I have always been a fan of French Toast pre-training.
Depends... I have had everything from hostess orange cupcakes to oatmeal and MRP shakes. I would say that the variable to consider most is the duration and intensity of your workout as that will allow you to align the foods with the duration (mix of slower digesting and faster-digesting for longer sessions, perhaps adding some protein / simply utilizing fast-digesting carbohydrates such as honey or fruit for shorter sessions).
In terms of what I prefer, I would say that a balanced meal that is not too large and is easy on the stomach and consumed 30-60 minutes before training is ideal for me. Either some flavored oatmeal and perhaps a bit of protein, or a balanced MRP shake such as Opticen. I also typically keep a power bar in my car or gym bag as a back-up.
Most of my training is always in the morning. So I'll either eat an English muffin or some toast, nothing fancy. I haven't tried Opticen yet as a MRP, I'll have to give that a try. I've just been using it as a PWO shake.
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I train carbless and only take a nitrean shake about 2 hours before I train. Ill hit 4 axcel pills an hour before hand too. Carbs just tire me up if I eat them within 2-3 hours of a workout.
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I used to eat prior to training an hour ish. Now I've had to change things up and lift before the meal. I actually prefer it now, never feel like I'm weak cause I didn't have a belly full of something.
Now I sometimes eat a few hours before, others I eat 6 hours before. Not doing strongman stuff or extreme workloads though. but there are a lot of other factors considered.
So i guess to answer the op, my answer is no meal.
I train carbless as well...
Before I leave my house it's always the same thing - a protein shake with some pasteurized egg whites and heavy cream, a big spoon or two of natural peanut butter, and I bring a sugar free energy drink to sip on during my hour drive to the gym.
If I have time before I leave I'll go big if possible with some bacon and eggs, but usually I'd rather get that extra half hour of sleep instead.
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Interesting, I do train carbless. However, I used to sneak in an extra meal before my heavy bench training. Either eggs and bacon or a chicken caesar salad. I have not done that in a while and my strength on Friday's is down a bit. Food for thought, pardon the pun.
3/4 cup ground oatmeal in 1 scoop protein powder, 2 cups water.
was out last night. ate my left over doner kebab pre workout. wouldn't recommend it..........
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Ive been training carb free (CBL) for a while now but started eating carbs again at lunch. I way over did it with roasted potatoes the other day and had about 4 cups worth. This was at 1 o clock and by 5 to train i was still extremely bloated and really tired.
I think if you have a small carb serving at lunch a few hours before training you should be ok but for AM training i feel much better with just fat.
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