Golf was one of the first major professional sports to return during the coronavirus era, and the inevitable post-quarantine history was Bryson DeChambeau. In particular, his body: a little more like a line defender than a professional PGA Tour, the 26-year-old was suddenly hitting the absolute bejeezus from the ball, taking absurd angles and shaving long-lasting hits. “Bryson DeChambeau is Breaking Golf,” said a New Yorker To send title.
It was not all a transformation in quarantine: DeChambeau, currently 7th in the PGA Tour ranking, spent a better part of last year earning, adding 20 pounds before the virus stopped. But then he used the block to add another 20.
There’s more to golf than hitting far, of course, but the Puma-sponsored athlete put the pieces together to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic earlier this month, and is considered a favorite for the big streak. tournaments that were rescheduled in late summer and fall, including the US Open and Masters.
So DeChambeau is hungry for big wins this unconventional season. But he’s also hungry, period. In a recent interview with GQ, DeChambeau discussed his 2,000 calorie breakfasts, his impressive intake of protein shakes and his indifference to both vegetables and days off the gym.
GQ: Tell me about the beginning of your day.
Bryson DeChambeau: I usually wake up between 8 and 10 and have a fairly healthy breakfast. When I am awake it depends on whether I train later in the evening. I will have four to five eggs with five or six pieces of bacon or sausage. I will also have two toasts or a cream cheese bagel, perhaps some grape jelly. It depends on the day, how I feel. So, I’ll have two Orgain protein shakes. The smoothies are pre-packaged, so nothing more than what comes in the bottle. I think they have around 250 calories in each bottle. I don’t make any supplements. It is precisely these protein shakes and natural foods.
This is a good philosophy.
Yes, they don’t really count calories or anything. I guess that’s about 2000 calories. Soon after, if it’s my week out, I’ll do a light practice and go to the course for a couple of hours. I will do some speed training with my golf swing, trying to get up as fast as possible. Then after that, I train, implementing the things I learned from Greg Rospkoff. It is a MAT [muscle activation techniques] specialist. It taught me a lot about how to take care of the body. Normally I’d go to see him, but he’s in Denver, and at the moment it’s not an option. But he gave me the knowledge to be able to help me as much as possible when things aren’t going right. It’s all training. No physical therapy. It’s all about isolating your muscles as much as possible and training each muscle to function at its fullest potential.
What is a typical training week like?