Chris Morgan: the insane diet of an Olympic rower My fit life
After winning a case of beer for getting the fastest time in a uni rowing machine competition, Chris Morgan was hooked. While his future career might have started off in a light-hearted fashion, it soon got serious when he was asked to join the Adelaide University Boat Club.
Morgan has since gone on to win two World Championships and a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. We caught up with Chris to find out about his insane diet (we’ve heard of carb-loading, but this is next level) and training in prep for the Rio Olympics later this year.
What does your daily training regime look like?
A typical day on the National Rowing Team would be:
- Ride to and from the boat shed (depending on training location)
- 6:30 to 8:30am – Rowing, usually with intervals
- 10:30 to 11:30 am – Rowing with a technical focus
- 3:30 to 5:30 pm – Weights training and cross training
On top of the training we always stretch before and after and have regular physio and massage sessions. We also have meetings with the team to discuss training data and to review the videos.
What is your day on a plate at the moment?
At the moment it’s quite intense with preparation and training. On a typical day I would eat:
Multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, zinc, pro-biotics
2 litres carb drink
1 or 2 IsoWhey Sports energy gel
2 to 4 muesli bars
1 large bowl of muesli/porridge
Several handfuls of trail mix
A box of biscuits
1 large bowl of pasta
4 to 6 slices of toast
1 tub of yoghurt
Dinner is normally a curry, pasta or steak with vegetables
1 glass of wine
What mental training do you do?
It really depends on the crew and the time of year. We are about to start another round of skill acquisition mindfulness training and we will do race rehearsal stuff closer to Rio.
How do you mentally prepare for something like the Olympics?
Be confident in your preparation and make sure to work on relaxation strategies so you can treat it as just another race.
What are you most looking forward to doing at the Rio Olympics and afterwards?
I am looking forward to seeing other Olympic sports compete at the Rio Games. When it’s all over, I’m looking forward to seeing the friends and family that I don’t get to see enough of during training.
Is there a motto that you live by?
Embrace who you are. Never be afraid of being different.
What are the most challenging aspects of your sport?
Most challenging aspect is definitely the sacrifice of the rest of your life and realising the sacrifices made by those in your life as well.
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