Daily Routines – How USAC Athletes use Gnarly Products

What does a saucepan, five pairs of shoes, a good luck note and a kendama all have in common? They’re all items you can find in the gym bags of climbers on Team USA, of course. The shoe variety makes a ton of sense. Different climbing disciplines or routes call for different shoes. We could […]

Endurance Athletes: Missing training days due to soreness? You may need more protein

Benefits of Protein for the Endurance Athlete What’s the buzz about protein? First of all, we are made of it, literally. Everything from our muscles, bones, neurotransmitters, and hormones, to tiny microscopic cellular machines, are made up of protein.  Protein benefits: Helps with muscle repair  Helps with muscle building Helps maintain fluid balance Makes up […]

5 Recovery Tips with Ultra-Runner Mike McKnight

We turn to Ultra-runner Mike McKnight to get his top 5 recovery tips. While Mike has completed a number of 100 mile trail races, his latest accomplishments might just blow your mind. Since 2017 Mike has completed the Triple Crown of 200s… twice.

Pre vs. Pump vs. BCAAs: What’s the right pre-workout for you?

One of the questions we get asked most frequently at Gnarly is who should use Gnarly Pump, Gnarly BCAAs and Gnarly Pre and whether all three products are necessary.  All three products can be used before training and when to use one and not the other can be understandably confusing. To shed some light on […]

Recovery Nutrition and Breaking through Your Performance Plateau

Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of any training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength, preventing injuries and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform […]

A Guide to Recovery Nutrition

Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of a training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform at subsequent […]

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell 2018

Deep in the backwoods of Northern Arkansas lies a canyon brimming with small yet immaculate sandstone cliffs. Climbers have developed Horseshoe Canyon Ranch over the course of the last few decades, but it has really been put on the radar of the larger climbing community by the “24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell” event, which began […]

BCAAs vs. Glutamine: Which is Better for Muscle Gain?

We’ve come a long way in our technical understanding of nutrition. While protein has been popular since we learned to throw a hunk of meat over a fire, in the last few decades we’ve also learned a lot about how the individual amino acids that constitute protein affect our body. Now, if it fits our […]

Recovery Nutrition and Breaking Through Your Performance Plateau

Have you ever pulled on to your warm-up and immediately felt soreness in your forearms from the previous day’s hard session.  How much effort did you put into recovery?     How much effort do you consistently put into recovery?   Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of a training program, and yet it […]

Recovery Blog

Multi-day races are becoming more and more popular. Maybe you have your eye on the Squamish 50; a two-day ultramarathon race where you tackle 50 miles of mountain trails on Saturday and follow it up with a 50K on Sunday. Mountain bike stage races are becoming popular; BreckEpic features six days of mountain bike racing […]

Post-Run Nutrition

“Don’t give up. Especially after you’ve finished.” Athletes often get caught up in the distracting excitement and satisfaction of reaching the finish line and consequently often neglect post-race nutrition. Refueling and rehydrating after a race can significantly decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time, leaving you stronger and ready to tackle your next run. To […]

Mid-Run Nutrition

“It’s amazing what your body can do when you give what it needs.” Proper nutrition mid-race, if your distance calls for it, is just a critical as pre- and post-run nutrition. As you gradually train to match the distance of your race, you should also train for how to fuel your body during that distance. […]

10 Benefits of Amino Acid Supplements

In the world of supplements, protein – whether from whey or another source – tends to hold steady as king of them all. But here’s something from high school biology you may have forgotten: Proteins are made of amino acids. Actually, those amino acids are the very reason that protein is so important. Put very […]

What You Must Eat to Gain Lean Muscle

It’s interesting how much time and attention people looking to gain muscle mass spend on their workouts. Of course, there are specific workout designs that are better suited to stimulate hypertrophy (gains in muscle mass), but the truth is that if your diet isn’t right those workouts aren’t gone to deliver any real, noticeable gains. […]

How to Avoid Athletic Injuries

Considering that your workout is an effort to improve your body, it’s pretty strange to think about the fact that each time you hit the gym, you’re actually doing damage to your joints, bones and muscles – putting these under stress with each rep and each step. Of course, that “damage” is exactly what you […]

10 Strategies for Healing After Athletic Injuries

You train to be stronger, healthier, faster – better. It can be incredibly frustrating, then, when you have to deal with an injury that takes you out of your routine for long stretches of time. To help you get back to it faster, and avoid future injuries, here are 10 strategies for healing after athletic […]

25 Best Post-Workout Foods

You’ve just killed it in the gym – congratulations. But… now what? In truth, it’s at this point that all that hard work actually starts to do something. The reality is that your body does not get leaner or faster or stronger during your workouts. These changes happen at this point, after your workout, in […]

5 Recovery Strategies

Here’s something you probably hate to think too much about: Your workouts are actually damaging your muscles. Sorry, but it’s true. But, all those tiny little tears that your exercises inflict on your muscles act as stimuli to trigger some pretty awesome adaptations. In fact, those adaptations are exactly what you’re looking for when you […]