5 Pre-Workout Power Foods

5 Pre-Workout Power Foods
Before your next hard training session, grab one of these functional foods to boost your performance in the gym and enhance your physique.

One thing I get asked a lot is, “What should I eat before training?” Good question, since what you put into your body at this critical time can make or break your intensity and performance in the gym.

In the hour or so leading up to a workout, I highly recommend taking my blended protein powder Pro JYM as well as Pre JYM. But it’s in your best interest to also take in some form of whole food, particularly one containing carbohydrates that will help fuel your workout and boost your performance in a very direct way. Here are five foods that do just that:


This might just be my favorite pre-workout whole food of all time. In fact, most of the diet plans I offer on JimStoppani.com list an apple alongside Pre JYM in the meal that falls within an hour before training. And there are multiple reasons for this.

First, apples are a very low-glycemic carbohydrate source, so they provide continuous energy during exercise. More than that, the skin of the apple is rich in polyphenols, particularly quercetin, phloridzon and ursolic acid. Research shows that such polyphenols can boost both muscle strength and size and possibly even enhance fat loss, too. Plus, ursolic acid has been shown to increase insulin-like growth factor 1 (IFG-1) and lower estrogen levels. All of these reasons make the age-old “apple a day” recommendation highly credible.

Pre-Workout Prescription: Eat a medium or large apple within an hour before training – just make sure you eat the skin of the apple. If you’re on a low-carb diet and don’t want all the sugar, consider peeling the apple and eating only the skin, since that’s where a majority of the polyphenols reside. As for what type of apple to eat, I recommend either “Red Delicious” or “Fuji” apples, as those two varieties have been found to have the highest polyphenol content compared to other types.


Beets are a good source of betaine, also known as trimethylglycine. This nutrient not only enhances liver and joint repair but has also been shown in clinical research to increase muscle strength and power. This is why betaine is included in both Pre JYM and Post...

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