The Body That Broke A Sound Barrier

During Sunday’s historic dive, Felix Baumgartner succeeded in breaking 3 world records, namely the highest manned balloon flight, the highest skydive, and becoming the first skydiver to break the sound barrier!  Only one other man, Colonel Joseph Kittinger (previously leapt from 39,000) will have any idea what it must have felt like to leap from such a height. Until Baumgartner gives his full account of this awe inspiring accomplishment, no one will fully understand how it feels to physically break the sound barrier with your own body, and indeed, what it must take to condition your body for such a feat! Granted, it is highly unlikely that any of us will be training in preparation for a 39, 045 metre plunge towards earth at 833.9 miles per hour, OK our incentives may be a little less dramatic, but they are no less important! Whatever drives you, make sure you do it justice by getting the gym, diet, supplement balance right.

Discount Supplements sealed an eagerly anticipated interview with Baumgartner, here’s my take on what they found…

Mind over Matter

Baumgartner had to train to train, meaning he had to condition himself mentally for the arduous physical and mental challenges ahead. The physical act of training makes us feel better about ourselves, the discipline required when getting up in the morning or staying out after work and hitting the gym is integral to reaching our potential! The self gratification and security that stems from knowing you’re adhering to a routine, pushing your body to its limits, and constantly stretching your boundaries is as important as the physical benefits gained. When you’re stood at the starting line, when that whistle goes, and of course, when you’re teetering on the edge of that space pod…you’d better feel ready!

A Fitness and Health Lifestyle

For some, training and eating right is little more than a means to an end, once we reach our goal the cigars come out and we hit a plateau, we eat freely again, and we plummet back to our starting condition as quickly as Baumgartner descended yesterday! For Baumgartner (despite his alleged retirement from daredevil stunts) he will never stop training, this has and always will be a lifestyle. In fact, he claims to want to continue to train and stay conditioned so that he can fight fires and serve as mountain rescue, admirable indeed! So what actually goes into achieving the balanced and defined, muscular and functional physique displayed by Baumgartner.

Dynamic Resistance Work

Dynamic weight training comprises sport specific movements with resistance; exercises include kettlebell training (see Baumgartner above), plyometric training, cables, deadlifts and weighted lunges to name a few. Full body workouts are ideal because they hit every muscle, including the core muscles such as the transverse abdominals key to withstanding the harsh wind resistance exerted on Baumgartner’s body. Wind isn’t the only force he has to deal with though, try walking around in a cumbersome, pressurised suit!

Cardio- respiratory Training

Full body workouts also develop your aerobic capacity, it is well documented that the fitter you are, the longer you can maintain concentration. Consider also that a pressurised suit will exert an ‘altitude’ effect meaning it will be more difficult to get oxygen around your body, they likened it to the effects of a regulator in a diving suit for those of you that have dived. Baumgartner has to be able to think clearly even when he is exhausted, therefore whilst he was on the cycle his trainer would tell him to recite evacuation C’s procedure as an example!

Diet and Supplements

Your diet should consist of starchy carbs and lean protein ensuring also that you get ample amounts of fruit and veg for the antioxidants which help to stave of chronic lethargy and degeneration i.e. the effects of overtraining!

To support your muscular development opt for a whey protein such as Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey, combine this with a Carbohydrate energy bar such as High 5 Sports Bar which delivers moderate to low GI carbs (medium to quick release) to sustain your training. Alternatively you could opt for XL Nutrition Xtra Protein and Carbs which provides you with high biological value protein, moderate GI carbs and the calories you’ll need to maintain intense physical activity. It also contains 5g of creatine to energise you, whilst increasing fluid perfusion to your muscles supporting the recovery process and emphasising overall muscle size.

If mental focus becomes a problem when you are fatigued, try a nitric oxide based pre-workout supplement such as Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump Max to widen your blood vessels, enhancing oxygen delivery to the brain and muscles!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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