NUTRITION

OUR PHILOSOPHY

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” (CrossFit Journal, September 2002, “The Garage Gym”, “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”)

I’m sure you’ve all heard that nutrition is the foundation for performance. In fact, nutrition is the base of the pyramid Crossfit founder Greg Glassman created, with met-cons, gymnastics, weight lifting and sport all being supported by it. What we put into our bodies greatly affects how we look, feel, and perform, but most athletes make nutrition secondary in their training.

Basically – your nutrition needs the same effort and attention that you put into your training.

The challenge of nutrition for CrossFit is that you’re chasing different – and often competing – changes in your body. You need to get stronger and faster, but also improve stamina and endurance. This makes nutrition and supplementation both interesting and complicated.

CrossFit consists of a few key areas of fitness and performance that you need to focus on. These include:

  • OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING
  • STRENGTH TRAINING / POWERLIFTING
  • CLASSIC ENDURANCE (RUNNING/ROWING/CYCLING)
  • STRONGMAN-STYLE EVENTS (CARRIES, FLIPS, DRAGS ETC).

 

So, you need to make sure that your training, recovery, and nutrition are providing you with an edge in each of these disciplines.

Pre-Workout Fueling

What you put into your body greatly affects your performance. If you eat crap, you will perform like crap. But if you eat the right foods at the right time, you have a much better chance of taking it to the next level and setting some PRs. We all know that if the gas tank in your car were low you wouldn’t get very far and if it was empty you wouldn’t get anywhere at all.

NUTRITION ENQUIRY

Post-Workout Fueling

Properly fueling your body after your workouts is just as important as properly fueling before your workouts. During a strenuous workout, such as those we do almost every day, your body’s glycogen stores get significantly used up. It is important to properly replenish them to help you to recover from these intense workouts and set you up with the energy you’ll need for your next session.

NUTRITION ENQUIRY

SHOULD I BE TAKING SUPPLEMENTS?

Supplements can aid every aspect of endurance – from muscular strength and stamina to cardiorespiratory endurance. They’re responsive to changes in nutrition; making supplements a great choice to keep your endurance up.

Short-term Recovery

The ability to recover and perform well repeatedly within one session, under restricted time.

This is exactly the kind of recovery you’ll need on a day to day basis. CrossFit incorporates many aspects from circuits and intervals, where you perform high-intensity exercise followed by low-intensity exercise, or even rest.

Recovering between these bouts is a hybrid of good endurance and good recovery. Supplements play a key role in both of these. Replenishing fuel allows you to continue after a short break – a key aspect of optimum performance in HIIT, and CrossFit specifically.

Session-to-session Recovery

This is the ability to recuperate between training sessions and perform at peak capacity.

Recovery between sessions is an entire half of your ability to progress and get better. It requires far more attention than most athletes give it, but supplementation is one step towards fixing that. If you recover better than your competition, you can progress faster.

Supplements that aid in the recovery process tend to improve metabolism, hormonal health, or muscle-protein synthesis (MPS). MPS is the key process for repairing muscles after hard exercise. Whether its endurance or weight-training, MPS allows you to recover and improves muscular size/strength.

You should take every possible route to maximize recovery. Workouts and recovery are the only two variables you really need to focus on, and you can’t ignore this whole half of your training.

These categories make it easy to discuss the role of each supplement and we’re going to tag each supplement with its key benefits.

What makes a good supplement for CrossFit athletes?

Anything that has notable effects on one of these five categories or provides big benefits in one specific area. The best supplements provide strong benefits in several categories, as well as general health and wellbeing benefits.

 

Things to Know Before you Supplement Anything

Supplements aren’t a magic bullet: they won’t fix your diet and make you into Mat Fraser overnight. They provide an additional buffer or edge to a diet that is already heading in the right direction. The best supplements in the world can’t make up for a diet full of junk food and malnutrition.

You need to put your diet together as the foundation for your diet to ensure that you’re making progress. Nutrition is about ensuring that you have enough calories, protein, and the right balance of fats and carbs. A good diet always comes before supplements.

This is an essential part of your diet and it must be prior to your supplement routine. For example, there’s no point taking creatine if you’re not getting enough calories for your muscle-growth goals or supplementing fish oil when your diet is 90% fast food.

However, some powerful supplements you can add to a solid nutrition plan include:

  • Preworkout (caffeine)
  • Creatine
  • Beta Alinine
  • ZMA
  • Vitamin D
  • and of course, Protein and Casein Protein Powders!

 

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