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Must we eat substantially pre (crossfit) workout?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I go for crossfit early morning. I usually have just a banana (or maybe half of it) and go for the workout. I don't really feel weak or anything. Sometimes i think i can go even without eating anything.

Do you advice to eat more than that or is it ok?

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

True words. Also, the few times I have eaten directly before the WOD have usually ended up in an upset stomach. It's good to go in hungry, or at least slightly hungry.

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on January 29, 2012
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"I don't really feel weak or anything. Sometimes i think i can go even without eating anything." You answered your own question. As long as you feel fine during and after, you're doing everything right. I'd only consider changes if you have problems.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Short answer: no.

Long answer - do what makes you feel/perform better. I usually go into a WOD slightly hungry. Not starving, but hungry. That way my insulin is down and I'm pulling fat out for energy. That means I may not be as fast as I could be if I were purely running glycolitic, but for any workout over 5 minutes, I will win the day. Under 5 minutes, (e.g., Fran), I'll have some sugar before the workout if I'm trying to win on the whiteboard (but I do recognize that it's just for ego and not actually making me better).

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

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on February 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

True words. Also, the few times I have eaten directly before the WOD have usually ended up in an upset stomach. It's good to go in hungry, or at least slightly hungry.

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on January 29, 2012
at 11:12 PM

If you feel good and are performing the way you want to, I don't see why there would be any reason to mess with your routine. Do what works for you! Personally, I prefer working out fasted whenever possible. I feel as though I perform better that way.

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I don't crossfit, but I do Olympic Weightlifting, round-robin the platform with 2 other lifters. I get about 2-6min rest between sets for about 1.5 hours... spending about 20 minutes warming up, so it's not "medium intensity" at all.

My best training days are when I get into the gym fueled, but hungry. This means that for breakfast I'll have a slightly bigger breakfast (extra eggs, some potatoes (I'm normally LC), fruit, veggies, and meat), then I'll skip lunch and train in the early afternoon.

Thanks to Art DeVany's influence I also avoid eating immediately post-workout as well. I have a 40-min drive home from the gym anyway so I end up training from say, 2pm to 4pm, and I make it home by 5, prepare a meal and eat by 6.

Back in the day I used to focus solely on pre/post workout nutrition. It didn't change my rate of progress or recovery, and that is why I don't even bother anymore. I also found that a big protein shake immediately after a brutal set of 20-rep squats or tireflips, usually would reverse direction fairly quick and I'd have to get a mop.

In a nutshell, I don't eat at least 3-4 hours before, and usually 1-2 hours after I train. This works well for me.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I think you just answered your own question.

If you're performing well and not feeling bad, your breakfast banana is enough. If you're underfed and overworked, you're guaranteed to feel like shit.

The fact that you don't feel like shit means you're neither underfed nor overworked.

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I don't eat before early morning Crossfit (or late morning Crossfit) and actually feel BETTER than I have when I've had something to eat first.

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