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Ever feel sluggish in the gym and struggle to lift weights that would usually be a breeze? It could be your pre-workout nutrition that’s bringing you down.

It’s often said that getting results in the gym is 50 percent training, 50 percent nutrition. But that’s nonsense.

It’s 100 percent training and 100 percent nutrition.

The funny thing is, people get the training part. Look round the weights section of your gym and there’ll be very few people not working hard. Sure, you’ll probably see the odd person chatting on their cell phone while doing set after set of curls, someone else performing a crazy exercise that looks like it belongs in a circus act with one pound dumbbells, or the group of guys standing round the bench press doing more talking than training, but generally, people work hard when they lift weights.

What most people don’t seem to grasp is the importance of nutrition.

The importance of a healthy diet, particularly when it comes to lifting weights, building muscle and getting leaner is well documented. Everyone knows you need to eat filling meals containing a good balance of protein, healthy carbs, good quality fats and fruits and vegetables and again, chances are you’re generally fine with this.

The area that can often be a complete let down though, is pre-workout nutrition.

When it comes to pre-workout nutrition, what you put in really does determine what you get out. Just think about it, if you were a formula 1 driver preparing for a race, the preparation beforehand would be absolutely vital. You’d make sure your car was fueled up, that the engine was tweaked to perfection and that every last detail was cross examined so that the car was in prime condition and would give you the best chance of winning possible.

You might not be a finely tuned racing car, but the same principles should still stand. Weight training places a huge demand on your body and if you’re not careful it can sap your energy, hence why it’s critical to be properly prepared before your sessions.

You may never have examined it before, but if you think back to your last few workouts and how they’ve gone, you’ll most likely see a correlation between your nutrition leading up to your session and how you performed during it.

Pre-workout nutrition isn’t going to be the same for everyone. What’s optimal for one person may not work as well for the next, so it’s crucial that you experiment with different protocols to find what works best for you. But there are certain key factors that should remain largely the same, no matter who you are or what your goal is.

Your pre-training fuel doesn’t have to overly complicated either. Many people dismiss pre-workout nutrition as irrelevant, overkill and an unwanted burden that you can do without. But if you embrace it, realize how simple it can be and use it to your advantage you’ll see greater gains than ever before.

Give your body what it craves to train hard and get results by following these amazingly simple pre-workout nutrition guidelines.

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