James Haskell's Daily Supplements

James Haskell's Daily Supplements

James Haskell takes his rugby, workouts and nutrition extremely seriously. It’s why the intimidatingly mobile man mountain is in the form of his life aged 29, and in the England squad facing Wales on Friday night. That and a blatant disregard for his physical safety once he’s got his scrumcap on. If you're training hard and want to build more muscle, burn yet more fat and have even more energy, his daily supplement plan will make a serious difference to your on-pitch performance.

MORNING

HYDRATION TABLET (£6.99, jhbodyfire.com)

“I wake up every morning feeling dehydrated, so I have one these in a pint and a half of water, maybe a bit more. I use the tablets designed for a ‘medium sweater’, which is what I am, apparently. Nathan Hughes at Wasps sweats more than anyone I’ve ever seen in my life, so who knows what he’d need.”

HIGH-STRENGTH PROBIOTIC (£39.95, http://www.healthspan.co.uk/elite/elite-high-strength-probiotic)

“Gut health is hugely neglected. If you hammer your digestive system for years with alcohol, junk food and cigarettes, you’re not going to get the best results out of your training or nutrition.”

VITAMIN D3, MULTIVIT & OMEGA 3 (from £14.95, http://www.healthspan.co.uk/elite/elite-high-strength-omega-3-1000mg)

“You can be as careful with your diet as you like, but these three make sure your body has what it needs to train and recover, keep your sleep pattern healthy and even improve things like your bone density.”

BETA ALANINE (£13, maxishop.com)

“Your head and fingers will tingle, so we call this ‘Itchy and Scratchy’. It’s a lactic acid buffer, so you won’t fatigue or cramp as much when you’re training. You have to ‘load’ with it, which I normally avoid, but you really notice the results.”

GLUTAMINE (£13, maxishop.com)

“It’s an amino acid that will set you up for training later on in the day. I put it into what I call my ‘functional shake’. Stick kale, spinach, parsley, berries, some macha powder, the juice of half a lime, the glutamine and water or apple juice to taste into a NutriBullet and blitz it.” Bottoms up.

COCONUT OIL (£15.59, jhbodyfire.com)

“Before I leave the house, I have a black coffee with a spoonful of Tagaloa in it. Your body needs sat fats to perform and this is rich in the sort you want – Medium Chain Triglycerides. I use to cook with, too. Just make sure you replace other oils, rather than add this on top.”

 

TRAINING

PRE-TRAINER (£29.99, jhbodyfire.com)

“I take two of these 30/40 minutes before training. If you’ve tried pre-trainers before they can be quite strong and give you the jitters. We designed these to pack in a lot of natural ingredients for energy and fat burning and it’s been fully tested by Inform Sport. As an athlete I can’t risk taking anything dodgy.”

BCAAs (£28, maxishop.com)

“On your way to the gym, drink 5g of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) diluted in water. This means your body is stocked up with the building blocks it needs to start repairing muscle fibres as soon as they start tearing. Once I’m training, I sip from a Powerade with another dose of BCAAs mixed in.”

WHEY PROTEIN & CARBS (£14, maxishop.com)

“When I’m training with England, I get a bespoke recovery shake handed to me. Which is nice. But when I’m on my own I use some pure whey protein, add another dose of BCAAs and some carbohydrates. You need those carbs to replenish the glycogen stores in your muscles.”

 

NIGHT

ZINC WITH VITAMIN C (£10.95, http://www.healthspan.co.uk/elite/elite-zinc-and-vitamin-c)

“When you’re training hard, it pays to give your immune system a helping hand. The zinc improves your sleep quality, too, so a good one to take just before bed.”

CASEIN (£43, maxishop.com)

“Finally, I drink a casein shake. It’s a slow-release form of protein that drip-feeds nutrients into your muscles while you’re asleep. I mix mine with a bit of cherry extract, which is another natural way to get you a better night’s sleep.”

 

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– Entry was posted on February 9th, 2015 by James Haskell

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