In this video filmed at a CrossFit Competitors Course at CrossFit Park City, Matt Chan explains that you have to have a plan for your grub during competition.
“You should be able to tell somebody (your plan), rather than showing up to the Home Depot Center (without) a clue and you’re going upstairs to buy food from the concession stand,” he says.
To illustrate his point, Chan creates a meal plan for a single day of competition that involves a 9 a.m. workout, a noon skills test, a 1:30 p.m. workout and a 7 p.m. workout. The blueprint is based on an athlete who typically eats 18 blocks a day; on competition day, he will eat 25 blocks.
“(You) should have a very good idea of what supplies you’re going to need for game day so that you operate the best and most effectively,” he says. “Somebody who shows up with either a cooler or shopping bags, you know they’ve got their plan.”
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Additional reading: Q&A With Dr. John Berardi by Paul Southern, published June 27, 2011.