- American tennis player Madison Keys recently won the Cincinnati Championships and competed in the US Open.
- Keys said her diet and recovery during competition season included simple, protein-rich meals.
- The tennis star also shared the supplements she takes, including turmeric and iron.
American tennis star Madison Keys is knocked out early at the US Open, and she’s already gearing up for a tough competition schedule next year.
The 27-year-old Illinois-born player won her first Cincinnati Open – one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the US – before competing in the US Open. Keys lost to her American teammate Coco Guff in the third round of the US Open earlier this month.
Although the world of sports is full of the latest innovations in health and wellness Millions of dollarsKeys says her preparation doesn’t involve fancy recovery technology and a strict diet. She told Insider that she relied on a high-protein diet and compression shoes to get her through her matches.
Here’s what an athlete’s diet and wellness routine looks like at the US Open.
Eggs, toast and chicken on match days
On the day of the midday game, Keys drinks a hearty brunch beforehand.
For breakfast, she has toasted eggs with avocado and sometimes a side of potatoes. For lunch, it will be chicken with pasta or rice. After the match, she will have more carbs and protein to help her recover.
Keys, which has a business partnership with the supplement maker Thorne, He also has Chocolate whey protein shake for Helps restore muscle Between tough matches against the best in the world of tennis. You drink at least one protein shake every day during the off-season.
She has a simple health routine, consisting of some nutritional supplements and compression shoes
The wellness industry swells to become a trillion dollar giantAnd athletes – who are professionally obligated to stay in perfect health – are key to this growth.
These days, most professional athletes associate themselves with some health product, from the lowest rank to superstars. LeBron James It spends more than a million dollars on biotechnology such as cold rooms and hyperbaric. Tom Brady sells infrared pajamas. Aaron Rodgers has promoted the benefits “Cleanses” has its roots in ancient medical systems (This is what the experts say performed incorrectly).
Keys has partnered with Thorne, though she says she keeps her health routine simple, taking supplements like omega-3s, iron, the antioxidant glutathione and turmeric. Keys also takes vitamin D due to a doctor-diagnosed deficiency.
For most non-athletes, taking a balanced diet It’s the best way to get the right amount of nutrients, nutrition experts told Insider — although people who are underdiagnosed can benefit from using supplements.
For athletes, it may be a little different (although there is a lack of research). write in British Journal of Medicinethe International Olympic Committee – the best resource guiding rules For Athletes – High-performance athletes recommend working with a knowledgeable sports nutritionist to determine which supplements can benefit their bodies.
The supplement industry is also unregulated, which means that supplement makers do not have to test for efficacy, though (Thorne products are certified by National Science Foundation.)
Keys will increase her calories in the off-season as she prepares for competition next year
The US Open is over, but ATP players like Keys tend to compete until November. Tennis has one of shortest seasons Among professional sports, American competitions begin in the spring.
Unofficial seasons run between September and February if athletes compete only in the U.S. Championships, but international competitions are held every month except December, according to the Association of Tennis Professionals.
Keys said she usually has to eat more because her training is more intense during those six to eight weeks. She adds an extra protein drink to her diet and increases her calories while eating the same foods in the first place.
Keys said she doesn’t monitor what she eats or measure her calories — she wouldn’t go on a very strict, crazy diet.
“I think a lot of times people think that athletes always care about their weight and their appearance, and it has a lot to do with feeding my muscles the nutrients they need to be strong and recovering and being able to fuel me for the physical activity that I get out and do every day.”