Muscle Building Tips, How Important Is Pre-Workout Nutrition

by Ricardo d Argence

The same holds true for each and every one of your workouts if the saying says, “if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Every gym session must be faced with mental and physical preparedness because it is a battle.

Make sure to eat smart before heading to the gym so that your body has enough energy to deal with the weights as effectively as possible.

The meal you eat before working out must accomplish three things: 1. Making you as strong as possible. 2. During the workout you should provide your mind and muscles with a constant stream of balanced energy. 3. You will be minimizing the muscle breakdown process in addition to providing the necessary tools to help your body recvover post-workout.

The first thing to make sure of is that you are properly hydrated before beginning your workout. Water plays a vital role in keeping strength and energy levels peaked, so always ensure that you’ve consumed an adequate amount of water in the few hours before you train.

Eat a regular meal around 30-45 minutes before going to the gym. The most important component of the meal is, of course, protein. This protein will aide your body in maintaining an anabolic state during your exercise session, in addition to averting the breakdown of muscle during training.

The main reason whey protein is so great when taken before a workout is because it prevents muscle catabolism that may occur while working out. If you want to slow down the release of protein and provide your body more steady amino acids through out your work out try mixing you whey with milk.

You should take 1-2 portions of low-glycemic carbohydrates with your protein shake. Before the work outs it is best to take low glycemic carbohydrates because they are broken down and absorbed slowly,which gives the body a constant stream of energy as long as the workouts last.

Your body responds to consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates, which are quickly released into your bloodstream, your body responds by releasing a surge of insulin to help your system even out your body’s blood sugar. Rapid fluctuation in insulin levels is the last thing you want in the middle of high intensity workout so choose carbohydrates that will not cause this.

Pre-workout carbohydrate choices such as oatmeal, apples or brown rice will provide your body with a steady stream of sugars throughout the workout and will keep your energy levels peaked at all times. This pre-workout meal should be fairly small to allow for easy digestion and to prevent you from feeling sick when you train. You should never workout without having a meal in you first.

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