Whether you’re new to UN1T or a veteran member, you’ll know the importance of fuelling before one
of our sweaty sessions. But finding the right food or drinks to have before a workout can be tricky.
To get the low down on everything pre-workout related, we sat down with Matt Hunt to find out more.
What are the benefits of taking a pre-workout?
Matt: Having some fuel in the tank before a workout can help reduce fatigue, improve your focus
and accelerate recovery. It can also reduce muscle soreness post-workout, while also using fat
for energy. Basically, a pre-workout can help get nutrients quickly to the muscles so you can perform
Should everyone be taking a pre-workout?
Matt: It’s not for everyone, especially if you’re pregnant, a teenager, or sensitive to caffeine.
We’ve recently introduced NOCCO (No Carbs Company) on sale in the studio. What are the benefits of drinking a NOCCO before class (besides that it tastes delicious!)?
Matt: NOCCO contains BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids) which help boost muscle growth and
enhance exercise performance. The added vitamins like Vitamin D also contribute to normal muscle
function. Ultimately, essential amino acids are not produced naturally, so we obtain them from the
foods we eat, which is why a drink like NOCCO is so useful.
If you don’t have NOCCO on hand, what should people be looking for in their pre-workout food or drink?
Matt: For me, taste comes first. Next is how much caffeine it has, and we shouldn’t go above the
daily recommended amount. If it has the ability to boost your workout to a degree that you normally
wouldn’t push yourself, then you look for that.
And lastly, what are some pre-workout foods that you would recommend?
Matt: I’d recommend carbohydrates of any kind, and on strength days, I would opt for fats
and protein. Some ideas are celery sticks with nut butter, nuts and dried fruit or a banana and nut
butter. My go to is coffee and almonds, but it’s important to remember that we’re all individuals, and
you need to figure out what works for you.