Like with any fitness regimen, diet can play a vital role in the success of your Krav Maga training. Although a self-defense system at its core, Krav Maga is also a grueling yet effective full-body workout. Because of its particularly vigorous nature, self-defense training like Krav Maga requires a different diet than a more mild workout routine.
Pair your own self-defense lessons with these proper, helpful, and healthy diet tips:
A variety of recent fad diets have made the word “carb” a dirty one. However, good carbohydrates are essential when beginning and maintaining an intense fitness program like Krav Maga. Healthy carbohydrates act as fuel and should be consumed before a workout. Think whole grain and whole wheat breads, pastas, and rice. Carbs should also be eaten post-workout, about an hour afterwards, because carbohydrates will be burned during your self-defense lessons
Proteins help repair and grow muscles, which is essential when practicing Krav Maga. Krav Maga includes a lot of muscle work and can lead to soreness, especially early on in your training. Proteins should be kept to a minimum before your self-defense lessons as they digest slower and can cause sluggishness during your workout. After your session, proteins are vital for muscle repair. It should be noted that some Krav Maga students may find themselves at a disadvantage if they are vegetarians or vegans. By no means are such diets frowned upon in Krav Maga, however the lack of meat should be properly supplemented.
You may already know all about pre and post workout carbs and proteins, but glucose may need a bit more explanation. According to KMW National Training Centers’ dedicated and knowledgeable nutritionist Lindsea Burns, “Performance will be best if you maintain your glucose supply, because when glucose is the fuel, you can work at a higher intensity than if you had to rely on fatty acids.”
Lindsea’s recent blog about glucose and endurance training describes how you should work it into your self-defense lessons. She says that if your session lasts for more than two hours, you should replenish your glucose level through a supplement every 20 minutes.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when pairing a healthy diet with a dedicated Krav Maga practice. KMW National Training Centers care deeply about our students and not only wish to provide them with the physical skills of Krav Maga, but with knowledge and guidance for overall wellbeing. We are proud to have a nutritionist on staff and will continue to provide you with nutritional information alongside your training.