Olympic Medalist, Will Claye, is heading back to the Games this summer, hoping to reclaim his title as the world’s best in the long jump and triple jump. With four years in between the last Olympic Games, Will has had to maintain his body by fueling it properly. Lucky for us, we scored a peek into his training life, including everything that goes into his diet.
“It all starts with breakfast!”
Will reinforces a widespread opinion that the first meal of the day is the most important, especially when there is a long day of training ahead. His breakfast normally consists of predominantly protein, like a whey protein shake with fruit, four eggs, or meat. Will factors in some carbs, but tries to save those foods for dinner, so he can use them to refuel for the next day. Prepping for the week is also key because his schedule can get hectic. He uses his juicer to make drinks for the entire week, blending in apples, beets, spinach, oranges, carrots, and ginger.
Even meal timing is down to a science. If Will has practice at 11 AM, he tries to start prepping his breakfast 30-45 minutes before he leaves, so his body can fully reach maximum potential once he gets on the field. Snacking is also crucial because he doesn’t have time to sit down for a meal during practice. He reenergizes with almonds, protein bars, and Tiger Milk bars, and carb-based foods.
“Pasta recharges me before I compete–it’s my main source of fuel.”
On the flipside of his regimented food list is a list of foods to avoid. Will stays away from fast food, burgers, fries, candy, and sugar.
“When I was younger, I had sugar before a race and was burned out at a track meet. I felt drowsy and the coach was disappointed to learn that candy was all I was running on.”
Dinner is also an important meal for an Olympian because it helps the body rebuild and recharge for the next day.
“After competing, I try to have a big dinner since I burn so many calories. I usually go for a big steak because I don’t have to worry about it weighing me down at the end of the day. Mashed potatoes for carbs, and a lot of vegetables.”
Eating like Olympian doesn’t sound like an easy feat because, well, it isn’t. Will’s constant journey with food shows us how important our bodies are, and to reach our fullest potential in life, on and off the field, we need to treat it right.