Diets and workouts footballers: well cared upfield.

Soccer players are stars in the field and also in social networks, where some LaLiga Santander players, such as Ibai Gómez, Marcos Llorente and Raúl de Tomás, share their daily diets, training and care outside the field.

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Take care of yourself as a way of life. Although for some it may only be an obligation, others enjoy performing proper nutrition and a severe training at the same time satisfactory. Two of the fundamental pillars, together with the right rest, to lead a healthy lifestyle, as recognized by Ferrán Ares Santamaría, a high-performance sports nutritionist and professional ex-professional. This is the case of many players, who increasingly count part of their progress in social networks. Instagram has become a cult temple to the body that neither the LaLiga Santander athletes let escape. Ibai Gómez (Athletic Club), Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid) or Raúl de Tomás (Rayo Vallecano) are three of the names that take care of themselves beyond the playing fields, becoming an example for many fans, young and old.

Diego Alonso Aubin, absolute international athlete, was the witness of the 200-meter Spanish Champion and current physical trainer of elite athletes: “they are the image on which the eyes of the population fall.” When it comes to food, something that significantly affects the performance of the players, everyone wants to be like them, although the concern taken to the extreme “can lead to disorders that lead to very unhealthy behaviors.” Also in regard to training, practice that has experienced exponential growth in recent years, since there is a risk of sports injuries.

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The great evolution of football

Much greater has been the evolution, if it fits, in the world of soccer. A sport in which, as Diego Alonso points out, there are different phases of work in which it is necessary to attend to their characteristics, needs and objectives, such as “improvement of strength, speed, coordination or other technical aspects”, to which they add complementary programs with which to reduce the risk of suffering injuries. In addition, outside the field of play must also work individually “concrete physical aspects, since doing it in a group is more complex because each has specific needs.” The case is similar if we focus on food, which has been consolidated as an improvement tool, provided that a correct distribution of macro-nutrients is chosen.

There are examples in LaLiga Santander, such as Sergio Canales or Marcos Llorente, who have ensured that they follow diets such as the Macrobiotics, in the case of the Real Betis footballer, or the Paleolítica, in the case of the Real Madrid midfielder, recognizing that they are part of their splendor within the field of play. An aid that requires a very careful and individualized treatment, according to Ferran Ares, because it implies food restrictions, as in the case of Paleolithic diet, in which ultra processed, cereals, dairy products and pulses are eliminated with very high consumption sources. restricted. It is important to know which ones “are better and worse and at what moment they should be introduced to obtain advantages”. For high-level athletes, “diets are very varied and the individualization of each player is vital”.

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Nutrition and training, key points

In any case, both training and nutrition are used for very specific purposes. They agree Diego Alonso and Ferrán Ares, who do not recommend copying it among its thousands of followers. Not even among amateur athletes, since elite footballers have very different requirements and needs. “The importance of individualization of each nutritional guideline must be understood,” they write. Also during holiday periods, the most complex and for which the football player is aware of the foods that work best and worst.

Static bicycle sessions, exhaustive training almost daily and diets made to measure that complement a work of great intensity in their clubs. All with the aim of improving performance, evolve in their game and model athletic bodies like those shown by Ibai Gómez, Marcos Llorente or Raúl de Tomás. They are just some of the many players that in recent years, and thanks to social networks, have turned their work into an example, hitherto unknown, for a good part of society.

An advantage, concludes Ferrán Ares, “with respect to athletes who do not manage it optimally. Increasingly, they are aware of the importance of good nutrition to take advantage of training, recovery and sporting achievements”. Something that, as pointed out by the Barcelona nutritionist, plays a fundamental role today, helping to be better every day.