Rob Labritz, PGA Tour Champions
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GK: Can you tell us about your nutrition before, during, and after your game?
Food and nutrition are essential for my professional golf career. Consistency in my energy levels is critical. I need the energy to practice, energy to play, and energy to focus. I can maintain power in all three areas by what I put into my body.
I will spend a considerable amount of time walking the course before a tournament. A week before, I will decarb, and then I’ll carbup the day before an event. While I generally follow a keto-style diet, with some carbs mixed in, I know I need the carbohydrates to compete effectively.
On the morning of a tournament, I eat egg whites, fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, and a piece of toast. That’s my daily breakfast. I am occasionally a big salad and chicken advocate for lunch and splurge on steak. I eat a ton of vegetables, so much that my wife calls me a vegetarian; even though I am not, I still like my proteins. (laughs)
During the tournament week, I will eat a lot of pasta as I walk around 7-9 miles for four hours, so much energy is required. When I am out on the golf course, I snack on almonds and drink Isagenix Shakes. I will often have Isagenix as a breakfast replacement if I am in a rush.
“If you follow your golf pros guidance it will improve your golf game, your health and life.”
GK: Has your dietary teaching method changed in the last 20 years?
It has gotten better for sure. I removed all processed foods, food bars, and refined sugars. These may give you a quick sugar high, but you will crash soon afterward. I recommend Epicured’s Protein Energy Bites, they keep me at an optimal energy level while competing on the golf course and they taste amazing!
I am a big advocate for Athlade, for sustained energy both pre-round, during, and post.
Athlade provides natural energy, boosts endurance, enhances immunity, improves hydration, and helps reduce inflammation associated with physical and mental stress*.
GK: What do you advise new clients and members?
People develop habits over the years, and it is challenging to change someone’s diet. I recommend a significant amount of stretching, and I advocate for clean eating. If they are playing golf for fun, I suggest they carbup to sustain energy throughout the day. I recommend any foods containing anti-inflammation ingredients at the end of the day.
Hydration is essential; a bottle of water per hour during a game and mix in some electrolytes like the Athlade. Practice good sleeping habits.
GK: How satisfying is watching clients progress if they follow your recommendations?
It is incredibly satisfying to see someone taking the information I provide and turning it into improvement in their game. I try to give them the best advice to live their best lives, and if they follow it, their bonus is an improved golf game! It is almost as exciting as winning a tournament!
If you follow your golf pros guidance it will improve your golf game and your health and life!