Is pre-workout nutrition as important as many people claim? Does it really matter what we eat before workouts? Listen to this episode to find out.

One of the first pieces of bodybuilding advice I was given was on pre-workout nutrition.

If I didn’t eat protein and carbs immediately before training, I was told, I’d miss an opportunity to accelerate muscle growth, if not directly hinder it.

And so I did, before every workout, without fail.

Chances are you’ve heard the same things. Bodybuilders and gymbros alike have been singing pre-workout nutrition’s praises for decades.

How important is it really, though? Does eating before workouts actually help us build muscle faster?

Well, the long story short is this:

Pre-workout nutrition isn’t as crucial as many would have us believe, but it’s not entirely without merit, either.

And in this episode, you’re going to find out why.

By the end, you’re going to know why pre-workout nutrition is even a “thing,” the ideal type of pre-workout meal, the truth about the “anabolic window,” and more.

Let’s get started.

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