Pre WOD nutrition
As much as we’re laying on the floor after a workout, a sweaty mess, gasping for air, swearing at Dave for the WOD… we all come back the next day to do it all over again. Masochists, all of us!
In order for us to do this day in and day out, we need to optimise our pre training nutrition and our recovery. There are multiple ways of doing this, Through nutrition, Sleep, rest days and supplements.
Firstly, the main and probably most obvious one is to be hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Hard training dehydrates you very quickly, especially in warm weather. Guys, you should aim to drink up to 4L of water a day, ladies at least 3.
Pre workout nutrition varies from person to person, also on the time of day that you’re training and the type of workout it is. You wouldn’t necessarily eat the same thing before “Grace” 2min, as you would before “Murph” 1 hour.
As a guide, Your pre-WOD meals
Consumed 2-4 hours before training
Moderate in protein
Low in fat
This could look like: grilled chicken over brown rice with a mixed salad, noodle bowl with vegetables and chicken, a turkey sandwich with an apple, or a 2-egg scramble with veggies, sweet potato and a side of Greek yogurt.
Then Plan a small carbohydrate-rich snack (fruit, slice of toast with jam/nut butter, etc.) or beverage 30 to 60 minutes before the workout
This could be
1 medium-sized banana, or apple
1 granola bar (brand depending)
½ medium-baked sweet potato
Carbohydrates are not the enemy, but the type of carbohydrate is very important. Choose high-quality, nutrient-dense carbohydrate foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, starchy vegetables, whole or dried fruit, and milk/yogurt.
Even if your goal is to lose weight, it’s important to eat the right foods at the right time