Viktor Axelsen Gives Rare Glimpse into How He Prepares For His Matches
YouTube is filled with an abundance of professional and amateur badminton matches, but rarely do we see what happens when professional players are off the court.
World Champion Viktor Axelsen recently uploaded a vlog from when he competed in India’s Ahmendabad Smash Masters in the Premier Badminton League (PBL).
In a rare behind the scenes video, Axelsen documents his routine from the moment he wakes up leading up to his match later that evening. The video contains valuable info on what he eats, as well as how he physically and mentally prepares during match day.
6:00 a.m. Breakfast – black coffee, oatmeal with fruit, greek yogurt with nuts.
9.00 a.m. – Morning Training Session
10 a.m. Training stability exercises
Sean Casey (pictured above) is a coach and sports nutritionist who regularly works and travels with Axelsen during tournaments. You’ll find him frequently featured on his social media accounts.
12:30 p.m. Muscular treatment
1:30 p.m. Pre-match meal – Oatmeal, fruit, and a cup of coffee
Axelsen revealed that this is typically his pre-game meal, so it seems like he likes to eat something on the lighter side before his matches (but that does look like a HUGE bowl of oatmeal).
2:00 p.m. Restitution with Normatec Boots
Normatec is a product created by a physician bioengineer that’s designed to help speed up recovery through a zone-by-zone massage. The idea is to help “enhance the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout,” according to their website. They are also NOT cheap and runs close to $1,500 online). However, Axelsen says it’s been a good investment for him as it helps his legs get ready for games.
Axelsen says that he typically uses the Normatec for 30 – 40 minutes and reveals that he likes watching badminton videos on his iPad during this time. Shuttlers reached out to Axelsen to get details on what he typically watches and he said:
“It really depends. Sometimes old games. Enjoyed watching a lot of Bao Chunlai when I was younger, since he also was a tall player. Nowadays it’s a lot of my own matches, but also opponents”
3:00 p.m. Bag check before getting ready to leave.
Axelsen mentioned that he always carries an extra pair of shoes and socks in his bag. He currently uses the Duora Z-strike racket from Yonex. Lastly, he also has a foam roller to warm up before he plays.
7 p.m. Warm-up session
8 p.m. Game time
Axelsen’s routine may surprise some viewers by how packed his schedule is during game day. It definitely shows just how much work it takes to be a champion.
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