ICON Meals Catoring To The Competitor In Each Of Us
Clay Guida, is one of the most popular MMA lightweights in UFC history. A professional competitor since 2003, Guida also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, King of the Cage, and Shooto. He was the inaugural Strikeforce Lightweight Champion. Clay's nickname “The Carpenter” is all about his ability to outwork opponents in the Octagon! We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Clay for a little Q&A!
How long have you been doing mixed martial arts (MMA)?
I started fighting MMA before I started training in 2004.
What made you want to do what you are doing? What’s your story?
I started fighting by accident. I went to watch my big brother Jason make his professional debut, and I jumped in to replace an athlete that dropped out last minute. I fought on 1 hours notice and never looked back. Here we are almost 20 years later still having fun and competing.
What has been your favorite fight in UFC so far?
I have several favorite fights but I’ll give you two.
- My STRIKEFORCE LW Title fight was 25 minutes of wrestling and cardio against a highly touted opponent.
- My UFC debut which we won by submission of the Night!!!
Why ICON Meals? What makes us different?
ICON has set the bar in the meal prep world. Their team is professional and the products speak for themself. Fresh, healthy, delicious and always at your doorstep. They’ve been life savers during training camp and fight week!!! ICON MEALS 4LIFE!
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
- Be helpful and kind to others.
- In life, just like in sports, live everyday, and play every play like it’s your last, because you just never know.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
The sport of wrestling along with my parents and family inspire me to do great things! I came from a small village, while my parents worked 2 jobs to provide a better life for me. They got us in sports and being from a small town I forced myself to have bigger dreams of competing at the highest level in sports!!!
How do you balance your UFC career and life demands?
The balance is simple for me…I’m constantly traveling, fishing, and going to professional sporting events, and live music with family and friends so I can focus once I’m in training camp.
What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be known as the most exciting fighter, that gives the underdog hope! If you out-work everyone, you’ll always have a chance to be successful!!!
I want to be known as the athlete that leaves the crowd on their feet and wants to see me compete for 1 more round!!!
What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?
My current focus is to stay as active as possible in the UFC, and show the world we keep improving with age and experience.
Plans for the future are to continue building our fishing guide service “gillzandthrillzwithguida” and start another wrestling club in South Florida with my buddies and brother. FISHINGISLIFE WRESTLINGISLIFE
What are your favorite ICON Meals? Or favorite thing about ICON Meals?
Every single ICON Meal is my favorite!!! Haha
- Chopped Beef Brisket and Cheesy Cauliflower
- American Breakfast Bowl
- Salmon, Saffron Rice & Green Beans
- Beef Medallions, Saffron Rice & Green Beans
- Beefy Mac n Cheese with Broccoli
- Bison Burger
- Turkey and Sweet Potatoes
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In order to reap the benefits of your training, fueling your body is optimal. But, the idea of prepping multiple meals a day is enough to make anyone rethink their goals. Good news. We’re breaking down options for every lifestyle and pallet to keep you on track and satisfied.
Going into a fasted workout is so 2012. Your body needs fuel for energy, and the worst thing you can do for not only the #gains but your adrenals is train fasted.
For a little energy and quick protein, drink a scoop of ICON Protein Coffee. With 20g of protein and 150mg of caffeine, you’ll be fueled and ready to crush it. Plus, the patented nootropic Cognizin® is guaranteed to keep you focused.
If you’re training straight after work and later in the day, eating a full meal sometimes isn’t feasible. Opt for something quick and fast-digesting like protein popcorn. With addicting flavors ranging from cookies n’ cream to salsa cheddar, there’s a flavor for everyone. Pair a handful with a Wag Bar made from premium American wagyu beef and you’ve got yourself a solid combo that won’t leave you feeling heavy before your training.
Maybe you’re feeling reminiscent of your childhood days. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich always hit the spot, but they can also pack the calories. Start with two slices of our high protein bread, add on our blueberry crumble protein butter, top with your favorite jelly and voila!
For those of you looking for something more nutrient-dense, create your own meal and pop it in the microwave 1-2 hours before training. Add some zest with ICON seasonings.
The days of chugging boring whey protein in a shaker immediately after a hard training day are over. The whole ‘anabolic window’ is old bro-science anyway. However, if you struggle to get your protein in, post-training is a great time to do so.
Instead, stock up your fridge with a few customizable meals. Within an hour of training, you’ll want to eat something higher in carbs and protein, keeping fats to around 10-15% of your total intake.
Here are a few examples of post-workout meals:
👉🏻Chicken + rice + veggie
👉🏻Egg whites + protein pancake + turkey bacon
👉🏻Beyond meat vegan patty + saffron rice + Kyoto veggies
The easiest way to make sure you’re prepared for proper nutrition is to have food ready to go. With free shipping from ICON Meals, there’s no excuse not to fuel your body with the best ingredients.
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