How to Avoid a Post Workout Nap: Pre Workout Meal


You just finished a great workout and it's time to leave. You're pumped - you've hit a new 1RM, tried a new lift and even remembered to stretch. What. A. Day.

You're going to take that momentum and use it for the rest of the day. Cook dinner, do laundry and maybe clean up your place. Yes, you can already feel the productivity.

Right as you get home, you take your shoes off and sit down on the couch real quick. Your eyelids get heavy all of a sudden. Next thing you know, you wake, the sun's gone and it's 9 PM.

You got nothing done and need to eat before tomorrow. You say "fuck it", go to subway and watch Netflix till yoo pass out again.

Sound familiar?

Eat More

Yes, you heard that right. Eat more. 

Not just after your workout but before. That's the key. 

If all you're eating is a piece of toast and some almonds before you're work out, you're fucking up.

Try to get 40+ grams of clean carbs in before you start. This will provide your body with the energy it needs. (Here's a list of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins)

Anyways, eat more before your workout. Not right before but 45min. to an hour prior and you'll be golden.

Drink More

Not like that guy. But you need to drink more. 

You've heard the whole, "drink a gallon a day" thing, right?

Well, it's a "thing" because it works.

This is especially true if you're taking pre workout. 9/10 times, that pre-workout has caffeine in it. You know what that does?

Dehydration. You know what that leads to? Being sleepy.

Starting to see a trend here? Get that water in you. Your body (kidneys especially) will thank you.

Post Workout

Skip to 1:41 in that video to see how to eat.

Even if you don't eat that quickly, you still need a post workout meal.

Ideally something with around 30-60 grams of carbs and 20-30 grams of protein.

Again, here's a great list.

It's That Simple

That's it! Eat before, drink water during, eat after. Next time you're feeling sleepy post workout, think about if you hit all three things.

P.S. - Get Enough Sleep

This one should be obvious but if you're exercising, you need to sleep to recover.

Your muscle's built in bed, not the gym.

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