Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Good nutrition is key to athletic success, wrestlers say

"The most I've lost was around 10 to 12 pounds," said Jose Gomez, a senior at Sickles High. To an average teenager, losing this kind of weight would seem extreme, but for wrestlers like Jose and Sebastian Franco, that's only the beginning.

"I eat a half of a fish and a tablespoon of vegetables, and before I go to bed I have a clementine," Gomez said, explaining how he keeps his body's metabolism in check.

Franco said, "It all comes with the proper nutrition. It's not just about what you eat, but also how much of it you are eating."

When asked about a normal day of workouts, Gomez replied with one word: cardio. "We start with stretching and 25 minutes of cardio."

Each teen then explained a sequence of different exercises that he practices, all of which are done to maintain blood flow and a healthy heart rate. "Wrestling is a tough sport," Gomez said. "We go hard!"

Franco added, "Our coach pushes us, but he's extremely encouraging." As in any sport, staying fit and in shape is almost always a top priority. "At first, your body is used to eating trash and junk food all of the time, but then you learn to feed yourself the proper proteins and nutrients that get your performance to a top level," Franco said. He stressed the importance of having a proper diet.

Gomez added, "When it comes to being in shape or even healthy in general, it's all about nutrients and some form of exercise."

Of course, winning is on the mind of every athlete, and these guys don't hold back. He said, "If you're not eating properly, then you can't expect to give your all and win every match."

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