I’m a longtime T Nation lurker, and I’ve got a question I couldn’t seem to find an answer for in the search:
We all know the value of post-workout nutrition, and the myriad of ways a tough workout allows food consumed in the next several hours afterword to be put to exceptional use. More of what we take in is put towards the muscles, and less is set aside for fat storage.
My question then is that if one works out at home and has the impetus, would working out before the majority of meals be a practical way to lose body fat (or maintain), while at least maintaining lean mass? These pre-meal work outs would be done in addition to a 3 or 4 day strength routine (5/3/1 for example).
I should clarify what I mean by a work out. What I’m not talking about is a balls to the walls session. Nowhere near a max, and a very moderate volume. I’m talking about a full body, circuit-style workout that takes no longer than 10-15 minutes. For example:
(Done as a circuit)
3x10 KB Swings
3x5 Walking Lunges
So what do you guys think? Would the added volume become too much of a hindrance to recovery for the main sessions? Could that low volume, low intensity kind of workout even elicit the physiological response that would make it purposeful? I realize the answers to these questions will not be cut and dry, but I’m curious to see what some of the more experienced members on here think. Thanks in advance!