Performing a high-intensity WOD at 110% every workout is what makes a great athlete GREAT. Tony Robins best said it, "Perfect practice makes perfect". And in order to push your body that hard, every workout, your body needs the right type of nutrients to prevent the lactic acid from building up in your muscles. Simply put, lactic acid build up is one of the major reasons your body quits on you during your WOD. When you do HIIT workouts, your body can only push as hard as it can till it reaches a point at which your breathing rate and heart rate increases but your supply of oxygen decreases. This is when lactic acid starts to shine light on this plant. As soon as your body starts to become deprived of oxygen it then starts producing energy anaerobically. Not only is this energy pathway inefficient, it has to work much harder because it literally ferments your glucose to produce ATP. Think of it like this-- your body is producing alcohol. This results in your blood lactate levels increasing and because your muscles are needing the energy to move that 185 pound power clean, they are the first to experience the lactic acid burn. Basically, your time to exhaustion, execution time, number of errors, and number of omissions will be hindered because of lactic acid build up in the blood. There are some natural remedies to help neutralize and/or prevent lactic acid from building up. Here are my top 3 remedies that have been scientifically concluded to prevent lactic acid build up.
Cordycep is a mushroom that has a very potent polysaccharide that helps lower lactic acid levels in the blood by activating AMPK and AKT pathways that play a role in cellular energy homeostasis. These pathways, specifically the AKT pathway, improves oxygen uptake by reducing mitochondrial oxidative capacity and increasing glycolysis. What all of this means is that this mushroom extract:
You probably already heard about beta-alanine at your box or gym but lets refresh your mind. Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is a precursor to the production of a naturally occurring molecule called carnosine. Carnosine is responsible for neutralizing lactic acid and improving high-intensity workouts because of its ability to buffer the lactic acid built up in the muscles. Buffering the lactic acid has been shown to improve your time to exhaustion.It has also been shown to increase total antioxidant capacity when taken post-workout. Beta-alanine is present in food but not sustainable as your primary source for an athlete. Found most abundantly in beef, you get a whopping .0018 grams of beta-alanine per gram of beef. Blatantly put, you would have to eat about 5 pounds of red meat to get close to 4 grams of beta-alanine. NF Sports offers 3.2 grams of beta-alanine per serving and it is sourced from CarnoSyn®, the leading manufacturer of a clean, natural, and bio-available source of beta-alanine that has been proven and tested. And because we only support food based supplements that have been proven to be safe, natural, and effective-- We only carry NF Sports because they use CarnoSyn® as their beta-alanine source. No need to over complicate it.
Magnesium is a critical mineral that has many critical roles in the human body. It is required for energy production, maintaining structural bones, maintaining a normal heart beat, and maintaining normal blood pressure. And for high-intensity athletes who train beyond there limits, magnesium has been shown to decrease blood lactate levels and significantly decreased lactate production, while increasing lactate clearance in the muscle during exercise. Supplementing magnesium 30 minutes before a workout will ensure it's readily available for combating lactic acid. And hey, it increases blood glucose levels during a workout. Supplementing your daily dose of magnesium is only essential for exercise performance because magnesium is abundant in food. Here is a list of food sources with magnesium that the National Institute of Health's published. Supplementing magnesium before a workout will ensure it's readily available for combat. Being that we are very particular on which supplements we promote, Natures Answer® provides a natural and clean course of magnesium that is made in nature and bio-available.
Just remember, supplements are meant to supplement. I always advise getting as much of your nutrients from food, but if your looking for the competitive advantage these are three proven supplements that have been scientifically validated to work. As a GRAND-OPENING, we will be offering 20% off all recurring orders and 30% of your first order with auto ship.
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