Olympian / WNBA Champion
The G.O.A.T is a Bird named Sue
I’ve been using Vitargo for
close to 10 plus years
“It is pretty simple. Vitargo is my mainstay. I’ve been using Vitargo now for close to 10 plus years. It started out as a game day thing before every game. I actually use three scoops now.”
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Point Guard for the Seattle Storm
Member of Three Championship-Winning Teams (2004, 2010, 2018)
Four Olympic Gold Medal Teams (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
Member of Eleven All-Star Teams and Eight All-WNBA Teams
Fan Pick for the Top 15 Players of All Time
POWER PROFILE: Carbohydrate Supplementation in a Professional Basketball Player
The New Power Eating by Dr. Susan Kleiner
Sue Bird, one of the Greatest of All Time point guards and four-time Team USA Gold Medal Olympian had never worried too much about her nutrition. Although she basically selected healthy foods, she focused on her training much more than on her diet. At 34 years old, with numerous orthopedic injuries and repairs, Sue wondered if working on her diet might help her stay in the game a while longer. My answer was a resounding yes!
Sue was an incredible client and very diligent. She kept a 10-day diet record so that we could get a very good snapshot of her overall food intake. It revealed that she was underfueling her body 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day, depending on the day’s training protocol. She was taking in only about 100 calories above her resting metabolic rate, with a very slight increase on game days. Few things would tear her body down faster than that large an energy deficit.
To begin, I added 170 grams of carbohydrate, 20 grams of fat, and 50 grams of protein. She periodized her carbohydrate intake, as can all my clients, by adjusting her carbohydrate supplementation around training. High-intensity training days and game days got more carbohydrate, including carbohydrate supplementation before, during, and after training. Rest days didn’t require carbohydrate supplementation. Easy!
Well, try telling an elite-caliber athlete that she needs to eat at least another 1,000 calories a day! But Sue was a model client. We took it in steps to get her mind and body used to the extra food, but the minute she saw, and felt, the results, she was all in. And despite the fact that Sue had always been very fit, her extra ripped abs were a nice added benefit!
Sue has put her own stamp on her food choices, but sticks with the Power Eating program template that we designed 3 years ago. At first, she was skeptical of all the carbohydrate supplementation around training, but today she has added more Vitargo for half-time refueling and encourages her teammates to use it as well. And that talk about retirement? No way! Sue is still fully in the game, and I get to watch her championship play all season as the Floor General of the Seattle Storm.