Interview | Daniel Covel

Interview | Daniel Covel

Interview with Daniel Covel, Scramble’s secret weapon equip with black magic closed guard game!

Daniel Covel is a Black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo. He currently trains at Marcelo Garcia’s and teaches at NY San da in NYC. He is a multiple IBJJF event champ and medalist including 2012 no gi pan black belt champ.

"The best and only advice I can give you is 'Win.'"
“The best and only advice I can give you is ‘Win.'”

Dan has possibly the best set of sponsors out there too. You can see him representing them very well. On the mats hes rocking scramble, after training hes keeping clean with defense soap, and best of all when upstate he gets his ammo from black flag tactical. How could you go wrong with that?

I know you are a machine and train what, upwards of 14 times a week? What is your average everyday diet like? Do you follow a certain guideline?

Dan: Daily diet is keeping things simple, revolving around whole grains, root veggies, lean meats and fruits. I try to keep things simple because if you ultimately require to specific of a diet it takes away your confidence of conditioning and technique. Meaning people get caught up in there magic sandwich instead of drilling that armbar to perfection.

I personally am a breakfast nut. What is your favorite breakfast?

Dan: My favorite breakfast is the one I eat every day. Cold, raw, oats, with honey, two tablespoons of peanut butter, a handful of walnuts, cinnamon, protein powder and chocolate milk, all mixed in one bowl.

Speaking of breakfast, I remember a few weeks back I heard you talking about how you had some OJ again and forgot how much it helps. It is a amazing how easily we forget about such a stereotypical breakfast beverage. Is that a staple part of your day now?

Dan: Orange juice and fruits in general are a staple of my diet due to the fact it helps me recover. It allows for a balanced diet and keeps me looking forward to the next time I eat.

What is your pre-training and post-training intake like? What part of your diet do you feel is the most important and why?

Dan: Post training meals are normally lunch and dinner, but immediately after training I try to consume bananas and right before practice some sort of protein bar. I find the most important part of my diet is it being consistent. Brendan Weafer helped me a great deal to get my pre competition diet and training diet on point. With a clean sustainable diet, being consistent is easy and allows me to recover at the best rate possible.

Dan does not bend his diet, he bends arms.
Dan does not bend his diet, he bends arms.
If you had to choose, what are your top 5 favorite ingredients or foods?

Dan: Top 5 ingredients would be, pepper (lots of it) avocado, cinnamon, peanuts or walnuts, and some sort of hot sauce. Every meal I consume has multiples of those ingredients in them.

Do you have a “cheat day” for eating and if so when is it and what does it consist of?

Dan: Yes I have a cheat day, anything goes, it’s Sunday.

If you and the lady go out to eat, Chinatown counts, do you still try and follow some guideline or do you just order what sounds tasty?

Dan: I don’t go out to eat except on Sunday, which is cheat day.

What’s worst food experience or eating habit you’ve seen from fellow grapplers over the years in all the camps you’ve been a part of? No need to name names here.

Wait, this is bad for you? But its full of protein. Look! 3 patties.
Wait, this is bad for you? But its full of protein. Look! 3 patties.

Dan: I was helping a former UFC fighter preparing for one of his bouts, when talking about his diet he mentioned how he was still eating Burger King, etc., he lost in part because of a tough weight cut, he deserved to lose for being ill prepared.

Last question, kind of cliche I know, if you were on death row, and it was time to request your last meal, what would it be?

Dan: Sushi and ice cream, lots of both

 I appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions, see you on the mat brotha! That about wraps it up! Follow Dan on twitter @Dancovel.
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