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  • What is YOUR preworkout snack? (Strength/Weight Training)

    I have been doing my workouts fasted (5-6hr 'Fasts'). Basically skipping Pre-WO and relying on breakfast to fuel my WO. It's ok, sometimes I feel energy isnt there, but I want to gain mass, so im thinking of reinstating the Preworkout meal as I want to gain weight.

    Before I tried fasted w/o's, I had a shake full of fatty stuff, I didnt really measure it, I just chucked aload of crap in.

    -Heavy Cream
    -Glob of Natural Peanut Butter
    -Yoghurt (0% fat FAGE Greek Yog)
    -Squirty cream if heavy wasnt available
    -Raw Egg or 2
    - Coconut milk.

    I remember reading Pre-workout meals actually take energy away, as the body is digesting, so I thought id try fasted workouts. Incredibly they are fine, but Im not so sure, because surely a 2 hour preworkout meal surely would provide suitable energy for an intense workout?

    Thoughts? What are your preworkout meals? Im looking for something more measurable / reliable.

  • #2
    Hi Bolivar.
    I'm pretty much in the same boat. I fasted pre- and for a while post-workout for a few months. Since the beginning of the year, I've added a pre-workout snack of a can of sardines + a small apple or small sweet potato, an hour or two before I workout. Then I break my fast as soon post-workout as possible. When I was fasting, I still maintained my weight, but since I've added calories peri-workout, I've gained a good bit, about 5-6 pounds over about 3-4 months.

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    • #3
      Hi guys, i'm looking to gain mass and I eat a pre-workout meal of chicken and nuts a couple of hours beforehand. Do you think i'd benefit by cutting this out and eating more post-workout?

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      • #4
        Do we eat to hunt or hunt to eat? It seems we evolved to do the latter. So I don't think pre-workout food is necessary, whether you want to gain mass or not.
        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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        • #5
          I've been eating lots lately and I'm trying to put mass on my now skinny frame (aside from my slight belly that still hasn't gone away! ARGH!). What should one do in regards to this?

          Also, is it wise to be eating the 0% fat yogurt and the peanut butter?

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          • #6
            I was thinking the same thing about the 0 fat yogurt and peanut butter...
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            ~Christine

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            • #7
              If I eat before a workout, I will barf.

              Why are you wanting to eat 0% fat yogurt or peanut butter?? Neither are PB foods last time I checked.
              "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
              ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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              • #8
                My schedule is usually

                Short walk pre-breakfast
                Caffeine plus a meal (protein, some carbs, coconut oil)
                Digest for a little, then go workout

                So I guess I usually eat a light mix of protein/fruit, and coconut oil
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                • #9
                  I work out fasted, always.
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                  • #10
                    I usually workout either at 5:30pm or 6:30pm depending on what time I get off work..I have tried not eating since lunch and working out and for me, my WOD's suffered. I wasn't able to lift as much. So, now at about 3:30 or 4:30 I will have a snack. It is pretty much always the same...a serving of almonds and a harboiled egg or 2 servings of nuts. This seems to do the trick with getting my energy up and digests in time for my workouts so I am not full or feel sick. I also drink lots of water or tea in the afternoon to keep me hydrated and found that it helps a lot as well..downside is I have to pee all the time! haha

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                    • #11
                      Lately I have been working out fasted, and my first meal of the day is my pwo meal/feast. The only thing I have before I workout are about 10 grams of BCAAs, and some coffee or tea throughout the morning.

                      I was afraid at first, but I honestly think my workouts have improved. Plus I think if I ate anything pre-wo I am afraid that it would end up coming back up if you know what I mean. They biggest thing I can say is toy around with some different things, and find what works for your body. None of us are alike, and our bodys will react differently to each other methods.

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                      • #12
                        Sounds like you're following the lean gains protocol GrokinOut. I have been doing the same thing minus the BCAAs. First PWO meal is almost always the biggest.
                        I grok, therefore I am.

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                        • #13
                          Since I am up at 4:15 and do P90X or Insanity at 5:00 I have a commercial pre-workout drink. I know it's not primal but there is no time for anything else. I am open to suggestions.

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                          • #14
                            ^^^ Not saying I don't use or advocate high quality protein supplements, because I do. But if you're looking for alternatives as far as liquid goes:

                            -100 Percent organic, free-range/ect.. Raw Eggs... I say 100 percent organic to avoid any exposure to the nasty stuff in commercial eggs, especially when consuming raw
                            -Raw milk shake

                            As far as supplements go, first if you can afford it, get Grass-fed whey, if you can't, get some high quality egg white protein (Jay Robb) or some high quality whey, should all be rBGH/GMO/Additive/Chemical free...
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                            • #15
                              Oh ya..I will say that on the weekends I workout at either 9 or 10am and in that case I don't eat before and my workouts are great...so, for me, it works for the mornings, but I don't think I could go all day without anything and then workout and still achieve the same results..some people can though!!

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