Ricky Goodall (9-6-1) has been competing professionally since 2007 and has learned how to best plan his diet and supplements to support his training goals. I asked him to answer a few questions for us today so we can get an idea of what we should be looking at for ourselves.
Sally: Ricky, thank you for joining me today to talk about diet and supplements. You’ve been competing in MMA for a long time but I’m sure I read in another interview that when you began training, you didn’t consider yourself to be very athletic. What were your eating habits like back then? Did you begin taking supplements right away?
Sally: Greg Jackson trains UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and in the past has helped Rashad Evans get the belt. What does he say about diet and supplements? Pretty much the same thing as Ricky. Check it out at the 4:40 mark:
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Sally: I’ve seen some scary weight cut videos; it seems as though it would decrease stress levels if the sauna was avoided. Would your diet be similar on an off day? Do you think your recovery days are just as important to plan as your training days when it comes to diet and supplements?
Sally: What does the future hold for you in MMA? Do you have a fight lined up right now?
Ricky: I currently have a fight lined up for July 28, 2012 in Moncton, NB for the Elite 1 Welterweight Title against Richard Arsenault. After this fight I’ll be looking to compete at 155 lbs.
Sally: I trained at Richard’s gym, Island Impact, a few times when I was home to visit my family in Summerside, PEI; he’s a great teacher and a tough competitor. I heard you say recently that your weight is coming along nicely for this fight. What is the biggest difference in your nutrition when training for a fight?
Ricky: Now that I’m working with George I’ve learned that with the intensity of my training macro nutrient balance is extremely important and none of the three big ones (fats, carbs, protein) can be neglected. Timing and portion control are the keys to training hard, recovering well and getting as lean as possible.
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