Fitness Food

Breakfast of champions

Honey Nut Cheerios and the last of yesterday’s American Hot probably aren't going to cut it. But what do real athletes actually eat?


The Bodybuilder

The athlete: Richard Gozdecki is a “natural” bodybuilding champion – meaning that he doesn’t take any artificial enhancements – and USN athlete. (No, you aren’t going to like this one.)

The breakfast: Brace yourself. “Monday to Friday I eat 120g of porridge oats with 10 liquid, pasteurised egg whites and two scoops of protein. I’ve been eating the same thing for about a decade so it’s more of a habit now than anything – and actually, it tastes great.”

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The Triathlete

The athlete: Matt Leeman is an Iron-distance triathlete (that’s the one that ends with a marathon) and Sundried-sponsored athlete. Yes, he eats loads.

The breakfast: “I have two breakfasts,” says Leeman. “The first, pre-swim, is usually a rice cracker or two with peanut butter and honey with a cup of tea – it’s simple to digest and primes me before training. After training, it’s a big bowl of porridge with half water and milk, with some fats from pumpkin seeds and almonds and some blueberries and raisins for antioxidants. If I feel like I need some extra calories and protein due to being in a heavy training period, I’ll have a boiled egg.” Wildman!

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The Jiu-Jitsu Expert

The athlete: Nick Tiscoe runs a Brazilian jiu-jitsu club and a surf school in Newquay. Living the Rio de Janeiro dream! In cold, cold Cornwall.

The breakfast: After a stern morning of sea-based cold water therapy – yes, really – Nick gets on the board. Then he eats his breakfast: warm cooked blueberries with chia seeds, greek yoghurt, baobab powder, a squeeze of agave syrup and granola on top. High in nutrition and vitamins.

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The Ultra-Distance Champ

The athlete: Dr Andrew Murray is an ultrarunner and GP with a first-place finish in the, uh, Genghis Khan Ice Marathon to his name. He’s also an ambassador for Merrell shoes.

The breakfast: “When I’m at home I’ll eat porridge, with sliced bananas, some nuts, and maybe some blueberries if I have any. That gives me the carbs to fuel the day’s effort, and the nuts and berries have a load of goodness also. If it’s the day after a long run – anything more than two hours – I’ll have poached eggs on toast as well, as the protein helps repair muscle. If I don’t have time I’ll just have a tub of Greek yoghurt.”

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The Fitness Model

The athlete: As well as being a professional footballer for Darlington FC – hellooo, National League North – Leon Scott is a Multipower ambassador and fitness model. If you’re aiming to chop some timber, he’s your man.

The breakfast: “In a cutting phase, I’ll have six scrambled egg whites, 70g of oats with a coffee, and some vitamin C, potassium and L-Glutamine,” says Scott. “Plus a scoop of whey protein.” The potassium and glutamine, in case you’re wondering, reduce stress and help brain health – and since you’re not going to be snapped with your top off anytime soon, you could always have a banana instead.

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