Fuel your workouts with high octane food
To get the most from every training session you need the right fuel to fire up your engine. While we’re fortunate to have access to a wide range of well-formulated and effective pre-workout products, when you’re training six days a week, 52 weeks a year, using supplements before, during and after training can be expensive.
It therefore pays to know what foods work best to provide the same energy and muscle-building macronutrients that we find in pre-workouts, yet won’t leave you feeling bloated and lethargic before that big training session.
Bananas are loaded with easily digestible carbs and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function.
There are three major benefits to the perfect pre-workout meal:
1. More muscle
When you hit it hard in the gym you’re aiming to build your body up, but what you’re really doing is breaking down your body. By eating correctly before you go all out you can limit the amount of catabolism that occurs. A protein rich meal will help with the slow release of amino acids into your bloodstream which in turn can promote protein synthesis and increase muscle gains – yes, that means more muscle!
2. Increased energy
Glycogen is the body’s primary energy source for intense effort, and you need to fill that fuel tank up before a sweat session.
3. Better protection
A solid pre-workout meal will set you on a path of protecting your hard-earned muscle. If you don’t eat properly before you train your body will break down muscle tissue to use as energy.