Are there special nutrition needs for combat sports competitors?

All athletes including combat sport competitors have special nutrition needs that are similar in order to maximize their fighting potential. But it's the length of the continuous activity that often dictates a slightly different diet or more attention to detail. Therefore, primarily long endurance athletes will eat and/or supplement slightly differently from speed, strength or power athletes in order to finish strong.

The goal of combat athletes is to have their energy systems full before the event but little to no food in the stomach. This condition requires you to be hydrated, eat your pre-event meal ~2-3 hours before so that most food is converted to fuel (stomach almost empty) and your pre-event workout formula consumed 30 min before in order to "top off" your energy systems. This protocol allows for stable blood sugar levels, a decrease in muscle breakdown, ability to mentally focus, finish the event strong and quick recovery. Below is the proper timing of food and supplement intake elite combat athletes follow.

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Training meals and supplement timing instructions:

• Pre-training/event full food meal consumed ~2-3 hours before your major activity

– If you train first thing in the morning with no time for full meal, use pre-workout formula only

• Pre-workout shake/bar: consume 10-40 min before activity

• Post- workout shake/bar (same formula as the pre): immediately after workout

• Post-training/event full food meal consumed ~1-2HRS post training

dotFIT Pre/Post Meal Replacement & Workout Formula

• Take 2 scoops 10-40 minutes before workout or use favorite dotFIT® bar for convenience

• Take 2 scoops (or dotFIT bar) immediately post workout

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