Mat Fraser's podcast appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience gave those in the CrossFit world lots to chew on when it came to intel from the retired five-time champion.
However supplement company owners who spoke to the CrossFit blog dispelled some myths about the popular supplement, the most common being that beta-alanine should be used right before a workout.
Fraser said he took the supplement before a workout for a kick, which many people do as it gives the user a tingling sensation because it stimulates nerve endings. However studies show that for it to be the most effective, it should be taken on a regular basis, as it helps block lactic acid from building up in your muscles, but needs to build up in your system.
This is yet another example of Fraser's power within the sport, and how religiously CrossFitters hang on his every word. There is no denying supplements help give athletes an edge, however proper dosage and guidelines should always be followed. If you are thinking about taking a supplement, it's best to consult a medical professional beforehand, and not simply head to the store whenever a star athlete name-drops one.
CrossFit is fast becoming a diluted marketplace when it comes to supplements, as Fraser is launching his own company as well. Best practice is always to start slow, listen to professional advice, and if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, get a doctor's permission beforehand.
Looking for an edge in competing isn't necessarily about adding things in, but taking some things away. Bad diet, poor sleep and increased stress will always be the main culprits, and solely relying on supplements for that extra kick is never a good place to start.--