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The Best supplements for CrossFit?

Posted on July 15 2016

The sheer intensity of Crossfit workouts push the human body beyond its limits, and extends those limits in the process. The multiple modality approach to CrossFit allows you to train at a higher intensity more frequently when compared to single modality sports such as running, swimming, biking, bodybuilding or weight lifting alone.

Your supplement needs will depend on the rest of your diet and when you train.

Let’s take a look at a few thoughts. Keep in mind everybody is different and you need to find your own program that works for you. This is a starting point don’t be afraid to test and learn.

Training before Breakfast
Do you train before breakfast? Breakfast literally means” break-the-fast”. If you do, then you may need to consider two different supplements. The first is obvious:
  1. A pre-workout such as Progenex Force. A pre-workout will be necessary to give your body some energy after its forced fasting overnight. Be wary or pre workouts full of caffeine. Not good thrusting 60kg overhead with head spins!
  2. The other consideration is an overnight supplement such as Progenex Cocoon. A low lactose, micellar casein protein powder such as Cocoon will feed the body protein overnight. This is great for recovery from the day before but will also help with energy the following morning.

Breakfast is a crucial start to your day. A breakfast full of protein is the most beneficial, a cup of coffee and toast is not doing right by your body. If you really can’t find the time, try a protein / meal replacement supplement such as Progenex More Muscle will help fuel the body.

Joint protection and inflammatory:
The other area of your body to look after is your joints. An anti-inflammatory such as Progenex Omega+ is a powerful, readily available and absorbable, Omega 3 supplement. Unlike other Omega 3 products, Omega+ combines the most bioavailable source of Omega 3s, krill oil with one of the world’s most potent antioxidants – astaxanthin. This formidable combination is further complimented by the addition of calamari oil, rich in the essential fatty acid DHA and Vitamin D3.

Pre-workouts
When you consider a pre-workout be careful of pre-workouts that are single ingredient focus or rely on caffeine. These pre-workouts will not give you a balance of nutrients and may even negative impact your workout. Progenex Force is not your every day, run of the mill, pre-workout sports nutritional supplement. The power lies in its unique combination of ingredients designed to increase energy while eliminating fatigue.

Post workouts
When you want to recover fast, a hydrolyzed whey protein isolate is your “go to” supplement. Whey protein hydrolysates (WPH) are enzymatically predigested for maximal speed of absorption. This additional processing often comes at an increased cost, but is considered superior for post-workout muscle hypertrophy. Additionally, some individuals who experience intestinal problems with WPC or WPI may not experience problems when consuming hydrolysate. Progenex Recovery is 100% hydrolyzed whey protein isolate and will help with muscle soreness and lean muscle growth.

Protein top ups.
Many athletes like to use a protein top up mid-afternoon or with lunch.
Progenex More Muscle is also 100% hydrolyzed whey protein isolate with additional BCCAs and whey growth factors and will help with muscle soreness and lean muscle growth.
If you wish to diversity your protein intake and want a non-dairy alternative. Try Progenex Flow. Each protein source features its own unique amino acid profile. Compared to whey protein powder, salmon protein contains similar amounts of aspartic acid, histidine, methionine, serine, proline, and phenylalanine. Salmon protein is also considerably higher in alanine, glycine and arginine.

 

Night-time recovery
We touched on this before. The importance of overnight recovery. Progenex COCOON is a special night-time formula featuring micellar casein and Metamorphagen™. As a slow digesting protein, micellar casein stimulates protein synthesis through a sustained release of amino acids throughout the night, promoting muscle building while preventing muscle wasting. This slow, steady drip of amino acids is not only critical for protein synthesis, but is also crucial for immune system support.

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