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.