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SoreFoot8343
02-16-2009, 06:11 PM
Ok question, I've been to a few meets now and looking to do full power this year. On days of meets I just don't have an appitite to eat. I've forced myself to eat breakfast and in between bench and DL (tried sandiwches, pizza, protien bars, protien shakes) NO I didnt eat all this together at 1 meet) but I feel horrible or have thrown up by the time DL comes around from eatting. What's the next best thing to replenish and recover for the next 2 lifts?
Thanks

Pete22
02-16-2009, 06:39 PM
Pre-meet breakfast for me is usually Egg McMuffins and coffee. Between lifts, I usually just drink Monster and Gatorade and snack on a few protein bars.

Lones Green
02-16-2009, 07:33 PM
I usually eat a big protein shake for breakfast, then cracker barrel a couple hours later. At meets here are some of my favorites:

Gatorade
Monster
Mashed up sweet potatoes
Protein shakes
Fast food

If you can get the food down, obviously you're going to have more energy than if you don't.

fulldaddy
02-16-2009, 07:43 PM
I was real happy with trailmix (peanuts, raisens, and M&M's), protein bar, a protein shake, and water & propel (gatorade product?). I generally can't have anything digesting when I lift but this worked great for me probably because it is all light. I snacked on it throughout the day so I wasn't taking in a lot at once.

SoreFoot8343
02-16-2009, 07:44 PM
prob is I cant keep food down. I puke it back up.. I wondering if theres something extremely light on the stomach to eat or drink that will help me recover and replenish energy for the next lift. See 1st post of what I've tried so far to eat :(

Sensei
02-16-2009, 07:55 PM
I'm a big proponent of eating as regularly as you can up to and on meet day (if at all possible)... The last thing you want is an upset stomach with a freaking squat suit on! JMO.

I eat light, but regularly throughout meets and don't OD on caffeine - if you're at a big meet, you might be there 10 hours. I bring a cooler and have water, string cheese, crackers, fruit, etc in it. If my stomach can handle it, I'll have a sandwich or something for lunch, which I'll eat after the squat.

fulldaddy
02-16-2009, 08:01 PM
I'm a big proponent of eating as regularly as you can up to and on meet day (if at all possible)... The last thing you want is an upset stomach with a freaking squat suit on! JMO.

I eat light, but regularly throughout meets and don't OD on caffeine - if you're at a big meet, you might be there 10 hours. I bring a cooler and have water, string cheese, crackers, fruit, etc in it. If my stomach can handle it, I'll have a sandwich or something for lunch, which I'll eat after the squat.


Sensei is on point - eat LIGHT & try not to change things too much. when I hit the trail mix - it is a little less than a handful and I try to keep the water coming. Maybe you need to try all "liquid" based products and stay away from solid foods. Good luck

mosley1990
02-16-2009, 08:08 PM
Im really glad this was started so i didnt have to lol (meet in 5 days)

SoreFoot8343
02-16-2009, 08:55 PM
Anytime Mosley :)

Ryano
02-17-2009, 12:36 PM
I only lift bench only, so it's not that critical for me, but I would think that it's much more important to stay hydrated than just eating. At Gary Franks meets, he has a large bowl of fruit for the lifters to snack on between attempts along with Powerade. I think that is a great advantage for the lifters.

Dave Schwab
02-17-2009, 12:54 PM
Easily digestible complex carbs to keep the energy levels up. Oatmeal is excellent if you have access to hot water. Mashed sweet potatoes are good too, rice is good, etc. I'll have a couple of PB&J or turkey sandwiches as well. Make sure you eat right after the completion of your flight, to give yourself enough time to digest and "dispose of the excess" so to speak. Except for immediately after completing your flight (when the simple carbs are quickly used for muscle recovery), try to avoid a lot of sugar between events, at least until right before the deadlift, as you don't want to deal with insulin spikes and crashes throughout the meet. Keep yourself well hydrated. Most importantly, try to not eat a lot of stuff that you're not used to, you definitely don't want digestive problems during the meet. I see lots of guys downing pizza between flights, I don't get it since that's a lot of empty calories, but I guess it works for them.

CleverName
02-17-2009, 04:07 PM
Competition day is gonna suck for me; I'm 148lbs with clothes on so I can't really eat too much before weigh in. I plan on eating my homemade protein bars and fruit and drinking either water or some kind of sports drink throughout the day.

Detard
02-17-2009, 04:25 PM
Just like any other day.


Breakfast: shake, english muffin, pop tarts

on the drive: bacon breafkast sandwich from timmys, with a coffee

post weighin: one sandwich, some milk or gatorade

after squats: one sandwich, milk/gatorade

after bench: milk/gatorade

after deadlift: beer and wings :drooling:

Tom Mutaffis
02-17-2009, 05:02 PM
I saw a powerlifter posted something for a recipe called "Goo Balls"

15 oz Peanut Butter
7 oz Whey Protein
5 oz Honey

"Mix it up and refrigerate, these are awesome and I take them to all of my meets, they are a life saver."

mosley1990
02-17-2009, 05:06 PM
good thing about being a SHW is not having to worry about being too heavy :D

Travis Bell
02-17-2009, 06:00 PM
Since I'm a bench only lifter, after the bench, it's usually 3 or 4 burgers LOL

Reko
02-17-2009, 07:54 PM
I saw a powerlifter posted something for a recipe called "Goo Balls"

15 oz Peanut Butter
7 oz Whey Protein
5 oz Honey

"Mix it up and refrigerate, these are awesome and I take them to all of my meets, they are a life saver."

I dont know how they are on meet day, but they are pretty good. Choc. protein powder in this one for me.

SELK
02-17-2009, 07:57 PM
one of the worse mistakes ive ever made at a contest was the food i brought..

here is how the contest went down

7:00 am - about 6 trail mix bars and a bad ommlette from the hotel
8:00 am - 2 full sugar energy drinks (about 200mg caffeine each)
8:30 am - an energy 'shot' bought it, thought it looked cool. 250mg caffeine
9:00am - first squat.. by this time the 650mg of caffeine i had is making me twitchy and sweaty
...
...
squat a 105lbs meet PR on a 3rd. its my day!
...

then went 2/6 the rest of the meet, almost falling asleep before my first deadlift attempt.

lesson learned - dont have 3 energy drinks before squats if you plan on deadlifting well.

KarstenDD
02-17-2009, 08:46 PM
Ghetto Gatorade, Pop Tarts, and Skoal. Live to win.

Cricket_Fire
02-18-2009, 09:07 AM
At a meet at IAG in August they had a bbq running all day; THAT is the way a meet should be haha

vdizenzo
02-18-2009, 09:30 AM
I am with Sensei, I try and eat as I do normally. I have an ordinary breakfast of eggs, ham steak, and whole wheat toast. Than I pack a cooler with my usual foods, drinks, and shakes. I usually have hot meals for lunch and dinner at home, but it's not completely out of the ordinary for me to have a sandwich. So I usually pack a roast beef and a turkey grinder in my cooler. However, I will not force myself to eat if I don't feel like it. However, I will force myself to stay hydrated. I mix my own gatorade from their powder.