Ep. 51 Food For Athletes & Athletic Supporters

In This Episode

Neal is joined by sports nutritionist and Level 3 British Triathlon Federation coach Robert Popper to discuss the difference between everyday nutrition and the nutritional needs of athletes.

They dive deep into pre-workout nutrition and the common habit of under fueling, as well as proper hydration, sweating, water weight, and electrolytes.

Robert stresses the importance of post-workout replenishment and explores the roles of carbs and protein.

Finally, we get some basic advice for people who are just starting to add exercise into their lives.

Topics Discussed

  • The difference between regular good nutrition and sports nutrition
  • The habit of under fueling
  • Preworkout consumption 
  • Over hydrating
  • Replenishing nutrients throughout the workout to maintain energy
  • Sweating and water weight
  • What electrolytes are, what they do, the best way to consume
  • Not enough carbs
  • Too much protein
  • Recommendations for people new to exercise 

All About Robert Popper

Rob Popper is a Level 3 British Triathlon Federation Triathlon Coach, a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist, a Certified Sports Nutritionist, an experienced triathlete and a martial artist. He has been coaching, teaching and training for over 40 years, and has developed a very strong personal philosophy that informs all his interactions with clients. He sometimes calls it “Bruce Lee meets Chrissie Wellington.”

He has been coaching triathletes professionally for 15 years, all over the world, working with thousands of clients from ages 8 to 78, from nervous newcomers to seasoned pros going to world championships, even Olympic hopefuls! He loves getting to know each and every client, and finding the best ways to support them in reaching their goals.

Mobility and flexibility are not just sports principles that he incorporates into training sessions, they are also the business principles behind how he delivers personalized services to all his clients. Wherever you are, he hopes to find creative ways to work together.


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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