What To Eat Before Your Workout

Ever been in a Pilates class and immediately regretted that massive snack or meal you had beforehand? Or felt like you had no energy to get through the class? You’re not alone. Working out what to eat before your workout can be a little tricky and there’s a lot of conflicting information out there. To ease the confusion, we chatted to our resident Nutrition Coach, Kelley Sloan about what to eat and when so you can make the most of your Pilates class by fuelling your body properly.

Let’s start with the burning question, should you eat before a Pilates class?

Yes, definitely! Eating beforehand gives you more energy and will help you to power through your workout with ease.

How much should you be eating?

You don’t need to eat a lot, just enough to get your digestive system going, break through the sugar barrier and into those fat stores. There is a lot of hype about fasting at the moment but you’re more likely to eat away at existing muscle tone when the aim is to get into fat stores, not muscle. We want to maintain and build muscle tone through Pilates, not burn it up, and you need a little fuel in your engine to do that.

What To Eat Before Your Workout - Avocado Toast

How long before a class do you suggest having something to eat? 

I recommend eating 30 – 60 minutes before class. Bear in mind that larger portions will need longer to digest a bit before exercise. Smaller portions don’t need as long.

What kind of snacks or meals do you recommend for fuelling up before a class?

You don’t want to overload your digestive system before a class so these are some great options for a pre-workout snack:

  • ​Nut butter on one piece of wholemeal, rye or multigrain bread
  • Avocado on one piece of wholemeal, rye or multigrain bread
  • Banana
  • A boiled egg
  • Handful of natural nuts – almonds, walnuts, cashews or a mix
  • Sliced apple with nut butter