Even before starting CrossFit, supplements were a strong standard when it came to my pre and post workout routine. This routine consisted of taking a small amount of pre-workout mix, which contained a small amount of creatine. Immediately after I would take a shake (which tasted like rotten strawberries) that was predominately made up of protein. As I started getting more and more into crossfit, I continued this same routine. In the beginning my gains were tremendous. I was addicted to getting in my local box and crushing a fast but effective workout. I went from a 75 lb clean and jerk to getting a 135 lb PR only 3 months later.
About a year into my crossfit career, I began to plateu. No matter how often I worked out, and how hard I pushed myself, it seemed as if my gains were minimal if not non-existant. A co-worker recommended mixing up my supplement routine and I agreed it would be a good way to mix things up. There are many supplements that are designed to cater towards a crossfit athlete. One of the most popular ones is Progenix, so I thought I’d give it a try. The first time I tried it, I really liked the taste, so it was so far so good! The price was a little steep, but if it yielded results then it would be totally worth it. After 3 months and two bottles of rather expensive supplements, I was still not yielding any gains. I was inches away from giving up totally, but I searched online and found a company called Atomic Strength Nutrition. They seemed to have a pretty solid reputation, and had far more affordable prices, so I thought I’d give them a try. Although I was highly skeptical, after just 3 weeks of using their full range of supplements, I had hit personal records in both my snatch and clean. This stuff was promising.
I am not 9 months into using Atomic, and can now firmly say that they are the best crossfit supplements out there. The gains I have seen were not as impressive as when I first started competing in Crossfit, however, they have been tremendous still. Proof is in the pudding, so here are some of my gains since starting on Atomic:
- Clean and Jerk – Increased 55 pounds to 225 max
- Snatch – Increased 45 pounds to 175 max
- Max Pull-Ups – Increased from 20 – 32 reps
- Clean – increased 65 pounds to 245 max
- Deadlift – PR is 300 lb.
I’m still by no means an expert crossfiter, however, I believe there is still a lot of room for improvement. I will continue to highly recommend the supplements that Atomic makes, and look forward to their new lines of products which should be hitting the shelves hopefully soon. To end off this article, here are my Pro’s and Con’s of Atomic Strength Nutrition’s workout supplements.