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Old 08-19-2010, 06:53 AM   #11
Richard Joy
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Re: Eating then WOD

I've done everything from the night before to about 30 minutes before. I think the timeframe for success depends on three things.

1) How much food.
More food requires more time. I'm fine with few almonds and an ounce of chicken right as I leave the house, which means about 30 minutes before the workout. A steak and some collard greens are going to need at least a few hours to digest.
2) How "rich" the food is.
If you don't want to see those spicy wings for a second time, I'd recommend several hours between eating them and working out (maybe an entire night). An apple probably won't be coming back up even if you eat it five minutes before the WOD.
3) How intense the workout is.
I don't have to worry much about feeling sick on a 1RM day. If we do Fight Gone Bad, I'm a lot more careful about what I eat and when.
All that said, my personal guidelines look like this: I try to eat something an hour and a half to an hour before a WOD. I try to make it something relatively bland, with a healthy dose of fat and a little protein.

I do not recommend working out before breakfast. I've noticed significantly more "drag" when I try and exercise without something in my stomache.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:58 AM   #12
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Re: Eating then WOD

Originally Posted by Vince Mannella View Post
How is your energy level without eating before you do a workout?
It's good. I've never been an early morning eater, so I really didn't change anything. I used to work out right after work, which is about 5 hours after lunch. I've seen more improvements switching to a morning workout.
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