The tips you need to craft your ideal pre-workout nutrition plan.
When you wake up in the morning with hopes of completely obliterating a workout, the steps you take leading up to your first rep can either make or break your workout. From not wearing proper lifting attire to not drinking enough water to eating poorly, all of these factors can directly impact your performance. Our team at Relentless Fitness is completely dedicated to assisting all to grow both mentally and physically, in doing so, we have come up with four easy pre-workout activities that will boost your gains and will allow you to feel better than you ever thought possible while going into the gym.
When it comes to nutrition, most bodybuilders, both beginners, and intermediates understand how important their post-workout intake is and completely disregard those substances that they need to consume beforehand. When reflecting upon what should be consumed in order to maximize gains, most people first think of whey protein and creatine, both of which are extremely important to consume after rocking it at the gym. In order for the best long-term goals, it is important to pair a great post-workout meal with an unstoppable pre-workout meal so that your body isn’t running on fumes when you need to push yourself.
Let’s get into it
Slow digesting carbohydrates
If you are on the hunt for the perfect spark for your fire, a premium source of fuel is necessary. This is why consuming carbohydrates WILL help you. Not only are they a phenomenal source of energy, but also they will prevent your body from tapping into your muscles for even more energy. The longer your energy can last, the longer your killer workout will.
We do not recommend high glycemic or fast digesting carbs because you will rapidly use those up and feel depleted during your workout.
Some great sources of carbohydrates that we love are brown rice, Ezekiel bread, and even whole wheat pasta. The size that you consume and the timing that you eat will also impact how your workout unfolds. Eating too much too close to your workout will not allow your body enough time to metabolize the food. We recommend consuming between 20 to 40 grams of carbohydrates between one and two hours of working out.
Eat your fruits
Fruits like oranges, apples, and bananas make an excellent addition to a tasty yet beneficial pre-workout meal. These fruits contain fast digesting carbs, which pair nicely with the slow digesting carbs and will give you that spark you need to begin your workout on a positive note. Oranges provide quick energy and bananas are loaded with potassium, which will prevent cramps if you happen to get one.
It is protein time
A meal is never fully complete without a source of protein. When new muscle grows, the amino acids in protein help to maintain a positive nitrogen balance, which is needed to stimulate maximum protein synthesis. By obtaining the correct amino acid ratio, an anabolic state can be achieved. This can be reached by consuming egg whites, turkey, skim milk, and even chicken.
If you are someone who is constantly on the go, a whey protein shake can provide a balanced source of quality amino acids, which are necessary to achieve a positive nitrogen balance. Our team at Relentless Fitness believes that consuming between 20 to 40 grams of protein to prepare to obliterate your workout.
Now that you know how to maximize your workout by consuming what your body needs to make gains, it is time to take action. By following these easy tips from our dedicated team, you are going to feel stronger, sharper, and ready to tackle even the toughest workout! Go and get after it!