I recently learned the secret to great training sessions for me: eating ALOT before I hit the gym. For an AM session, I've been eating almost half my calories in the morning, and the rest throughout the day. AMAZING! I am not tired. I don't run out of steam halfway through.
This has been a long-standing rule for me before lacrosse games as well. Eat till you're stuffed a few hours before a game and feel like gold during those 60 minutes. Not sure why I never thought to apply this to weight training as well, but there you are.
What have you found that works for you? I am intrigued by how this can differ. I do nutrition plans for athletes pre-game (and I always base this on how they feel comfiest eating before games). It would be great to guinea pig a bit. Send me your plans!
I train fasted. Always have (x-wrestler). Of course after weigh ins we pigged out, so the train low compete high thing was sort of used. I suppose the hormonal effect of fasted training with a large meal 1 hour post workout is part of why I do it, but in general I feel more agile and even have a bit of an edge (call it I'm a little hungry and pissed off) when I train fasted.
I was a rower in high school and we would have our races on the weekends, which would be anywhere from 7 AM to 5 PM, so my eating times would vary. If it was early in the morning, I would race better when in a fasted state. If I raced in the evenings, I would graze all day (mainly out of nervousness) until an hour and a half before a race and would feel great.