The New Year is the time to try something that you have been thinking about for awhile, and for some people that is CrossFit! For those of you who don’t know, CrossFit is a very effective way to get fit. It is a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout. Exercises include pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a bunch of other movements. So, if CrossFit is something that you want to get into you need some essentials!
Here is a list of CrossFit Essentials.
If you are going from a sedentary lifestyle to an athletic one, you are going to need a lot of protein in your diet. Protein is important because it is the basic building blocks of muscle. Ultimately, you want to get your protein from natural, organic, Paleo-friendly sources. A great source of natural, organic, Paleo-friendly protein is our Too Busy To Eat Protein bars. They have 9 grams of grass fed whey protein and 6 grams of fiber. These vegan, gluten-free, 100% natural bars make sure you have the best nutrition possible without missing a beat in your workout. They come in three flavors- Cookie Dough, Double Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla Coconut.
Yes, you need sleep! Everyone will start telling you to work harder, work longer, and get up at dawn to conquer the day. Sure, do that, but make sure you are going to bed earlier. If you are just starting with CrossFit, your body will be destroyed after a few weeks of AMRAPs. But that fatigue means that you need to give your body time to rest and repair itself so you can go even harder next time. That all happens when you are sleeping! If you really want to make progress, show up and go to bed earlier.
3. Hand Care
There is a difference between man hands and tattered bloody messes. After a week of lipping pull-ups, your hands will be a mess. Even if you have callouses on your hands, chances are you haven’t been doing as much functional, fast, high-intensity movement before CrossFit and your callouses will be long gone in no time. And really, if you wreck your hands, you wreck your workouts. There is no shame in taping up, shaving or grinding down your calluses, or using hand salve.
4. Lacrosse Ball
Muscle soreness and tightness can hinder your performance and leave your body more susceptible to injury. A plain, cheap lacrosse ball is the best thing for loosening stiff muscles and working out knots. It's hard so it’s not going to compress, so you can get a small point of pressure into a specific area of muscles. These are perfect for digging into your shoulders and inner hips. An added bonus is it’s small enough to fit in your gym bag!
Sports drinks are out. Ditch the sugar filed drinks- water is king. Water provides so many benefits, such as hydration, aiding in digestion, kickstarting internal organs, lowering blood pressure boosting energy levels, and so many more. Drink at least 16-32 ounces of water an hour before your workout, at least 8 ounces during your workout, and antlers 16 ounces after your workout. Drink water to prevent thirst. If you are thirsty, it’s too late.