When is the best time for me to take a protein shake? Before or after a workout?

November 19, 2014


Got any questions about Raiseys products? 

Here are a few FAQs answered for you. If you want to know anything else, just email us and ask!

Q. Are Raiseys Original products NZ MADE?

A. Yes, we make our own products to our own recipe in our own custom built facility here in Napier. We always manufacture in smaller batches to make sure you are getting a fresh product that hasn't been sitting on a boat or in a warehouse for months.

Q. Are Raiseys Original products BANNED SUBSTANCE FREE? 

A. Yes, all our products are suitable for any athlete at any level. After all it's our name on the bag. We take that seriously.

Q. Do you deliver overnight?

A. We try our very best to get every order out the day it comes in and we use an overnight service so if everything goes to plan, you should see your order the very next day. (rural deliveries may take a day or two longer though.)

Q. Can I buy larger bags of Raiseys Original products than listed on your website?  

A. Yes, we can do any of our products in larger bags up to 20kg. Email us for a price if it's not on the website already.

Q. Whats so special about your HONEY & GINGER product? 

A. There is nothing in the supplement world like these super-food rich products. We use NZ honey from and mix it with Fonterra Whey Protein. By adding Cinnamon and Ginger we achieve a unique Protein Supplement with the following benefits:

    a) help extend your anabolic muscle recovery window by keeping blood sugar levels more stable (honey + cinnamon) 

    b) provide a supplement with antioxidant and muscle/joint soothing anti-inflammatory benefits (cinnamon + ginger)

    c) boost your metabolic rate and increase your bodies thermogenic (fat burning) process. (ginger + cinnamon)

Q. Does Raiseys Original HYDRATE-X really work?

A. Cramp effects different people in different ways. We get so much good feedback from our customers on this product. We estimate that HYDRATE-X works for at least 90% of our customers.

Q. What are Raiseys Originals best selling products?

A. HYDRATE, HYDRATE-X and HONEY & GINGER are our most popular products.

Q. How do you develop your products?

A. We take responsibility for our own product development. We research, formulate and test new products with the help of a mix of local elite athletes and food industry experts as well as our everyday customers. If you come into our shop here in Onekawa, you may well be asked to give your opinion on something we have bubbling away. (and our customers know we ALWAYS have something bubbling away!)

With all the information on the subject of which protein products to take and when, it’s hardly surprising that many people are no wiser regarding the best time to take a protein shake – before or after a workout?

If you’re trying to build muscle mass – increasing muscle mass in your legs empowers you to cycle harder, faster and for longer – then you need protein in your system before your start your workout and you’ll need to take protein afterwards also, preferably immediately, though definitely within 30 minutes of completion.

The sooner after your workout you take protein the better for the muscle recovery process. The protein you take can be in any form, and not necessarily a shake, as many of us like our light post-workout cardio and who brings a blender to the gym?

Why take a pre-workout protein shake?

Pre-workout protein has long been overlooked in favour of the traditional post-workout serving of whey protein, often mixed solely with water, but better mixed with other ingredients as a shake (see below).

Here are three reasons why you should take a pre-workout serving of whey protein.

1. Increase muscle synthesis
By taking a protein shake before your workout you’re starting the protein synthesis during rather than after your workout – this is known as ‘priming the pump’ – which results in greater muscle mass gains.

2. Provide your muscles with fuel
To get the most out of your workout your muscles need to be fuelled. Whey protein with BCAAs (Branch-Chain Amino Acids) is the muscle fuel of choice because it protects against the catabolic effects of exercise.

3. Speed up fat loss
Researchers at Syracuse University in New York State found that those who consumed protein pre-workout had higher metabolic rates than those who only consumed carbs.

According to the study author, Dr Kyle Hackney, “Consuming a protein shake and training speeds fat loss and helps build lean muscle.”
Why mix whey protein as a shake?

You need protein both before and after your workout but you’ll likely only have time to make a tasty protein shake once a day.
Whey protein powder can be mixed with water, but it’s better to mix it with other ingredients, including milk – almond, dairy, rice, soy, etc. – and fruit, particularly high-carb fruits like bananas and mangos that spike your insulin levels, aid the muscle recovery process, and help you to improve your cycling performance.

Kane Raisey
Kane Raisey


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