Using UCAN for Crossfit and High Intensity Exercise

Last weekend I spent the morning at Lifetime Fitness in Bloomington at their Alpha Regional event. For those who aren’t familiar with Lifetime, Alpha is basically it’s version of Crossfit.

Now, if you know about Generation UCAN, you probably have heard about it’s applications for endurance athletes. Former Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi uses it, along with countless other marathoners, ultramarathoners, and Ironman triathletes. I use UCAN both for running and triathlon, and it’s what’s fueled me to podium finishes and a BQ. Check out this post where I dive into it.

UCAN is a slow release carbohydrate, which blunts the release of insulin (your body’s fat storage hormone), and thereby allowing your body to better tap into storage fat. This is essential for endurance athletes because your body’s stored glycogen is a finite resource. On the other hand, your body has tens of thousands more calories worth of potential energy from stored fat compared to glycogen. By spiking insulin, your body shuts down fat oxidation. So, keeping insulin in check allows you to burn more fat.

But, there’s a new wave of interest in high intensity exercise, whether because it takes less time, has an equally or superior benefit on some aspects of your health, or just because its a new kind of challenge. Now, you might be wondering how does a product geared towards endurance athletes fit with high intensity exercise?

Well, CrossFit Coach Ben Kelly and CrossFit athlete Tasia Percevecz break it down in this recent Generation UCAN webinar. Take a look.

If you’re a Crossfitter, or predominantly do high-intensity exercise, such as Alpha training, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried UCAN or what your experience has been with using it. I’m always looking to learn from others. Leave a comment below.

And don’t forget, if you’re interested in picking up some UCAN Superstarch, or their brand new UCAN Snacks (which I highly recommend), use the code “UCANINSPIRECM” and receive 10% off your next purchase.


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