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breakfast before the gym

Before I go to the gym, I eat breakfast.

I know there are some who like to burn off the last of the glycogen stored in the muscle tissue from the night before and eat afterwards, but I think this is taking things a little too far.

Breakfast for me is made of two parts: coffee and eggs.

For eggs, I do this:

  1. spray a bowl with cooking oil stuff
  2. add 3 frozen banquet sausages
  3. nuke for 30 seconds (ymmv)
  4. cut ’em up with the fork
  5. add 2 eggs and a handful of spinach
  6. nuke for 60 seconds
  7. stir everything up
  8. add a handful of mushrooms
  9. add a handful of cheese
  10. nuke for 60 seconds

While that’s going on, I make coffee.

I used to use the french press, but lately I saved some bother by setting the timer on the drip coffee maker.

I put this stuff into the blender:

  1. enuff coffee for 2-3 mugs
  2. 2 scoops of whey protein
  3. 2 tablespoons of butter
  4. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  5. some cocoa powder
  6. couple of squirts of liquid sucralose

Run the blender for a couple of seconds and done.

I drink a mug or so with my eggs and take a full mug along for the ride.

I’m usually up at 5 (weekdays), and out of the house by 5:30 (ideally) or 5:45 (real world).

Getting out by 5:30 is a lot easier if I pack all my gym bag and lunch the night before, but sometimes the laziness prevents this.

Anyway…

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basic work out gear

Here are a few things that are useful for the gym.

What to wear:

  • t-shirt or tank top (sexy ladies only, plz!)
  • shorts
  • sports bra (do I need to say “for the ladies” on this?)
  • tennis shoes
  • socks
  • bandana / dew rag / headband / etc for sweat management
  • weight lifting gloves

You’ll also want to carry these with you while working out:

  • water bottle
  • handle towel (for sweat)

In my gym, there are paper towels + spray to wipe down equipment after use.

Other random things you’ll need are:

  • a gym bag
  • plastic shopping bag(s) for wet workout clothes
  • lock for your locker

For shower time, you’ll need:

  • shower shoes (flip flops, etc)
  • towel
  • deodorant
  • brush / comb / etc
  • whatever random grooming junk you need

If you have a lot of junk for the locker room, you might want a separate bag for toilletries.

A few odds and ends that may be useful:

  • acetaminophen, etc
  • icy-hot stuff
  • arnica stuff, etc

Depending on what you are doing, you might consider some entertainment options:

  • mp3 player + headphones
  • kindle / magazines (mostly for slack cyclist types)

If you go to the gym before work, you will probly want to bring your work clothes on a hanger. I usually leave my work shoes (which are very easy to forget) in the trunk and walk out in my gym shoes. Then I swap bags and change shoes. For some reason, carrying shoes is annoying unless you have a huge gym bag (which is also a pain).

Anyway… that’s all I can think of right now…

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