Watermelon: Post Workout Muscle Soreness Prevention

Oftentimes, BootcampSF is a high intensity workout and you may feel the effects a few days after the workout is over. Muscle soreness is common, but with proper rest, recovery and nutrition, it can be eased and sometimes eliminated.

Watermelon is an excellent choice to help relieve muscle soreness due to the high content of the essential amino acid L-citrulline. It is also found in garlic and onions; however, watermelon is our top choice, as the high water and electrolyte content hydrates the body and helps flush out toxins.

“Lactic acid builds up in muscles when intense exercise necessitates energy production faster than oxygen can be delivered” (Riva, 2013). The amino acid L-citrulline is able to remove lactic acid faster than at the normal rate, which means faster recovery time. The amino acid has also been noted to improve blood flow throughout the body, rid the liver of ammonia and other toxins and lower blood pressure.

Watermelon helps replenish glycogen, which is what your body relies on during exercise. “According to a U.S. Sports Academy article by Gregory Tardie, PhD, there is a two-hour window after exercise that is optimal for carbohydrate replenishment, after which glycogen synthesis slows to about 2 percent per hour. However, Tardie suggests that consuming 50 g of carbohydrate every two hours after intense exercise raises the rate of replenishment to 5 percent per hour. Four cups of watermelon contain about 50 g of carbohydrate, perfect for post-exercise glycogen replenishment” (Matte, 2017).

We recommend simply blending watermelon and a bit of ice with a splash of water if needed in a high speed blender to create watermelon juice. Consume within 2 hours post workout to reap the benefits mentioned above.

Sources: https://www.medicaldaily.com/watermelon-juice-amino-acids-could-help-prevent-post-workout-muscle-soreness-248103
https://www.livestrong.com/article/441460-watermelon-after-a-workout/

The benefits of circuit training: torch calories without getting bored

Circuit training, much like we practice in boot camp, is an excellent way to keep your workout interesting while maximizing calorie burn and fat loss. We work outside during our BootcampSF workouts, which gives you the added benefit of soaking up the sun’s rays to boost Vitamin D and put you in a good mood.

There are other important benefits to circuit training; we’re able to achieve intense results in a relatively short amount of time. Our workouts last an hour, which is an optimal amount of time to combine cardio, resistance training and flexibility. You’re able to challenge your entire body during a class, and it’s proven that high-intensity interval training combined with lifting increases metabolism and leaves you with an awesome after burn effect that causes your body to torch calories for hours after the workout has ended.

According to the European Journal of Applied Physiology, circuit training workouts “prompt a higher degree of post-exercise excess oxygen consumption, or EPOC, than traditional cardio workouts. EPOC refers to the metabolic boost your body retains in the hours and days after your workout, and it can be a significant source of additional calorie burn.”

This type of training is also proven to burn more fat by improving insulin sensitivity – this type of training helps keep insulin levels low so that fat can be mobilized and burned.

As with any high intensity workout, post workout nutrition is key to recovery and reaching your fat loss and strength goals. It’s important to consume a source of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit within 45 minutes of completing your work out. Be sure to replenish with a 3:1 ratio of carbs and protein for ideal muscle repair.

We recommend a super food packed green smoothie as a satisfying post workout meal. The raw cacao is full of antioxidants and may help lower bad cholesterol and decrease inflammation. Try out the recipe below and let us know in the comments what you think:

Post Workout Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 handfuls spinach and/or kale
½ banana
1 Tbsp. raw almond butter
12 oz. almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
Water as needed
Ice, optional

Directions: Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth & enjoy!

Good Mood Foods: Nutrition to Balance Hormones

We all have our ups and our downs, it’s natural. Those days where we feel lost, unmotivated, heavy, and maybe even sad. We are humans after all, and you’re allowed to feel these things. However, while you are going through these occasional downs, there are ways to help your body, and your mind, feel better. By eating natural foods and healthy fats instead of turning to sugar and processed carbohydrates, you’ll begin to feel reenergized in no time, and the list below includes some of the top nutrition powerhouses.

Who doesn’t love an avocado? In guacamole, on toast, on a salad, as a salad dressing, they’re great for all meals! But what you might not know about avocados is that the healthy fat content helps your brain run properly by balancing your hormone levels, ensuring that the correct amount of each is being produced without interference. By including avocado in your diet, you can be sure that you will not only receive the proper amount of fat intake, protein, potassium, and various vitamins, but you will feel better while consuming it.

