Why Are Carbohydrates Important for CrossFit?

Why Are Carbohydrates Important for CrossFit?

CrossFit is a branded fitness program that involves ‘constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.’ In a nutshell, the answer to why carbohydrates are so crucial for CrossFit comes down to human physiology and the energy systems predominantly involved in this type of training.  Carbohydrates  Carbohydrates are made up of starches, sugars and cellulose. Once digested, they are broken down into single sugar molecules in the form of glucose. This can then be stored in the muscle and liver as glycogen, ready to be used as a quick energy source.  Examples of carbohydrate-rich foods: Bread, bread rolls, wraps Pasta,…
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Alcohol and Muscle Growth: Does Drinking Kill Your Gains?

Alcohol and Muscle Growth: Does Drinking Kill Your Gains?

Alcohol is one of the most widely consumed recreational drugs globally. If you’re one to socialise with alcohol post-training, have a beer (and then some) to celebrate a sporting win or as part of a team bonding sesh, you’re most certainly not alone.  It is embedded in Australian culture with studies revealing that athletes are among the biggest users of alcohol, despite the potentially harmful effects it could have on health and performance. Some simply like to call it ‘balance’.  It’s well known that chronic high intakes of alcohol are poor for your health. So what amount of alcohol in…
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7 Nutrition Mistakes When Trying to Build Muscle

7 Nutrition Mistakes When Trying to Build Muscle

Building muscle is at the top of many peoples’ lists of health & fitness goals… and for good reason. Not only does building muscle have physical benefits for athletes in their sport or for building one’s self-confidence… building muscle is health-protective and can help with managing chronic health conditions too. So, what are the key principles required for building muscle? How To Build Muscle A good strength training program is a non-negotiable for muscle growth. It is the necessary stimulus for the process to start. However, training for muscle growth without focusing on nutrition is like a job half done.…
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