Leinster Rugby and Saracens may be arch rivals on the European rugby stage, but the reigning Champions Cup and Pro 14 winners Leinster and the English Premiership champions Saracens share one key success factor. Optimum Nutrition is Official Sport Nutrition Partner to both clubs and has been providing performance nutrition support to Leinster since 2010 and to Saracens from 2012.
In that time the Clubs have dominated Europe and domestic leagues notching up five European titles and six league wins and bagging the Champions Cup, Pro 14 and Premiership trophies this season between them.
RECOVERY IS THE ULTIMATE PREPARATION.
Due to the intense nature of training, a rugby player has a significantly higher protein requirement to meet their body’s maintenance and recovery needs.
With an average daily protein intake of 210g, equating to 6 - 7 chicken breasts - Leinster and Saracens players can enjoy up to 2-3 GOLD STANDARD 100% WHEY Protein shakes on training days, before and after a session to help repair and rebuild their muscles.
Their tailored nutritional programmes can also include GOLD STANDARD 100% CASEIN for overnight recovery, Creatine to help with strength and performance as well as ESSENTIAL AMIN.O. ENERGY, GOLD STANDARD GAINER, GOLD STANDARD BCAA and Protein Whipped Bites. GPN also works closely with their Nutritionists and has developed bespoke products for partner clubs such as an “Elite Recovery” delivering the optimum level of protein and carbohydrates.
Take a look inside Saracens Training and Performance Nutrition Programme
Optimum Nutrition Expert: Kim Ingleby, Award Winning Mind & Body Coach, 8 Marathons Ticked!
Swimmers are renowned for their high training volumes, typically training twice per day, and as a result have some of the highest energy expenditures of any athlete. From a nutrition perspective, this means that consuming enough calories (energy) is the most important factor for optimal performance.
We visited Leinster Rugby, to find out the work that goes into ensuring the team are ready for action.
Congratulations to Matt Gunnell, Sam Montieri, and Matthew Chappell who have each won a personalised training and nutrition programme with Team ON athlete and former rugby professional Ian Kirke.
Saracens nutritionist George Morgan on energy restriction mid-season
Reduce your alcohol intake as it is high in energy contributing 7 kcal per gram. Alcohol can also have a negative impact on sleep which may have knock-on effect on your ability to gain muscle mass and recover.
Mild energy restriction during certain periods of the rugby season plus the stresses of match play can impact the function of the immune system.
Always have a fuel up day on game day -1. Ensure all meals and snacks have a portion of carbohydrate.
Optimising body composition in season without compromising performance. Now the season is well underway our players are focusing on match day preparation, wellness and recovery. Every weekend they put their bodies through the rigors of match play and it can be hard to prioritise physical progression.
In our last installment of advice on eating to gain muscle mass during pre-season rugby, Saracens nutritionist George Morgan addresses night time nutrition with Optimum Nutrition.
Saracens nutritionist George Morgan, continues his explanation of pre-season nutrition prep.
Saracens Nutritionist George Morgan runs through the three main elements required gain bulk before hitting the pitch.
In the first of a series of blog posts, SARACENS Nutritionist George Morgan takes us through the nutritional strategies that help build muscle mass during pre-season. He offers real world tips to help anyone looking to make improvements to their day to day nutrition.
Since 2012, ON have been the Trusted Nutrition Partner to Saracens Rugby Club, supporting the team with an elite nutrition programme to help them perform at their best.
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Match Day Nutrition
With George Morgan, Saracens RFC Performance Nutritionist
It’s match day. You’ve trained hard, your skills are on point, and your mind is focused. There’s one more element that’s essential to success on the pitch – nutrition. And specifically, match day nutrition. We spoke with George Morgan, Saracens RFC Performance Nutritionist, about the importance of putting food first. Now more than ever nutrition is key as Saracens prepare to take on Racing 92 in the final of the European Rugby Champions Cup on May 14th.