The Inside Line Podcast: Tech Edition | Motocross Nutrition with Blake Savage 5

Jett might be eating doughnuts, but for most pro racers, what they put in their body is just as important as all of their training.

The Inside Line Podcast: Tech Edition | Motocross Nutrition with Blake Savage

 

Of course we are biased, but it is hard to argue against the fact that motocross at its highest level is the most physically demanding sport on the planet. To perform at their peak, racers have to have endurance, strength, agility, and raw power, which they can't achieve eating doughnuts and cheeseburgers. Well, maybe Jett can. To get a little insight into how pro racers are fueling their bodies, we grabbed Blake Savage, former pro motocross racer and current motocross trainer. He's worked with Ken Roczen, Cole Seely, Christian Craig, Chase Sexton among others. Listen in to see if you can take some of the tips and nutrition guides Savage shares and apply them to your weekend warrior program. 

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Klinger Klinger 11/8/2020 12:03 PM

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Seems like a pretty cool gig to have someone like Roczen paying you to work out with him! A nutrition license is overrated, the best thing you can do is read as many books as you can and trial and error. Experience and knowledge produces results. A balanced diet similar to the zone that includes all food groups and a functional fitness program that varies squats, deadlifts, planks, pushups, pullups...etc is the best way for mxer's.

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Great interview! I would love to hear more! Blake is a great guy, comes from an awesome family, is humble and has real world experience. He's not claiming to be a licensed nutritionist. He was a pro motocross rider before his accident and his advice is sound for the sport. He says to get tested and research your individual circumstances. He doesn't paint everyone with the same color. I've been to many, many doctors of nutrition over the years due to having diabetes, and Blake is spot on and in harmony with what I've been taught. As we all know, nobody knows it all, and every single person has different nutritional needs based on their individual metabolism and how they use their body. Cut Blake some slack and work together, not apart.

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Man its pretty crazy the lack of real education these guys have yet they are training the Top guys in the sport.

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Once you go get Registered Dietician license then you can advise pro athletes. You are right that there is a huge lack of education in the trainers in this sport. Because you used to ride or because you made a guy do a really hard workout, you must know what you’re talking about.
I’ve worked in pro sports, multiple cups and championship rings for 8+ years and have MSc in sport science and I’m trying to help make some difference in motocross. 1 step at a time we can have guys educated and performing at really high levels.

I didn’t disagree significantly with anything Blake said. The one big problem with the beet juice comment in this podcast though is that all the research has proven definitively that it is only effective in non-elite populations. No difference on elite athletes than a placebo. Also klingers reference to L-glutamine it’s a pretty low state of evidence for that. L-glutamine is fine when it’s a part of all the essential amino acids and it can have some relationship to reduced soreness but it’s still limited evidence.

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Like Seth for example and we see how that program is working which is not well. Not saying the blame should only be on the trainers but at the top top level they should at least have a degree in nutrition if nothing else. To add more help and value to the rider. Unless they are strictly riding technique coaches which only the top guys can afford to have.

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