by Dana Cavalea August 17, 2017


No, there is not a Professional League for those who like to eat. But, yes I did work out this morning with New York Yankees Manager, Joe Girardi.
For those that know Joe, or have seen him, you know he is in great shape. Aside from having incredible genetics, he is also a great eater. Ready for this though, he actually eats for his body type.
What do I mean by that?
If Joe did not work out at all, he would be tall and lean. He would be one of those guys who could eat whatever he wants and not blow up. A FAST METABOLISM guy as many say.
With that, he is able to eat starchy carbs and not pay the price. He is able to eat later than most and not wake up with volcanic eruption and bloating within his GI Track.
He is that top 10% of gifted individuals when it comes to his physicality- both from a lifting standpoint and eating standpoint. When he trains, he gets very vascular, defined, and lean- but putting on mass and size is tough.
When he eats, he burns it all up quickly and can often reach hanger levels at a faster rate than your average bear.
What kind of person are you?
Do starchy carbs stick to you? Do you have a hard time growing muscle and seeing vascularity from your work at the gym?
If so, you must adjust. Adjusting your diet to one of minimal starch carbs is essential for your long term "lean-ness". Now I am using Joe as an example here, but there are others who suffer from the opposite issue. Take CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.
These guys were what I call "sticky"-- meaning whatever they ate stuck to them. Keeping sugars low, starchy carbs low, and adding extra conditioning work was essential. Meanwhile, if you added this extra work to a guy like Joe or Brett Gardner or Ichiro they would virtually melt away!
You must eat and train for your body type. You must always be aware of how what you are eating is working with and for your body, both positively and negatively.
For the majority of thicker wristed individuals, high carbs usually equals more belt notches and belt holes. Higher expansion is typically seen here.
So, now you have the facts. Now it is time to do the work. I was told this early in my career by a former Yankees Coach, Jeff Mangold, "The great ones always adjust".#trainlikeapro
Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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