UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is known for his incredible diligence in the gym. Whether you love him or hate him, its difficult to not to admire the focus he showcases when it comes to his training. According to famed MMA nutritionist George Lockhart, who handles the dietary side of McGregor’s camp, the champ’s discipline also extends to his nutrition.
In a recent interview with Iain Kidd of BloodyElbow, Lockhart explained that McGregor is one his most disciplined clients, which makes him a joy to work with.
“What’s crazy is, a lot of times I will go out to a fighter’s camp and they’ll tell me they’re following the program [from FitnessVT.com], then I look in the refrigerator and the cabinets, and there’s literally nothing on the program in there” Lockhart explained. “When I went out to Conor’s, everything was there.”
“I’ll ask Conor if he has done something I asked, and he’ll look at me like ‘Yeah, you said to do it!” It’s hard to get used to [someone being so disciplined],” the nutritionist continued. “One thing I love about him is every time it’s time for him to eat, he asks exactly what he should eat. Conor is very particular about his coaches, and this is why he does so well. Whether it’s his jitz coach, his striking coach, his nutrition coach – whatever it is – once he finds the one he has full confidence in, he puts his full trust in that individual. He lets me do my job, which makes my job crazy easy. I love working with him.”
“I work with a lot of amazing fighters and champions. You start realizing there’s commonalities with the guys at the very top level. Those are the guys that are easiest to work with. They ask you what they need to do, and it gets done. I work with Rafael Dos Anjos, Frankie Edgar and others, and my partner Daniel Leith works with Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier, and you see commonalities between these guys. You see what makes a champion a champion. Conor is at the top of the game right now, he’s at the top of the combat sports world, and you can see why he is where he is right now.”
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