What separates an intermediate athlete from a professional?
Is it just time? Maybe.
But that’s assuming the intermediate athlete just has to continue doing what he’s always done, in the hopes that it’ll make him a professional.
Which unfortunately, isn’t how it works.
Becoming a professional comes from making mistakes and instead of giving up, realizing why you made those mistakes, doing your research and trying again.
Through the countless mistakes made by athletes over the years, we now know exactly how to master our craft and get the best results we possibly can.
Here are 3 Pre-Workout Hacks For The Best Results In The Gym:
What To Eat 1-2 Hours Before Your Workout
It’s no secret anymore that the food you eat before your workout is crucial.
In their article, Bodybuilding.com explains that, “in order to power through your gut-wrenching, muscle-fiber-tearing workout, you need a premium source of fuel.”
But which source of fuel is the best?
Studies have shown that in this time window (1-2 hours before your workout), slow-digesting carbohydrates are the go-to source of fuel.
Examples include: brown/white rice, oatmeal, Ezekiel bread, pasta etc.
Slow-digesting meaning that by the time the workout comes along, they will be primed and ready to be used as energy.
The time window is VERY important however.
The food sources outlined above are very carb dense and eating an abundance of them too close to your workout will result in your body not being able to use them as fuel and/or stomach cramps.
And without a given fuel source, your body will turn to muscle for energy.
What To Eat 30 Minutes Before Your Workout
What? A second pre-workout?!?
Remember, I’m teaching you how to be a professional. So yes, a second pre-workout.
To be fair, the first is considered a meal so this is the official pre-workout. As I mentioned above, slow-digesting carbs cannot be eaten too close to a workout because of insufficient time to metabolize.
It’s no surprise then for the official pre-workout, to consume fast-digesting carbs.
And the best sources are fruits! Any will do, but honorable mentions include bananas, oranges, berries. Fruits are perfect because they not only energize but also hydrate you, which leads us into our last workout hack.
How To Stay Hydrated Throughout Your Workout
Alternascript writes, “Dehydration can cause fatigue, light-headedness. and headaches-among other things and therefore definitely not compatible with a workout”
Remember our muscles are 75% water and common symptoms of dehydration include muscle fatigue and muscle cramps, which is a big no-no.
Simply drinking more water works, but that’s intermediate talk.
We’re professionals here, remember?
The following are two small details that I myself have just recently added to my workout regime and have been proven to make a big difference:
- Himalayan Pink Salt. Or any salt.
- Electrolytes. No, not Gatorade.
To keep your cells hydrated throughout your workout, salt is a great tool. Simply add a pinch to your bottle and drink up. Himalayan pink salt especially is proved to be heart-healthy and packed with minerals so try it out!
Another great option are electrolytes. Add some fresh lemon or lime juice to your water and WABAM!…
…you’re on your way to great workout.
Even if you’re not a bodybuilder or athlete, working out will be a priority of yours at some point in your life.
So why should you work harder if you can work smarter?
Incorporate these pre-workout hacks and have a great time. That’s what it’s all about!
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