132. Protein Timing: Is There an Anabolic Window of Opportunity?

Sunday, October 27
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Terrace Ballroom I/II
CE: 1.5
Level 3- Advanced
Activity Code: 149573

This presentation will discuss the theory of a post-workout “anabolic window of opportunity” whereby the consumption of protein within 1 hour after exercise is necessary to maximize muscular adaptations. A thorough discussion of the literature will provide context as to these claims, and present alternative evidence of a “peri-workout anabolic window” whereby the need for post-exercise protein intake ultimately depends on the proximity of the pre-workout meal. Moreover, relevance of the benefits of protein timing will be explored with respect to specific populations and goals. This is an evidence-based presentation that will draw heavily on research findings from Brad’s lab as well as those of others.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Synthesize the results of research on protein timing and understand its strengths and limitations in drawing evidence-based conclusions on the topic
  • Describe the concept of the “peri-workout window” and how it affects the relevance of the post-exercise anabolic window of opportunity
  • Determine how to distribute daily protein needs to optimize muscular adaptations

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2070 Macronutrients: carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, water
  • 3030 Anthropometrics, body composition
  • 4060 Exercise, fitness, sports nutrition

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.2.2 Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition assessment tools to support access to care.
  • 8.1.3 Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.
  • 8.2.4 Imparts knowledge of the importance of physical activity and applies behavior change principles to promote physical activity and decrease inactivity.


  • Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

    Associate Professor in Exercise Science, Graduate Program Director, and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory

    CUNY Lehman College