The sun is setting in Bradenton, Florida, as eight men in cowboy boots and wide-brimmed hats climb out of Super Shuttle vans and enthusiastically shake hands with the sports training staff of IMG Academy. But as this group of guys walk toward the building, a huddle of Under Armour—clad football players look on with curiosity, perhaps wondering what kind of sport you play in starched blue jeans. The answer? Bull riding. The sport has grown exponentially since the founding of Professional Bull Riders PBR in ; in the last 20 years, annual attendance at live events has gone from some , to more than three million, and the organization has reported a 7 percent increase in its fan base in the last year alone. The bulls are bigger and stronger, thanks to improved diets and breeding practices, and PBR has attracted big-name sponsors like Ford, Wrangler, and Monster Energy Drinks. Most bull riders hone their craft on family farms, starting as young as six years old, and, if possible, traveling to youth camps hosted by private ranchers. They learn on the job, watching tapes of rides gone wrong and getting on practice bulls between competitions.
It was an illuminating experience for Dirteater, who had never realized just how much more he could do to elevate his game. Those 8 seconds can end early, though, and result in several injuries. Nutrition is a cornerstone of the training regimen at IMG Academy. They learn on the job, watching tapes of rides gone wrong and getting on practice bulls between competitions. Ryan Dirteater, a. Dirteater considers himself as an elite athlete, but he had not realized he could give himself a competitive advantage by just thinking about what he eats. Lockwood will adjust the nutrient timing of his already healthy diet, which means front-loading fast-burning, energy-boosting simple carbohydrates on event days and before workouts, and saving protein- and fat-heavy meals for recovery. Parsing through every detail of a meal can get daunting, so Rice set out to present the riders with some overall nutritional themes to always keep in mind. But as this group of guys walk toward the building, a huddle of Under Armour—clad football players look on with curiosity, perhaps wondering what kind of sport you play in starched blue jeans. And a wrestling hobby sprinkled in between. He still has a weakness for chicken wings like most year-olds, though. Injury prevention and recovery is huge, and perhaps more so than in any other sport.
By: Kristian Limas July 19, The riders were given a course on what foods serve as the best fuel for their lives. One of the first things the experts at the academy explained the cowboys is that what fuels their bodies is just as important as to how strong their bodies are. IMG tries to tailor its routines to the unique challenges of each sport, and during an acceleration drill — the guys pop up from a prone position and into an all-out sprint — suddenly the riders look more natural, and move with a sense of urgency. The answer? The real-world application of this exercise is not lost on them. The sun is setting in Bradenton, Florida, as eight men in cowboy boots and wide-brimmed hats climb out of Super Shuttle vans and enthusiastically shake hands with the sports training staff of IMG Academy. According to Rice, athletes should always look to maximize the amount of nutrients they can get from a meal. Most have already planned at least minor tweaks. Dirteater, still nagged by a repeatedly torn ACL, plans to invest in a set of NormaTec boots, which look like inflatable ski pants and reduce swelling through dynamic compression. An elite athlete has an important stake in maintaining their health, and a high level of performance as well. Rice explained that carbs are more of a long-term energy and you want something fast.
He believes his week at IMG Academy can help him regain his World Finals, while also elevating his career to the next level. And a wrestling hobby sprinkled in between. Therefore, he is no stranger to managing his weight and overall diet, but even he came away with useful knowledge.