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Pre Workout Meal?

I need to cahnge my workouts to the early morning and would like some feedback on the most beneficially pre workout meal in the early am. I usually workout in the afternoon and I have a few meals in me already so I want a P+C preworkout. Any suggestions would be appreciated

You can’t go wrong with a 1/2 serving of Surge. That’s what I use.

However, for something a bit more substantial, this is from yesterday’s article:

T-Nation: What’s your ideal pre-game or pre-workout meal?

LB: Yogurt with almonds, blueberries and granola. Or a yogurt smoothie with a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter.

My goal for pre-game/workout is light, easily digested, but with something that will be available as a longer energy source, hence the peanut butter or the almonds.

Whole article here:
http://t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=617012

Mike,
I have a bowl of 1/4 cup steel-cut oats with raisins sprinkled on for sweetness, a little more than one hour before my 5:15 a.m. workout. Usually drink 1 scoop of Grow!, as well. Seems to me to stave off hunger pangs until after the workout.

Thanks guys. I did read that article however I am trying to stay away from yogurt precontest. I have been using the 1/4 cup or 3 oz. of oats with Grow! but I will put some raisins in . I am just wondering if I want a quicker carb than oats in my system. Although I guess the raisins would take care of that. Thanks

I like 2 scoops of Grow! in 2 cups water (or one cup water, one cup skim milk) with some natural peanut butter. Just blend it all up and drink it down. I take it an hour before my A.M. workout and it feels completely digested by my first set. Good energy throughout the workout.

Nothing has been shown to enhance protein synthesis more than pre-workout amino acids and carbs. In this case Surge is great. Hydration should also be a concern, so start drinking water as soon as your feet hit the floor.

bino, the pre comp. suggestion from the article is great, but reflects on-field performance, rather than stimulating muscle growth/strength.

Cheers

[quote]David Barr wrote:
Nothing has been shown to enhance protein synthesis more than pre-workout amino acids and carbs. In this case Surge is great. Hydration should also be a concern, so start drinking water as soon as your feet hit the floor.

bino, the pre comp. suggestion from the article is great, but reflects on-field performance, rather than stimulating muscle growth/strength.

Cheers[/quote]

Thanks for the clarification. I was waiting for someone to bring up the fact that it’s P+F+C. So, I guess the point is that that combo is good pre competition.

I think the combo would be good for the morning of but not for the weeks leading up to contest.

Hey Dave do you have a preference on what type of carb bf workout with the AA for protein synthesis. Faster or slower carbs? I would tend to think faster in the AM.

[quote]mike hanley wrote:
Hey Dave do you have a preference on what type of carb bf workout with the AA for protein synthesis. Faster or slower carbs? I would tend to think faster in the AM.[/quote]

Good question. It depends on how far pre workout you eat/drink. For 15min-immediately before, you’d want simple carbs. For earlier meals you’d want slower.

Be sure to keep us updated with your experience!

Cheers

[quote]David Barr wrote:
mike hanley wrote:
Hey Dave do you have a preference on what type of carb bf workout with the AA for protein synthesis. Faster or slower carbs? I would tend to think faster in the AM.

Good question. It depends on how far pre workout you eat/drink. For 15min-immediately before, you’d want simple carbs. For earlier meals you’d want slower.

Be sure to keep us updated with your experience!

Cheers[/quote]

Dr. Barr,

Would a half serving of Surge be sufficient pre-workout if that is your only meal between waking and working out?

[quote]Dr. Barr,

Would a half serving of Surge be sufficient pre-workout if that is your only meal between waking and working out?[/quote]

I know I am not Dr. Barr however if you read what he wrote earlier in the thread than you will see that Surge is his #1 suggestions. Just thought I would help.

Thanks Mike. I was actually wondering whether Dr. Barr thought a half serving was sufficient vs. a whole serving or vs.Surge plus extra dextrose as I believe JB has recommended.

[quote]mike hanley wrote:

I know I am not Dr. Barr however if you read what he wrote earlier in the thread than you will see that Surge is his #1 suggestions. Just thought I would help.[/quote]