The Power of Protein for Crossfitters

CrossFit has grown rapidly across the globe at an alarming rate in the past 8 years. People suspected there was a CrossFit bubble in 2010 and that the craze would die off. This hasn’t occurred. Instead the sport is still growing year-on-year and with the number of boxes in the UK now reaching over 400 we can’t see it slowing down anytime soon!

CrossFit is primarily about fitness and training across all energy systems. The sport includes metabolic conditioning workouts, olympic lifts, gymnastics, and powerlifts, to name a few.

If you’re doing CrossFit then protein powder is a must have supplement that can help with training and recovery.

A good quality whey protein powder is essential for anyone doing CrossFit multiple times a week. In fact, nowadays everyone from professional athletes to yummy mummies all consume protein shakes during the day or after training as part of a healthy lifestyle choice.

Protein is simply a macronutrient needed by the body along with carbohydrates and fats. Each macronutrient is needed in different amounts in our diets for the body to function properly and effectively.

Protein can be found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, and poultry. It is protein which plays a vital role in the body including things like building and maintaining muscles, organs and tissue.

Research has been conducted on people’s protein requirements. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly and live an active lifestyle need more protein than those that live a sedentary lifestyle. People who exercise simply need more protein to grow and repair their muscles.

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The International Olympic Committee Consensus on Sports Nutrition states that athletes require 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight each day.

So if you’re a 80kg adult you would need 136g of protein each day to fuel training and recovery (1.7 x 80 = 136).

A protein amount of 136g each day can be broken down into six meals spaced evenly throughout the day. So each meal would contain around 23g protein (ICON Nutrition’s protein powder contains 25g protein per shake).

Consuming this much protein each day from good quality food can become quite costly. Plus, after exercise is the most important time to consume protein and it’s not sometimes convenient to be eating a quality piece of steak immediately after performing FRAN.

This is where a good quality protein shake such as ICON Nutrient’s grass fed whey protein can play a vital role.

Protein shakes can be used anytime during the day to help people hit their protein goals. Plus, the delicious flavours of ICON’s protein shakes such as Cookies ‘N Cream, Molten Chocolate or Cinnamon Vanilla Swirl make for a welcome break from eating a dry chicken breast.

You can also get creative with your protein powder. Try adding a scoop of Cinnamon Vanilla Swirl to your morning porridge. It’s super tasty!

For further information on sports supplements for CrossFit athletes check out www.ICONNutrition.co.uk.