Rory McIlroy Workout And Diet
Rory McIlroy is Irish. He was introduced by his father to golf very young, and at age 7 became the youngest member of Holywood Golf Club. McIlroy’s first major victory came in the 9-10 age group at the World Championship at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. In 2004, he was a member of the Irish team at the European Boys’ Team Championship and also won the Junior Ryder Cup against the US. The following year, McIlroy became the youngest winner ever of the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. He topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2007 when he was 17. McIlroy went pro in 2007 and is a 4-time major champion. McIlroy has a lot of endorsement deals, including Nike, TaylorMade and Omega watches. His coach and mentor is Michael Bannon. McIlroy earned an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2012. He is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland and the PGA Junior League Golf. McIlroy is married and has a daughter who was born in 2020. He has millions of followers on social media. McIlroy is5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 lbs.
Rory McIlroy’s Diet
McIlroy has been playing golf since he was a kid, and unsurprisingly had a kid’s taste in food including burgers, fries, and all sorts of junk. Health problems before turning 20 compelled him to make changes to his diet and he now eats clean. His wife being a top-notch baker doesn’t help his resolve, however. He struggles with self-control and admits to a particular weaknesses for red wine and dark chocolate. Still, he is committed to healthy eating because he saw an immediate effect on his game. Through diet, he was able to drop his body fat from around 24% down to less than 10%.
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium Carb 40% 40%
- Medium-High Protein 50% 50%
Junk Food Junkie
McIlroy says he has some less-than-ideal eating habits, such as eating anything within reach, especially burgers, fries, and beer.
It Takes Commitment
McIlroy is the first to admit he still struggles with self-discipline, but says that repetition is the key to developing good habits.
The Middle Way
McIlroy will indulge in a burger from time to time, but not every day. He eats a good balance of healthy food and ‘fun’ food.
McIlroy had blood and allergy tests to help determine what foods to eat and what to avoid. Changes in his diet had an almost immediate effect on his game.
A Test of Willpower
McIlroy says one of his biggest challenges is that his wife loves to watch ‘The Great British Bake-Off,’ which leads to all sorts of tempting treats being in the house.
McIlroy has sworn off beer and fried food, and replaced it with healthier options like red wine and dark chocolate, which are both high in antioxidants.
What to Eat
Everything in Moderation
Foods For Your Specific Blood Type
Home Baked Goods (treat)
Dark Chocolate (treat)
Red Wine (treat)
What to Avoid
McIlroy on His Previous Food Preferences
‘Burgers, fries, Stella — everything!’
McIlory on His Old Attitude Toward Food
‘Like a dog, whatever you put in front of me, it’s going to be eaten.’
McIlroy on His Lack of Willpower in The Face of Food
‘Whether I want it or not, if it’s there, I’ll have it.’
McIlroy on His Impetus To Improve His Health
‘I’m looking forward to just getting myself right, getting myself healthy.’
McIlroy on Taking a Break From Golf to Focus On His Health
‘I want to use this time to delve deeper into trying to see where I can really make ins and where I can get better and be more disciplined.’
McIlroy on The Importance of Healthy Habits
‘I think once you get into a routine and just make healthy eating a habit, it’s just must easier to make good choices.’
Rory McIlroy’s Workout Routine
McIlroy started playing golf when he was just a wee tyke. He loved his first set of golf clubs so much, he would go to sleep holding one.
McIlroy says there is an image around golfers that they’re not necessarily fit, implying they aren’t really athletes. He says today’s golfers challenge that image.
There's an App for That
McIlroy has a training plan on the Nike+ Training Club app. The app has over 100 workouts that include guidance from pros, can be personalized to your needs, and adapts as you progress.
Besides getting out on the links, McIlroy also hits the gym regularly and does a variety of exercises you wouldn’t automatically associate with golf, including deadlifts and box jumps.
After dealing with several health issues including a herniated disc in his spine when he was just 19, McIlroy committed to taking care of himself to avoid injury. He always warms up and stretches after every workout.
