Rugby World Cup: How Nutrition Has Changed…
Several of our tutors and assessors at FLM Training have played rugby to a relatively high standard and come through the ranks as times were changing and the game was becoming more professional. As a result, they have witnessed the player’s behaviours and best practices change dramatically. The good old days when post game nutrition involved burger and chips in the club house being washed down with 6-8 pints of bitter is now frowned upon at any decent standard. We can assure you that the boys competing in this year’s World Cup will not be sharing 6-8 pints of bitter immediately after every match… although that would make for an interesting World Cup and no doubt result in some major upsets.
Post match nutrition now involves the replenishment of electrolytes, protein for muscle repair and carbohydrates to restore glycogen levels ASAP so they can recover in time for the next match and the training sessions which are scheduled between games. During the Personal Training courses and Nutrition qualification we deliver at FLM Training we focus heavily on pre event, intra nutrition and post event nutrition to help get the best performance possible with our clients. Since sports teams have adopted a more professional approach to their nutrition and training, performances have improved tenfold. Rugby players these days are no longer fat, slow, and weak, sporting a beer belly, they are more like athletes who are extremely strong, powerful, fast and lean. Even props these days are lean in comparison to most of the general public and nutrition has played a pivotal role in this.
Within our Personal Trainer courses we discuss the benefits of increased meal frequency as well as nutrient timing around training and recovery days for performance orientated clients. Although the flexible dieting and ‘If It Fits Your Macros’ approach to nutrition is becoming more and more popular in the aesthetics world, a more regimented and professional approach to nutrient timing is required for performance. After all a training day for these elite rugby players could consist of 3 sessions (1 weight session, a conditioning session and a rugby session) and back-loading all your carbs at night won’t help you optimally recover between sessions. There are several books we recommend on our Nutrition courses to help you understand nutrient timing more effectively and they include one of our favourites ‘Nutrient Timing, the Future of Sports Nutrition’ by John Ivy and Robert Portman. This is definitely worth a read and can be downloaded to your iPad. Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about nutrition programming or planning progressive and periodised training schedules for clients, then why not check out our Personal Training courses and start your career in fitness or sports conditioning with FLM Training.