Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. So what do youth weightlifters eat for breakfast? Six members of USA Weightlifting’s 2019 Youth World Team share what they eat for breakfast.

Ryan Grimsland (67 kg), age 16, of Mash Mafia earned best youth male lifter at the 2018 American Open 3 in Las Vegas.  For breakfast, Ryan eats

A bowl of cereal or two waffles and orange juice.  I don’t like to eat a lot in the morning; it makes me feel lethargic.

Dade Stanley (81 kg), age 16, of Team Divergent has won multiple youth national championships and represented Team USA at the 2018 Youth Pan American Games.

My choice for breakfast is either a breakfast sandwich with eggs, ham and cheese on an English muffin or some oatmeal with peanut butter.  Sometimes I’ll eat both if I’m hungry enough!

At only 16-years old, Seth Tom (55 kg), of Team Divergent is a seasoned Team USA athlete.  Seth first competed internationally at the 2016 Youth World Championship on his 15th birthday.  Says Seth:

For breakfast, I usually have oatmeal, two or three eggs, and a piece of fruit.  This is my usual breakfast because it is easy to make and eat before school starts.

Coby Rhodes (61 kg), age 15, of Florida Elite won the 2018 Youth National championship in the 62 kg weight class.   For breakfast, Coby eats:

Special K cereal or waffles with peanut butter and honey.

Hampton Morris (55 kg), age 14, of Dwala Barbell won best 14-15 year old youth male lifter at the 2018 Youth National Championship and earned a bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Pan American Games.

I usually have some kind of carb, like a Kodiak Cake, as well as some kind of protein.  On heavy days and competition days, I like to have a pancake or waffle and a McGriddle.

Hutch Friend (49 kg), age 14, of Team Divergent holds 13 youth American records.  For breakfast Hutch eats:

Two eggs and oatmeal with walnuts, raisins and chia.  On training days, I also drink fresh juice with beets, carrots, lemon and ginger.

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