I wake up every day with a burning passion to show clients and athletes what their bodies are capable of doing. If you have trained with us or witnessed our training in person, you know that our workouts can be very challenging. We don’t do this so we can see athletes fail; we do this because we know how important it is for an athlete to be able to push their body past limits they never thought possible. If done correctly, this can be what takes an athlete past the point from being good to being great. The good thing is that we are trained professionals and know exactly how far to push while maintaining safety.
This is a very hard thing for us to do at Xceleration. It is not because we don’t know how; it’s because the nutrition habits kids have today are handcuffing us. The other day I trained a group of high school basketball players. The workout was grueling and it was one that we did with them previously over a month ago. In thier first time through the workout, not one kid made it through and one kid puked. I asked them “what did you have before our workout?” Their answers were appalling. 4 out of 5 kids had Mt. Dew’s before the workout, that’s it. You would not believe how many answers I get just like this on a daily basis. Mark my words, if you come to us without anything healthy in your stomach, you will not make it through our workouts.
So I sat down with them and gave them these pre workout meal ideas (you will see these at the bottom of this blog) After a few weeks, the athletes finally listened to me and started eating these meals before our workouts. What happened this time around? Every kid made it through the workout and we actually added more at the end. Every kid was amazed at how far they had come along. This was not groundbreaking for us, we all knew exactly what the difference was. Now these kids know what it is like to train on healthy foods. It can make you or break you.
Sports nutrition is not rocket science, it’s all about putting the right foods in your body in the right amount at the right time. Start off by your nutrition program by implementing these 20 perfect pre-game meal ideas. These meals are interchangeable so you can mess around and create meals that you personally like. Just make sure you are getting a good amount of carbohydrates and proteins and you are hydrated before you work out.
- ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts w/1/4 cup raisins
- 1 Banana w/1.5 T. Peanut Butter
- 4 Fig Newton’s with Light String Cheese
- ¼ cup reduced fat Cottage cheese w/ 1 T. jelly, banana, & ½ cup strawberries
- 1 package (2 bars) Nature Valley Granola bar w/ 8 oz., Skim Milk
- 1 cup reduced fat Chocolate Milk w/ 1 Med. Piece of Fruit (apple)
- 1 cup Wheaties Cereal w/ 1 cup 2% Milk w/banana
- 1 Luna Bar w/ ½ cup 2% Milk w/ Banana
- 1 Whole Wheat Pita (4”) + ¼ cup Hummus
- 16 Animal Crackers w/8 oz. Skim Milk
- 1 Quaker Oatmeal On the Go Bar w/ Light String Cheese
- ½ Bagel w/ 1 T. Peanut Butter
- 1 piece 100% Whole Wheat Bread, 1 T. Peanut Butter
- 1 low fat Yogurt + ¼ cup low fat Granola
- 4 Dried Apricots, ¼ cup Fiber One Cereal & ¼ cup Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 1 Hardboiled egg, 1 slice 100% Whole Wheat Toast w/ 1 T. Jelly
- 1 Low fat pudding cup & 3 T. peanuts
- 1 Packet Muscle Fuel by Advocare, 1 Apple
- 1 Drew Brees Advobar, 2 cups Rehydrate
- 1 Quaker Banana Bread Oatmeal Bar, 16 oz water