March 11, 2010
CrossFitters know all about controlling insulin levels, and Chris Mason believes you can use that knowledge to produce big gains via a carefully planned post-workout insulin spike.
CrossFit athletes subject their bodies to a tremendous workload comprising high-intensity effort and significant training volume. The CrossFit way is incredibly taxing to the body—hence the great results—and places a huge strain on one’s recovery ability.
After an intense session in the gym, the body is in a very unique physiological state, and it’s this state that has generated the onslaught of PWO hype that’s been touted in muscle magazines and supplement-company ads for years. All hype aside, the PWO nutrition window is real and should be taken advantage of by any athlete looking to optimize performance.
CrossFit practitioners are an educated lot and don’t want to be fed hype or misinformation, and many might be thinking the requisite amounts of nutrients needed for recovery will be available so long as a meal is consumed within a few hours of training. However, the immense number of real-world variables involved with digestion, absorption, exact timing and composition of meals makes this approach hit-or-miss unless you incorporate PWO nutrition.