Low-carbing for endurance: the oxygen problem

Low-carbing for endurance: the oxygen problem

I came across this interesting article concerning the affects of a ketogenic (high fat, low carb) diet on elite athletic performance. While this study leaves some outstanding questions, it does provide some much needed evidence of the effects of utilizing fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. There is, of course, still a place for the ketogenic diet and it shouldnt’t be ruled out, however, if elite athletic performance is the goal one should clearly weigh the potential effects vs its benefits.

Find the original article at the link below: Article “Low-Carbing for endurance: the oxygen problem”

Why Redox?

So why the name Redox?

For those of you who never loved Bill Nye, would have sold their first born to skip chemistry in high school, or couldn’t give directions to the bio labs in college, bear with me.

Redox (short for reduction–oxidation reaction) is a chemical reaction in which the oxidation states of atoms are changed. In general, redox reactions involve the transfer of electrons between chemical species by way of a reduction process and a complementary oxidation process. The reaction can occur relatively slowly, as in the case of rust, or more quickly, as in the case of fire. On a biological level, your body uses redox reactions (cellular respiration) to create energy (oxidation of glucose). This means even if you’re not the saftey goggles and bubbling beaker type you’re still participating in redox reactions.

In plain English, there is a give and take (of electrons) that happens which begets change. We at Redox CrossFit want to stoke the fire of change not only for the members of our box, but the CrossFit community as well as the community of Anchorage. We plan on organizing volunteer opportunities periodically to give our box members the opportunity to use their fitness to give back to the community. We believe that BOTH the give and the take are integral in the equation of change.

Oxidizing Chemicals

Our ‘mark’ was inspired by the international symbol for oxidizing agents.

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