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Sports Nutrition & Support

​​Seven Pillars of Successful Training​

​​Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA – Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness​ 19 October 2023

Athletes often say that the mental side of their sport is just as important as the physical training they do every day. Make the most of your workouts with our fitness philosophy that can help you to train at your best.

Our fitness philosophy is based on the following five principles: Balance, Personalisation, Safety, Nutrition Timing and Lifestyle. To create a more well-rounded approach, we’ve added two more: Focus and Dedication. 

Balance

The best approach to exercise is one that’s balanced and incorporates five key components of health-related fitness. They are: body composition, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. Make sure that your workouts include these five things.

Safety

If you want your body to change, you must look after it. You can push yourself, but never compromise on exercise form or your own progress.

Personalisation

Your fitness plan should be based on your individual exercise history, current level of fitness and desired fitness goals. Start at the level that is right for you. 

Nutrition Timing

In order to achieve your fitness goals, it’s essential to understand proper pre-, during- and post-exercise nutrition.

Lifestyle

Exercise is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes proper sleep hygiene, nutrition, social support and personal connection. These lifestyle factors can influence your ability to achieve and maintain your results.

Focus

When you truly focus on your training session and are more self-aware, you’ll use better form, which can have a positive effect on your training intensity level. Create a set routine and plan your pre-workout nutrition so that you can devote all your energy to your workout.

Dedication

It’s important to commit to following your training and nutrition plans. Try writing down positive affirmations every week – or every day - to give yourself a boost of motivation. As you reach your goals, review your journey and set new ones.

To train at your best, you must find an approach that helps you to build mental, as well as physical strength. Use these pillars to check in with yourself and make sure that you’re setting yourself up for success.