It’s probably safe to assume that the five weeks of the Crossfit Open are some of the most intense weeks of the year for athletes everywhere from the professional athletes to the everyday people hitting their workouts when they have free time during the day.
We’ve already talked about some of the best ways for you to recover from your workouts, like getting enough sleep and eating the right foods to fuel your body. Now we’re going to focus on fueling and recovering with supplements and how those supplements will help you perform at your best for the Open.
Here are some of the best types of supplements you can take and how they’ll help you.
For before your workout: If you haven’t taken pre-workout before, you’re missing out. Pre-workout can give you a huge boost of energy before your workout and help you push through the toughest moments of your workout. Some supplements can even help you improve your mental focus. BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) in pre-workout supplements can even give you an additional boost. BCAAs are essential amino acids that you get through your diet, but taking a supplement can help ensure you’re getting enough with additional benefits to help your workout.
For after your workout: Consuming carbs after working out can help you:
- Replenish your energy stores
- Decrease protein breakdown
- Repair workout damage
Most post-workout carb supplements meet all these benefits while also potentially helping decrease soreness and get you ready to head back to the gym sooner. And if you choose a high-quality carb supplement like Max Recovery, you may even get some additional benefits. Max Recovery has HBCDs (Highly branched cyclic dextrin) will help you replenish glycogen stores after intense exercise.
For when you’re injured: Injuries suck. Especially during a critical time like the Open. You don’t have the luxury of time. And unfortunately, time is the main factor when it comes to recovering from an injury. So choosing an anti-inflammatory supplement can help you recover quicker and more efficiently so you can get back to putting up great results for the Open.
For when you’re having trouble getting enough rest: Lack of sleep is an all too common problem. And when you’re an athlete who needs enough sleep to help your body recover and operate at its best, sleep is incredibly important. If it takes you longer than 10 minutes to fall asleep, you wake up multiple times throughout the night, or you wake up and can’t fall back asleep, a supplement to help you sleep might be a good option for you.
Everyone at Nova 3 Labs wants to help athletes train at their best so they can perform at their best for the Crossfit Open. Check out their store to see everything they have to offer, including a great lineup of supplements, stacking options, and subscriptions.
And please remember, neither myself or the group at Nova 3 Labs are doctors, so please consult yours before taking any new supplements or if you’ve experienced an injury.
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