What is Protein? – by Coach Gemma

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What is Protein?

Protein is the building blocks for the human body, made up of amino acids. There are essentially 20 amino acids that support the bodies growth but 8 of these cannot be produced inside the body. These 8 are called essential amino acids and must be supplied to the body by food and/or supplements.
Therefore if you don’t supply your body with the essential amino acids it needs, your body may be limited in the amount of protein it can use to build muscle.

What Protein should I eat?

The right stuff! Essential protein is needed to help build and support muscle growth; Beef, Chicken, Eggs just about anything delivered from animal sources. Your core protein intake should come firstly from the food you eat.
Look to follow a clean or Paleo friendly diet, this clean diet allows you to get the required protein intake with natural, grass-fed meats.

How much should I take?

CrossFit nutrition outlines that protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your daily caloric intake. (1.4-1.8 grams per KG of body weight)

What about Protein shakes and drinks?

Pre-Fuel contains three essential amino acids; leucine, isoleucine and Valine. With the addition of 94mg of stimulating caffeine per serving, this provides that extra sensory kick, supporting mental alertness, energy, focus and stamina to smash your workout.

Get the right type of post protein shake;

It is very important with Protein supplements to ensure you check the sugar and sweetener content supplied within the product.

There are 3 types of whey protein; whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate and hydrolysed whey protein.

Make sure you choose a Protein Supplier that provides the highest quality Whey Protein the cleanest of the protein with little fat and lactose (sugar). Look for compliments within the protein such as amino acid; L-Glutamine,L-Leucine, Taurine and Creatine which facilitate muscle mass.

Take a protein shake within 30 minutes of completing your workout so it can be delivered to your muscles and begin the healing process of any micro tears within the muscle tissue which may have been caused during contraction of muscles during workouts. Protein will the repair and grow supporting that muscle mass build.

So go forth and eat steak.

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