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Sometimes, in an effort to add more muscle or lose unwanted fat, we turn our attention to our pre-workout nutrition. For most of us, we really do not have a need for a pre-workout nutrition strategy and would only be taking in useless calories in doing so.
In short, if you have eaten a meal/snack in a 1-2 hour window before your training, and are well hydrated, you should be fine not having a pre-workout meal or snack. The only exceptions might be if you fall into one of the following categories. Here’s a hint…like myself, most of you won’t fall into one of these categories…
- An endurance athlete. You train for high-level competition. You log a lot of high intensity miles each week training for your marathon, triathlon, etc. For you, carbohydrate and calorie needs are likely higher. You could add a protein + carbohydrate (P+C) drink during your training.
- Training to be a bodybuilder. You lift weights with significant muscle growth in mind. You want to gain weight. Your protein and calorie needs are likely higher. You could also add a protein + carbohydrate (P+C) drink during your training.
- You have dropped your calories very low. You accumulate a lot of exercise hours. You’re trying to drop to a single-digit body fat percentage. For you, carb intake should be lower. You’d benefit from the performance-enhancing, muscle-preserving branched-chain-amino acids (BCAA) like in the product “Catalyst” during your training.