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Grapplers have a long history of stupid nutritional practices. But when it comes to nutrition, grapplers are often worse than anorexic women. Wannabebig: What is the main underlying message you want to get across to readers? However, with the application of the principles of this book, some athletes are tearing their competitors apart. Wannabebig: What are the main nutritional deficiencies in athletes today that compromise performance?

When we say energy, we mean calories. What happens when grapplers underfeed is that their metabolisms slow down, causing a reduction in their ability to recover from training and in their ability to accomplish the goal of hard training — a remodeling of the body. Other deficiencies lead to smaller muscles, an excess storage of body fat, a reduced capacity for consuming oxygen, and a reduced energy production through glycolysis and the Krebs cycle. These are all fancy-sounding terms, we know.

Wannabebig: What 3 areas should a good nutrition program focus on for a grappler? They should also focus on performance. All these things do, however, take the right nutritional intervention. Wannabebig: Just how dangerous can poor nutrition result in grapplers or wrestlers? At the very least, grapplers should buy this book to learn what not to do, using these 3 kids as the example. Wannabebig: You mention super foods in the book, what are they exactly and can you give some examples of some?

These foods are rich in micronutrients, phytochemicals, and, in general, good stuff. In the book we include 20 Superfoods and they include things like: mixed berries, quinoa, green tea, flax seeds, and more.

Check out the book for the rest of them. Wannabebig: How important is hydration during a competition? However, even a 1 percent reduction in body water causes a reduction in performance!

Take a lb grappler. For that individual, a 2 percent loss of body water or body mass is about 3 pounds. Wannabebig: Are there any supplements grapplers should be taking to maximize their performance on and off the mat?

Wannabebig: Is there a safe and healthy approach to cutting weight leading up to a competition? The reason I want to bring this up is that nearly every one of these methods is a problem!

The exercise used, slow cardio, actually impairs muscle strength and power development. And the other methods dehydrate the body — and without adequate rehydration strategies, huge problems could result.

Currently we have athletes dropping lbs in the final week before a match without doing additional exercise, spending time in the sauna, or doing this other stupid junk above. In the book we teach you how to do just that. Wannabebig: Can you share any nutritional tips grapplers or wrestlers can use to put them ahead of their competition on the day of their matches? You just have to know how to do it right — and in the book we teach you how to drop weight fast and to get it back on the right way.

Wannabebig: Can you leave the readers with some words of wisdom regarding everything you cover in the book? To pick up a copy, click here. Wannabebig: Guys, thanks for taking your time out to answer our questions.

If you have a comment, question or would like to discuss anything raised in this article, please do so in the following discussion thread on the Wannabebig Forums — The Grapplers Guide to Sports Nutrition discussion thread. He has also studied and lectured on the topics of exercise physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology, psychology and health science. But Dr. Berardi has the practical experience necessary to put all that book learning to use.

In addition to his academic expertise, John has spent the last 12 years in the field, coaching clients from all walks of life.

His clients have won Olympic gold medals, ran marathons, and dropped their yard times. Others walk runways in Milan or compete in fitness and figure competitions. Some are treating cardiovascular disease, diabetes or digestive disorders. And many just want to look good naked. And last but not least, John is no stranger to high-level athletics himself. He has had success as a regional level power lifter, a track and field athlete, a rugby player, and a national level bodybuilder — winning the prestigious Mr.

USA contest. Mike is the owner of Grapplers Gym and www. As a wrestler growing up in Michigan, Mike had the opportunity to train under hall of fame coach Tom Krepps at Grandville high school. During this time Mike topped the win club and took 4th in the nation in freestyle and is one of the top 25 all time in wins at G.

Mike still wrestlers and is currently the Connecticut Nutmeg Games wrestling champion. With Grapplers Gym Mike has answered that question. Strength and conditioning for wrestlers should not be a mystery and at Grapplers Gym Mike and his staff of trained certified strength and conditioning coaches have broken training down so everyone can do it and understand it. Reason for this book is Mike has witness young athletes as young as 8 trying to cut weight using very unhealthy techniques and felt it was time to come out with a guide to help teach coaches and parents how to ensure that there athletes are receiving proper nutrition and to also teach safe and proven ways to cut weight while maintaining a healthy diet.

Wannabebig: Why was this book written? Written by Maki Riddington Discuss, comment or ask a question If you have a comment, question or would like to discuss anything raised in this article, please do so in the following discussion thread on the Wannabebig Forums — The Grapplers Guide to Sports Nutrition discussion thread.

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Even though it was written in , I was curious about it for several reasons. First, I think often about a comment The Paleo Solution author Robb Wolf made at a seminar I attended a couple years ago, that food is the most important and ubiquitous medicine we ingest. I had never thought about food as medicine before this, but it made perfect sense, and obviously, the message stuck with me. Second, there is so much information out there about what constitutes proper nutrition, I was interested in the perspective of these authors. Finally, this book is targeted specifically to grapplers wrestlers and mixed martial artists and the like , of which I am one. Berardi holds a doctorate from the University of Western Ontario, focusing on exercise physiology and nutrient biochemistry, and Fry is the head coach of Grapplers Gym. Together, they convey the science behind nutrition and the energy needs of athletes who might read the book.


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If you want to dominate your opponents, and to do it with a safe, effective approach to feeding yourself, The Grapplers Guide to Sports Nutrition is for you. Whether you re a wrestler, grappler, boxer, or practice any other martial art, the prerequisites to sound nutritional habits are the same and must be learned. They then need to be applied consistently if you truly want to take your performance to the next level and beyond. The Grapplers Guide to Sports Nutrition teaches how to eat certain types of food at the right times. If it s the off-season, and you want to gain or lose some weight before a competition, or if you re trying to shed some pounds leading up to a match, this book will properly educate you.


Book Review: "The Grappler’s Guide to Sports Nutrition" by John Berardi and Michael Fry

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