Although Tabata workout interval only last 4 minutes, the training is very intense. The exercises are short but they are fierce. To do this workout you need a pre workout fuel that will give a fast release of energy. After the workout you will have to re-fuel. In this article we will talk about the best pre and post workout fuel for Tabata training.
Pre Tabata Training Fuel
During this high intensity Tabata training your body works at its maximum. Before exercising you will need to consume foods that will release the energy quickly and when the body needs it. With pre workout snacks you will feel more energetic, less fatigued and these snacks will also keep the level of your blood sugar stabilized. If you don’t snack before exercising, your blood sugar level may drop dangerously and even cause you faint
Also, do not have a full meal before your training. The best types of snacks, are quick energy release carb snacks.
- Fresh or Dried Fruits
- Rice Cakes with Nut Butter
- Banana with Almond Butter
- Whole grain cereal with a cup of almond milk
- Fruit and Nut Bar
- Recent studies also recommend fast absorbing protein, such as whey protein.
Post Tabata Training Fuel
Post work-out fuel is just as important as pre training fuel. Even though it may sound simpler, you still have to put some thought to it in order to replenish the glycogen levels lost when you worked your muscles so hard. To replace lost glycogen, you can eat either simple or complex carbohydrates.
You’ll find that after your workout you will crave protein. The protein is needed not only to replenish protein which will be used for muscle repair. As well, you need protein to grow muscles. Also a little fat is recommended.
The most highly recommended snacks for post workout re-fueling are as follows.
- Chocolate Milk
- Protein Shakes
- Protein Bars
- Cottage Cheese with Berries
- Greek Yogurt with Berries
- Peanut Butter on Wheat Toast
- Cheese & Whole Grain Crackers
In summary, what you eat pre and post Tabata training really matters and you need to take it seriously. You need to eat foods, both before and after exercising, that will provide you with fast energy and nutrients to repair and also build your muscles.