Choosing right nutrients will benefit your workout

Ryan Donohue.
Ryan Donohue.

Many people often ask what is the best sort for pre-workout food, and what is good for fuelling the furnace before you take part in a training session.

Due to the fact that we are everyday people, living in the real world life isn’t perfect so we sometimes don’t have the luxury to have a pre-workout meal or snack. Some people suggest eating a meal three hours before a session, others a little bit less at around two hours.

That said, if you choose the right foods in the right amounts, the nutrients within will have a number of benefits.

We’re going to cover a couple of those here, and give you a couple of ideas of the right foods to eat.

Replenishing your glycogen stores will ensure that you have a greater amount of energy during whatever workout you are doing.

Carbohydrates are the best source of energy for the body’s fuel tank, and if we are low on glycogen, it can affect our workout substantially.

Once our glycogen stores have been used, the body will chase the next available energy source which means it will go after the muscles.

In order to avoid the body breaking the good work you are putting in, include some protein in your pre-workout meal. Once it is broken down, protein synthesis occurs to promote growth of lean tissue. Don’t let the body break down muscle. Fuel up.

A couple of easy to make pre-workout meals are a four egg omelette, two white, two whole with peppers. Another is chicken with asparagus.

If you’re tracking what you eat, which is highly recommended, don’t forget to log this in your daily totals.

Remember that excess calories are excess calories regardless of who you are, what day it is, or what time it is.

One important thing to remember is to ensure that you are drinking plenty of water regardless of the weather or season. Two litres minimum, if possible.

There are many ways to prepare for a training session, and above is just a couple of ideas. For more information like this head to, get in touch on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or drop into our studio on North Road.