Anyone who’s gotten involved in Crossfit knows what it feels like to push themselves to the brink. It’s a workout that takes a lot of effort, but yields tremendous results. That’s why we love it.
But effort isn’t the whole story, when it comes to sculpting the body of your dreams. The other half is recovery. The way you rest and provide your body with what it needs to grow stronger and slimmer is a major piece of the puzzle. For many, supplementation is an effective way to get results. Let’s take a look at some supplements that may help you get in shape.
Protein is essential for building muscles. There’s no getting around that, but did you know that it will also help you feel fuller? Getting enough protein can help you avoid overeating.
When you train hard (like during Crossfit, for instance), you need to take in more protein than the average person. Doing this without getting too many calories can be tricky. That’s where protein powders come in. Whether its whey protein, soy protein or even hemp protein, supplementing this nutrient will definitely come in handy.
What if I told you there was a miracle drug that could help increase your metabolism, improve your quality of sleep, lift your mood and provide you with extra energy? Then, what if I told you that it wasn’t a drug, at all? In fact, it’s a vitamin.
The trick with vitamin B12 is not to go for oral supplements. Injections are a much better option. As with any vitamins, pills are often not absorbed readily, but injections will allow your body to utilize nearly 100% of the B12.
The side effects of B12 shots are minimal. Not only are the negligible side effects of B12 injections a perk, but the supplementing schedule is nice too; most people only need to get poked once every week or two.
Taking creatine regularly will help you take your Crossfit workout farther than you would without it. Keep in mind, it’s not a major difference, but it can turn your 5 rep max into a 6 rep max. That’s enough to increase your results.
Consistency is key with this supplement, as you need to saturate your muscles with creatine. Also, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Magnesium and Zinc
These two supplements, in combination, have been shown to help your body repair damage to muscle tissue. Keep in mind that exercise works by causing microscopic tears in your muscles. Then, when you rest, they are rebuilt even stronger than they were before. Now, you can make that process of recovery even more effective.
This supplement is amazing, when it comes to prolonging muscle endurance. Basically, it slows the lactic acid response, which is responsible for the initial feelings of muscle soreness. This is not to be confused with DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, the cause of which is not known.
Work Hard and Recover
Training hard is important for results, but so is proper recovery. Make sure to get plenty of rest and supplement your diet with helpful substances.
With the help of these supplements and an effective Crossfit routine, you’ll be well on your way to a life of fitness. Enjoy!