If you believe that the point of your workout is to burn calories, listen up!

If you find yourself going to the gym (or class, or home workout) on an empty stomach because someone told you this would burn more fat, listen up!

These approaches are all wrong.

I can tell you from my 24 years of working with professional athletes and super fit people, that “those in the know” NEVER go in to a workout on empty.

I can tell you that you will get better results, faster, if you properly prepare your body for your training session.

The point of a workout is to work out, and challenging your body beyond its current ability.

This means that you should be going in for your workouts fueled, super charged and ready to kick butt! Going in depleted, hungry and grouchy won’t get you very far.

If you fuel properly, you will be able to work better in the gym, AND, your body will have the nutrition it needs to maximize improvements in your strength, power, cardiovascular fitness and mobility.

The most successful athletes go in for workouts with their game face on, powered up and ready to work. So why shouldn’t you do the same? In my opinion, why NOT train like the pro’s do?

Personally, I absolutely will not go in for any kind of workout empty. After years and years of experimenting, I have found that I achieve my best body when I feel good and ready for work. In fact, the more sophisticated that I get in fueling, the more impressive my results. In the past year I have gotten really smart about how to eat around workouts, and am getting far better results on less workout time each week. #truth.

So, what does proper fueling look like?

Check out this week’s new video below.

One of my favorite pre-workout fuels for morning workouts is my super famous Protein Perfect Breakfast Cake. Have you tried it? If not, you can get the recipe HERE.

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7 replies
  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    Hi Holly! Can you give some examples of well-balanced pre/post workout snacks that are dairy-free, banana-free, soy-free, and as low fat as possible? I’m getting tired of apples and reduced fat PB! Thank you!

    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Liz,

      One of my favorite pre/post workout snacks is a protein shake. Reason being that you can curate the protein shake with ingredients that work specifically for you. Also, have you checked out my Protein Perfect Breakfast cake? It’s in line with everything you listed above and a great snack or breakfast option. Let me know if these work for you!

      In Strength,

      • Liz
        Liz says:

        Thanks for the recipe, Holly! I will definitely try making the cake and let you know how it turns out. I’m thinking of experimenting with pumpkin and chocolate… my favorite combo!

        You briefly mentioned eating snacks for your blood type, and I watched the short blog video from back in January 2017. I really want to watch the FB Live video on that topic, but can’t find that specific one within your vast collection! Would you mind please posting a direct link to that video, or if not, can you identify which video it is by your outfit (because you wear a different amazing outfit each time!).

        Thank you!


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