Bas Keep reveals his secrets

BMXers are not known for their refined diet. They usually rely on what is closer to a park or ski trails, and their focus is generally on comfort rather than looking at calorie content or protein percentage. Bass Cape Not your usual BMXer, though.

The 38-year-old has been a professional for nearly 20 years, has a health-conscious approach to his nutrition, and focuses on what’s fit for his body and unprocessed home-cooked meals.

She’s obviously working with him too, if he’s the latest More walls Modification is anything it goes through. Filmed in several locations across the UK, it is a follow-up to Keep’s 2017 walls Editing sees him plant tire marks in areas he hadn’t thought of before.

Here, Keep reveals how he keeps working on a daily basis, plus one thing that helps him focus on projects…

Bas Keep, More Walls, Chelmsley Wood

Keep needs to focus fully on death-defying stunts

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What would you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on a typical training day?

I like having muesli for breakfast in the morning and a cup of tea. When I go to the gym I only drink water, but when I go riding I find the caffeine helps me a lot – I take a big bottle of water and a can of Red Bull, which I will drink. In fact, my friends and I often share a can of Red Bull. Music is also essential. Music, Red Bull, and some good friends to ride with, and you can ride all day. I don’t like the pressure of being a DJ, so I usually let my friends choose, but I’ll listen to whatever they play, as long as it’s not too bad.

For lunch, I like to prepare chicken salads, and I like to snack on almonds, bananas, and apples. I try to stay away from junk food, which is what most of my friends eat!

Right now, I’ve been making some curries for dinner. We also make vegan tacos and quesadillas. I really like Mexican food – probably my favourite.

You notice that your body works better when you eat well – you are more alert and need less sleep

How important is nutrition to your riding and training?

enormously. When I’m on a project, I’m quite disciplined and good at keeping it going. You notice that your body works better when you eat well – you are more alert and need less sleep. I also find that the more you exercise, the more you ride, the more you go to the gym, the more energy you have.

I’ve always found that when you have a bad patch of eating bad food and pizza, once you stop eating it for a week or so and start eating good food, you no longer crave bad food so much; Your body only wants vegetables and non-fatty foods.

Sebastian Cape waits in a truck while it rains during a project

The weather will change how you ride a spot in an instant

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Have you ever worked with a nutritionist?

no I did not. It’s just self-learning and despite listening to my body. But it is interesting how far some athletes go.

Imagine waking up at 4 am and knowing you’re going to jump off a bridge – you need something to slap you in the face a little bit.

Did anything change during a project or filming?

I love caffeine and always drink tea in the morning, but I find it really helpful when we’re at a job and do a very early morning. Imagine waking up at 4 am and knowing you’re going to jump off a bridge – you need something to slap you in the face a little bit. when we were on More walls Shoot, there were cans of Red Bull around and that gives you a little boost; It picks you up and makes you feel focused.

What is your all time favorite meal?

My favorite meal is a roast dinner. It can be any roast. I try to eat less meat but as long as there’s plenty of roast potatoes and plenty of broth and stuffing, I’m fine.

If we’re heading out to dinner and you’re cooking, what’s on the menu?

I’ll probably make you roast with all the trimmings, if it’s a Sunday.

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