An Insight Into An Elite Crossfitters Diet : Battle Of London 2014

Good to see that the athletes were staying on top of their nutrition throughout the 2 days of BOL Crossfit Championships. The better you get as an athlete the more pertinant nutrition and supplements become, so it was interesting to see how many athletes were chowing down a solid starch and protein source throughout the day (hopefully not too closely to their next WOD).

The temperature rose on the arena floor quite quickly so it was imperative for athletes to stay on top of their fluid and electrolytes too! There was a good blend of whole foods and supplements being consumed throughout the day, and but for not wanting to be labelled a paparrazzi, I would have snapped some examples. The athlete in the featured image was recovering and limbering between WODs ('Workout of the day' for those who don't know), and so it was vital for her to replace her glycogen stores, whilst regaining her electrolyte equilibrium. Perhaps one of the biggest shocks for me over the two days was the fact that a well known athlete was trying to fuel up two intense WODs on little more than a few handfulls of dried fruit...now i'm the first to acknowledge personalisation abd preferences of a diet plan, but that just simply isn't enough!

It can't be easy to plan for a full day of intense exercise such as this, but some set in stone rules apply. Don't rely on high glycaemic carbs for a days energy supply, don't forget to have your starches too, and always get some readily absorbed protein into you via food or a liquid supplement such as whey protein or BCAAs.

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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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