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Morning Workout Nutrition

Okay, I am about to start working out in the mornings because of a new job that I have started. The thing is, I’m a little concerned about what I’m going to be ingesting before and after the morning workout. I searched on this topic for a little while, but mostly found half answers - either posters would offer pre-workout suggestions or post-workout suggestions.

Both pre- and post-workout nutrition is important to me for morning workouts. For those masochists that don’t eat before their morning workout, please refrain from suggesting such torture. Also, I figure that after going for 7ish hours without protein that it might be a good idea for me to get a little before I go tear down my poor little muscles.

While I definitely would like protein before heading to the gym, some form of carbohydrate would be quite effective, I imagine, as energy reserves would be quite low (that whole fasted-state thing). I was thinking about trying half or all of a MRP shake before working out, as it would run through me quickly (hopefully not TOO quickly - we all know the effects those things can have sometimes). So, if I can knock one of those out before hitting the gym and not blow my training partner out too bad, that’s what I’d like to do.

Then there’s the whole post-workout thing. I generally like having some sort of liquid post-workout meal, but after having a liquid pre-workout meal, I don’t know if I want to do that. I’d rather separate my dietary supplements with “real” food.

So for those of you that do workout in the morning, how do you handle nutrition? I understand that what works for others may not work for me, but I’d rather have a lot of options to choose from when tinkering with this issue.

Also, here’s how my schedule will work. I’m planning on getting up around 6:30, working out from 7:00-8:00 at the gym, eating, showering, and then heading to work. I’ll consider eating in the shower if the extra heat will speed up the metabolic processes involved in protein absorption. :slight_smile:

Well, Jared, you sound like you know what you want to do. I’m one of those masochists who doesn’t eat before working out. I have tried, but I can’t do it. I used to drink coffee, but then I detoxed. :frowning: I recently started taking 1/2 serving of Surge before working out, and it has helped a lot. Then I have the remaining 1/2 serving of Surge IMMEDIATELY after the workout. Then I have a real meal 30-60 minutes later. This is, to date, the best morning workout nutrition protocol I have tried, for me.

I still think it is hard to get as good a workout in the morning as I’d get later in the day. One other thing I have found to be important is a good warmup. I used to skip or minimize this when I worked out at night. But in the morning, my body is stiff from inactivity, lower body temps from sleeping, etc. I now get on the bike until I feel a rush of warmth and start sweating, and this helps bring the workout up to par.

Jared NFS this is what I use to do when I was competing. I would take drink a MPR before I worked-out. Bring my 3-4egg whites that I made and oatmeal. put in a lunch bag and eat it after I worked out. This was before Surge was even a product. My suggestion is diffrent now. I would have a MPR 1 hr before my work-out and Surge at the start of my work-out sip it through my work-out also. Then at the end of the work out have my first meal. 3-4 egg whites and bowl of oatmeal.

How about trying to wake up at 4am and sucking down some cottage cheese and a protien drink. Thats what I do. I get it prpared before bed. Alarm goes off a go and eat takes about 3 mins. Then I am out like a light. Does not effect my sleep at all