Common Pre-Workout Blunders

5 Common Pre-Workout Blunders

If you’re an athlete hard in training, you will want to make sure that you are taking into account your pre-post workout nutrition. Far too many athletes are just not devoting the time and energy they should be into these two important meals of the day and, as such, see performance decrements because of it. 


Let’s take a look at the five most common pre-workout blunders that you need to know about so that you can form the best pre-workout meal possible. 


Lack Of Calories 

The first problem that some athletes experience is a lack of overall calories. It would help if you remembered that the longer and more intense that session is, the more total calories you will need to fuel yourself through it. 


If you’re doing a two-hour training workout, a banana and a small yogurt only aren’t going to cut it. 


Poor Meal Timing 

Second, another big blunder to be aware of is poor meal timing. If you aren’t timing your pre-workout snacks correctly, you’re going to risk ending up either low on energy as you ate too early or suffering from cramping due to indigestion. 


You need to time your pre-workout snacks according to how well your body handles food before exercise and how much and the type of food you plan to eat. 


Different foods digest at different times, so to form the best pre-workout meal, you need to consider this into the equation. 


It’s all a process of trial and error to learn what foods work best for your body and when you need to be getting them in. 


Relying On Supplements 

Another big mistake that is very common with athletes when forming their pre-workout nutrition protocols relies far too heavily on supplements.

They spend so much time researching the next best supplement to use that promises to take their performance higher than they neglect entirely to consider food. 


While some supplements they use may provide protein and carbohydrates – thus providing them with energy, many do not, and that is a big problem. 

It doesn’t matter how much a particular product claims to enhance your energy. Without food, you aren’t very far. 


It would be best to eat for more energy, not supplementing to try and come up with ‘fake’ energy that will leave you crashing. 


Insufficient Carbohydrates

Moving along, another of the common pre-workout blunders that you need to make sure you don’t make is consuming an insufficient carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates will provide your body with the fuel you need during the workout session, and as such, if you aren’t getting enough, you may be cutting that workout short. 


While total calories are necessary as well, more than that, you do need carbs. Unless it’s a very low-intensity training session, in which case you can use fats as a fuel source, carbohydrates need to be in the picture. 


Too Much Dietary Fat 

Finally, the last blunder that happens when forming pre-workout snacks adds too much dietary fat to the picture. Even if it’s healthy fats that you’re adding, if you’re consuming these too close to when you are going to be exercising, there’s a good chance that you will begin to feel sluggish and weighed down. 


You want to consume any fat-rich foods at least two hours before exercise to ensure there is time to break them down before moving into that workout session. 


So keep these quick tips in mind so that you don’t make any vital errors.

Yours in Strength,

Mike Bewley