121016 "Performance in a Bar"

Performance. When you need it, it should be there. As an athlete in training you should be fueling your body both before and after sessions. But the question “What Should I fuel with?”,  Comes up so often. 

On a basic level, the meals between meals and training sessions should mimic what your nutrition should look like on a whole. Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates in proportions that keep your body running properly without making you to weighted down or lethargic. 

I have done extensive sampling and research into all manner of protein bars as I find them very useful for either a pre-training boost, a competitive boost and a recovery essential. 

My findings are really all over the map and I can tell you that when it comes to protein bars, you get what you pay for. The FitJoy bar has become my go to for a number of different reasons and I want to give you a quick review of the product and some reasons why you should integrate it into your own nutrition plan. 

1)    Protein. All Companies claim to stuff their bars with Protein but only a few deliver a high quality product that can be fully utilized in the body. FitJoy bars are made with both a Whey Protein Concentrate and Whey Protein Isolate. This is important as your body receives the full amino acid complex that is not found when bars are made with one and not the other.
At 20 grams of high quality protein per bar, this is not only one of the highest on the market but also delivers on what will be supplied for muscle growth and recovery. 

2)    Carbohydrates are essential for recovery and give your body energy reserves to draw on when competition or training get really tough. Now what you will find in most protein bars is sugar, dextrose or god forbid… High Fructose Corn Syrup. Most bars give you a boost by spiking your insulin only to leave you super drained after training and nutritionally depleted.  
Fit Joy Bars pack in 24 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of dietary fiber to go with it. 
...Now bear with me for a moment while I dump a little nutrition science on you. 24 grams of carbs is one number… Everyone looks at this. But the Fiber within this carbohydrate content is something to raise a happy eyebrow to. Fiber by its nature is harder and slower for the body to digest which means that the result is sustained energy. 
And FitJoy is sweetened by Stevia!! Stevia is a ‘healthier’ sweetener much nicer on your insides than cane sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup. When your pancreas doesn't have to work hard to produce mass amounts of insulin to counteract cheap sugar substitutes you benefit and your blood sugar does not spike!

3)    Fat- Fat is essential from proper cognitive function and throughout the day you should be consuming good sources of fat. But not when you are just about to begin training or recovering from training. 
FitJoy bars keep Fat content low, only 7 grams or so. What Fat you do consume in the FitJoybar is high quality fat from the Whey and from Palm oil which delivers an even longer sustained energy without going overboard. 
If you have eaten a fatty meal right before or after a session you know what I am talking about… your Gut does not like it so much.. 

The last thing that sells me is the Gluten Free and GMO free ingredients. As you and I both want to fuel our body with the highest quality rocket fuel, FitJoy is a good… Fit. Products that are Gluten Free and GMO Free ensure that unwanted inflammation does not occur in our bodies. Inflammation can knock us out of training and competition as well as open the door to disease and injury. This sounds scary but its true!

FitJoy bars are on another level when it comes to protein bar nutrition. Enjoy a few for yourself and test them against the brands you enjoy now. I know you will see the difference. The ingredients alone will tell you. Train smart, train safe and eat well.. 

Baseline:
Lat Band Mobility/ Bully Stretch

4 Rounds for Quality
12 Single arm DB Press
12 Russian KB Swing
:20 single Arm Plank (ea Side)

WOD:
2X 10min AMRAP
*Partner WOD
Couplet #1
P1- Row 20 cals
P2- Max HSPU
Rest 3 mins
Couplet #2
P1- 40 Dubs
P2- 20 KB Snatch

*partners switch once their work is completed.