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Food on Meet Day?

I haven’t done a PL meet in two years. I’m looking for some advice on what to bring as far as food. The meet starts at 9AM. Thanks ahead of time.

I always like to bring an emergency pack of honey, raisins, nuts, etc.
Quick acting sugars/carbs that will perk you back up in a hurry.
As far as regular food goes, I usually eat a lot of carbs and some red meat after weigh ins, but don’t eat anything else (aside from honey, raisins, etc) until the meet is over.

I have no idea if this will work for you the way it does for me, but for me, this is MY perfect balance for being able to stay perked up, while not getting all bloated and sluggish.

I like starting the day off with some pancakes covered in syrup, a red bull while warming up for squats, a small sandwich and some fruit and maybe some more caffeine between squat and bench. Then, throughout the day, I’ll be drinking tons of water and gatorade. I usually have a couple of these guys gatorade.com/default.aspx#product?s=prime and some cliff bars or other energy bars.

My main goal is to stay hydrated and go for high carb, high calorie stuff. Usually stay away from proteins and fat.

Been playing around in training, next meet I am doing the following

Mass gainer shake+oats(2 cups) for about a 1500cal shake, when I wake up
About an hour later- eggs, grits

2 FINiBARs before each lift

Surge before each lift

PBJ and muscle milk between all lifts

Surge + ANACONDA all day

and other random shit I am sure.

I was thinking about this the other day, I think I’d be best off eating a massive amount of white rice for breakfast. I’d probably put some sliced pineapple and soy sauce on it for taste, but white rice bloats the fuck out of my belly, which is exactly what I want when I’m squatting and benching.

I would bring sone nuts , apples, maybe grapes or oranges. Bring some light sandwiches and plenty of water and Gatorade .

Epic mealtime

Assuming this is a PL meet? Here’s a bit taken from a Berardi article I read several year back:


  1. Assuming you’re following the Precision Nutrition recommendations, there is usually no need to alter your typical food selections leading up to a competition. Although your food volume may vary, you should simply continue to eat the same way you do at home (or as close to it as possible).

  2. If your energy levels are waning during a competitive period and you’re competing in shorter distance events, simply increase your total calorie intake. Eat more of each of the macronutrients with each meal leading up to an event rather than more carbohydrates alone.

  3. Only when competing in longer duration events should carbohydrate loading be considered. In order to effectively carbohydrate load, simply eat your typical menu (as above), but supplement these meals with additional starchy carbohydrates. Choose nutrient dense, fiber rich selections such as whole grain breads and cereals.

  4. Regardless of your event, stay away from single, heaping carbohydrate dinners or heaping carbohydrate pre-race meals. This is not to say avoid carbs. However, 3 huge plates of pasta for dinner or pre-race are not necessary. For sprinters, if you’re steadily eating more leading up to your competition (as discussed in #2 above) you’ll be fine. For distance competitors, the modest increase in carbohydrate intake during each meal (as discussed in #3 above) will increase muscle glycogen without you having to slam huge carb meals.

  5. During the competition day itself, be sure to eat small, frequent, easily digested feedings �??�?�¢?? eating your last meal about 2 hours prior to competing. Be sure to experiment with this as some athletes prefer eating their last meal anywhere from 1-4 hours before competition. In the end, as indicated, the goal of the pre-competition feeding should be to eat a comfortable amount of familiar foods within the few hours prior to competing and stopping the solid food intake far enough in advance of the competition to prevent rebound hypoglycemia and to prevent stomach discomfort.


Short Duration Competition

Assuming you’ve followed the ideas above, you should have all the stored muscle energy you’ll need leading up to your event. Further, dehydration, electrolyte balance, and blood sugar are not a concern for these events. So you won’t need to worry about drinking during your races.

However, to maximize energy system efficiency and CNS performance, here are a few strategies that you might employ to optimize performance.

Micronized Creatine
Be sure you’re taking your creatine (3-5g/day) for at least a month before your events. (Although about 50% of the PN athletes take creatine every day). The best kind is called micronized creatine.
At 3-5g/day you’re unlikely to carry extra body mass. You will, however, benefit from improved maximal power generation, ATP-PC system power maintenance, a reduction in lactate accumulation at each submaximal workload and a reduction in maximal lactate accumulation at highest workloads.

Caffeine, in doses of 3-6mg/kg (150-300mg for a 50kg individual) taken 30-60 minutes prior to competition, can boost CNS output and fat oxidation, making it a great supplement for both short duration and longer duration competition. These benefits can lead to improved race performance as long as you’re not overstimulated.

To this end, it’s important to experiment with caffeine during training to figure out your personal response to it. While many individuals have no problems with a few cups of espresso or 1-2 caffeine tablets taken about 30-60 minutes before competition, some individuals become far too nervous, others tend to begin races too fast and burn out early, and others can feel sick to their stomachs with caffeine use. Again, experimenting with dose and time of intake can help eliminate most problems while maximizing benefits.

Tyrosine acts as a precursor to the stimulatory hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. 3g taken 30-60 minutes before competition (mixed with a carbohydrate/protein sports drink) may boost performance.

Acid Buffers
Potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrate and other acid buffers may help boost performance by buffering cellular acidity and prolonging fatigue if taken before competition. This is especially true in events where anaerobic contribution is high and lactic acid concentrations are high.
Be careful with these products though, as they are known to cause gastrointestinal discomfort. Potassium bicarbonate tends to be better in this regard vs. sodium bicarbonate. If you can tolerate these, 15-20g taken 60-90 minutes before competition should be a safe dose. Alternatively, you can take 5g every 30 minutes starting a few hours before the competition. Just be sure to experiment before your major competitions as you want to be sure you can tolerate these buffers.

Recovery Drinks Between Events on the Same Day
Between race heats, sipping a quickly, easily digested protein/carbohydrate drink is recommended. One good strategy is to mix up a big batch of recovery drink and just sip it throughout the day, between heats. If you want to snack on whole food between events, please do. However, large meals slow down digestion and absorption and you want rapid digestion and absorption in order to quickly replenish energy stores; so snack lightly in addition to constantly sipping your recovery drink. You can mix this solution with some ringers lactate solution leading up to your heats (the ringers will help with electrolyte replacement and to potentially buffer more acid).