Like Jlone said, there are two different camps when it comes to this stuff(maybe even three). I’ve done the insulin spike thing and found that it wasn’t necessary and for the most part made me feel like crap shortly after my workout, especially if I didn’t eat soon after. Amino acids on their own do just fine for me without the crash. They also don’t need the insulin spike to quickly enter the blood stream.
My advice would be to find what works for you. Some people do great with pre-workout meals, others(like myself) do much better eating after the workout. Some folks do great with simple sugars for workout drinks, others not so much. Find what works for you.
Oh, and simple sugars are “carbs that make you crash”. Anything that quickly spikes insulin will typically lead to a crash as your blood sugar bottoms out after the initial spike.[/quote]
Pardon my inexperience, but what do you mean by “what works for you”? How do you tell if something works or doesn’t work?
Honestly, the biggest factor affecting my workouts right now is the heat. (My car registered 111 degrees F today). Until that gets back to a more normal range, working out in my garage is going to suck no matter how I do it.[/quote]
Try it one way for a while, see how you perform and how you feel. Then try it the other way for a while, see how you perform and how you feel.
Whichever one helps you perform and feel better, do that.