* Monday, Sept. 1 at 900a ONLY (Labor Day) Special workout on this day. No need to sign up.
CrossFit Kids Program
Have your kids been interested in doing CrossFit too? Well they can! Our kids program has three training times. The kids (ages 5-9) train each Tuesday and Thursday from 430p-515p and on Saturdays from 900a-945a. The teens (ages 10-17) train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 515p-600p and on Saturdays from 1015-1100a. We added the Saturday times to allow for other activities during the week and spaced out the time slots for those parents who have kids participating in both age groups. We are hoping to accommodate for both groups! If you have a child or children interested in the CrossFit Kids program, please contact Chennelle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents do not have to be Raleigh CrossFit athletes to have their kids participate! We will be announcing a special day where the kids and teens can bring a friend, so stay tuned for more information.
Please note that Saturday classes for Kids and Teens will begin the week of Sept. 2.
For our final installment of the four week series on nutritional supplementation we will focus on creatine. Of all the topics we have covered during this series, creatine has the most “bro-science” associated with it. I am here to stop the rumors and inaccurate facts about creatine and what it does to your body, and share with you what creatine really is and the positive impacts that using it can have on your athletic performance for both men and women.
Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid found within vertebrates. It is derived from the amino acids glycine, arginine and methionine. Creatine is synthesized naturally within the liver, kidneys and pancreas, although to a lesser extent. Creatine is also found in certain foods; both meat and fish are good sources of creatine. It can also be manufactured in a laboratory. Nearly 95% of the body’s creatine is stored within skeletal muscles and is converted to ATP, a major source of energy in the human body, during high-intensity exercise, such as our benchmark workouts Grace and Isabel that we completed earlier this week. Many of you have heard negative facts concerning the use of creatine, however the reality of it is, creatine is something that your body is already making and that you are already consuming in food.
Supplementing with creatine is important because it increases the body’s creatine stores. As a result, your body has a greater availability to make and replenish ATP that is used during high-intensity, short duration workouts. This allows you to fight off mental and physical fatigue, and maintain a greater intensity during your workout. Creatine not only improves athletic performance but has also been shown to be effective in treating congestive heart failure, depression, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, high cholesterol and diseases of the muscles and nerves.
One of the myths associated with creatine is that it must be consumed with a carbohydrate rich or sugary drink in order to effectively enter your body and have the desired effect. Although scientific research still supports this as an effective way to quickly introduce creatine into your body, it is not the only way to do it. The only difference is that creatine will not be absorbed into the bloodstream as quickly and thus will be introduced into your body at a slower pace.
Perhaps the greatest myth, and a concern that we hear mainly from our female population is that creatine will make you “bulky.” This cannot be further from the truth. One of the reasons that this belief is out there is due to the fact that many creatine supplements contain impurities that cause bloating. This is one of the reasons that we choose products from Stronger Faster Healthier, they do not add artificial or unnecessary ingredients into their supplements. Creatine will have the same affect on women, increasing their ability to maintain physical and mental acuteness throughout the duration of the workout. Being able to have increased energy throughout the duration of a workout is going to allow your body to increase the amount of muscle mass. Increased muscle is going to allow you to complete more work during the workout and thus burn more calories, consequently causing a decrease in fat mass.
Creatine is contained within SFH’s Recovery Protein. It is a great way to make sure that you are refueling your creatine levels and thus energy reserves after a hard strenuous workout. SFH does not contain any of the impurities of other creatine supplements, and thus will not give you a bloated, full feeling. Recovery Protein is best taken within 30 minutes following your workouts so you can quickly replenish the amino acids and vitamins that you body lost.
Like all nutritional supplements I encourage you all to do the research or ask coaches about them. We cannot always believe what our friends tell us regarding supplements, as they may not know all of the information as well. There are many scientific research articles published concerning all supplements and their affects. If you have any questions about the nutritional supplements we have covered over the past four (4) weeks please feel free to ask me or any of coaching staff and we will be happy to provide you with information.