I am back with the continuation of the second day of the International Freediving training course in London.
A day which would cover the theoretical part of diet first and then the practical part would follow with emphasis on the most important period of preparation, (B phase) in which the athletes will be asked to ''build'' their muscle mass with patience and a systematic manner in order to obtain high performance through the appropriate styling.
The theoretical part of the second day included the following two sections:
Module 1-Dietary approach
Here the following were developed:
Macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients of food
Diet during the preparation period
Diet during the racing season
Dietary orientation-inadequate food
Module 2-Nutritional supplements
Analytically, in the first module we referred in detail to the macro-nutrient (proteins, carbohydrates, fats) and micro-nutrient (vitamins and trace minerals) food ingredients.
We talked about how each one of those ingredients individually contribute to energy reserves of the muscles, how they are metabolized and the relative expenditure of energy required during their metabolism (digestion etc.)
''We also talked about the major food that we must include during our preparation and before a big event to maximize our performance!''
In the second section we referred in detail to food supplements. We talked about the importance of supplements, their categories and the benefit that a freediving athlete can gain.
In this section I extensively referred to the supplements that I use myself in the various stages of my preparation which help me with efficiency, rehabilitation as well as psychologically during difficult workouts before an important match.
After the theory, we proceeded to the practical part of the second day which included a series of exercises which we perform in the second cycle of our preparation. Essentially, these exercises improve the physical condition and the ability of the body and nervous system to effectively manage the low levels of oxygen.
Finally, the practical part was completed with turns for dynamic apnea (especially with monofin).
I focused on the two most popular turning techniques applied by all freediving athletes, we analyzed their disadvantages and advantages, and we focused on technical points so that each style could be performed separately effectively.
In the next Blog post I will be back with the intriguing third day of the course which contained the topic of Static Apnea (relaxation techniques, equipment, etc.)
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