Fitness Nutrition

Muscle adaptation v rapid recovery – 5 facts

Muscle adaptation and recovery between sessions are important objectives for fighters. Nutritionist Robert Seaborne explains how they should be balanced

5. Avoiding recovery-aiding foods can be sensible at certain times

SO, to sum it all up. A boxer needs to adapt during periods of intense training to allow them to enter the ring with greater stamina, strength and speed. Therefore, during periods of training, avoiding supplements and foods that claim to aid recovery may actually be beneficial. On the other hand, when recovery is paramount (i.e. in the week(s) leading up to a fight), consuming these supplements and foods is advised.

As always, the best thing to do is to consult with a registered sports nutritionist. They will be able to tailor a boxer’s diet to allow for the best possible adaptations, while also making sure they enter the ring fighting fit and raring to go!

Robert Seaborne BSc (Hons), MS

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