Pre-workout nutrition is incredibly important when it comes to getting your best results. Think about it....The more energy you have for your workouts, the better results you'll see, right? Of course, nutrition is only one piece of the puzzle, but it's a HUGE one! Your pre-workout nutrition is very much based around when you workout and what YOU prefer. Below is a breakdown of your best options:
The Best Pre-Workout Drinks.
First and foremost, you need to remember that everyone is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. That's why it's important to see what your body responds to best. One thing is for sure though...Always make sure you are properly hydrated for your workouts. That means...DRINK WATER before and during your workouts. Staying hydrated is a great and easy way to increase energy for your workouts.
If you are looking for a little extra boost to help push you through your tough workouts, there is ONE drink I recommend: Coffee or caffeinated tea. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that has been shown to increase alertness, focus, and energy. This is particularly true when you are fatigued. And during your workouts, this is exactly what happens and why we like to use it. It gives you the little extra boost that you need to take your workouts from good to GREAT! Coffee, espresso, and caffeinated teas are 100% natural and are perfect for giving you that extra boost. So try having a cup or shot of espresso before your next workout and see how you feel.
Pre Workout Nutrition for Morning Workouts:
If you workout in the morning, you have a few different options for pre-workout nutrition. And what this really comes down to is YOU and what YOU respond to best. First, is fasted training. This means you don't eat anything before your morning workout. Instead, you drink water, drink your coffee or caffeinated tea. Then you go and workout. Fasted training works extremely well for many people and allows them to have MORE energy during their workouts. If that's you, awesome. On the other end of the spectrum are those who must eat something before your morning workout in order to have energy. Again, this comes down to what works best for YOU.
If you're someone who has more energy when eating before your morning workout, the best option is protein. This means a few eggs, a protein shake (preferably dairy free), or any other forms of protein you prefer. Just having a little protein before your workout is going to bring you the energy you need. As for carbs, we recommend keeping those for post workout as we will talk about in a different article.
For those of you who do not workout in the morning, it's important to fuel your body properly in order to get the most out of your workouts. And just like those who workout in the morning, protein should be your focus. This can mean some chicken, beef, fish, eggs, a protein shake, etc. Add a piece of fruit like an apple or banana to give yourself a little fast acting carb. Typically, you should eat about 30-90 minutes pre-workout. Again, this really depends on YOU. See what works best for you and your body.
Stay tuned for our next article on best post-workout meals and drinks.