A non-essential amino acid, L-tyrosine helps your body manufacture several important neurotransmitters that regulate your mood. These include dopamine, the “feel-good” brain chemical associated with pleasure, and epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones that control the body’s stress response. L-tyrosine is found in a wide variety of foods, so deficiency is rare. But some research suggests that the body cannot make enough L-tyrosine when it is under extreme stress, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. CLINICAL USES FOR L-TYROSINE L-tyrosine may be helpful for milder forms of depression. Several clinical studies have linked L-tyrosine with relief from symptoms of physical or
A better quality of life! What is CrossFit? Greg Glassman, coach and founder of CrossFit, sums up the sport’s philosophy in 100 words: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as
A LOT OF PEOPLE come to me and ask about the newest hottest nutritional online coaches page. These pages say they have developed a new science and they are doing it “different”. (There is no new science) No matter, it’s about external stimuli and intake! I always ask, what’s their micronutrient approach? What’s their caloric prescription? Why is someone successful and some not? I can tell you. No matter what you do, and consistent approach to nutritional intake and exercise stimuli will get you where you need. Simply educate yourself, chart your macros and DON’T QUIT! Constant short
Train. Get fitter. And do it five or six days a week. That’s what CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman wrote in “What Is Fitness?” It’s a commitment, to be sure, but weekend-warring will get you only so far. “Two days a week isn’t a way to accomplish much of anything—in anything, not just CrossFit,” said Andrew King, owner of CrossFit Bel Air in Forest Hill, Maryland. “If you eat healthy two days a week, if you see your wife two days a week—the list would be endless.” For that reason, CrossFit Bel Air, an affiliate since 2011, does not offer membership levels below
Chromium What is chromium and what are some chromium benefits? Chromium is a metallic element that humans require in very small amounts. It is an essential part of metabolic processes that regulate blood sugar, and helps insulin transport glucose into cells, where it can be used for energy. Chromium also appears to be involved in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. Two forms are commonly available as supplements: glucose-tolerance factor (GTF) chromium and chromium picolinate. Why is chromium necessary? Chromium enhances the actions of insulin and is necessary for maintaining normal metabolism and storage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
With warmer weather comes talk of hydration—unfortunately, most people don’t have the facts about hydrating while exercising. Hydration expert Sandra Fowkes Godek, Ph.D. (Courtesy of Sandra Fowkes Godek) Sandra Fowkes Godek holds a doctorate in exercise physiology and is director of the Heat Illness Evaluation Avoidance and Treatment (HEAT) Institute at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She specializes in thermoregulation, hydration and electrolyte replacement in football players, and she’s worked with top athletes at the NFL level. Fowkes Godek busts five common hydration myths you’re going to hear from “experts” in the coming months. Myth 1: Urine Color Is an
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As a CrossFit coach, I have been approached several times recently by athletes with the question,“What else can I add in on top of my normal CrossFit class?” or “Can you make up extra stuff for me to do outside of the gym so I can get more work in?” These questions are raising an interesting topic that will take us back to the original intent of CrossFit. The Current Trend – Desire to Increase Volume There seems to be a trend happening in CrossFit boxes around the country and among many CrossFit athletes that an increase in volume will