I just wanted to ask if I should take fast carbs before my workout? I workout first thing in the morning after taking a protein shake mixed with creatine. I'm not a big guy (currently 5foot 10inches and weigh 135lbs).
Right now my workout is focused on high weight low reps, I obviously want to gain mass but I dont want to get fat.
Depends how long your workout is. If the carbs are particularly fast then you may crash mid workout, in which case you would be better off sipping on a liquid fast carb source throughout the workout rather than all right at the start.
My workouts range from between 45 minutes to an hour and a half, the average being an hour. If I were to add it, it would probably be adding maltodextrin to my before shake? Or as you suggest sipping it durring my workout, in which case I normally drink pure coconut water during so I'd probably have a water/maltodextrin mix off to the side.
OP, I don't think you should really be worrying about what type of carb source you should be having before/during/after your workouts but more the amount of food you're eating as a whole. If you have at least 4-6 BIG meals in your day with complex carbs, protein and fats and you're putting on weight then that's a good thing.
You sound like you are massively overthinking this. You are a skinny guy, you need to eat more food period. The specific timing and type of carbs are a distant second to actually getting enough food in you every day. Chris gave you some great links above, read and follow them.
6:30am - protein shake 645 ~ 745 - Workout 8:15 - protein shake mixed with vegetable powder 8:30 - scrambled eggs (1 yolk 2 whites) and cereal 10:30 - snack (usually a cliff bar or kind bar) 12:30 - lunch (usually half a pound of salmon with a sandwhich, quinoa, or pasta) 3:30 - snack 5:30 - protein shake mixed mixed with vegetable powder 6:30 - dinner (varies depending on the day, usually some kind of fish/vegetable/pasta combo) 7:30 ~ 830 - snack 10:30 - protein shake before bed
If I do a second workout then I have dinner about 9pm instead and usually have soup and some kind of side.
I tend to go to bed about 10:30 - 11
I also tend to take multivitamins and supplements for some of the nutrition I know I'm missing.
OP what you ate yesterday or at the very least your last meal the night prior is going to make much more of a difference in terms of workout quality the following morning. I would train with a workout drink (bcaa's/MAG-10/Surge or whatever) and then pound food after.