While experts debate the exact composition of the optimal post-WOD meal, it has at least been established that chugging a beer following a workout tends to be a poor idea, despite the carbs in your preferred barley beverage.
Be that as it may, post-workout nutrition is still a highly contentious topic, with some strongly recommending protein shakes and supplements and others voicing a preference for sweet potatoes and chicken. Some people don’t even bother with post-workout nutrition at all and simply wait for their next meal to roll around.
At a cert in Golden, Colo., Pat Sherwood surveys HQ trainers Miranda Oldroyd, Matt Chan, Chris Spealler and Maggie Dabe to see what these top athletes put in their bodies right after time is called.
While many people swear by Paleo/Zone protocols, others, such as the amazing Spealler, find success with different approaches, proving diet is a very personal thing.
“I don’t Paleo. I don’t Zone,” Speal explains. “I eat whenever I want, as much as I want, and I try to eat clean.”
Additional reading: Optimized Post-Workout Nutrition for the CrossFit Athlete by Chris Mason, published March 11, 2010.