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Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports Book/DVD Bundle

The product bundle includes all of the following:

Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports book: 80 pages softback
2-DVD set of Simon Fraser University seminar
Book of accompanying Powerpoint slides: 16 page spiral bound
Price: 47.00 + S/H


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About the Book/DVD

Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports examines the topic of nutrition for what I like to refer to as mixed sports. This includes almost all team sports along with many individual sports such as boxing, mixed martial arts and some track and field events.

Basically any sport that has requirements for both endurance and strength/power is considered a mixed sport. Because of the often odd nature of performance requirements, optimizing nutrition for these sports often presents problems that aren’t seen in either the pure strength/power sports (such as throwing, sprinting or weightlifting) or pure endurance sports (such as running or cycling).

The book, as well as the accompanying 2 DVD set, approaches the problem in an applied fashion building up the topic of nutrition from the ground up to present a comprehensive examination of how mixed sports athletes can optimize their nutrition.

This product started life as a seminar I did in Vancouver at Simon Fraser University in 2009 for their football and soccer teams on applied sports nutrition.  But rather than just slap the DVD together with the handouts and slides, I decided to write a complete stand alone book (derived primarily from the handouts).  Of course, the original DVD seminar is included along with the Powerpoint slides and the full package includes everything shown below.

Please note: The DVDs have no regional encoding and should play on any DVD player or computer with DVD capabilities.


Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports Package



Book Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Some Unapplied Theory
Chapter 2: General and Performance Nutrition
Chapter 3: Energy Intake
Chapter 4: Dietary Protein
Chapter 5: Dietary Fat
Chapter 6: Dietary Carbohydrates
Chapter 7: Vitamins and Minerals
Chapter 8: Meal Planning
Chapter 9: Around Workout/Competition Nutrition
Chapter 10: Hydration and Cramping
Chapter 11: Supplements
Chapter 12: Changing Body Composition
Chapter 13: Putting it All Together
Chapter 14: The End


DVD Table of Contents

Disk 1
Module 1: Introduction + A Little Unapplied Theory (12:41)
Module 2: General and Performance Nutrition (35:32)
Module 3: Meal Planning (14:19)
Module 4: Around Workout Nutrition (32:13)

Disk 2
Module 5: Hydration and Cramping (15:43)
Module 6: Supplements (39:23)
Module 7: Changing Body Composition (18:22)
Module 8: Putting it All Together (11:03)



The following is the entirety of Chapter 1: Some Unapplied Theory.

As I mentioned in the introduction, mixed sports tend to have some fairly unique nutritional and physiological requirements which make them distinct from either pure endurance or strength-power sports. To make this more clear, I want to present something I call the sports continuum.

In Figure 1 below, I’ve drawn a line with pure strength/power sports at one end and pure endurance sports at the other. In-between those two are team sports such as basketball, football, soccer, hockey, etc. I call these mixed sports and there are other examples that aren’t team based (e.g. MMA, boxing). This will make more sense in a second.


The Sports Continuum


Now, it should be clear that sports don’t fall neatly into these three distinct categories and it would be more accurate to place different sports at different places on the line. As well, especially regarding team sports, there can be differences between positions even in the same sport. So simply use the above distinction as one of convenience and nothing more.

In keeping with this concept, there are clearly going to be differences in what types of training the different categories of sport will have to primarily engage in as the major part of their training. This is shown in Figure 2 on the next page.


The Training Continuum


So hopefully you can see part of why the mixed sports activities present the unique requirements that they do. Effectively, the mixed sports, and again this depends on many variables, have to mix types of training from both the pure strength/power and pure endurance end of the continuum.

And, as you might expect, the primary adaptations seen in the different sports are, well…different. This is shown in Figure 3 below.


The Adaptation Continuum


And the above figure is really the major take-home message of this chapter as it applies to nutrition and this book. Clearly different sports require a certain set of adaptations which are stimulated by the specific types of training done.

