Well I did something new. No, I didn’t grow some hair. I decided to take a supplement. I’ve been kicking the idea around for a little while. You see, this may come as a surprise to you, but I’m not getting any younger. I haven’t been bouncing back after my workouts like I used to. I’ve been having a hard time getting motivated after any particular beat downs. I’ve felt tired and rundown. I tried to take some time off. I increased my rest. I shortened the workouts. I trained for strength. None of those seemed to help.
So recently on Twitter I hooked up with Progenex and starting following their tweets. I won’t bore you with the details but I ended up with a free sample of PROGENEX Recovery. Once they arrived in the mail I committed to giving it an honest trial. My very own “clinical trial”. I don’t care what happens to other people when they take something. It makes for a nice story, but I need to know for myself. So with my test subjects (me, n=1), I was ready to begin.
You see, I have never taken any sort of supplement on my own volition. I took Creatine monohydrate while I was playing football in college. The school provided it. And it was awful. It was like drinking sand. I don’t know that there was any improvement in my strength that would be attributed to the Creatine. We worked out like mad. We lifted 4day/wk. We ate massive amounts of bad food and got really strong. I was also 21-22 years old. I could lift a house and run like a deer. I’m sure that that had a major role in that training program. There were other guys on the team that took other supplements. It was mostly for weight gaining purposes, but I just never really thought that much about it.
Fast forward 15 years and I still really didn’t think that there was anything to taking supplements. I had always associated them with the beefcakes that super-set hammer curls and calf raises at the Globo Gym. But how could I pass up a free sample. I set out to give it an honest assessment. That is to say I took the product as directed. After every workout for 2 weeks I mixed up a shake. I took it at the prescribed time (within 30 minutes post workout) and just tried to be aware of how I felt.
I did some workouts that I knew would normally put me down for a few days. The thing is that didn’t happen. I felt great. I was still sore but I always felt ready to workout the next day. Even on my scheduled rest days I had to force myself to do nothing. I wanted to workout. I felt like I was ready to hit it again.
After my trial run ran out, it was back to the same ol’ thing. I had a hard time getting motivated. It was at this time that I pulled the trigger and ordered a bag of Recovery for myself. I’m about a week into this bag and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier with the results. In fact, I hit a PR on FRAN today. And the thing is, I know I can go faster. I didn’t throw up and I don’t have the post Fran cough. I think I scared myself to tell you the truth. It was the “easiest Fran” I’ve done. If that’s possible. In fact I’m upset at the fact that I didn’t go harder but I’ll leave that for another post.
So put me on the bandwagon. There are a ton of people out there in the CrossFit community singing the praises of PROGENEX and I’ll lump myself in that group. I would not have a problem recommending it to anyone looking to recover quickly after a workout that involves constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. And one more thing, It tastes good. That is a plus. If it helped me perform better I could look the other way on the taste but I didn’t have to deal with that.
I like it so much that I signed up to be a PROGENEX Affiliate. I’ve added a widget button in the left sidebar. By ordering through that button, you’ll get a 10% discount. If you want to order straight from their website use the discount code BOYD for the same discount. Let me know if you give it a try and tell me about your results.