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Old 08-26-2009, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to eat and 'when' before/after a workout?

I used to workout alot when i was younger... now Im trying to work it back into my daily routine.

What Im finding now is that Im really running outta gas at the tail end of my circuit.

It starts of with some insane uncontrollable yawning... then I literally hit the wall and cant do a single rep of even a light weight.

Some days are better than others, but I think this might simply be attributed to running out of energy.

So my question is...

What do you eat before a workout? and how early before?
Since I workout in the mid-afternoon... 2-3pm... I make sure to eat lunch at 11:30-12 so that I have something for the workout.

I only workout for an hour (cause I have to go back to work) so I eat again at 5pm, which is pretty much dinner time.

I currently do not have any restrictions on what Im eating... so its whatever I buy for lunch... sushi primarily.

Suggestions? advice? what do you guys do?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would also like to know good stuff to eat before any mma/kick boxing class and how much time before
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like to have a meal 1-2 hours before working out.

Then 20-30 minutes prior to going to the gym down a protein shake, creatine and bcaa's. If I'm dragging ass that day i'll take a caffeine pill too.

The yawning from working out probably isn't from being tired. It's your body's way of getting rid of exess co2.

Try skipping rope or doing some jumping jacks between sets. Something to keep your hart rate up.

I also try and avoid carbs pre-workout. They make me feel overly full and sluggish.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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More lean protein and complex carbs at lunch. I'm not sure how much you're eating at that time.

You may want to consider a B-100 in the afternoon, or earlier if you find you're feeling speedy when you want to wind down in the evening.
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You are probably eating too much at lunch. Try having a smaller meal with complex carbs instead of simple carbs, simple carbs give you a burst of energy then a "crash" afterwords. I found that 20g of whey protein before a workout helps with recovery and a pre-workout drink helps if you really want a kick-ass workout. Super-Pump from Gaspari works damn good.
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Caffeine itself only lasts so long, and you build up a tolerance to it pretty easily. If you take 4 full days off of it and then use it pre-workout, then it will have its full effect again. But regardless, caffeine on its own only lasts so long, and will have you crashing eventually. And N.O. products are total, complete bullshit. The only reason you feel a buzz from them is because they usually contain caffeine! The "pump" is useless -- it has nothing to do with building strength or muscle. Pure marketing BS.

For really long-lasting, kick-ass but not-overly-stimulating energy and focus, I've found that LightSpeed is the absolute bomb. It's got a little caffeine, though not a lot, but that's not what makes it get you SO freakin' zoned in and last SO long. My focus and endurance is just . . . totally different when I use it. It's like you're totally motivated to tear through your workout.

I occasionally use just a simple double espresso shot if I don't have LightSpeed handy, but that only seems to last for the first half of the workout. I'll still sometimes drag towards the end if I go the coffee/espresso route. But the endurance/motivation from LS is kick-ass.
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