Fhysical Element’s lead trainer, Brady Worster, is a certified Sports Nutritionist.
For all athletes, nutrition is a key component to success. A diet that’s tailored to an athlete’s needs can help maximize performance and ensure proper recovery. The importance of nutrition before, during, and after a sporting event or activity is vital to the complete success of an athlete. Brady will help you determine the ideal diet for each athlete individually.
A nutritious diet is one that meets all of the body’s macro and micronutrient demands on a daily basis. There is no one diet that exists that is perfect for every body type. Nutrient intakes are based on individual factors. Size, body composition, activity level and genetic predisposition. Electrolytes and water are needed for cellular hydration, antioxidants are needed to protect cell membranes, more energy to fuel exercise and training, and higher nutrient concentrations to enhance recovery. To optimize performance, an athlete’s diet must be developed specifically for his or her relative needs.
It is important to understand the differences in required nutrition for health, fitness, and athletic performance.
Eating for Health suggests a conservative approach to nutrition and focuses on keeping all body systems functioning properly. When striving to eat healthfully, one should focus on consuming adequate amounts of nutrients, with the basic goal being to consume foods that meet the needs of normal function. When combined with moderate physical activity, a healthy diet should prevent weight gain, help maintain appropriate body composition, and prevent any adverse health issues.
Eating for Fitness differs from eating for health because the greater focus is placed on supporting moderate to vigorous activity while maintaining lower levels of body fat. Fitness nutrition emphasizes food intakes that optimize health-related fitness measures. This is a diet designed for supporting training for cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness while improving body composition. Individuals who regularly exercise above the adaptation threshold need more calories than those who are classified as simply being active.
With Sports or Performance nutrition, energy demands are MUCH higher, which in turn tends to lean the focus toward total calories consumed, where those calories come from, and, more specifically, the timing of consumption. Athletes must have adequate energy for strength and conditioning activities, practice sessions, as well as competitive events.
Sports Nutrition requires emphasis in 3 areas:
- Pre-Training nutrition
- Nutrition during the event
- Post-event nutrition
Brady can help you with all areas of sports nutrition.