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Pre-Workout Fuel

Many of my clients and class attendees ask or express concerns about how to fuel properly post workout (we will get to that in a few weeks, so be on the look out!). But have you taken the time to think about how you are fueling your body before a workout?

My Favorite Options:

  • yogurt with fresh fruit and nuts

  • homemade trail mix (1 cup high-fiber cereal, 2 tablespoons dried fruit, 2 tablespoons nuts)

  • 1/2 of RX Bar, GoMacro Bar, or Perfect Bar

  • 1/2 of peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  • 1/2 of turkey sandwich

Eating something small before a workout can improve your performance and ultimately speed up your recovery time. We want to enter each workout with our gas tanks filled, that way we can maximize our effort and get the most out of our workout! However, the type of workout and duration will play a role into your nutrition game plan. Overall, here are a few highlights to add into your next pre-workout routine:

  • Aim to consume 15 - 30 grams of carbs and 5 - 15 grams of protein. Picking sources that are easily digestible and something your stomach can tolerate.

  • Aim to eat 1 - 2 hours before your training session.

  • Don't forget to hydrate! Roughly 16 - 20 oz of water or an electrolyte drink .

Remember, everyone is different and their body may respond differently to pre-workout fuel. Take the time to listen to your body and find what works best for you!

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