IOC consensus statement supplements

Needs and safety A lot of athletes use supplements however they’re not always aware of the exact effects those supplements have and if they really need them in the first place. The term supplement doesn’t have a singular definition. The IOC defined it in its consensus statement as:   “A food, food component, nutrient, or non-food compound that is purposefully ingested in addition to the habitually consumed diet with the aim of achieving a specific health and/or performance benefit.”   While some supplements definitely have health and performance benefits, a lot of claims about supplements are not backed by science […]

Welcome to the Olympic Race

The race for Olympic qualification has started. Whoever finds himself as one of the top 18 of the World Ranking List at the end of the qualification period will be forever remembered as an Olympian and – even more important – will get the opportunity to compete for Olympic gold. There are many competitions along the way, but only the best 5 results in each year will be calculated for the ranking. Athletes like Teddy Riner will probably pick their competitions carefully to collect the points they need, others will have to battle their way up the list throughout a […]

Things you need to know about sports drink

Sports drink are very common in the world of sports. Everybody knows that sports drink can prolong intense activity, since it provides the body with the fast to use energy it needs. What remains unclear, are the questions of which sport drink and how much. What is the optimal amount of carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for combat sport athletes, and the more available they are, the more you can make out of the training. The amount of carbohydrates you need during training depends on the training that you’re about to have and your body size. The […]

What should fighters eat before training and why?

Everyone knows that the body needs energy to train and perform optimally, but it is still not completely clear what the right food for training is. In combat sports it is pretty simple: the energy comes mainly from carbohydrates. Energy for the body can come from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Protein is the least favorite to use, because it is used to build muscles. Using it basically means that the muscles are broken to provide energy. Usually this is nothing to be worried about, as long as you have sufficient amounts of carbohydrates in the body, the use of protein […]

Open Weight Judo World Championships – Day 2

Yesterday was a fantastic event and proved us that it’s not always the athletes coming from +100kg winning the Open weight events. Toma Nikiforov, from -100kg, fought his way through to the finals winning every fight on his way by ippon. In the final he was defeated by the legend Teddy Rinner. The players Toma defeated were in average 20kg heavier than him, which proves that techniques and tactics can overcome power and weight. There was a clear difference in fighting styles and pace between the +100kg fighters and the -100kg fighters. Players of -100kg are moving and jumping a […]

Open weight Judo World Championships – Analysis of weigh-in

The Judo World Championship Open weight is a standalone competition, where anybody form any weight category can compete. In theory athletes of -60kg would be allowed to compete against the giants of +100kg, but practically the lightest athlete came from -90kg weight division. Surprisingly enough, even though there is no weight limit, the athletes had to get their weight checked. The IJF has published the list of weights and it can give an interesting insights of how competitions would look if athletes didn’t cut weight. I believe that the competitors who had time to prepare, focused on getting their body […]

6 Mistakes Athletes Who Lost Weight Make After Weigh-in

Written by Amelie Rosseneu for Judoinside Congratulations you made weight! What’s next? A big celebration meal? Probably not the best idea. Passing a weigh-in is only the beginning – you still need to conquer that gold medal. So how do you prepare your body for the competition? The theory is that you need to try to make up for your deficiencies. If you had to cut weight before the weigh-in you probably are lacking some liquid, carbohydrates and maybe electrolytes (salts). Just as in weight cutting, there are some common mistakes that it is best to avoid.   Mistake #1: […]

5 Cheap nutrition hacks for athletes

There is no question about the importance of good nutrition in improving performance and recovery, but supplementation – let’s admit it – is expensive. Luckily, with a bit of preparation, cheaper ingredients can yield the same effects.  Homemade sports drink Sports drink is nothing else than water with carbohydrates and some salts. Instead of buying expensive brands, you can make it yourself. Take a drinking bottle of one litter and add 60g of sugar, a pinch of salt and fill the rest with water. You can flavor the drink with lemon or orange juice concentrate.  Economical replacement for energy bars […]

Let’s talk about golden scores and nutrition

Today we recover from a whole week of spectacular judo as the World Championships came to an end. I have to say that I like the new rules. Giving an immediate hansoko-make for grabbing the leg was a bit too harsh, cancelling out yuko is difficult for me to accept, but it makes judo much easier to understand for new spectators. I especially like that shido doesn’t win fights anymore in regular time. Athletes stopped playing the shido game and are looking for a positive scores. It makes the fights more appealing to the eye of the spectators. This new […]

4 supplements for competition

Today I share with you some supplements that might help you win a fight. These items can give you a push in the right direction, but can’t replace a good nutrition base. Supplements can only help if you’ve got your baseline right: Preparing your body for a competition starts already a few days before the event; intake during competition should provide energy and hydration.  There will be separate posts about these matters, today we will focus only on the extras. Sports drink: During a competition your body needs water, energy and electrolytes to keep functioning properly. Sports drinks provide exactly that: They […]