Nutrition for your Sport
Whatever sport or activity you take part in, and whether you are a keen amateur or elite athlete, it’s important to recognise that many sports will place significant demands on your body that the average diet is simply unable to cope with.
A lack of energy reserves and insufficient bodily nutrients can often make it difficult for you to perform at your very best. However, a good, well balanced diet supported by carefully selected, high quality nutritional supplements can provide the answer, playing a key role in boosting performance, minimising recovery times and maximising your sporting potential.
Every sport places subtly different demands on your body, each with their own unique mix of aerobic and anaerobic activity. This mix makes it essential that you develop the best nutritional plan that takes account of both you and your sport. Such an approach will help you achieve an optimum blend of speed, power, endurance, fitness and hydration; maximise your performance and achieve your goals.
Distance runners and road cyclists may be looking to increase their endurance, bodybuilders may want to to control, develop and sculpt their physical appearance; whilst weightlifters may want to maximise their strength and explosive power. What they all have in common though is the need for a carefully tailored, nutritionally balanced diet, with a particular focus on the individual nutritional needs of their chosen sport.
Your sport in more detail…
Hockey is an exciting game played at a fast pace, with short bursts of high intensity explosive sprints, combined with skilful dribbling, passing, tackling and shooting. To be successful, hockey players require a combination of several key athletic attributes including endurance, strength, speed, agility, tactics and ball skills.
To achieve all this, hockey training needs to be physically very demanding, and therefore a huge amount of energy, […]
If you are an athlete competing in any one of the four jumping events of field athletics, namely long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault; your power to weight ratio is a critical success factor and consequently it is vitally important that you seek to optimise your body muscle composition whilst at the same time maintaining low levels of body fat.
With regard to training nutrition, you should ideally aim to consume enough carbohydrate […]
Long distance runners require a considerable amount of training and race preparation to be both mentally and physically equipped for an endurance event such as the marathon, and nutrition plays a key role in this process. To prepare for such long distance running events you will need to undergo one of the most intense training programmes in the field of endurance sports.
And to do it successfully you will need huge amounts of carbohydrate for […]
Mixed martial arts or MMA as it is commonly known is a full contact combat sport that is derived from a variety of other similar sports including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Judo, Karate, kick-boxing and Muai Thai to name but a few. MMA competition allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques either whilst standing or on the floor.
If you are a competitive MMA fighter you will probably need to train around three times a day in […]
Netball has an energetic stop-and-go style of play and because of this; both an athletes aerobic and anaerobic energy systems are actively engaged during a competitive game or in training. This means that netball players, whether at a recreational or elite level, require certain physical attributes to be successful and these include endurance, strength, speed, agility and good ball-handling skills.
It is, therefore important to consume a diet […]
Powerlifting is a highly explosive, strength based sport and as such, powerlifters need to consume the correct nutritional fuels to build muscle, tendons and skeletal strength. All parts of a powerlifters body need to be incredibly strong, as any weak link could, at best, gift an advantage to the competition and at worst, could lead to serious injury.
Besides this, lifting incredibly heavy weights is not natural for the human body and places i […]
Rowing is one of very few sports that actively engages all major muscle groups, and because of this, it is considered by many to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports in which to take part.
Regardless of whether you are a beginner, an elite rower, or train regularly at club level, preparing and building up your physical capability for this demanding sport will always present a tough challenge.
The speed and intensity of the modern game of rugby union and rugby league, at least at a professional level, have made it increasingly difficult – but ever so important – for players to retain peak physical fitness at all times.
Whereas in the past rugby was deemed to be a winter only sport, the influx of more and more international, knock-out and sevens competitions, as well as overseas tours, means that it can now be a year-long activit […]