Athletes burn a lot of energy training and during competition and it takes the right foods to keep them going. Click on this slideshow and learn which foods help improve performance and sustain athlete for the long haul.
Eat This and Perform Like an Olympian (Maybe)
Marathoners need to build endurance to be competitive in their sport and one doctor has a rather unique beverage of choice to gear up for competition -- pickle juice. According to NBCNews.com, this seasoned runner eats pickles and drinks the juice in the days leading up the event and found this routine alleviates leg cramping.
Take What You Can Get
Sometimes the best laid plans don't pan out, especially when you're trying to refuel during competition. Paralympic cycling champion Sarah Storey admitted to the The Guardian that her team once survived on chocolate for a week when they couldn't find food they recognized or that appealed to them.
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In honor of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, we searched for foods athletes eat to improve endurance and strength -- and the results were surprising. If you're looking to boost your performance during your workout routine, try incorporating some of these into your menu.
Check out the slideshow above for strange foods athletes consume and how they improve performance.