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Meal Before Early Morning Workout?


#1

I started the Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy Program by CW about a week ago and really like it.
I also have started working out in the morning (5:15am) before I go to work.

My question is in regards to "meals" before the workout? Currently I wake up about 4:45am. I have a cup of coffee, bottle of water, and either a myoplex or Metabolic Drive bar then off to the gym i go. Is this enough? Should I be concerned about anything?

I have just been judging by what my body says, and so far during the workouts I feel fine, I don't feel hungry, I have enough energry, etc...


#2

A mix of carbohydrate and protein is fine, the Metabolic Drive bars are perfect in that respect. Just make sure that you eat something, that is most important.


#3

i agree w/ zagman-- just something in the morning is best. i eat rice cakes w/ nutella before my morning cardio… (i cant eat wheat and yeah its not the healthiest but i’m young)


#4

I’ve been happy with Berardi’s recommendations on this. Basically, he recommends additional carbs pre-workout, in addition to Surge pre and during. See link below.


#5

Thanks for the Link that helps a lot and since I already have Surge I will mix that in the morning.


#6

I work out in the morning a couple days a week and I’ll blend a quick shake just to have something before the gym. Usually it’ll be a scoop of protein, some oats and some frozen fruit. Then like a 1/2 hour later on my way to the gym I start sipping my peri-workout Surge. . . works for me.

-Matt


#7

I have been happy with a scoop of whey in water and a spoonful of apricot jam. I start Surge halfway through my workout.


#8

Half a cup of oatmeal with some honey over it after its cooled off, and sip on 1 scoop of whey mixed with water…seems to work wonders…solid carbs to keep you fueled throughout your workout and just enough protein to get you through the workout…every friday i do deadlifts/back at 740AM…its the only day i do anythin this early, and its also one of my most demanding of workouts, and that small meal works perfect


#9

Pre-workout Surge is the most anabolic thing we can do. I can’t recommend it enough.


#10

[quote]David Barr wrote:
Pre-workout Surge is the most anabolic thing we can do. I can’t recommend it enough.[/quote]

I wonder if I can pop some BCAAs right when I wake up and then simply start sipping Surge on my way out the door and on the way to the gym? I read something similar to that in Scrawny to Brawny if you workout early in the a.m.

-Matt