Everyone talks about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that myth has been debunked by various methods such as intermittent fasting, pre-workout nutrition is extremely important.

Pre-workout nutrition is the meal that you eat before you train or work out. The general rule of thumb for pre-workout nutrition is that you want to have something in your system.

Some people train really early in the morning at 5 a.m. If that’s the case, you may not feel like eating, and I completely understand. That’s why they make things like essential amino acids that can help preserve muscle mass and give you a little boost during your workout. You can learn more about amino acids in this blog.

It’s very important to have something in your system before you work out to allow your body to tap into some fuel source. Your body will tap into fat if you don’t have anything in your system, but it can also tap into muscle tissue, which is why you need to eat something.

It’s a good idea to eat anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes prior to training. You can even eat something two hours prior to training.

If you are eating 45 minutes to an hour beforehand, you may want to have a whey protein shake. If you are eating a bit further out, you can eat oatmeal with some kind of protein—something that’s a little slower to digest. Still, make sure that you have some protein in that meal, just like every other meal you have during the day. That way, your body won’t tap into your muscle tissue. You will have plenty of reserves for your body to go after and be properly fueled for your workout.

I wouldn’t recommend trying to cram something in right before you exercise, especially if you are going to have an intense workout. Your stomach will be upset. You know your body the best of anyone, so be your own detective. Figure out what pre-workout meal you should have to fit your body and training schedule.


If you have any other fitness or nutrition questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you.


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