Next in the measures to increase strength, we will look at the importance of nutrients and potentially supplementing it with Creatine. Take into account the amount of work we do in CrossFit – Pre-WOD, WOD, and post-WOD – it’s important for us to “fuel the work required”. To support the work with good nutrients so we can have good training adaptations such as muscle rebuilding processes, glycogen storage, cell signaling etc.

Proteins (amino acids) are commonly described as “building blocks” in the body. Protein is needed for the growth and repair of tissues. This means to increase muscle strength by adding more muscle mass to your body. You are dependent on Protein.

In CrossFit, carbohydrates are our primary fuel. During exercise, carbohydrate availability to the muscle and nervous system can be compromised because the fuel cost of an athlete’s training or competition program exceeds endogenous carbohydrate stores. Provision of carbohydrates is important because lack of carbohydrate availability limits intermittent high-intensity exercise performance (CrossFit).

When your nutrient profile is good. We can start to add supplements that have an adequate level of support to increase level of performance. For strength, we are talking about Creatine. Creatine supplementation increases intramuscular creatine concentrations, can improve exercise performance, and/or improve training adaptations. It has also been shown that Creatine may enhance post-exercise recovery, injury prevention, thermoregulation, rehabilitation, and concussion and/or spinal cord neuroprotection.

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