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    So how long before your workout are you eating your pre-workout meal? What are your opinions on how much time before exercise is optimal?

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    I like having a big meal of Steel Cut oats (or Oatbran), berries & whey blend 90 minutes pre-WO. Works perfectly for me
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    I got 60-90 minutes before hand depending on my schedule and what supplements I am dosing. I find for myself (for both digestion purposes and training purposes) that this time allows for the best combo of the two.
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    60-90 mins here as well. I find I get hungry while working out, even when I eat a big meal around this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    60-90 mins here as well. I find I get hungry while working out, even when I eat a big meal around this time.
    What does your pre workout meal typically look like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCCFan023 View Post
    What does your pre workout meal typically look like?
    Usually 2 cups of brown rice, mixed with corn and black beans, along with a whey protein shake.

    Rounds out to about 660 calories.

    On days that I feel hungry I will eat a banana with it.

    On days that I need a whole food source, I will replace the can of protein shake with a can of tuna. I put the can of tuna on two pieces of veg fiber wheat bread and add in 1-2 tbsp of light mayo.

    That ends up being around 740 calories.

    It isn't really that I am hungry, I just get that empty stomach feeling, kind of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    Usually 2 cups of brown rice, mixed with corn and black beans, along with a whey protein shake.

    Rounds out to about 660 calories.

    On days that I feel hungry I will eat a banana with it.

    On days that I need a whole food source, I will replace the can of protein shake with a can of tuna. I put the can of tuna on two pieces of veg fiber wheat bread and add in 1-2 tbsp of light mayo.

    That ends up being around 740 calories.

    It isn't really that I am hungry, I just get that empty stomach feeling, kind of.
    Brown rice is dense; switch it up to some porridge and it should help keep you full longer. Try 2/3c. Steelcut or 1.5c Large Flake oats with some protein and berries. I've been doing it for years
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    Lately I have been doing Yogurt and a whey shake with blueberries
    Round to about: 510 cals from yogurt and 460 from shake for a grand total of 970 cals, about 125 carbs, and 65g protein.. thats 60-70 mins pre/wo

    My question is how far apart do you guys spread your meal from your predrink.. I tend to feel more effects from my predrink if i drink it on the more empty stomach side. and by predrink my choice has always been xtend/noxplode
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    I think its best to work out on an empty stomach, more blood and hormones are available to the brain and muscles. A creatine drink 20 mins. prior to WO seems to work well.
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    I work out first thing in the am so my Pre-wo meal is between 45-1hr previous to lifting.. It is usually teamskip protein/evoo or teamskip protein/coconut oil, just a pro/fat meal.
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    Went with a semi-fasted state for some time, and noticed a signifigant increase in performance once I brought in a smaller meal 60 minutes prior. Just having that feeling of something in the belly gives me a psychological edge, as if I have fuel to burn.

    Very small meal though, ~14g protein/20g CHO/16g fat
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    Steak and eggs 60 min pre wo, and prewo drink 30 min prior to lifting. Well thats what im doing right now the meal depends on what my goals are at the time or what I feel like tryin out.
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    A little over 2 hours unfortunetly because of school.
    During breaks, summer, weekends etc. I do 1 hour before.
    And its 3 tuna/turkey/or roast sandwiches on 12 grain bread.
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    My workouts last about 1hr and 15min or so. I figured the brown rice would give me a slow feed of carbs vs fast absorbing. Hence giving me steady energy through the WO. Am I wrong here, or does it just take longer than that for your body to digest them?

    I was worried that ingesting fast absorbing carbs would pull to many nutrients with it too fast and leave me empty. Shed some light on this Steve!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    My workouts last about 1hr and 15min or so. I figured the brown rice would give me a slow feed of carbs vs fast absorbing. Hence giving me steady energy through the WO. Am I wrong here, or does it just take longer than that for your body to digest them?

    I was worried that ingesting fast absorbing carbs would pull to many nutrients with it too fast and leave me empty. Shed some light on this Steve!
    How many cups of brown rice are you doing.. 1.5 to 2 cups brown rice 45 minutes before should do your body right.. also you might try to cut workout time to 45 mins get in get out then pump your body with 30-45g protein 15mins after and follow that with carb/protein meal within an hour of that. Hope this helps!
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    About 60-70 minutes pre-workout. I eat at 1 to 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal with 2-3 tablespoons of honey.

    I mix 1 scoop of Purple Wrath with 1 scoop of Xtend. I also mix in 1-2 grams of Taurine, 1 gram of Beta Alanine, 1 Gram of ALCAR, and 1 gram of Citrulline Malate.

    Right after eating my pre-work out meal, I take a dose of my capped mix (Chocamine, Green Tea, Rhodiela, Ashgawanda) by drinking half of my pre-workout drink. I drink the rest during workout.

    I eat a banana on the way into the gym, by the time I get there I feel well fueled and usually have a great workout.

    I can't stand feeling hungry when I am in the gym. Even with this protocol, I start to get hungry about half an hour into my workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowbull View Post
    I think its best to work out on an empty stomach, more blood and hormones are available to the brain and muscles. A creatine drink 20 mins. prior to WO seems to work well.
    I understand your logic here, but I think at least a small amount of carbs pre-workout is great. Having food in your stomach is not going to make your creatine or anything else ineffective in its absorption or effect.

    If you eat 1-2 cups of rice or oatmeal (I prefer oatmeal) 60-90 minutes pre-workout it has time to digest. You want carbs in your bloodstream to fuel your workout (unless you are cutting I guess).

    Creatine, Amino's, Citrulline Malate, etc mix very well into water and are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, even if you have some food in your stomach.
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    I prefer to eat my preworkout meal 45 mins b4 only because my metabolism is so high and I hate to get hungry towards the end of my workout. 45 mins should be the minimum tho because blood is used in digesting food and wont be properly circulated to your muscles in your warmup if there isnt adequate time for digestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEARTLESS View Post
    How many cups of brown rice are you doing.. 1.5 to 2 cups brown rice 45 minutes before should do your body right.. also you might try to cut workout time to 45 mins get in get out then pump your body with 30-45g protein 15mins after and follow that with carb/protein meal within an hour of that. Hope this helps!
    Yeah, I already do all of this! Just wanted to see what everyone else was doing for Pre WO meals etc... There is no way I could finish my WO in 45 mins! They tend to last an hour or so. I like to take 1.5 min rest periods and I typically do 20 sets per muscle group.
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    small meal 20-30 mins prior for me, depending on how many hours have passed since the last training session. i don't like too much protein pre workout, maybe 20 grams, and a mix of fast/slow digesting carbs (oatmeal with fruit say)
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    2 hrs, then i take a preworkout energy NO drink, and if i get a long workout i drink a shake at the latter part of my workout, if you're not taking an energy drink or something that kills hunger, then an hour before something rather small would be perfect
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    About an hour works great for me!
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