Have you ever walked into a health food store and felt totally overwhelmed by all of the extra large tubs that are filled with who knows what? Then when you ask for help you get answers that might as well be spoken in Chinese. Whey. Isolate. Macronutrients. Creatine. Amino acids. Add in the huge price ranges for this stuff and it’s enough to make your head spin.
If you’re new to the vast world of supplementation – or even if you’re not – we’re pausing to spotlight one of the most important ones for CrossFitters. And that’s amino acids, or BCAA’s. They are the building blocks of protein, which is super important for anyone (you!) looking to build muscle.
One of the coolest things about supplementing with aminos is that they make recovery a lot easier – so no excuses for excessive rest days! Now this is the really awesome part: if you take your aminos at the right time, you’ll likely notice substantially less fatigue the day after doing lifts. Heck, you may feel none at all. And don’t confuse that for an ineffective workout.
Aim to down a big glass of water with aminos mixed in within a half hour of completing the WOD. Now that’s not to say it’ll be totally ineffective if you wait longer than that, but you won’t reap all of the benefits. You can keep it simple stupid by bringing your drink to class. Nothing wrong with drinking some mid workout, but try to save most of it for after you’re done.
There are some other killer perks that are a Crossfitter’s dream come true. Like say, increased endurance, which means the next time there’s a crazy time cap on a workout, you’ll be at an advantage. Or if math isn’t your thing and you find yourself struggling to figure out what 60% of your 1 rep max is for your clean and jerk, aminos may come to the rescue because they help increase your mental focus. Oh, and did we mention they’re fat burners too? What’s not to love about that?