I have a kickboxing cardio class in 4 hours..what should I eat?

I rarely go to the gym. I am not overweight at all (I’m actually way underweight) and I honestly just never cared too much to go do anything about it. But I know I should and if I HAVE to I will and will work hard at it, so I signed up for a cardio kickboxing class this week.

I had my first class on Tuesday which effectively wore me out, and I know that there are certain things I should do/eat in order to give me more energy, or workout better, or something…I just don’t know what it is.

So gym dopers…between now and when I have to destroy my legs what should I eat to give myself the best workout?

Try a spoonful of peanut butter and a shot of honey - just before class. It worked well for me when I was taking kickboxing.

Wow really?

Huh…Well I was thinking more along the lines of an actual meal

Before hockey pre-game meal was a bowl of spaghetti, no sauce. Gave me a lot of carbs to burn. To make it taste pretty good I added evoo and grated parm. Four hours is about right.

Something light and easily digestible with healthy fats, simple carbs, and some lean protein. As long as you don’t feel like you have a rock in your stomach and/or lower GI tract, you’re good.

A turkey sandwich with some guacamole on it sounds about like what pravnik is suggesting. A bowl of chicken noodle soup and a handful of almonds would be good, too, I guess.

MOved from General Questions to IMHO, where opinions are welcome as well as factual answers.


Yeah Subway has their avocado promo right now, can get the turkey with avocado. Or a big tuna sub. With Baked Lays.

I’m a big fan of my homemade peanut butter-banana-dark chocolate high-protein smoothie.

Greasy meatball sub chased with a slice of cheesecake.


I ended up going with Chicken Alfredo, some bread and olive oil, and drinking water (which is huge cuz I NEVER drink water).

I have ham and turkey at home, I’ll probably have that on Tuesday because this thing is Tuesday’s and Thursday’s

Isn’t that why you exercise, to be able to enjoy the finer things?

I was thinking more along the lines of a Joey Chestnut type of meal. Not for performance, but for the aftermath that you would have to tell us about.
More seriously, I’d go with a light meal well before the workout, and a small boost snack just prior, along with getting good hydration.

well this has got to become a more regular thing, for sure.

Oh I know, I just HATE drinking water.

It’s so boring bland and tasteless, and adding stuff myself never works cuz I can’t get the hang of it. Bleh

Ditto. I only drink plain water when I am working out. I have, however discovered some lime-flavoured, sodium-free soda water I like now. Something about bubbles makes it way better.


I think this is only in Ontario, though so you may be SOL.

Walmart has a line of flavored sparkling water that contains no sugar, no fat, no sodium, etc: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sam-s-Choice-Clear-American-Flavored-Sparkling-Water-Beverage-Golden-Peach-2-l/11303923#Nutrition+Facts

I drink a glass of milk (12 ounces, 1%) before my morning walk/run, which provides carbs and protein and electrolytes (FWIW, for those who only drink water, your body needs electrolytes, not just plain water, also a good idea for your body to have some fuel and milk is quickly absorbed being a liquid).

This isn’t a bad thought if the OP likes milk. If he doesn’t (or is lactose-intolerant), some other sources of morning electrolytes are bananas, raisins, oranges, specially vitamin-fortified energy bars, and some breakfast cereals.

I hate it also, unless I’m super thirsty. Get some of the powdered drop-ins like Crystal Light or even the Great Value brand. I like the pomegranate something-or-other. There are lots of lemony citrusy flavors also. Good for getting all those glasses down!

Hopefully see ya next month!