UFC champ Kamaru Usman reveals his workout routine, what’s in his fridge
Top athletes typically have strict routines that allow them to achieve greatness in their sport, and UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is no different.
From putting in long hours in the gym to making sure the body gets the nutrients it needs through proper nutrition, Usman seems to have it dialed. In a video of men’s healththe champ opened the door, both literally and figuratively, as he discussed his routines and showed off what was inside his fridge that looked like it could be used for a commercial.
At the gym, Usman says he trains daily, but can be reduced to two or three times a week when there is no fight scheduled. As for the type of training he prefers, it’s functional movements that can be applied to what’s going on inside the cage.
“So when I grab you, I feel like a gorilla just grabbed you,” Usman said.
As hard as a worker Usman is inside the gym, he admits he hated one particular workout that many can relate to: squats. However, over the years, he says he has come to love it because of the advantages it gives him inside the cage.
Since becoming division champion in 2019, Usman has defended the title five times, beating Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington twice each, and stopping former sparring partner Gilbert Burns. He knows that as king of the division he has to stay on top of his game, be prepared for all comers if he is to defend his throne.
Currently, Usman is recovering from a hand operation to repair the damage to his right hand. Although there is no current timetable for his return, his manager recently stated that he will return before the end of 2022.
Part of that recovery, perhaps the most important part, is making sure the diet stays on point. Fueling the body to recover from surgery is important on its own, but also when training for a championship fight. So, what does the champion’s diet look like?
“My diet is mostly water, the most important thing,” Usman explained, pointing to his tidy fridge. “At least four times a week, I have to add eggs, and I mix in the spinach. Certain types of fruit at some point later in the day. Apples, blackberries, blueberries – all of the above, we need to at least mix that in there.
On fight day, Usman said he also likes to keep things light and simple.
“I always try to squeeze in that good omelette,” Usman said. “I have eggs, I will have spinach, peppers in the omelet. Of course, the lawyer. You need that good fat, and you need to add carbs too. So wheat toast or a croissant. …And then later in the day, you want to fuel your body with what’s going to carry you through the competition.
So I usually like to get some type of pasta. Of course, I don’t want to do the white sauce which is going to be milky and things of that nature, but I do the red sauce, the tomato sauce. Make it light on your body, so your body can absorb it as quickly as possible.
Check out Usman discussing his gym and kitchen favorites in the video above.
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