Supplements for CrossFit: A Dietitians Guide

Supplements for CrossFit: A Dietitians Guide

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Last weekend I was watching The Torian Pro, which is a relatively high-level CrossFit event held in Brisbane, Australia. As I was watching, I legitimately thought to myself “I wonder if all of these athletes are taking beta-alanine?” Because that could give them a serious edge over their competition. This thought process extended to a whole bunch of other supplements. And then obviously it extended to overall nutrition too. And as an interesting note, the winner of the male category Royce Dunne (and therefore qualifier for the CrossFit games) actually does work with a sports dietitian. He, along with ~50 other competitors in this comp worked with The Sports Dietitian Co in the leadup. For me, although The Sports Dietitian Co is technically my competition (just like any other dietitian…
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Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

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Nutrition for endurance athletes is a broad topic. A lot of similar principles apply between most endurance events, although there will obviously be differences. In this article though, the goal is to cover as much as possible, while also addressing a lot of aspects of nutrition and how it can improve performance. Intra-Race Carbs Glucose is our body’s most efficient fuel source for exercise above a certain intensity. Later I will discuss low carbohydrate approaches. But for now, we will leave that aspect and just focus on the carbohydrate portion of the discussion. Glycogen is the body’s stored form of glucose/carbohydrate. As glycogen levels start getting closer to being fully depleted, performance starts to decline. This phenomenon is something that you can see in race splits. This is a large…
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The Complete Guide to Creatine

The Complete Guide to Creatine

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Creatine is one of cheapest and most widely used gym supplements by casual gym goes and athletes alike - but there is also a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding it’s usage, safety, efficacy, and effects on body composition. Here we are going to break down everything you need to know about creatine so you can find out if it might be something you want to use, or if you already are – how to use it most effectively! What Is It? Creatine is a naturally occurring non-protein amino acid that is found in muscle tissue, most commonly in red meat and seafood. It started to rise in popularity in supplement form in the 1990s. In the human body, creatine is combined with a high energy phosphate group to form…
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