Of course, lol.
Insulin is a very powerful hormone that can easily make or break a physique.
Those in favour of PWO carbs tend to say that you need the PWO insulin spike to replenish glycogen. What they seem to forget (or not realise) is that for weightlifters/BBers, there is little need to replenish glycogen in the acute phase (PWO). Also, for some people (myself included) workouts that are intense, seem to diminish an individuals sensistivity to insulin, leaving them with little appetite in the PWO window and a tendancy to gain fat and/or bloat out if the consume carbs PWO.
If you consume carbs PrWO (pre workout) instead, you still get the insulin spike and this facilitates growth in 3 ways:
Firstly you get a significant extra muscle pump, which equates to a fascia stretch, allowing room for future growth.
Secondly you have so much ‘added’ energy from all those carbs, that you have a more productive, intense training session. The harder you train, generally the better your physique - all other things being equal.
Thirdly, insulin is strongly anti-catabolic to muscle so you are preserving more of that muscle which may be in a ‘state of flux’ from previous recent training sessions. In other words, if you trained legs yesterday then they are damaged and trying to recover. The last thing they need is you robbing them of vital nutrients to grow by training back this morning. Insulin helps prevent their further breakdown.
Now some people will say “oh but insulin is anticatabolic to fat, so if you have PrWO carbs and it’s resulting insulin spike, going into a workout, you won’t burn fat and you won’t get lean.” I say to that "Sorry, everyone I have triend on this protocol got bigger and noticeably leaner. I’m not going to detail what I think are the physiological mechanisms in place (because I’m enjoying a plate of succulent bacon for one) that cause this, but one of them is that generally the more muscle you carry, the leaner you are (all other things being equal).
There is more but I don’t want to frazzle your synapses this early on, lol.
Exactly how I feel to a t. I tried to make this argument in a recent thread, but you seem to word things much better than I. You’re one of posters that I tend to agree with and I think you’re one of the more knowledgeable guys around here. There’s just one thing missing…hmmm oh yea your ego.