A big question often asked by a lot of beginners getting started with CrossFit is whether supplements play a vital, essential or even necessary role in their lifting ambitions and goals to a better WOD. Many big CrossFit blogs, pages and athletes will tell you that supplements for crossfitters do nothing but burn a hole in your wallet. However, there are some supplements that really can’t be overlooked and will, in fact, play a big role in making sure that you stay on track when getting workouts done.

1. Multivitamins

First off, taking a very good multivitamin will play a major role in making sure your body has the available micronutrients to ensure that your immune system and general bodily functions don’t take a serious knock from consecutive days in the box. Remember to keep in mind that CrossFit is a highly physically demanding sport. It puts a ton of pressure on your body and your central nervous system and the possibility of it taking a serious health knock as a result of its physical demand and lack of available micronutrients is a real risk. Therefore, keeping a good multivitamin on hand as part of your daily intake will help you go a long way.

Additionally, you can also find many basic multivitamins that are geared toward common deficiencies for a certain population. For example, those specifically made for women or vegetarians with emphasis on calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron.

2. Essential Fatty Acids

You hear it everywhere, make sure you get those omegas in, and, the harples singing this tune are absolutely correct on this one.  Your omegas are classed as a source of essential fatty acids for a reason. There is a whole host of benefits to be reaped from them, especially in the extremely physically taxing sphere of CrossFit. Omegas have been shown time and again to reduce inflammation from muscular damage. This will inevitably aid with recovery time and consequently assist in faster progress.

Additionally, multiple studies indicate that Omega-3’s can improve bone strength by boosting the amount of calcium in your bones, which should lead to a reduced risk of osteoporosis. Furthermore, the joint damage taken from CrossFit lifts can be alleviated with a healthy supplementation of essential fatty acids.

A recommended dose of 3 -5g of Omega-3 1g tabs is enough to get all your essential fatty acids in.

3. Vitamin D3

Get more sunlight! Easier said than done considering the busy days that most of us have. So, supplementing with a healthy dose of Vitamin D3 will be your best bet. Above aiding all the factors mentioned above, Vitamin D3 also helps with reducing hypertension. Even though regular weight lifting has been shown to lower blood pressure gradually over time, during a heavy lift, blood pressure takes a temporary spike. This is already a risk for people who have high blood pressure issues.

Therefore, a healthy dose of Vitamin D3 will play a large role in reducing this risk and alleviate all the aforementioned problems. A good dose to take would be between 2000-4000IU’s a day.

Adding these 3 essentials to your daily intake will really help you in leaps and bounds in your CrossFit pursuits and ensure that you remain unhindered while moving forward.



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