Five turbo-charged crag snacks to balance energy and macronutrients at the cliff.
EAT SMART TO FILL YOUR BELLY AND SEND YOUR HARDEST
We’ve all heard the term “climber bod” tossed around as we ogle each other’s strapping lats, sinewy forearms, and string-bean thighs. But it’s better to fuel for performance rather than appearance, which means including a source of fuel with some building blocks. Fuel sources are carbs (quick-burning fuel; think gas on a fire) and fat (slow-burning fuel; think of a dense log). If you’re climbing sustained routes or for long periods, or are giving intense send-gos, prioritize carbs, which give you an almostimmediate edge by delivering a new burst of chemical energy to hard-working cells. Fat is helpful for long days in the alpine or at the crags, when you need a steady, slow-burning energy source. Protein, meanwhile, is the building-block macronutrient. When consumed before, during, and after exercise, it improves your muscles’ adaptive response to prolonged sessions and improves muscle synthesis. Plus, it controls cravings and improves satiety. Below are crag snacks with a climber-friendly focus, all conducive to keeping you fit, fine, and—if you must—cover-ready for the next issue of GQ.