Author: Matt Walrath

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Should You Eat Fat After a Workout?

There seems to be a general aversion to fat consumption post-workout for strength athletes. Although post-workout fat avoidance is not as common as the recommendation to drink a protein shake immediately after training,

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Is There a Post-Workout Anabolic Window?

“Protein in an hour, Strengthen thy power. Protein delayed, No gains are made.” This might as well be carved in stone at the exit of every gym in the world. The race to

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What Should I Eat Before a CrossFit® Open Workout?

With the CrossFit® Open in full swing, athletes are doing everything they can to get a last minute edge over their fitness frenemies. One area in particular that has been getting a lot of


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