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    What to eat before gym on a tight schedule

    I'm 17 and in college and I head to the gym 3-4 times a week from Monday-Friday. Because of availability and facilities I use the gym at my college. Here are my gym schedules

    Monday: 12:00 - 1:30pm
    Tuesday: 4:00 -5.30pm
    Wednesday - 3:00 - 4/5:00pm
    Thursday: 12:00 -1:30pm / 2:00pm depending

    Each starting time is when my class finishes, so I pack up and go straight there. The trouble is, especially with morning times, I don't always have a proper meal ready to eat to prevent getting fatigued. On Tuesdays/Wednesdays I normally take my own pre packed meal in with around 100g of carbs(macro not just a carb food) and 20g protein for pre workout and that gives me plenty of energy. Monday and Thursday I struggle because of times. I've heard that 2 bananas 90 minutes before workout gives you enough energy for 2 hours but out of experience that didn't seem to work too well.

    I know people will say go to a different gym but because I am a student I only have to pay £25 for a one year membership at the college gym and the facilities are great, it even just got a 60k renovation before Christmas. I'm really tight on cash so it's the only option I have


    What foods do you recommend to eat before a workout and how long before should I eat them? I train for strength so my workouts are pretty intense and I don't want to burn out after completing my first few sets

    thanks
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    I wouldn't suggest moving gym, just neck something either an hour or two before you workout, or right before you workout.

    I find I tend to perform best an hour or two after food.

    Things you can eat pretty quickly

    Apple
    Banana
    Peanut butter
    Whey shake
    Protein bar
    Handful of nuts and dried fruit
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    Originally Posted by MrCarrot View Post
    I wouldn't suggest moving gym, just neck something either an hour or two before you workout, or right before you workout.

    I find I tend to perform best an hour or two after food.

    Things you can eat pretty quickly

    Apple
    Banana
    Peanut butter
    Whey shake
    Protein bar
    Handful of nuts and dried fruit
    got it, ty dude

    I think the best option for all days really is to blend up some **** and drink that around 1-2 hours before hitting the gym, but I'm not sure what to put in it

    I need the carbs and protein obviously, and maybe a bit of fruit. I'm thinking 2-3 bananas(for carbs), 150g quinoa or some other oats(around 20g protein) and some milk for the base. forgive me, I'm not a chef but as long as it doesn't taste like literal horse crud I don't mind the taste. Sound good? I think this'll work out a lot more convenient and probably a lot cheaper
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    In your case, a decent shake 2 hours pre workout could have some milk, oats, banana and most importantly a shot or two of espresso. My after class workouts were usually followed by a good dose of fast digesting carbs (fruit juice for example) and a protein shake to prevent fatigue after the workout as well.

    As for specifics, the shake could look something like

    1.5 cups milk
    1 banana
    60g oats
    2 shots espresso

    Could also add a tbsp peanut butter.

    Too big of a shake can make your workout difficult though. Find quantities that work well for you overall.
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    Originally Posted by nemLifts View Post
    In your case, a decent shake 2 hours pre workout could have some milk, oats, banana and most importantly a shot or two of espresso. My after class workouts were usually followed by a good dose of fast digesting carbs (fruit juice for example) and a protein shake to prevent fatigue after the workout as well.

    As for specifics, the shake could look something like

    1.5 cups milk
    1 banana
    60g oats
    2 shots espresso

    Could also add a tbsp peanut butter.

    Too big of a shake can make your workout difficult though. Find quantities that work well for you overall.
    Is there anything I can substitute the espresso with? I'm not a coffee guy and would rather put something else in if I can help it
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    Originally Posted by Matt11222 View Post
    I'm 17 and in college and I head to the gym 3-4 times a week from Monday-Friday. Because of availability and facilities I use the gym at my college. Here are my gym schedules

    Monday: 12:00 - 1:30pm
    Tuesday: 4:00 -5.30pm
    Wednesday - 3:00 - 4/5:00pm
    Thursday: 12:00 -1:30pm / 2:00pm depending

    Each starting time is when my class finishes, so I pack up and go straight there. The trouble is, especially with morning times, I don't always have a proper meal ready to eat to prevent getting fatigued. On Tuesdays/Wednesdays I normally take my own pre packed meal in with around 100g of carbs(macro not just a carb food) and 20g protein for pre workout and that gives me plenty of energy. Monday and Thursday I struggle because of times. I've heard that 2 bananas 90 minutes before workout gives you enough energy for 2 hours but out of experience that didn't seem to work too well.

    I know people will say go to a different gym but because I am a student I only have to pay £25 for a one year membership at the college gym and the facilities are great, it even just got a 60k renovation before Christmas. I'm really tight on cash so it's the only option I have


    What foods do you recommend to eat before a workout and how long before should I eat them? I train for strength so my workouts are pretty intense and I don't want to burn out after completing my first few sets

    thanks
    im in school and i go straight from school to gym
    finished school at 3/30 and in the gym at 3/45
    at like 2/30 in class i literally take out 2 pints of milk and two bagels with pb
    just dont get caught lol
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    Originally Posted by Matt11222 View Post
    Is there anything I can substitute the espresso with? I'm not a coffee guy and would rather put something else in if I can help it
    You can substitute it with another source of fast digesting carbs. It will only take you so far though.

    Caffeine can make a big difference so if it's the taste of coffee you dont like, try caffeine pills instead. Start with a low dose, crush the pill into powder and dump as much as you need into the shake.
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    Originally Posted by nemLifts View Post
    You can substitute it with another source of fast digesting carbs. It will only take you so far though.

    Caffeine can make a big difference so if it's the taste of coffee you dont like, try caffeine pills instead. Start with a low dose, crush the pill into powder and dump as much as you need into the shake.
    thank you brother I'll grab some caffeine pills asap

    tomorrow though I won't be able to have them for the shake so shall I just stick with 2-3 bananas, some oats and milk? who knows maybe it'll be enough without the caffeine
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    Originally Posted by Matt11222 View Post
    thank you brother I'll grab some caffeine pills asap

    tomorrow though I won't be able to have them for the shake so shall I just stick with 2-3 bananas, some oats and milk? who knows maybe it'll be enough without the caffeine
    I think you are overthinking things. just get some calories before you workout if you want to but I usually lift in the mornings before eating and I do fine in my lifts, its all about when its convenient for you and if its not convenient to eat before lifting than don't. just make sure to get some protein soonish after lifting and hit your macros and you will be fine
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    Originally Posted by Matt11222 View Post
    thank you brother I'll grab some caffeine pills asap

    tomorrow though I won't be able to have them for the shake so shall I just stick with 2-3 bananas, some oats and milk? who knows maybe it'll be enough without the caffeine
    You're gonna have to see for yourself. Sounds like a decent plan - all things considered. Should still make sure you're getting the rest of your nutrients throughout the day.

    Big PS, I would try getting up earlier every day to prepare a real meal, or prep the night before
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    Originally Posted by Matt11222 View Post
    Is there anything I can substitute the espresso with? I'm not a coffee guy and would rather put something else in if I can help it
    Strawberry flavour yoghurt.

    And if you use frozen banana it'll stay colder for a bit longer.
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