be mildly anti-catabolic if you’re in negative energy balance, however, protein (especially whey) is going to be both anabolic and anti-catabolic. Bottom line, if you’re taking in adequate protein then BCAA are a complete waste of money IMO!”

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