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Why You Should Invest in CrossFit Shoes

If you’ve come this far, you’re probably read to commit to CrossFit, if you haven’t already. We’ve shared a lot of content over the past few months, and we hope you’ve digested it and have come to the conclusion that CrossFit is going to help you get fit.

With that in mind, it’s time to talk about why you should invest in a good pair of shoes designed specifically for CrossFit.

A good CrossFit shoe is going to provide the base for all of your workouts. That makes sense, too, since they go on your feet, which are considered the base of the body. We should note that one shoe won’t be perfect for all CrossFit movements. But if you’re going to invest in a proper shoe to wear to each WOD, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Support

Weightlifting is a focal point when it comes to CrossFit, so you want to find a shoe that is going to provide stability and protect your feet. These are called “lifters”. They typically have a strap across the top of the foot that works to provide stability and make sure your stance is firm when you get in position to lift the weight.

These shoes are also reinforced at the heel, which provides a stable base for the foot when you get ready to launch into a squat or a hang power clean. The shoe has minimal cushion, which is different than a running shoe, but provides more stability and support.

Versatility

Since CrossFit shoes are built for more than one movement, they need to be versatile to protect your feet during rope climbs, but provide the proper flex to do box jumps during the same WOD.

That’s why a lot of CrossFit shoes are built out of materials like “carbon rubber” and incorporate “midsole technology”.

The Reebok Nano 2.0, for instance, touts its “open-spacer mesh” to improve flexibility and breathability to give athletes the proper feel to tackle the toughest WODs. While you might giggle at the terms the company has come up with to describe their shoes, the reality is that you’re going to see a big difference between CrossFit shoes and regular running shoes when it comes to their versatility.

Durability

You are going to put your shoes through a lot of wear and tear. The aforementioned rope climbs will do their best to scuff up your shoes, while hill runs and sled pulls will test your shoes to the limit. It’s a good idea to have a shoe that is going to last and put up with the stress you put them through.

The Nike Metcon 4 has a breathable mesh to keep your feet cool on the hottest days, but the synthetic textured print provides more durability to protect the foot. The front of the foot also features flexibility and sticky rubber to provide extra “grab” for sled pushes.

Not only are these shoes worthy of being worn in public, but they give you the upper hand at the box, and they will last a long time.

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If you’re serious about CrossFit, it’s time to get serious about the shoe you wear to the WODs. It’s not imperative that you invest money in your footwear, but it will help you in the long run.

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Debunking Dietary Supplements

The world of dietary supplement can be overwhelming at the very least and downright misleading at some times. Here are a few supplements that have have been put to the test through numerous studies to prove their safety and efficacy. After reading this you’ll have a better idea of the sports supplements that work, how to take the right dosage for your needs, and the populations that would benefit the most.

Creatine Monohydrate

Overview: Creatine is perhaps the most commonly consumed supplement in the sports performance world and for good reason. It is has been proven to increase muscle mass, improve exercise performance, and even offers cognitive benefits.

Dosage: The benefits of creatine monohydrate can be obtained by orally consuming 3-5 grams per day. This amount has proven to be safe for long term consumption with no adverse effects.

Who can benefit: The wide ranging benefits of creatine make it an attractive supplement for a wide variety of individuals including athletes, vegans, and elderly populations. This could be a good choice for you if you’re interested in improving strength, gaining muscle, increasing energy, or improving brain functions.

Beta Alanine

Overview: Beta alanine is a non essential amino acid that is popular for improving athletic performance. It has been shown to improve time to exhaustion (TTE) and improved sports performance in tested cyclists and rowers. Beta Alanine acts by increasing Carnosine levels in the muscle. Carnosine helps buffer the acid that builds up in muscle during exercise allowing the muscle to perform at a higher capacity for longer.

Dosage: Subjects have shown benefits when consuming between 2-5 grams daily.

Who can benefit: Individuals who participate in high intensity exercise could experience performance benefits by supplementing with beta alanine.

Beta Vulgaris aka Beet Extract

Overview: Beet supplements have gained popularity recently as studies have shown them to be at the root of some major athletic achievements. Beets are a highly concentrated source of nitrates (NO3) that the body converts to nitric dioxide (NO2) a vasodilator. Vasodilators can improve athletic performance by increasing blood flow  and allowing more oxygen and nutrients to the muscle. Athletes who supplemented with Beet Juice showed significant improve when compared to athletes who consumed a placebo. These athletes showed an increase in time to exhaustion (TTE) tests.

Dosage: 400mg-500mg consumed 2-3 hours before the time of competition is recommended to ensure optimal effects of the beet juice. Some studies have shown that daily supplementation of beet juice starting 6 days before the competition could provide greater benefit than same day consumption only.

Who can benefit: Athletes who are looking to improve their performance in an event that tests their aerobic capacity may want to give this safe food supplement a try!

*Note: The effects of beet juice seem to have a negative correlation with caffeine so don’t mix your beets with coffee.

Huperzine

Overview: Huperzine is one of the popular new supplements in the category known as nootropics. Whenever our brain is focused on learning something we release neurotransmitters such as Acetylcholine that send out the signal  These compounds prevents acetylcholineterase enzymes from picking up the neurotransmitters quickly after they have been released. This means that the mind is able to stay focused on tasks for longer and with greater intensity.

Dosage: It is recommended to begin with with 10mg of Huperzine per day to gauge tolerance.

Who can benefit: Individuals whose sport or activity requires high levels of focus to execute on. This could include weightlifters, powerlifters, golfers, and biathletes just to name a few. These supplements don’t have to be limited to sports performance. Try nootropics to learn a new skill at work and see if they work for you.

Fish Oil

Overview: Most of us are no stranger to fish oil and may have taken it for one reason or another. Fish oil has been studied extensively and the benefits range from improved cognitive health, to reduced inflammation, heart health, upregulating anabolic pathways, and even boosting mood. The key desired ingredients are the Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Top of the line supplements will have high levels of these fats and represent the quality of the product.

Dosage: Consumption levels of 1-5 grams daily are popular, speak with your doctor and discuss if a fish oil supplement is a good fit for your needs.

Who can benefit: Athletes, the elderly population, expecting mothers and children all can benefit from a fish oil supplement.

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