When you start a new nutrition or exercise plan it’s exciting! You looking forward to the changes you're going to see in your body, how much better you’re going to feel, and the strength, endurance or energy you’re going to have. This excitement can keep you motivated for some time, especially if you see some of the quick weight drops or energy gains that are possible at the beginning of new nutrition or workout plan. Most people can ride this kind of excitement for quite a few weeks and maybe even months. But what happens when that motivation wanes, when the weight loss has slowed, and you’re hitting less PRs.
“I don’t want to get bulky”- most women who don’t do CrossFit
I have to admit. I said this very sentence, and I was currently doing CrossFit. It is hard to believe, as those who know me know I would rather lift heavy any day of the week! CrossFit has done so much for women in the area of self confidence. However sometimes social media portrays us all as ripped women with biceps that would rival most men!
Many of you have seen CrossFit on television, or posts on social media of people competing in the CrossFit Games. The road to the games begin with the Open. The Open lasts 5 weeks. There is a workout announced each week during the five weeks. Anyone who registers for the Open will have roughly 4 days to complete the workout and post their score online. All competitive CrossFitters who will make their way to the games, will complete these workouts and the top scorers will have an invitation to Regionals.
When we’re setting goals, most of us think only about the end result. I want to lose 10 pounds, I want to deadlift 300 pounds, or I want to get a raise of $1000 this year.
These are not necessarily bad goals. They are specific; you know when you’ve met them. They are also probably attainable based on your current situation; you have at least a chance of being able to achieve them. However, they are still, technically, out of your control.
You’ve just done an awesome CrossFit workout. What and when should you eat to make sure you see the best results possible from your workout? Your post workout nutrition helps with a few different things. First, you need to recover and rehydrate. You also want to make sure you build muscle and improve your performance in the future.
Have you ever wondered if you need to eat differently when you’re working out? What you should eat before, during and after your workouts depends on your goals. However, unless you are a serious athlete training for a very specific goal, basic good nutrition is generally all you really need and can help you work towards many common goals such as improving performance, gaining muscle, and losing weight.