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Moe Sasegbon


Moe Sasegbon
Vital Statistics  
Date of Birth Sep 1991
Height 6'1"
Comp Weight 75kg
Off Season 78kg

British born Nigerian Moe Sasegbon was introduced to athletics in Nigeria by her parents at just 9 years old.

Admitting herself that she wasn't a natural, it took until Moe was 14 for her talents to be recognised by her PE teacher after moving to the UK. It was suggested that she joined a local athletics club, and it was there Moe was introduced to the Heptathlon.

Moe didn't enjoy training until she joined Sheffield University where she joined the likes of Jessica Ennis in gruelling training sessions. Thriving on the challenge, Moe took to the more intense training programme and eventually began to complete as fully fledged Heptathlete.

After leaving University, Moe returned to her home town of St Albans where she continued to train hard. Occasionally visiting Loughborough where she trained with former British Olympic heptathlete Julie Holman.

Moe joined the best in the country in 2013 when she joined the Senior GB team, competing at an indoor pentathlon in Sheffield.

We spoke to Moe about exactly what it takes to be a professional heptathlete, the one food she couldn't live without and why her Mum is her ultimate hero.

Training Plan

My training programme differs every 6 weeks, it currently looks like this

  • Monday - Shot put or long jump, grass running, gym
  • Tuesday - Circuits and conditioning, javelin
  • Wednesday - Shot put, track session/accelerations, med ball session, gym
  • Thursday - Rest
  • Friday - High Jump, hurdles, bike or grass runs, gym
  • Saturday - Hills or track session
  • Sunday - Rest

Meal Plan

I have to say I don't have a strict set meal plan as I love variety

Monday:

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette (1 yolk, 2 egg whites), coconut and oat porridge
  • Training snack - 1 Eat Natural gluten free fruit bar
  • Lunch - Muscle food quinoa and turkey mince meatballs and broccoli
  • After training snack - unflavoured whey protein shake with added strawberries and grapes for taste, peanut butter and Jam on rice crackers
  • Dinner - Left over quinoa and turkey mince meatballs and salad leaves
  • After dinner snack - greek yoghurt, pineapple and peppermint tea

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette, 2 pieces of gluten free sultana bread toast
  • Snack - 1 Eat Natural gluten free fruit bar
  • Lunch - Shrimp and pasta with homemade avocado and spinach pesto sauce
  • After lunch snack - unflavoured whey protein shake with added strawberries and grapes for taste, peanut better and jam on gluten free bread
  • Dinner - Left over Shrimp and pasta with homemade avocado and spinach pesto sauce

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette, coconut and oat porridge with mulberries
  • Snack - 1 Eat Natural gluten free fruit bar
  • Lunch - oven baked salmon with rice and broccoli
  • After lunch snack - unflavoured whey protein shake with added strawberries and grapes for taste, greek yoghurt with strawberries and mulberries
  • Dinner - Left over oven baked salmon with rice and broccoli
  • After dinner snack - peppermint tea, Eat Natural gluten free fruit bar

Thursday:

(rest day so I'm usually not as hungry as when I'm training)

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette, coconut and oat porridge with mulberries
  • Lunch - Beef mince and quinoa with salad leaves
  • Snack - greek yoghurt and pineapple with honey and cinnamon
  • Dinner - beef mince and roasted sweet potato with salad leaves

Friday:

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette, 2 pieces of gluten free sultana toast and coffee
  • Snack - 1 Eat Natural gluten free fruit bar
  • Lunch - sweet potato mash and oven baked salmon with broccoli
  • After training snack - unflavoured whey protein shake with added strawberries and grapes for taste, peanut butter and jam on rice cakes
  • Dinner - salmon and egg salad

Saturday:

  • Breakfast - mushroom and spring onion omelette, 2 pieces of gluten free sultana toast and coffee
  • Lunch - Muscle Food crocodile burger and sweet potato wedges
  • Snack - pineapple and greek yoghurt with honey and cinnamon
  • Dinner - Chicken and pasta in gluten free pesto sauce

Sunday:

  • Breakfast - sweet potato waffle and omelette
  • Lunch - cheat meal :)
  • Snack - cheat snack
  • Dinner - left over chicken and pasta in gluten free pesto sauce

Interview with Moe Sasgebon

What does a typical day at the gym/training look like?

Moe Sasgebon

Because I do so many events, each day is different so equal amount of time are spent perfecting each event. My coach typically plans a session that allows for one field event e.g. shot put, javelin, high jump or long jump combined with a speed endurance session which focuses on the 200m or a longer aerobic session which focuses on the 800m part of the heptathlon; and then a hurdles session as well as gym sessions 3 times a week. About twice a week we will focus on the technical aspects of running.

What does a typical days meal plan look like?

  • Breakfast is usually the same; Omelette (1 yolk, 2 egg whites) and gluten free toast or porridge
  • Training snack- Eat Natural gluten free bar
  • Lunch- oven baked salmon, pasta or rice and steamed broccoli
  • After training snack- greek yoghurt with pineapple pieces and a protein shake
  • Dinner- Salad leaves, quinoa and turkey mince meatballs

One food you couldn't live without?

Sweet and Salty Popcorn!

Events

Favourite Muscle Food product?

Turkey Mince meat used to make lovely quinoa and mince meatballs

Do you have cheat meals? If so tell us a typical meal.

I have a weakness for chips so any meal with chips. Typically a greasy American burger and fries.

Do you use any supplements? If so which ones.

I don't use a lot of supplements as I don't know very much about them. Apart from my staple multivitamins and cod liver oil every day I drink. I also drink whey protein after a hard gym or track session.

How do you prepare for a competition?

Training the week before a heptathlon is very specific. I have to balance the amount of rest and treatment I have before a hard 2 days of competing. Focusing on any events that need last minute practice and adjustments to make sure I am in top form for the competition.

How do you stay motivated?

I like to focus on how excited and happy l feel when I'm doing athletics and my love for sports. I find it hard to imagine myself doing anything else which keeps me dedicated. Athletics and exercise is my lifestyle choice.

How do you like to relax?

On my days off I love catching up on my Tv shows or spending time with my family when I can.

What is your most memorable moment on the track?

Winning the senior girls high jump competition at the English Schools championships. I gained two personal bests to win the competition and my whole family were in the crowd behind me cheering.

What's your favourite event and why?

High Jump

High Jump, because I've been doing it the longest and I feel like I'm in my comfort zone while doing it; however I am beginning to love hurdles and shot put as well.

Which is your least favourite event and why?

800m! It's the last event and hardest of the two days and no matter how hard you train for it, it always hurts!

Who is your all time hero?

I have sports people that I admire, but I'd have to say my all time hero is my mother. She used to be a swimmer for Nigeria who taught herself how to swim, and ultimately train herself to become one of the best swimmers in the country. I admire her determination and discipline in all she does.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

Last year I attained my first Senior GB vest and competed at an indoor pentathlon in Sheffield.

What's next/ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal of course is the 2016 Olympics, 2017 world champs and hopefully 2020 olympics. My short term goals are to have an injury free 2015 season and gain my second GB senior vest indoor and outdoor.

Moe Sasegbon