Preparation is key.
While the main event gets all the glory, preparation is the backbone for any viable feat, from marathon running to bodybuilding. As the great (and often times violent) Bobby Knight once said “Most people have the will to win, but few people have the will to prepare to win.” With that being said, what is it the optimal way to prepare, what’s the optimal way to prime your body to get the most out of your workout and your genetics?
While everyone is different, we’ve come up with 6 staples pretty much everybody (and we do mean every body) should do before undergoing a heavy workout.
“I eat for function, not for taste”, listen to Jay Cutler. Before a significant workout you want to eat a mix of carbs and protein. You’re meal plan however doesn’t have to taste like complete cow dung however – try eating some toast with almond butter, chop up some fruit and put it on top. Fruits like bananas and apples work well because they’re complex sugars, which digest slowly, giving you a steady source of energy. As for timing it’s up to you. An hour is standard time but the key is to know how YOUR body works. We can give out the best tips but ultimately – everyone is different.