But while training is what stimulates the necessary adaptations, nutrition is what supports those adaptations (outside of the ones related to neural factors). The specifics of the training (which are determined by the nature of the adaptations sought) determines what nutrition is required to optimally support it.

And this is worth mentioning for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, many sports nutritionists fall into a one-sized fits all set of nutrition recommendations that don’t fit anybody; everyone gets the same dietary recommendations regardless of sport.

Going further, there is often a proximity bias that occurs in folks who write about nutrition. Pure endurance athletes tend to think that all athletes are like them and often recommend carbohydrate amounts that are too high and protein intakes that are too low for other sports. Similarly, pure strength/power athletes, for whom 5 repetitions is considered ‘aerobic’ work often decry carbohydrates at all with a focus solely on protein (and fat).

But neither extreme of dietary recommendations is necessarily appropriate for mixed sports athletes. As noted above in the figures and text, there is a mix of adaptations and training styles that are performed depending on the specifics of the sport, the position within that sport and other factors. Mixed sports have to ‘cover’ at least some of the nutritional requirements of each of the extreme categories.

Even within a given sport, different positions can live on different parts of the continuum. An American football lineman may train and eat very much like a pure strength/power sport since the primary requirement is being an immovable wall that rarely has to move more than a few yards at a time. A running back is more akin to a sprinter with different nutritional requirements reflecting the demands of their position.

Hopefully, you can see that other sports can have similarly varied demands depending on the specifics of the sport in general and the position in specific. For example, while rugby and soccer are both superficially similar in terms of their energetic demands, they require different body types and thus different optimal types of training and nutrition. Rugby players need to be bigger (but rarely as large as the American footballer) than soccer players and their training, and thus nutrition, would reflect those differences.

The issues discussed above bring up a major problem in providing dietary recommendations for the mixed sports athlete: in comparison to pure endurance or pure strength/power sports, the mixed sport athlete will tend to have the most potentially varied requirements. This issue will be reflected at varying times throughout this book.

In many cases, I can provide only generalities with guidelines on how to make adjustments. But the specifics of what is optimal may vary quite a bit due to the exceeding variety of what the mixed sports category covers.


You can watch an excerpt from the seminar DVD below.

You can read a review of the book by Anthony Sayers here.


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I always love to hear back from my readers; if you'd like to provide some feedback about the book or how well the information in it worked for you, please feel free to use the comments section below.

15 Responses to “Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports”

  1. Nathan on May 3rd, 2010 10:29 pm

    I was somehow able to get my hands on an early copy of Lyle’s new book/DVD bundle, so I thought I would be the first to post a quick review.

    Lyle lets you know what’s included and gives an excerpt from the book and DVD above, so I’ll skip repeating that part.

    Firstly, I was impressed by the overall presentation. The layout of the book is very clean. There are plenty of diagrams and tables within the book used to illustrate various points.

    In line with Lyle’s style, there is not a lot of fluff. I hate it when I’m reading a nutrition book and it’s full of pictures of fruit or pasta or whatever. Yeah… I know what an apple looks like.

    As per the title, the book is about applied nutrition. Athletes usually don’t have all the time in the world to go over hundreds of research papers (I don’t).

    Lyle has done all the research and lays out the practical information in an easy to understand format. This makes the book a nice, easy and straightforward read. Very much like the non-technical articles on his website.

    I felt that after reading each chapter I had enough practical knowledge on that subject.
    I didn’t find any chapter lacking in its completeness.

    During the seminar Lyle gives a lot of realistic guidelines and recommendations for mixed sport athletes. He comes across as knowledgeable in the field and gives a fun presentation. I was actually surprised on how comfortable Lyle seemed to be while giving the presentation.

    Lyle answers all questions very well. Again, his presentation avoids getting too technical.

    Overall I was very impressed with Applied Nutrition for Mixed Sports. It is a very comprehensive package covering everything that I would want/need to know on nutrition for mixed sports without becoming overly technical.

  2. Erica on May 7th, 2010 2:02 pm

    Oh yay…I’ve been REALLY looking forward to this!

