17 Best Protein Powders & Supplements for CrossFit 2021
Ascent Native Fuel - Whey Protein
Review: Whey protein is a fast digesting protein that is ideal post WOD and post workout. Your body can use about 20 grams of whey protein per hours, so supplementing with this amount is ideal for muscle recovery and growth.
Ascent Native Fuel Whey protein mixes well, tastes great and is easy on the tummy.
25 grams of whey protein per serving.
Made in the USA.
Sweetened with Monk Fruit, a natural alternative sweetener that does not impact blood sugar.
Actually tastes good and won’t wreck your stomach.
Contains soy Lecithin which helps it mix better.
Great taste and quality ingredients make this my choice for best protein powder for CrossFit.
Review: Branched Chain amino acids are made up of the three muscle building amino acids-leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
During intense exercise, BCAA levels naturally fall and cause fatigue. Supplementing with BCAA may prevent fatigue and help you feel less tired. This Bulk supplements powder is a very economical way to get BCAAs in your diet.
Review: Magnesium is an excellent supplement for athletes because it promotes restful sleep, a key factor in recovery after a strenuous workout.
I take magnesium every single night and I notice a difference in sleep quality when I skip my nightly dose. I like the Thorne Research brand Magnesium Citrate because this form of magnesium is very bioavailable.
135 mg of Magnesium Citrate – a highly bioavailable form.
Dairy, soy, wheat and allergen-free capsules.
Thorne Research tests all ingredients for purity before encapsulating them.
The capsule is large.
Excellent Magnesium supplement for recovery promoting good night’s sleep.
Review: The B vitamins are key players in metabolizing Carbs, fat and protein so your Body can use them as energy.
B1 is used by your cells to create ATP, your body’s energy source. Pure Encapsulations brand B-complex contains the best forms of Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, Folate, Niacin and Biotin. It is a very high-quality supplement.
Contains Folate in the Metafolin form (L-5-MTHF).
Contains methylcobalamin form of B12.
No added allergens or other junk.
Small capsule size.
More expensive than B Vitamins that use inferiors forms of B-vitamins.
High quality B-complex to increase energy naturally.
Xendurance Creatine - JB
Review: Creatine is essential for any athlete. The average person burns through about two grams of creatine per day. Athletes who lift weights, like CrossFit athletes, need even more.
Creatine is used to help your body recycle ATP, the energy source of your cells. 3 to 5 grams a day is ideal for the CrossFit athlete.
Xendurance Creatine contains 4 grams of creatine and 1 gram of lactate per scoop. Lactate is included in the formula because it helps maintain energy production and is great for endurance based exercise.
Review: Genius protein powder is one of my favorite protein powders because it uses a blend of 50 % fast digesting Whey protein and 50% slower digesting Casein protein, so you get the benefits of both.
24 grams of protein bar serving.
Protein sourced from grass fed cows.
Casein protein helps you ward off hunger.
Whey protein is quickly available for muscle repair and recovery.
Contains 2 grams of cane sugar per serving – not low carb.
High quality tasty protein drink mix with both whey and casein protein.
Guide to the Best Supplements and Protein Powders for CrossFit Athletes
What Keep in Mind Before Buying Supplements
Do your research!
Supplements do not require FDA labels but that does not mean they are all safe to take.
Supplements can have side effects and interactions with other medications you take.
Some supplements may make you sleepy (like magnesium and melatonin), while others might keep you awake all night (like Caffeine, Teacrine, Dynamine to name a few).
Some may interfere with antidepressants. Be diligent and take responsibility for your health by finding out what the ingredients in your supplement do.
Prepping for the CrossFit Open and 2021 CrossFit Games
As we head into the 2021 CrossFit open you might be thinking about supplementing to give you the edge you need to stay in you’re “A” game.
Pre Workout Boost
Pre-workouts give you the energy and focus you need to give each workout your best.
Whatever WOD is thrown your way as you work your way to the CrossFit games, a good pre-workout for CrossFit can give you just the boost you need to get to the next level.
Recovery and Sleep
Sleep and recovery are super important when you are training hard. Get an edge by guarding your sleep and recovery time. Night time recovery aids are a good way to insure you get your ZZZZs.
Your body needs time to recover to maintain focus and reaction time too.
Allowing your body enough time to recover and making sure you get good sleep simply cannot be stressed enough.
Check out Shawn Stephenson’s Sleep Smarter for 21 tips on getting the best sleep possible.
Hydration and Replenishing DURING Your Workout
The CrossFit games are no stranger to hydration related scares. It is not unheard of to see athlete who needs emergency care, suffer muscle cramps or even be unable to finish a competition because they were not adequately hydrated.
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