By Brad Picket:
The weeks are all starting to blur into one as the routine of a fight camp begins to take shape. Physically, I’m starting to peak and feel like I want more at the end of my training sessions. It’s important that I reign that urge in as that’s when overtraining and injuries can start to happen. It’s a cliché but you’ve always got to listen to your body.
It’s the same with the food, keeping it clean and sticking to a routine gives me the right fuel for training and slowly tapers my weight down ready for the fight.
I usually cut around 20lbs for a fight but my weight is really good this time around. I know if I get to fight week and I’ve still got 15lbs to cut then it’s going to be a rough ride. 10lbs is much more manageable and things are looking good for this camp.
I’m not someone who has to really watch what they eat but I do keep a clean diet when training and especially around a fight camp. If nothing else it keeps my energy levels high and ensures I recover well. I hate training and fighting with food in my stomach and on a fight day I’ll often just have breakfast. I remember being sick during a warm up for a fight, after a friend convinced me to ‘fuel up’ on fight day.
In camp I often keep breakfast light so it’s poached eggs on toast or sometimes a shake of oats, banana, apple juice and yoghurt. Lunch is my biggest meal of the day and I’ll pile up my plate with steak, chicken and rice at the local Brazilian steakhouse. In the evening I’ll go a bit lighter again and cut carbs completely as I begin the weightcut.
I’m not always a saint. After a fight I’ll eat something disgusting like donner and chips or McDonalds. I feel disgusting afterwards too and always know I will but that’s not enough to stop me from demolishing it.
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