    Just two questions:

    1) Does this book only cover diet for optimizing athletic performance? Or, does it also cover changing body composition (i.e. losing fat, gaining muscle, making weight, etc) while maintaining decent athletic performance?

    2) Will this ever be available as a standalone book with a price point similar to the other books?

  3. nathan on May 7th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Erica, It’s in Chapter 12: Changing Body Composition

  4. lylemcd on May 7th, 2010 5:52 pm


    1. To a limited degree. The Fat Loss for Athletes Series on the site should have everything you need and, in fact, I linked to that article within the book itself.

    2. I have no plans to do so, no. If there were sufficient demand, I would consider it.

  5. Ron on May 28th, 2010 7:50 am

    Count me in as someone interested in the book-only option.

  6. Andrew on July 9th, 2010 1:21 am

    Oh man I want this so bad! Prob going to order it this coming week.

  7. Kris on July 28th, 2010 5:02 am

    Does this book cover specifically the keto diet for sports or just general nutrition?

  8. lylemcd on July 28th, 2010 11:41 am

    Only general nutrition. For a look at the ketogenic diet for various applications, I’d suggest my first book “The Ketogenic Diet”

  9. Kris on August 1st, 2010 7:10 pm

    I am interested in the Keto diet but i am a mixed martial arts fighter and don’t know which of the 2 to get. Is your ketogenic diet book more aimed towards bodybuilders or would it be good for an athlete such as myself. Or do you think this nutrition book would benefit me more?

  10. Kris on August 1st, 2010 7:27 pm

    Or should I even consider the “ultimate diet”
    My goal is to increase strength/muscle while keeping low bodyfat. I am a hard gainer and I am sitting at about 9% bodyfat right now

  11. Ron Schemrbi on January 11th, 2011 3:15 pm

    hi can you please tell me the info about this book?
    (author)(year of publication)(date of publication)
    Thanks a lot

  12. lylemcd on January 12th, 2011 11:53 am

    Me, last year.

  13. joseph galasso on June 4th, 2011 2:07 pm

    my son is a verry good high school wrestler. wrestlers are a different breed, they have to stay at their lowest strongest possible weight for over 8 months of the year. my son for example walks around 140lbs off season on season he wrestles at 125. he has alot of trouble managing and maintaing his weight throughout the year. wrestlers tend to starve and dehydrate themselves to make weight. in some cases they have to make weight 2 or 3 times a week! even after weigh ins they must watch how much they eat and drink, this is when my son bounced back up to 133. so knowing these things, which diet do you recommend? thank you, joes dad

  14. Rai B on July 19th, 2011 2:54 pm

    This looks like a very appealing book/DVD combo. I am a huge fan of Lyle’s writing and and would very much like to read it. It seems very applicable to my interests (I am a college athlete).

    Being a student, however, I fear that the very lofty price of the product and potential shipping cost to the UK may make reading it not very possible for me. It’s a shame. I’m sure it’s worth every penny. Particularly persuasive is Sayer’s comment that ‘This product is the very first product that anyone interested in sports nutrition should buy.’.

    Looks like a lot of budgeting is ahead for me!

  15. Duncan Bowtell on July 22nd, 2011 7:00 am

    I think that this book hits the mark for me. I work out at the gym a fair bit (in lieu of playing organised sport), but also like to keep myself ‘fit’ by running, cycling and swimming. My dietary requirements are wide and varied, and I’d like to get myself in to the ‘ultimate shape’ – which, if I’m honest, means looking strong and lean, without looking bulky (so there is my goal).
    However, I was wondering if your books come up with good recipes to make the dieting process easier. So once I have understood the theory of the information, in order to make it work, do you layout combinations of foods which hit the mark? If this is not included in the this book, can you recommend a good book of nutritious recipes (either your own, or someone else’s).

    Btw l love the site, this fits in with my ethos of democratic knowledge. We are all better off if we all learn more and share it with each other.

    Best regards


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