It used to never bother you.
You made your excuses.
"I don't have time."
"It's my genetics."
"I'm not that bad. Sure I can still last the full match."
"I've tried dieting before and I didn't have the energy to train or play, so there's no point."
But recently, you've been covering up the belly a bit more, and you've avoided certain situations where someone might have to see you with your top off.
You've noticed yourself unable to keep up with others on the team, and you know getting some weight off would help.
The extra laps aren't working.
You cut out carbs one time but that zapped your energy and lasted a couple of weeks.
You think the fat-burners you saw someone talking about on the internet might be the answer, so you buy them. 4 weeks and £30 later, no change.
You're all but ready to give up.
Outside of the top teams in the country, the advice on fat-loss, muscle gain and fuelling performance for GAA isn't great. I recognised this when I went looking for some as a Gaelic footballer.
I decided to go looking for it in other areas, (Rugby, Athletics, Bodybuilding, NFL etc.) studied, and got qualified in the relevant areas.
I realised that other sports were a lot further along in the recommendations available to the athletes involved, and I wanted to take what I'd learnt from them, and apply the information to GAA sports.
So I created the Gaelic Athlete Online Coaching Program. (knowyourselfnutrition.com/gaaonlinecoaching)
This is a 12- week program where I help GAA Athletes like you, to get in shape whilst fueling performance. This is done through a personalised nutrition plan and gym program, with the weekly accountability and advice to keep you on track.
There's a lot of information out there around these topics, but the hard part is putting it all together into a plan in a way that takes your specific physical attributes, training schedule starting point and goals into mind.
That's what I do for the athletes that come through this program.
And don't let the word 'athlete' put you off. In fact, most of the people that come through the program aren't those that are the high-fliers in the team (we get some of them too, mind you).
Often, they're the guys who are trying to go from sub-bench to the starting 15, or the guys who are struggling in training because they've let themselves go a bit. Or the guy who is in the offseason, who wants to be in the best shape possible when pre-season comes around.
But what they have in common is that they're ready and willing to improve themselves. They're ready to dedicate some time to their nutrition and gym-work because they know the pay-off it will bring to their performance and life.
If you're interested and want to find out more about what's involved, previous athletes' stories, pricing and how to apply, click here: knowyourselfnutrition.com/coaching
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Conor O'Neill, Know Yourself Nutrition
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