Refuel. Repair. Recover.
In CrossFit, proper nutrition is equally important to proper form. They complement each other in order to maximize the benefits of training. Intense Functional Fitness workouts can deplete an individual’s muscles, in ways that not even a perfect paleo diet can fully protect against. When training your muscles, the right sports supplements can go a long way to help the body function at optimal levels. This is a critical step in strengthening, rejuvenating, and restoring the body. Sports supplements provide the energy and essential nutrients needed to aid in recovery.
The faster and more effectively you recover can help you take your training to the next level. While an excellent diet definitely helps, nothing can help your post-workout recovery like a quick protein shake after your WOD. Listed below are some of the supplement types you should add to your training arsenal.
Recommended Supplements for the CrossFit Athlete:
Whey Protein: This fast acting protein supplement is a staple in any serious fitness enthusiast’s list of must-haves. Designed to digest quickly to help muscle recover, whey also includes a complete amino acid profile making it a perfect pre and post-training support supplement.
Creatine: Creatine improves strength, power, and muscle mass plus delays the onset of neuromuscular fatigue. Creatine is naturally occurring in meat and other food sources, but monohydrate is the best form because it contains more creatine than other forms.
Beta-Alanine: Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced naturally in the liver. You also get it in your diet from meat sources, such as beef and poultry. Research shows that beta-alanine improves power output by buffering the accumulation of acids in the body—especially lactic acid.
Fish Oil: Fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish Oil is a supplement that will control inflammation after a long, grueling WOD and can help with joint mobility.
BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids): The three BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. They are unique among the essential amino acids (EAA’s) for their role in stimulating protein metabolism and synthesis, and regulating blood glucose and insulin levels.
Multi-Vitamins: There are many antioxidant properties and benefits of a multi-vitamin that can reduce muscle soreness, provide immune support, contribute to bone health, improve iron levels, and play a key role in muscle contractions.