SUPPLEMENTS have to be included in the life of a boxer. For a variety of reasons such as a busy lifestyle, heavy training load and even research showing the decreasing nutrient value of our soil, most boxers cannot achieve their full nutritional requirements from food intake alone. Recovery powders can include a high-grade whey protein, whilst key vitamins and minerals such as fish oils are a must. Supplements such as Glutamine are shown to not only improve recovery, but also to improve gut health, and these should also be considered.
The key here is in the name, and these products should ‘supplement’ and not replace a good-quality nutritional plan. Choice is also crucial, and research is required as to which brand you choose. Supplements form a part of both the recovery strategy and overall athletic jigsaw of a boxer.