A big difference between a regular CrossFitter and a competitive CrossFitter is the daily training. Regular CrossFitters show up to the gym as they please, do a workout and go home. They might feel sore the next day, but that’s all right they can take a day or two off to recover.
Doing it for competition is different, especially when on a tight training schedule. This means coming into the gym when you don’t feel like up for it, being extra careful for injuries and recovering faster from soreness.
This is where the importance pre- and post-workout nutrition comes into play. How do you bounce back the next day after an intense training session? Rest and hydration to rebuild muscle is key, but to speed up the process you might want to try some energy and recovery supplements.
For you science geeks like me, here’s how it works:
When you exercise, your body produces lactate. It’s a fuel your muscles use to keep going. We’re only able to handle a certain amount of lactate, and in this situation, lactic acid builds up. This causes the burn we’re all familiar with, followed by fatigue and the delayed soreness the next day. Because of the high-intensity nature of CrossFit, this process happens much faster.
To counter that problem, taking supplements like Xecute before your workout gives your body lactate fuel to work with right away. It bypasses the process of having to create the muscle fuel and increases your lactate threshold.
I like to use Xecute before training, but it can be used as a recovery supplement because it also acts as a buffer for lactic acid. Taking it immediately after a workout helps to repair muscle tissue. You feel less soreness the following day and are ready for another training session.