Besides being able to run fast between the wickets, De Villiers has the ability to find gaps in the field to seek boundaries. He often resorts to unorthodox shots to achieve these boundaries, making him entertaining to watch and frustrating to place a field against.
In order to achieve and maintain this level of excellence, De Villiers requires a consistent supply of high quality carbs to keep his muscles fuelled and ready for whatever he may have up his sleeve. When it’s hot or humid – or often both – and he’s out in the middle for hours, he needs to combat the effects of dehydration too, all while being able to think fast and clearly.
Cytopower HP is De Villiers’ preferred during-match USN supplement. It has been scientifically formulated to provide athletes on various levels with a refreshing, isotonic/ hypotonic sports drink, packed with electrolytes and other nutrients for optimum performance during training and competitive events.
The carb sources include very fast-acting, patented Vitargo® and intermediate GI carbs. This combination ensures rapid energy conversion, while still promoting stable blood sugar levels throughout a match. This is critical for a batsman like De Villiers, who can’t afford the debilitating effects of muscle fatigue, cramping and dehydration.
A powerful boost of 500mg L-Glutamine and 100mg Tyrosine both in the very potent and stable N-Acetyl form, as well Caffeine, Taurine and Glucuronolactone all combine to optimise muscle tissue maintenance and mental alertness. And concentration and clear thinking are critical elements in a batsman’s quest for success.
De Villiers chooses his recovery fuel from USN’s range of premium quality protein supplements.
Protein Dessert’s delicious taste and eight-hour time-release is a highly functional, tasty nighttime treat. Each serving offers 25g of USN’s Sustained Time-Release System (STS) protein, comprising Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate. This ensures that rapid muscle recovery occurs through optimal amino acid feeding, which is sustained and optimised during sleep.
For convenient on-the-go protein sources, De Villiers uses Protein Fuel 50 a delicious ready-to-drink shake or Protein Delite a chocolate snack bar that’s packed with nourishment.
And because he spends so much time travelling and a lot of time on the sub-continent for the IPL season, De Villiers always has a supply of Muscle Fuel STS
, USN’s popular high-protein, moderate carb meal replacement shake that offers a balanced blend of carbs, proteins, fats and essential nutrients. This ensures he never goes hungry when travelling and gives him control over his nourishment from a trusted source, no matter where he is in the world.