Meet CFGworks athlete, Katelyn!

Well, why CrossFit?

Crossfit is always a challenge, the coaches are fantastic (they never allow me to do a movement incorrectly and they motivate me to go beyond my limits) and the community is welcoming and super fun!

What type of training were you doing before CrossFit?

I mostly played Ultimate Frisbee, but I also ran and played some soccer and football.. I had a personal trainer for about a year before I moved back to Milwaukee, and that helped me get into more strength workouts.

And your favorite type of workout?

I like the ones that incorporate a balance of running and strength. I also really like the Hero WODS because they’re an extra challenge.

What are you most proud of, personally, at the box?

I went up to Minneapolis recently to visit some friends that I hadn’t seen in months. They all told me that I looked “super-buff”. I’m pretty proud of that. But I’m most proud of the fact that I feel a lot stronger. I can do a TON that I couldn’t do last November (when I started). For example, I finally learned how to string together 10 kipping pull-ups! Woohoo!

And what’s your biggest struggle/what are you actively working on?

I am constantly working on my coordination with olympic lifts. I struggle with Cleans the most.

What are your thoughts about Paleo?

I love eating Paleo or even “Slow Carb” (a Tim Ferriss thing) when I know I need to get back into healthy eating habits. I always feel healthier, more energized, and even stronger when I eat that way, so I tend to do that most of the time. However, I also like cake…

What’s your go-to cheat food?

Nutella! Ice cream! Pizza! All of the above!

What do you like to do when you’re not at the box? What else keeps you active and moving?

I love playing Ultimate Frisbee and I’m a member of a league here in Milwaukee. Recently, I got my SCUBA certification and I hope to be doing some more diving in the future. I also love biking and hiking, and long walks through Shorewood with Kyle…

What do you have to say about your coach and fellow athletes at CrossFit Groundworks?

They couldn’t be better! The coaches are supportive, knowledgeable, and they never give up on the athletes. The fellow athletes make suffering through the WOD so much fun, and the Pedal Pub night was a blast! It was great to get to know people outside of the box and let loose a little too.

Any goals for 2015/2016?

Nothing specific. Just to stay the course and continue pushing myself each time I’m at the box!


Saturday’s WOD – 9.26.15

WOD – Lurong Living WOD 2

“The Olympian”

20 G2OH
7 bar-facing burpees
15 G2OH
7 bar-facing burpees
10 G2OH
7 bar-facing burpees
5 G2OH
7 bar-facing burpees

Level 1: men  20 lbs, 45 lbs, 65 lbs, 95 lbs, 115 lbs; women 14 lbs, 35 lbs, 45 lbs, 65 lbs, 85 lbs
Level 2: men 65 lbs, 75 lbs, 95 lbs, 135 lbs, 155 lbs; women 45 lbs, 55 lbs, 65 lbs, 95 lbs, 105 lbs
Level 3: men 95 lbs, 135 lbs, 155 lbs, 185 lbs, 225 lbs; women 65 lbs, 85 lbs, 105 lbs, 135 lbs, 155 lbs


Thursday’s WOD – 9.24.15


Overhead squats, 2RM


10 overhead squats @ 75/55 lbs
1 box jump @ 24/20″
9 overhead squats
2 box jump
8 overhead squats
3 box jump
7 overhead squats
4 box jump
6 overhead squats
5 box jump
5 overhead squats
6 box jump
4 overhead squats
7 box jump
3 overhead squats
8 box jump
2 overhead squats
9 box jump
1 overhead squats
10 box jump


The Why and What of Post-Workout Nutrition

Post-workout nutrition is something that a person can easily add into their daily regimen to help improve their performance, body composition and overall recovery, but not a common topic that is talked about. Here is a great article and resource that helps break down the WHY and the WHAT regarding post-workout nutrition! -Coach Emma


What you eat is important. However, when you eat it can be just as critical.

What is post-workout nutrition?

Post-workout nutrition is an intriguing topic and rightfully so. The basic idea is threefold:

  • The body deals with nutrients differently at different times, depending on activity.
  • What you consume before, during, and especially after your workout is important.
  • By consuming particular nutrients after your workouts (aka post-workout nutrition), you improve your body composition, performance, and overall recovery.

Numerous studies have examined everything from the composition of the carbohydrate in post-workout drinks to exact amino acid combinations. Studies continue to reveal effective post-workout nutrition strategies for athletes and recreational exercisers of all types.

Generally, post-workout nutrition has three specific purposes:

  • Replenish glycogen
  • Decrease protein breakdown
  • Increase protein synthesis

In other words, athletes/exercisers want to:

  • replenish their energy stores
  • increase muscle size and/or muscle quality
  • repair any damage caused by the workout

In doing so, they want to increase performance, improve their appearance, and enable their bodies to remain injury-free.

Proposed benefits of good post-workout nutrition include:

  • Improved recovery
  • Less muscle soreness
  • Increased ability to build muscle
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved bone mass
  • Improved ability to utilize body fat

These benefits seem to work for everyone, regardless of gender or age.

Why are workout and post-workout nutrition so important?

When we work out intensely, we damage tissues at the microlevel, and we use fuel.

This is what ultimately makes us stronger, leaner, fitter, and more muscular, but in the short term it requires repair.

