whats the best stuff (pre- and post-workout) on the market right now? im about to start heading to the gym this summer for the first time in a year (out of summer i usually stick to maintaining by doing push ups and such, though i've been losing weight this last six months),
Some people swear by protein shakes (whey) after lifting. Personally I think it's more about convenience and would suggest saving the money and spending it on whole foods instead. If you're still interested in a post-workout supplement, I've always liked using ON Whey. Good flavors and mixability and provide a pretty close amount of protein to what is stated on the nutrition label.
Pre-workout is personal preference. If you really need a little boost beforehand, look into Craze or Assault. Generally speaking all pre-workouts are relatively similar.
Best advice is to get your diet in order before worrying about any supplements considering that aside from creatine, studies show that very few are any sort of "magic pill" for your goals.