Peri-Workout Nutrition for Elite Young Athletes: A Coach’s Guide

At Hardbody Athlete, we understand the unique demands placed on young athletes pursuing excellence in high school and college sports. Our focus on advanced training techniques like undulating periodization—which alternates between accumulation and intensification phases—requires a sophisticated approach to nutrition, particularly around workouts. Here’s how we optimize your performance with cutting-edge supplements from ATP Labs.

Pre-Workout Protocol

30 minutes before your warm-up: Start with ATP Labs Neuro Prime or E-Nos, depending on your current training phase. During intensification phases, Neuro Prime helps sharpen focus and boost cognitive function, thanks to its potent mix of Alpha GPC, L-Tyrosine, and N-Acetyl L-Carnitine. For accumulation phases, E-Nos enhances blood flow and oxygen delivery to muscles, setting the stage for endurance and growth. It’s beneficial to rotate these supplements to cater to the body’s changing needs throughout our 12-week training programs.

Additionally, for those in an accumulation phase or aiming to gain muscle, adding a scoop of ATP Labs Pentacarb can provide that extra carbohydrate boost to fuel extensive training sessions.

Intra-Workout Supplementation

After your warm-up, through to the completion of the A-Series (about 30 minutes): We integrate ATP Labs EAA and Myoprime into our intra-workout regimen. Both are staples in maintaining amino acid influx during intense training. For athletes focusing on mass gain or in their accumulation phases, we might up the ante with an additional scoop or two of Pentacarb to sustain energy levels and aid in recovery.

Post-Workout Nutrition

Immediately after your workout (0-30 minutes post): This is your anabolic window—crucial for recovery and growth. Our go-to is ATP Labs Grass-Fed Whey Concentrate for a quick surge of high-quality protein (24g per scoop). If you’re in a mass-gaining phase, 2-4 scoops of Pentacarb will help replenish glycogen stores efficiently. For those who prefer a non-dairy option, ATP Labs Grass-Fed Beef Protein is available, which can be supplemented with ATP Labs EAA to ensure you’re getting adequate leucine to maximize muscle protein synthesis.

Additionally, adding 1-2 scoops of ATP Labs Glutemed can further aid in glycogen replenishment and recovery, making it an essential part of the post-workout recovery phase.

Why These Supplements?

Our chosen products from ATP Labs aren’t just random picks; they’re scientifically backed and specifically chosen to support the varying needs of training phases:

  • Creatine MagnaPower® in Myoprime provides creatine and magnesium, crucial for ATP stabilization and improved muscle function.
  • PEAK ATP® in Neuro Prime enhances muscle excitability and maintains blood flow, enhancing performance and reducing fatigue.

These targeted supplements ensure you’re not just training harder, but also smarter, with each phase of our periodized training program tailored to maximize your athletic performance.

Final Thoughts

Nutrition is the cornerstone of athletic performance, and at Hardbody Athlete, we take it as seriously as our training. By strategically integrating ATP Labs supplements into our peri-workout protocols, we ensure our athletes are not only prepared for today’s challenges but also building a foundation for future success. Remember, your body’s ability to perform at its peak is greatly influenced by what you fuel it with before, during, and after intense training.

Stay strong, train hard, and fuel smart!