Training

The Open is over…now what?

The Open is over! It’s time to celebrate your accomplishments and improvements from last year. For those of you that participated for the first time, you got to see what the CrossFit community at large is all about. For those of you who have done this before I think its safe to say you all made improvements in your fitness over the past year. Our Friday Night Lights this year were different than past years in that we joined forces with 3 other gyms to have big party every week. The spirit of competition was alive and well and I want to applaud all of you who actually made it a point to be at every FNL and perform the workouts not on your home turf. We here at Los Al Athletics could not be more proud of the way each of you represented our community.

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What supplements should you be taking?

Supplements play a small role in your over all diet, but they can be an important component. Nothing replaces the value of real whole foods, but supplements can fill in gaps and aid in our body composition. There are tons of supplements out there, but most don’t have enough research behind them to say that they truly are really effective. The purpose of supplementation is to help keep our body in an anabolic state where the body can be constantly sustaining and building muscle, rather than a catabolic state where muscle is broken down, lost or replaced with fat.

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All About Carbs

After protein, carbs are the most important nutrient for an active lifestyle.  Carbs provide the energy you use during your hard workouts to build muscle and replace that fat! Your body stores carbs as glycogen, and glycogen is primarily stored in your muscles. In case you were unsure you use your muscles during your workouts. If your glycogen stores are low it will make it difficult to make it through a workout. You will feel tired and lethargic, and consistent low glycogen stores will definitely affect your performance not just in class but in your daily life.

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10 ways you can improve your Crossfit experience

Our goal as coaches is to give you the best experience the minute you walk in the door until the moment you leave. We want to give you as much knowledge, information and encouragement as possible. However, sometimes the lines of communication get broken by both the coach or the athlete due to various things like class size, distractions or time constraints.
Here are 10 ways that you, as an athlete, can get the most out of your coaches and your time in the gym:

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CrossFit during pregnancy. Is it safe?

Exercise in general is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby while pregnant. Studies have shown that women who exercise during pregnancy gain less weight and tend to have easier, shorter and less complicated labors. Babies of exercising moms tend to sleep through the night sooner, are less prone to colic, and are better able to soothe themselves. I’m due with my second baby in about two weeks and have been doing CrossFit throughout my entire pregnancy. Overall, I am happier, more energetic and I have fewer discomforts than I did during my first pregnancy. So, how do we make sure we keep ourselves and our babies safe?

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The WHY behind our programming

“Fall in love with the process and the results will come.” -Eric Thomas

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Getting Started at Los Al Athletics

Joining a new gym is exciting, but you may have some questions about the program or the facility. No worries–we’re only here to help! Here are 10 things you should know when joining Los Al Athletics to learn more about our gym, our community, and how to be successful in your training.

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Tip of the Month – Double Unders

Arm and Hand Position: Keep your elbows in, right next to your ribcage. From there, your hands should track our slightly in front of your hips, so you can see them in the corner of your eyes. When your arms start to straighten and travel away from your body, your rope will shorten and cause you to trip up.
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Yoga for Crossfit: Top 6 Reasons to Combine the Two

Yoga for Crossfit

I’m a firm believer that every athlete should incorporate yoga into their training. I’ve seen the benefits and that’s exactly why I chose to share it as a teacher. While everyone knows it’s a “great stretch,” yoga is so much more. The physical, mental and emotional benefits you will receive from a regular practice will dramatically improve your athleticism. Here are my top six reasons that every Crossfitter, lifter and any athlete should sacrifice at least an hour to yoga every week:

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To protein or to not protein?

Our body needs 3 basic macronutrients that make up the food we eat: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Each person needs different amounts of each based on their weight, height, body fat, activity level, plus a bunch of more complicated things. Protein is the most important macronutrient when it comes to strength training. Protein contains amino acids, and amino acids are the building blocks of muscle.  It’s essential to have a balanced amount of protein in your system throughout the day. When the appropriate amount of protein is in your system, your body is in an anabolic state which allows you to build muscle. If you are protein deficient your body goes into a catabolic state and will start to look for energy and break down your hard earned muscle.

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