Thursday, September 25, 2008

How Important Is Pre-Workout Nutrition?

I was training a client the other day and he couldn't finish his workout. My sports fitness workouts are tough but he usually does just fine. The problem? He had not eaten in the six hours before his workout! No fuel, no running motor!

Pre-workout nutrition is critical and should mainly include carbohydrates and proteins. During intense physical activity, your body depends on fuel from glycogen made from the carbohydrates that you eat.

The body can't use fat for fuel during high intensity exercise because there is not enough oxygen available. Eating fruits, vegetables and smoothies 1-2 hours before a workout will build up your glycogen stores.

Glycogen is stored in your liver and muscles and it is broken down into glucose. Glucose is then used by your body to make energy. As a result, when your glycogen stores are low, your performance will suffer.

Research has shown the effectiveness of pre-workout protein drinks (such as whey and casein). These drinks will make enough amino acids available to take advantage of the increased blood flow to your working muscles. Also, your muscles get 2 times as much benefit from a pre-workout protein drink compared to having just a post-workout protein drink.

Endurance athletes can also benefit from consuming moderate amounts of fat (such as flax oil and omega 3s) because of the availability of oxygen during exercise or competition.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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1 comment:

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