Raw nuts such as brazil nuts, almonds, and cashews all have high levels of serotonin, which is the feel good chemical in your body known to increase happiness and motivation. So, if you’re feeling down, eat some raw nuts of your choice! Look for the unsalted varieties on the shelf. Also, avoid eating too many as the body utilizes quite a bit of energy to digest them. Enjoy in moderation!

You always hear about the health benefits of leafy greens. Swiss chard is a top pick, as it’s loaded with magnesium. A majority of Americans are magnesium deficient, and it is a nutrient that is responsible for the biochemical reactions in the brain that boost energy levels. It’s best to get on the green bandwagon and start enjoying Swiss chard in salads and smoothies.

Speaking of greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts aid the liver in ridding the body of excess estrogen. Throw kale, cabbage and bok choy in the mix and you have a wonderful source of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Last, but definitely not least, is asparagus, which is actually one of the best sources in the plant kingdom for tryptophan, a prime nutrient involved in the creation of serotonin. Which is, of course, that feel good chemical in the body we talked about earlier. By having asparagus in your meal plan for the week, you are indeed increasing your happiness by upping the key nutrients in producing feel good hormones.

It’s always best to keep a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and healthy fats and carbohydrates in your diet. Remember, the more color you eat the better you will feel!

Fitness Nutrition Tips for Better Energy

There’s nothing worse than wanting to work out and struggling to have the energy to do it. It’s one thing if you’re just unmotivated, but it’s a completely different thing if you genuinely do not have the energy to do as much as you’d like in a day. Having more energy is a beautiful thing, and whether you use it for beating your previous personal best fitness record or just running strong through work and family life, you won’t be sorry if you have the energy you need. Here are some ideas from Boot Camp San Francisco to promote a more energetic you.

Cut Out Inflammation-Causing Foods

The top culprits that cause inflammation are wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fats. In addition, if you have any food allergies or sensitivities, those foods will cause inflammation, too. This will vary from person to person, as one person might be sensitive to peanuts, while another might be totally fine eating peanuts but struggles every time they eat eggs. Listen to your body. Cut out the foods that cause inflammation, even if they’re delicious. Your body will thank you for it.

Boost Your Nutrient Intake

You eat food to give your body the fuel it needs, but if that food isn’t particularly rich in nutrients, you’re shortchanging yourself. While glucose is the primary energy source at the molecular level, your cells need a ton of other building blocks to do their jobs. If you are missing some critical nutrient, such as your B vitamins or tryptophan or magnesium, then certain processes will grind to a halt instead of being able to proceed normally. Don’t just eat food, choose the most nutrient-dense food that you can find.

Don’t Miss the Hormone Connection

Fatigue can sometimes come from a deficiency or an imbalance in your hormones, and if you’ve been unsuccessful getting your energy levels up through diet changes alone, you should look into getting your hormone levels checked. Thyroid hormones and cortisol are some of the big ones that can lead to fatigue when they’re out of balance, but there are so many different hormones in the body, with so many different jobs to do, you can only know for yourself if you get yourself tested.

Try Not to Depend on Caffeine

Coffee is delicious, and caffeine provides a reliable, predictable surge of energy, which might be what you need in order to get through a day. We don’t want to tell you that you can’t have caffeine, but if it’s at all possible to find other ways to get the energy you need for your day, your whole body and overall well-being will benefit. Caffeine acts sort of like a vacuum cleaner, stripping nutrients and resources away from your body in order to trigger that energy burst, leaving you with a deficit of vital nutrition over time. Whether you can get more sleep at night, find nutritional methods of helping you to have energy, or turning to a caffeine-free energy supplement, you’ll thank yourself.

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New Study Shows that Your Cells Perform Better When You Exercise

For all of our readers who work hard to merge fitness and nutrition to reap the simultaneous benefits of both, you’ll be interested in the results of this new study. Have you struggled to maximize your feeling of well-being with nutrition alone? Have you thought of exercise as something that benefited your overall strength, and nutrition as something that benefited your cells? Well, think again.

According to a new study in the journal Cell Metabolism (2017; 25 [3], 581-92), exercising on a regular basis makes a difference that goes all the way to the cellular level. In other words, if you want your cells to give you their optimum performance, you have to do more than eat right. But what improvements in cellular function can you expect when you get great nutrition and exercise?

