Muffins, donuts, chocolate bars, candy… These foods all contain something that is oh-so tantalizing to our taste buds – sugar. For some of us, we hit the wall at 3 pm and reach for a sugary treat, some candy or chocolate, as a quick boost to get us through the next few hours of work. For others, an after-dinner dessert is a tradition that is hard to break. Or perhaps you are the type that craves sugar all day long; a chocolate bar as your morning snack, ice cream as an afternoon pick-me-up, and some candy as an after-dinner treat.
Brett joined CrossFit 6S about 5 months ago without any prior CrossFit experience, but a willingness to learn and challenge himself. Ever since joining, Brett has exemplified characteristics of a great role model: he is coachable, he listens and wants to learn, he is always smiling and he is extremely supportive of other members. Brett has dedicated himself to improving his health and fitness; he attends class almost every day of the week and rarely complains if he is feeling sore. He has made significant gains inside and outside the gym, and we couldn't be more proud!
Athletics has been in my life since I could walk. Being the daughter of an OHL hockey player and a professional figure skater, naturally, I was meant to be on the ice. Growing up in a small northern Ontario town, I spent more time in an arena then I did at home. Since my mother was a skating coach, as soon as I could walk, I was in skates. My baby sitting wasn’t done in front of a TV or games, it was done on the ice learning how to skate or in the area seats waiting for my mom to finish coaching. I started skating around the age of 3, and started competing at the age of 6. I was naturally gifted and put in about 2 hours a day, 5 days a week with the other days training in dance and gymnastics to supplement my skating.
There is a lot of misinformation out there these days. Many people who claim they are health and nutrition “experts” are telling you all kinds of things about what you should eat before you work-out.
"Don’t eat, train fasted."
"Do eat, but eat lots of fat to help you “burn fat”."
Or perhaps, “just have bulletproof coffee”. The prescription that has become a trendy pre-workout “fuel” these days.
Well, I am here to tell you (with an evidence-based opinion!), that YES, you should eat before you work-out, and yes, what you eat does matter. However, it may be simpler than what you have been hearing around the ‘fitness’ block these days.
Ariel joined CrossFit 6S about 5 months ago, with prior CrossFit experience but a desire to continue improving. She is now a dedicated 7am-er, and can even be found putting in additional sessions in the evening to work on her weaknesses. Ariel's determination and drive, and support of others is part of what makes her so great! The athleticism is just a cherry on the top. Ariel also actively engages in the 6S community social events - participating in various local competitions - and is always eager to lend a hand.
Ariel has been working hard to dial in her gymnastics - she is extremely receptive to coaching feedback and always asks for additional drills/homework. In addition to participating in the CrossFit Open Team Series, where she PR'd her clean (woohoo!), she has made significant gains in her pull-up and toes to bar game.
If you are someone who trains and/or competes in a sport or a range of sports, you likely want to get the most benefit out of your workouts. You train hard, dedicate the time, and you want to see yourself getting stronger and faster as a result. Sure, you probably already know that pushing yourself physically to new limits can help you to achieve this. But did you know that how and when you refuel with nutrition after your training sessions and competitions is another crucial piece of enhancing your performance?
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