Why is it so critical our gymnasts eat a pre-workout snack?
Gymnasts, by the way they workout, are not able to access stored energy tissue (fat) during practice. They are mostly using anaerobic processes to create energy in their muscles. So, they are only able to use readily available resources in the blood (glucose) and in the muscles (glycogen).
So they need a great pre-workout snack in order to guarantee they have ample amounts of energy to get through practice.
Here are the key points to what makes a pre-workout snack for gymnasts great:
- Needs to contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but be heavier on the carbohydrates
- Eaten 1-1 1/2 hours before working out to give it time to digest
- Be of high quality, whole foods
My favorite example of a pre-workout snack would be 1/2 of a peanut butter and banana sandwich or an apple dipped in almond butter.
You don’t have to utilize a pre-workout snack, but if you do, you’re gymnast will see amazing results!
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