With the 6S Underground Throwdown just around the corner, we wanted to offer some game-day tips to help you feel and perform your BEST. For most of you this is your first competition – congrats! While there are some similarities to a regular CrossFit class, completing multiple workouts in one day places different demands on our energy SYSTEMS, thereby requiring different energy SOURCES. While the overall principles of healthy nutrition – whole foods, complex carbs, balanced macronutrients etc. – still hold true, your competition day routine will likely differ slightly from your everyday routine.
The key to success in a competition is finding the optimal balance between healthy foods and sufficient energy. We will offer some tips below to help you, but just remember that this is NOT the time to be changing up your nutrition routine completely. Competition places a lot of stress on our body – nerves and adrenaline are at an all-time high – so the last thing we want to do is place even more stress inside with new and unknown food items. If this is your first competition, use this as a learning opportunity! If you are going to try something new, keep the changes to a minimum and pay attention to how your body responds.
Overall, the key to feeling and performing your best is ensuring that your body has sufficient energy to last across multiple workouts. This means you will need to plan ahead and wake up with enough time to have a good hearty breakfast because this may be the only real meal you can consume until the workouts are over.
Pay attention to your timings – if you only have 1 hour between workouts, have a quick simple carbohydrate (baby food or fruit) for instant energy. If you have 2+ hours between workouts, consider having a complete meal (chicken, rice, some veg.).
Listen to your body MOST of the time. If you feel full, don’t stuff your face. But, if you’re feeling light-headed or lethargic with no appetite it is likely just the nerves and you need to eat! Again, something EASY to digest (simple carbs) will do the trick.
Need help planning for competition day? Email us at email@example.com and we can chat more!
See you all Saturday!
CrossFit 6S team helping you achieve your fitness goals.