If you're like me, your indoor training is taking on a whole new meaning lately.
Staying active is really important right now, but most of us aren't fueling our indoor training right- which often means we can't finish our workouts, we become mentally exhausted too soon, and we can even impact our immune health if we're not fueling properly...
These were some of the issues I've been dealing with, so...
I spoke with our experts, including Dr. Kevin Sprouse, and we came up with the Top 5 Ways to Fuel Your Indoor Training.
I've been testing the system out for the past week and I've finally been able to finish almost all of my workouts and even did much better in a few Zwift races (psst. if you are doing indoor group events or races, see my trifecta of performance products at the bottom)
So here's what's working:
- You have to hydrate twice as much.
- Boost your mental concentration with Caffeine & Creatine
- Refuel Glycogen During and Post Workout
- Add Vitamin D to make up for the lack of sun exposure.
- Take a "Coffee & Waffle Stop" mid-workout.
Here is the complete guide on how to fuel your indoor workouts like a pro:
1. You have to hydrate twice as much as you would outside.
I'm starting my workouts with 4 full bottles for a 2-hour workout. I know it sounds crazy, but you're sweating so much more inside that you're going to need it. Because the volume of hydration is high, I'm conscious of the total number of calories- so I like to use 2 bottles of SOS hydration and 2 bottles of Skratch, Untapped or Maurten 160. Mixing it up avoids flavor fatigue and also helps mitigate calories (as SOS is only 2g of sugar per scoop).
Personal Tip: I've become a little addicted to Untapped Maple Aid Lemon Tea for indoor training. The organic black tea + amino acids add a cognitive boost that keeps me engaged while riding indoors. It's also delicious with a bit of spice and sea salt kick