In the pool Olympic swimming events cover distances from 50m up to 1,500m and freestyle events take around 21 seconds and 15 minutes to complete. Despite the comparatively short duration of swimming events compared to running or cycling, world class swimmers routinely cover distances of 100-120km per week in the pool. Swimming these distances in training is an extreme challenge in its own right and most swimmers also do resistance training to increase muscle mass, strength and power. The volume of training places huge physiological demands on energy production, resulting in significant oxidative stress, red blood cell destruction and muscle damage. This can leave swimmers feeling tired, susceptible to infections and unable to maintain training quality and technique, especially when resistance training is also performed.
To be successful in swimming events requires high levels of muscular strength, power, oxygen uptake and anaerobic capacity and ESG have developed nutrition interventions to specifically increase these aspects of performance. Our nutrition programs also focus on improving health, and reducing the risk of infection during hard training and international travel. ESG nutrition programs have successfully been used to take gold medals at British, European, Commonwealth and World Championship Medals. Perhaps the most notable was the first World Championship Gold medal by a British woman back in 2004.