Sonny Bill Williams talks diet, fasting and training in lockdown

The UK is still in coronavirus lockdown, and with rugby league on pause, how has this affected Sonny Bill Williams’ training routine?

Health website Treated.com caught up with the dual-code New Zealand international in a video interview, who opened up about:

  • How he’s adjusted his eating and training schedule around fasting

  • Training during lockdown and spending more time with his family

  • The food he misses most from New Zealand

  • Getting back on the pitch with the Toronto Wolfpack

  • (and falling asleep on the team bus on the way to Eden Park)

On his adjusted eating and training schedule around fasting…

Williams told Treated.com: “I’ll get asked by athletes a lot, what should I eat, what time should I eat, what type of food, when or if I should eat carbs, that type of stuff.

“When I first started getting into Ramadan from an athlete’s point of view I was really scientific. Last year I just left it up to Allah and said to myself I’m going to eat when I’m going to eat.”

On falling asleep on the team bus on the way to Eden Park…

Williams told Treated.com: “Funny story – last year I actually fell asleep on the team bus going to the game.

“I broke fast just before I hopped on the bus to go to the game, and I had a bit too much. Your energy is zapped after you eat too much, so I fell asleep heading into Eden Park before the big game. So I learned (that lesson) early!”

On Super League season resumption…

Williams told Treated.com: “The competition will come back soon. And God willing, we can carry on our form from the last game.

“Thank you for all your support. We’re training hard. We’re working hard. Even though I’m enjoying myself at home with my family, I’m still training every day besides one day a week, and still looking forward to getting back out there and playing some good footy. I know all the other lads are in the same boat.”

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