Top 3 Supplements for A Better Night of Sleep
Written by Calvin Sun

Most of us can agree that getting a good night’s rest is critical for proper recovery. Quality of sleep affects growth hormone levels, muscle growth, cognitive function, mental focus, body composition, insulin sensitivity, and your ability to recover from injury.

While stimulants like caffeine can help you get through the day, just about everyone can agree that nothing replaces a good night of sleep. It’s about more than just staying awake during the day. Poor sleep can cause issues like brain fog,

The “Skinny” on Post Workout Supplements
Written by Lindsey Johnson

The beauty of Invictus is that it brings athletes of all ages, sizes and ability levels competing together with one common goal: simply to do their best and possibly make some positive changes. However, as individuals, most of us have different goals. Some are looking to shed a few pounds while some are looking to gain weight and build strength. It’s certainly common to see many of athletes drinking some sort of blended concoction after their workouts and maybe it’s time we talk about why,

Top Three (or Four) Causes of Tendonitis (Part 1 of 4)
Written by Michele Vieux

Some may say I’m injury proned but I say that there’s no way possible I could be so fragile. But I always seem to get injured, even when on a rehab or “safety” program.

Recently, I was doing some research since my hip and wrist pain hasn’t improved over the past few months. I was prompted when taking my Flonase today because the chemical name of Flonase (Fluticasone) sounded a lot like that antibiotic that has been getting all the bad press for causing tendon ruptures, 

Along with creatine and BCAAs, L-glutamine (glutamine) is a supplement that is one of the most popular yet misunderstood in the fitness industry. Based on current research and anecdotal evidence from our own clients, glutamine is a safe and effective supplement for gut health, immune function, recovery for athletes, and curbing sugar cravings.

Should You Supplement with Glutamine?
Written by Calvin Sun

I often get questions from clients and readers about the function of glutamine, the benefits it can provide, and its proper usage. The purpose of today’s article is to answer some of these common questions and provide you with enough information to decide whether or not glutamine should be a part of your supplement regimen.

Should You Consider Taking Glutamine?
Written by Calvin Sun

Along with creatine and BCAAs, L-glutamine is one of the most popular yet misunderstood supplements in the fitness industry. I often get questions from clients and readers about the function of glutamine, the benefits it can provide, and its proper usage. The purpose of today’s article is to answer some of these common questions and provide you with enough information to decide whether or not glutamine should be a part of your supplement regimen.

What Is Glutamine?

Become a Green Machine with Liquid Chlorophyll
Written By Bryce Smith

Here at Invictus, we are very fortunate to be a part of the Sea of Green! What better way to enhance our greenness than by adding chlorophyll in to our diet?!

Chlorophyll (More like Boraphyll…)

Chlorophyll is the green pigment or coloring found in almost all plants and algae and is a natural, fat soluble molecule which allows them to convert light into energy. It is known as the blood of plants and acts like hemoglobin does in humans.

Because of CBD I Hiked a Mountain
Written by Michele Vieux

Let me tell you a little tale about my journey with a bum knee, the pain of pain management, all the treatments that DIDN’T work and the relief I’ve found by conducting my case study of one. I hope my findings can help you or someone you love eliminate a debilitating condition from their lives and let them live freely once again.

Knee Problems
It all started back in 1998, which is when I tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my left knee playing soccer.

Sleep & Body Composition
Written by Nichole DeHart

Many of you know how important sleep is. You can feel the effects that little sleep can have, like grogginess, lack of energy and poor reasoning abilities. Getting little or poor sleep can also contribute to a higher body composition and can put up a nasty fight with you when trying to lose weight. But do you know why?

Well, I turned to some research by Charles Poliquin to find out more about how sleep affects your body composition.

Why Drugs Are Not the Answer to Address Chronic Pain and Other Chronic Issues (Part 2 of 4)
Written by Michele Vieux

I find it interesting that we care so much about what’s going into our bodies that our food has to be organic, hormone free, and free range but we don’t pay as close of attention as to what chemicals, especially medications, we are putting into it. It’s a magic pill society and lots of people still trust their doctors’ blind recommendations for new ones to pop without aforethought to possible consequences.

If you read my latest post,

What About Lifting Belts?
Written by Calvin Sun

I have had some questions about whether or not an athlete should wear a lifting belt as part of their training. While commonplace in strength sports such as powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and strongman, lifting belts have only recently become more popular among competitive CrossFit athletes. As a result, more recreational CrossFitters are now beginning to question whether or not they need to wear a lifting belt when they head to the gym.

There are some misconceptions about the use of lifting belts in general.

When thinking of protein, most of our athletes think of whey protein used as a recovery supplement to promote muscle gain after a hard workout. But what if we told you that there was another protein equally important in your recovery that is actually the most important protein in your body?

What Does Collagen Do?

Perhaps one of the most important proteins in your body, collagen helps your blood to clot, gives your skin structure, and helps to form the connective tissue that links your joints together. On top of that, collagen also forms the lining present in your gut.

Better Sleep for a Better You
Written by Holden Rethwill

We’ve all heard it before…In order to perform at an optimal level, we require 7-9 hours of sleep per 24 hour period. The science behind it – heart rate variability, brain function, cell regeneration, inflammation maintenance, memory enhancement, etc. – is just about bulletproof (I know there is that rare genetic breed that only require 4-6 hours per night, but odds are you aren’t one of them, so don’t try it).

Now, how many of us actually are getting this? Even more importantly,

Timing Isn’t Everything
Written by Connor Nellans

As a coach I often get asked about pre-workout nutrition. A person may come to me and say something along the lines of, “My workout just didn’t feel great today. Maybe I’m not eating the right thing before coming to the gym. What do you think?”

Though this can be an important piece of the puzzle, it is just that, a piece in our nutrition puzzle, and for most, a rather small one. So instead of focusing on the small puzzle piece of what we are eating 60-90 minutes before the gym,