Scientists took muscle biopsies from the volunteers in this study to see how the cells were performing after the volunteers performed varying types of exercise. These were some of the things that they saw:

  • Improvements in cellular function
  • The ability of mitochondria to generate energy more efficiently
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Better insulin sensitivity
  • Increased aerobic capacity
  • More gene transcription within the cell
  • Reversal of key age-related differences in the cell

All of these are good things! Here’s what this technical-speak means in plain language:

When you eat a good diet alone, your cells will see a difference, because they’ll have the building blocks that they need to do their jobs. However, when you do regular exercise, you’ll optimize your cellular function even more!

Cells use a “currency” called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) for energy. If you have enough ATP, you’ll be able to do the things you want to do. ATP is manufactured in the mitochondria of your cells, and this study showed that exercise caused the mitochondria to be better at doing their job. It’s a classic example of an upward spiral. Exercise more, and your body becomes able to deliver more energy. This is encouraging for anyone who is just getting started in a fitness program. Give it time, and your cells will learn how to be better, faster, and more effective at delivering the energy you need to do your workout.

Most people are aware that the best lifestyle you can choose is one that combines healthy diet and exercise for well-being, health, and longevity. However, it would be easy to just stop at the basic thought that exercise just builds healthy muscles. It certainly does do that, but it is far more exciting that exercise even contributes to building healthy cells. Your cells need to be healthy, efficient, and performing well in order for you to feel great, stay healthy, and live longer.

The great news for all of our customers here at Boot Camp San Francisco? The type of exercise that resulted in the most benefit to the participants in the study was a combination of high-intensity aerobic training and resistance training. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you join us for boot camp workouts. We have multiple locations all over the San Francisco bay area to serve you, so sign up today!

Beat Your Best Workout With The Right Fitness Nutrition


When you are committed to working out and building your strength and endurance, a successful outcome will depend on a multitude of factors, from your willpower and mental toughness, to the quality of your training, to the persistence and dedication that you devote to consistently pursuing your goals. However, even when all of these factors are at 100%, there’s still one more factor that can present a barrier to you attaining your best workout. That is your fitness nutrition. How you fuel your body can play a big role in whether or not you’re able to meet your fitness goals. In this blog post from Boot Camp San Francisco, we’d like to take a brief look at the importance of your fitness nutrition.

1. Fitness Nutrition Fuels Your Body With What It Needs (Not Necessarily With What It Craves)

When you are trying to beat your best workout and running into obstacles, it’s a good idea to look at the fuel you’re giving your body. Just consuming a protein shake (and keeping everything else in your diet the same) may not be enough to give you the energy breakthrough that you need to be able to smash through your goals. When you’ve given it your all, it feels good, but what if your “all” could become even bigger, stronger, and longer-lasting? It can with the right nutrition. Beware of giving your body what it craves. If you’re craving junk food like donuts or other sugary carbs, eat a protein-based snack instead, and you’ll find that the munchies go away—and stay away.

2. Up With Live Enzymes and Probiotics; Down with Sugars and Artificial Ingredients

When you consume a diet that is high in fresh and raw fruits and veggies, you’ll get a constant supply of the live enzymes that these plant-based foods contain. And when you take probiotics, either in capsules or in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, or tempeh, you’ll get beneficial microorganisms that live in your gut and help to reduce inflammation and boost your well-being. On the other hand, consuming lots of sugars can feed the multiplication of yeasts and other harmful colonies of microorganisms, making you feel blah and lowering your immune system.

3. Increase Your Mental Clarity With A Nutrient-Rich Diet

Winning the mental game is a huge part of working out successfully, and you’ll be able to play harder when your brain is clear. The great news is that the same diet that builds muscle, reduces inflammation, and increases your overall well-being also helps your brain to be in tip-top shape. If you’ve suffered from bouts of brain fog, lack of motivation, or mild depression, your diet may be partly to blame. Eating nutrient-rich foods can help to improve your mood, increase your focus, and boost your brain’s executive function (the part of the brain that says, “We’re going to do this now,” and then follows through).


Here on the Boot Camp San Francisco blog, you’ll find a ton of recipes that are designed to make it tasty and quick for you to make a habit of great nutrition. Fuel your body with fabulous, nutrient-rich foods, and come to a boot camp workout with us today!