Five times when Feed. saved the day
A day with Pascal Martino-Lagarde
Six times Champion of France in the 60m hurdles. Twice Champion of France in the 110m hurdles. Last year at the European Championships in Berlin, Martinot-Lagarde made his most emphatic statement yet when he became the European 110m hurdle champion. He has now decided to join the Feed. adventure and today, we are going to be spending the day with him in order to find out what his training regime consists of.
“I moved to Reims in October 2017 to focus on my training. During the week I give everything. I return to Paris at weekends to relax and spend time with my wife and children. It’s a sacrifice I had to make for the good of my career. Having a young family is tough. I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with all of the training that I have to do. When I’m in Reims, I’m in my zone and I am able to maximize my training. I live in a very basic little apartment and my days are often extremely busy.”
9AM – I get up, drink a big glass of water and get ready for the day ahead. I do not always well hungry in the morning so I don’t have breakfast. This allows me to wake up a little later. I am a firm believer in listening to your body and doing the things that it wants you to do.
10AM – I head off to see my physio. I tend to prefer to get this out of the way in the morning and focus on my training in the afternoon.
12PM – Once I’ve done everything I had to do in the morning, I go straight to CREPS (The Center for Resources, Expertize and Sports Performance Ile-de-France) to have lunch before beginning my training. Again, there are no rules. I really can’t be doing with counting each individual calorie. I eat what I want, but usually it’s fresh and seasonal foods.
2PM – I begin my workout in the early afternoon. The exercises vary from day to day: running, cardio, bodybuilding.
“I really can’t be doing with counting each individual calorie. I eat what I want”
4PM – I always keep a protein bar in my bag to recover after particularly intense sessions.
7PM – I get home. Generally, I play computer games for a couple of hours in order to relax.
8PM – I do not have a kitchen, so I stock up on Feed. for my evening meals. When I start to get hungry, I prepare my Feed. SPORT shaker. My personal favorite is the Chocolate & Hazelnut recipe. I then usually watch a film on the TV.
11PM – I usually head to bed at about 11PM. I need 9-10 hours of sleep a night in order to be on my best form the next day.
I have been using Feed. since October 2017. At one point in time it was the only thing I ate. I didn’t think it would be enough to fill me up, but I never felt hungry. Now I have Feed. just for my evening meals. I think my relatively simple approach to nutrition has enabled me to focus on my training and my performances in major competitions.
At the weekend I go back to Paris. There I can be just “Dad” again. During the weekend I eat whatever I fancy. I usually meet up with some friends and have my favorite meal, chicken and rice. I’ll go to a nice restaurant with my wife and I will even have pizza with my kids.
If I had to give four tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I would say:
– Sleep well. It sounds basic but it is so important.
– Take part in physical activity. Your body will thank you and you will enjoy it!
– Try to smile. Say hello to your neighbor, be nice to those you meet. Even if you’re not feeling 100%, it is important to be nice to those around you. Be positive around others and you will see that people will be positive with you too. It will make you feel a whole lot better.
– Find a practical, effective and customized nutrition solution to focus on what makes you tick.