Getting to Know a Star Athlete: Meet Will Fox
Nuzest is pleased to introduce Will Fox as its newest sports influencer. Will is a professional swimmer. Let’s take a moment to get to know Will.
Q. For those of us who don’t know you, who is Will Fox?
A. After receiving my degree in Psychology from Davidson College, where I was a NCAA Division I swimmer specializing in butterfly and freestyle, I returned to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina to assist in various rural therapies and interventions. When I am not studying for the LSAT or lifting my three miniature dachshunds onto and off of the couch, I am a blacksmith, UX/UI analyst, front-end engineer, and freemason.
Q. What does being a Nuzest sports influencer mean to you?
A. I am so grateful to be a Nuzest ambassador. Nuzest has given me an opportunity to train and compete at the highest level while simultaneously giving back to my community. North Carolina ranks in the top 10 states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food scarcity and malnutrition. The rural community I grew up in was no different. As a competitive swimmer it was difficult to find ethically sourced and nutritious protein sources. With Nuzest I no longer have to worry about meeting nutritional requirements and can spend more time and resources on charities near and dear to me.
Q. How do you make healthy choices and avoid temptations when it comes to your nutrition?
A. Being the adoptive father of three young dachshunds means that whenever I head to the kitchen three shadows are close behind. The intense stares coming from six almond eyes leave me with two options: get enough to share or clean up the puddles from three vindictive dachshunds. Since obesity can lead to spinal injuries and I value the integrity of my floors, I choose to stock my pantry with healthy snacks that I can share with my dogs—bell peppers, carrots, peanut butter, and yogurt.
When I know I will be on the road and healthy options are few and far between, I will plan ahead and pack Nuzest Clean Lean Protein in a shaker.
Q. What is your favorite indulgence?
A. I have a weakness for candy corn. I cannot help but indulge myself when Halloween candy is on sale, the spring pastel colors are released, or the limited edition flavors like birthday cake are on the shelves prior to the Fourth of July. However, I would never tempt my dogs with candy corn, so I make sure to eat only three pieces or the entire bag before returning home.
Q. What is your favorite healthy snack?
A. After a grueling two hours of Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) in the pool and before fixing supper, I like to mix Nuzest Clean Lean Protein with skyr or quark. The Nuzest Clean Lean Protein adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the slightly tangy yogurt!
Q. When not in the water, how do you stay active and fit?
A. Since many swimmers suffer from low bone mineral density, I supplement my training with weightlifting and trail running.
Q. What is your favorite form of exercise (besides swimming)?
A. I adore indoor cycling! I love trying to match my RPM to the beat of the music and feeling the stored oxygen and alactacid debt rise with seated climbs and out of the saddle attacks.
Q. What are your favorite songs on your workout playlist these days?
A. When I am lifting or cycling indoors I usually listen to EDM songs like Hot Chip’s, “Flutes,” or mashups like Griffin McElroy and Carly Rae Jespen’s, “Run Away to Wonderland.” Prior to racing, however, I like to listen to the Gordon Lightfoot, The Commodores, and George Benson.
Q. Aside from being a swimming superstar, what do you do for fun?
A. I enjoy reading articles about the epistemology of evidence law and the intersection between moral and empirical psychology, blacksmithing, and hiking the mountains for lost or missing dogs with Pop Search & Rescue.
Q. What advice do you have for people wanting to kick-start a healthy lifestyle or to pump up their nutrition?
A. I believe that the simplest and most effective way for someone wanting to kick-start a healthy lifestyle is to buy a food scale. Before using a food scale, I found that I was underestimating how many servings of black bean noodles or hummus I had consumed. Just by being mindful of weighing my food, I saw an immediate change in my diet and physique. Also by buying a food scale I am no longer afraid of certain foods like nuts or butters. All I have to do is weigh whatever food I am craving and ensure that the portion fits my calorie and macronutrient goals.