McIlroy takes at least 10 minutes each day to focus on breathing. He’s had some trouble with stress fractures in his rib cage and is now acutely aware of the importance of proper breathing.
A Rory McIlroy Routine
Rotational jump squats
Part 1.Repeat the following 3x:
Deadlifts: 5 reps
Pull-ups: 5-10 reps
Moving plank: alternate lifting legs, keeping them straight without turning hip.
Part 2.Repeat the following 3x:
Lunges w/ dumbbells
Dumbbell plank row: 10x/side
Lateral duck walk: 10 steps/each direction
Medicine ball throws: 10/side
McIlroy on The Public Perception of Golfers
‘I don’t think people appreciate how hard we work.’
McIlroy on Fitness
‘I do spend a lot of time on it.’
McIlroy on Innate Skill vs. Hard Work
‘You’re born with a certain talent, but you need to work as hard as you possibly can to turn that talent into something more than just potential.’
McIlroy on How to Develop a ‘natural’ Swing
‘It takes thousands of repetitions.’
McIlroy on Going Beyond Your Comfort Level
‘If you can persevere and stick with the uncomfortable feeling…it’s going to make you a better player.’
McIlroy on His Breathing Technique
‘I close my eyes, I focus on my breath, and I do that for 5-10 minutes, and then all of a sudden, you open your eyes, and the world seems like a better place.’
Rory McIlroy’s Supplements
McIlroy doesn’t have a lot to say on the topic of supplements, so below are options that can benefit anyone following a similar diet plan.
Protein is always a smart pick for those who are looking to gain muscle, burn fat, and shut down cravings.
Creatine is another top choice to build muscle, stamina, and reduce recovery time.
Rory McIlroy’s Lifestyle
McIlroy understands the importance of sleep and aims to get at least 7 solid hours each night. He uses a system called WHOOP which tracks things like REM sleep, disturbances, respiration, and other indicators to optimize recovery.
All Golf, All the Time
As a teenager, McIlroy would get out of school and go play multiple rounds of golf in the evening, then fall asleep thinking about what he was going to do the next day on the course.
It Takes a Village, Or at Least a Family
McIlroy’s parents both picked up extra work to fund his dream of becoming a pro golfer.
High- (and Low-) Tech Self-Care
McIlroy says a couple of things that he does for his health is to not eat too close to bedtime because it interferes with his sleep. He is also a fan of cold showers and blue-light blocking glasses.
McIlroy is extremely marketable, and often brings in about twice what he earns from tournaments in endorsements.
McIlroy and wife Erica who once worked for the PGA welcomed their daughter Poppy in September 2020.
McIlroy had a self-named charity for several years, but shut it down in 2019 and has since switched to a ‘private philanthropic policy.’ One of his most recent charities was raising $5 million for covid relief.
McIlroy on Charting His Course Early On
‘From the age of 6 or 7 years old, I would tell everyone I was going to be the best golfer in the world. To be able to live that dream and get to this point is pretty cool.’
McIlroy on His Parents’ Commitment to His Dream
‘They were working so hard. My mum didn’t have to work night shifts, but she was working to make more money to support me and my dream.’
McIlroy on His Childhood Hero, Tiger Woods
‘Sometimes they say that you should never meet your heroes because you’ll be disappointed, but I’ve gotten to know Tiger a lot over the last few years and I haven’t been disappointed.’
McIlroy on His Golf Course Swagger
‘You know I need that cockiness, that self-belief, arrogance…whatever you want to call it, I need that on the golf course to b ring the best out of myself. So you know, once I leave the golf course, you know that all gets left there.’
McIlroy on Crying
‘The next time I cry about golf, it will only be with joy. It’s not worth crying over golf for any other reason. After all, it’s just a game.’
McIlroy on Motivation
‘Sometimes the fear of failure is a good thing.’
WHOOP sleep app