Repair and rebuilding occurs through the breakdown of old, damaged proteins (aka protein breakdown) and the construction of new ones (aka protein synthesis) — a process known collectively as protein turnover.

Muscle protein synthesis is increased slightly (or unchanged) after resistance workouts, while protein breakdown increases dramatically. We’re doing a lot more breaking-down than building-up.

The relationship between these two parameters (rate of muscle protein synthesis and muscle protein breakdown) represents the metabolic basis for muscle growth.

Muscle hypertrophy occurs when a positive protein balance can be established during recovery — in other words, when we make sure we have enough raw materials available for protein synthesis to occur, so that it doesn’t lag behind protein breakdown.

This is especially difficult with endurance athletes as protein synthesis drops and protein breakdown goes up.

Studies show that this trend can be reversed – specifically, protein synthesis is stimulated and protein breakdown is suppressed when you consume the right type of nutrients after exercise.

Protein is not the only concern, however. During exercise sessions, stored carbohydrates can be substantially depleted.

Thus, during the postworkout period, we require protein and carbohydrates.

The raw materials we give our body through the consumption of food/supplements in the workout and post-workout periods are critical to creating the metabolic environment we desire.

What you should know about workout nutrition


Availability strongly influences the amino acid/glucose delivery and transport.

In other words, in order for our bodies to use raw materials to rebuild and recover, those raw materials have to be available. And if they’re available, then our body is more likely to use them. Simply having the materials around can signal to our body that it’s time to rebuild.

We improve availability in two ways.

  • Increased blood flow to skeletal muscle during and after exercise means that more nutrients are floating around more quickly.
  • Providing an amino acid and glucose dense blood supply during and after exercise means that the rate of protein synthesis goes up.

Thus, we improve availability by having more blood circulating more rapidly, and by having more nutrients in that blood.


Some refer to this workout and post-workout phenomenon as “the window of opportunity”.

During this window, your muscles are primed to accept nutrients that can stimulate muscle repair, muscle growth, and muscle strength.

This window opens immediately after your workout and starts to close pretty quickly. Research suggests that while protein synthesis persists for at least 48 hours after exercise, it’s most important to get postworkout nutrition immediately, and within 2 hours afterwards.

If you feed your body properly while this window is open, you’ll get the benefits.

If you don’t provide adequate post exercise nutrition fast enough — even if you delay by only a couple of hours — you decrease muscle glycogen storage and protein synthesis.

As soon as you drop that last dumbbell, you should be consuming some postworkout nutrition.


As we’ve mentioned, post-workout nutrition requires two things:

  • Protein to aid in protein synthesis
  • Carbohydrates to help replace muscle glycogen (and to enhance the role of insulin in transporting nutrients into cells)

You could certainly eat a whole food meal that meets these requirements after exercise.

However, whole food meals aren’t always practical.

  • Some people aren’t hungry immediately after exercise.
  • Whole food digests slowly, and we want nutrients to be available quickly.
  • A whole food meal that requires refrigeration might be less practical.

On the other hand, consuming a liquid form of nutrition that contains rapidly digesting carbohydrates (e.g., maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose, etc) and proteins (e.g., protein hydrolysates or isolates:

  • might accelerate recovery by utilizing insulin for nutrient transport into cells;
  • can result in rapid digestion and absorption; and
  • is often better tolerated during and after workouts.

Data indicate that it may only take about 20 grams of protein after a workout to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis.


Save your workout drink for weight training, interval, and endurance training lasting 45 minutes or longer.

Casual exercise like walking the dog, moving cobblestones for grandpa, or riding your bike to the arcade doesn’t require a recovery drink.

When performing energy expenditure work to burn energy or lose fat, a recovery drink is not necessary. If you’re prioritizing fat loss, performance and recovery from these sessions are not as important as creating an energy deficit.

Still, if overall energy intake is low from food intake, and lots of time is being spent performing energy expenditure work, consuming a branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplement might be helpful.

Summary and recommendations

With intense workouts/training, start by ingesting 30 grams of carbohydrate and 15 grams of protein (in 500 ml water) per hour of workout time.

You can sip this during the workout or consume it immediately after.

You can either make your own post-workout drink or find a pre-formulated drink that contains rapidly digesting carbohydrates (e.g., maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose, etc) and proteins (e.g., protein hydrolysates or isolates).

Once your workout is complete, have a whole food meal within an hour or two.

If priority #1 is to lose body fat, use only BCAAs as a workout drink. About 5 to 15 grams per hour of training (200 pounds or more = closer to 15 grams, 200 pounds or less = closer to 5 grams).

If you’re leaner but still want to lose fat, choose a smaller dose (like 1/2 dose) of the protein + carb combination, or opt for BCAAs.

See the original article here:


Saturday’s WOD – 9.19.15

WOD – Lurong Championship Test

2 rounds

1 min deadlifts
1 min rest
1 min box jump overs
1 min rest
1 min hang power cleans
1 min rest
1 min muscle-ups (scale: straight leg or bent knee box dips)
1 min rest
1 min thrusters
1 min rest
1 min row for calories
1 min rest

Load Details

Level 1: men @ 155 lbs and 30″; women @ 100 lbs and 24″
Level 2: men @ 115 lbs and 24″;women @ 75 lbs and 20″
Level 3: men @ 75 lbs and 20″; women @ 55 lbs and 12″

1 133 134 135 136 137 142

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