Gatorade before swim practice?

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    Oct 28, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    I never like to eat any time before a practice (1-2 hours before) because it'll make me feel when I'm in the pool.

    But at the same time, I seem to be a bit hypoglycemic and I can get really fatigued quickly if I haven't eaten recently.

    Would it make sense for me to drink some gatorade before practice? Or is that too sugary/ would cause my energy levels to crash during practice?

    Thx!
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    Oct 29, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    It's just sugar water with some salts in it.
    It can be diluted if you think that works better.

    A half a scoop or so of whey might make you feel better. Assuming you are going into practice with a full reserve of glycogen.
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    Oct 29, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    effen saidIt's just sugar water with some salts in it.
    It can be diluted if you think that works better.

    A half a scoop or so of whey might make you feel better. Assuming you are going into practice with a full reserve of glycogen.


    Yea ditch that shit, it's koolaid with a higher marketing budget.
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    Oct 29, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    That's what I suspected, which is why I've avoided it till now. I will continue to do so!

    As for they whey powder suggestion... I can't have whey. Makes me sick. Yuck.

    Tonight an apple seemed to do the trick.
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    Oct 29, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    If your muscles and liver have a full glycogen store, as they should from fuelling the day before, then half or a full banana will get you through a 3km workout. Be sure to drink water through the practise because you actually sweat in the water. I do an hour run prior to my swim and always have enough in the tank.
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    _freestyle saidAs for they whey powder suggestion... I can't have whey. Makes me sick. Yuck.


    Is this because of the lactose? If so, try whey protein isolate. It has almost no lactose.
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    iracetris saidIf your muscles and liver have a full glycogen store, as they should from fuelling the day before, then half or a full banana will get you through a 3km workout. Be sure to drink water through the practise because you actually sweat in the water. I do an hour run prior to my swim and always have enough in the tank.


    Thanks man!

    And yeah, it's amazing how much you can sweat even in the coldest pool. I definitely do my best to keep hydrated during a practice.
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    take a shot of pure honey. It was what I did before my swim meets. Its a great way to get that quick and natural energy boost. And Gatorade is alright to drink after your swim meet to get the electrolytes.
  • maxferguson

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    Feb 20, 2012 10:21 AM GMT
    You should play around with different amounts of sugar at different times in practice. If you're hypoglycemic (potentially), you'll want to know how fast you're metabolizing sugar. This is pretty easy to figure out. Make sure your coach knows you're doing this. Between you and your coach, if you eat a specific quantity of sugar immediately at the start of work out (literally, right before you dive in), you should be able to pinpoint when it hits you and when you crash. Try it a couple times and in different types of work outs... just get to know your body and how to time it.

    As for the start of practice and feeling a bit sick if you eat too soon, I found powerbars to be really helpful. I was a distance swimmer, so the protein and more complex carbs were more helpful, but it was a lot of energy that didn't take up a lot of stomach space.

    If I wasn't taking a few bites of power bar, I would usually have two waterbottles: one with water and one with some powdered drink mix (I used "e-load"). I'd use the water only one for the first part of practice and then the e-load one for the latter half. Ultimately, you want to be able to have some sugar right after practice so you can use it to recover, so don't take too much before then.

    Another thing to look it might not necessarily be sugar, but monitor your intake of more complex carbs during the day (and supper for the night before). Whole wheat is generally better and slower to metabolize, making for much less volatile blood sugar.

  • musclmover

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    Oct 19, 2013 3:01 AM GMT
    Another factor is age and individual metabolism. When I was much younger, I used to drink a pint of chocolate milk before practice, something I would never do today.

    I tend to drink protein shakes with lots of ice and fruits with kefir milk and carrot juice now, and it feels great.

    To carb or not to carb, that is the question. Both carbs and protein are necessary for fuel and recovery.

    They should be complex carbs and non-fat proteins.

    Any combination will do, whatever is convenient and palatable for you will do the trick.

    Proper hydration is probably the most important factor in any sport or athletic endeavour.