It’s like brushing your teeth, or cleaning the kitchen countertops. When you do something over and over again, you get comfortable with the routine. The job gets done. But are you really doing it right? The same applies to regular workouts. You may be going through the motions, plowing through the hour so you can check exercise off your to-do list. But if you’re not taking care to perform the motions properly, you won’t see the full benefits of your hard work. Even worse, you may run into physical problems.
Category: Sports Nutrition
Of course you need a good pair of shoes, a water bottle and comfortable clothes to work out. But you need more than your cool new sneakers to stay in shape. Regardless if you’re on a brand new fitness journey or were born an athlete, there are three pantry items you must have to maintain your success…and your sanity. Read more →
Are you getting enough protein? If not, there’s no shortage of powders to help you up your intake. They’re convenient, easy to use and can be measured so you know exactly how much you’re getting in every shake. But not all protein powders are created equal. You may choose a product for its ideal protein content only to discover it tastes terrible and mixes up with clumps.
You’ve got the basics covered, right? Whey protein at breakfast and before the gym, a pre-workout with creatine and caffeine, BCAAs while you train, glutamine when you’re done and a casein protein shake at bedtime. Sports nutrition supplements support all your efforts, but without a clean diet to supply the nutrients your body needs, you’re not going to get very far. It’s always best to fuel up with vitamins, minerals and other essentials from real food, but for back up, bodybuilders should consider taking a multivitamin.
They’re a treat for the birthday boy, a reward for an A+ report card or a sweet Valentine’s Day breakfast. Waffles are often reserved for such special occasions, because they’re too carb-heavy, super sugary and lack nutritional value. This recipe debunks all of that. Stripped down to only three ingredients and covered in strawberry “icing,” you don’t need a reason to make these fluffy, fitter waffles. Read more →
Q: For someone who is allergic to peanuts, sensitive to caffeine and prefers not to consume too much fructose, do you have any ideas for making your own energy gels or other on-course fuel?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: In today’s world, there’s a large market for energy gels, nutrition bars and sports drinks. But if you have the time to make your own, it’s not a bad idea. This way you’ll know and recognize every ingredient that goes into your body. Plus, the prep is a lot easier than you might think. Read more →
I knew after my first “trial run” with CrossFit that I would have to go back for more…
For those of you who don’t know, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, gymnastics, functional movement and endurance training. The workouts are extremely fast-paced, often lasting only 15 to 20 minutes. Since its inception in 2000, CrossFit has spread like a virus, dominating the exercise industry and culminating in the competition now watched by millions every year, the “CrossFit Games.”
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