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ATP means to me…

ATP means to me…

Cat, Kaht, Kit Kat


Clean: 1 RM

Strength: 3×10 Stall Bar Leg Raises

MetCon – EMOM for 10 Mins:
5 Push-Ups
10 Air Squats
1 PC (70% 1RM)

When you do a squat, when you run a mile, when you hike a mountain, when you snore, when you talk, or when you do Linda (coming soon) there is a lot at play physiologically, anatomically, and neuromuscularly. Over the series of many, many posts I will try to convey, in “Layman’s” terms, how the body is functioning. I might not do a perfect job, but hopefully if you take the time in reading these posts you will have gained a little knowledge and a new respect for CrossFit, nutrition, strength, and why/ how the body and brain work and function.

There were a thousand different ways I could have begun this series of posts and it has been a struggle to figure out where to start, but ENERGY is as good as place as any.


ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is a molecule commonly known as the energy currency of the body and has a multitude of functions. Think of ATP as “dolla dolla bills ya’ll.” It makes the body go round. Any type of movement we perform from squatting to talking uses ATP in order to do so. Yes there are other forms of energy like GTP and derivatives of ATP, but the majority of energy used comes from ATP. Let’s not get sidetracked by those other energy molecules. We may come back to them later.

ATP consists of a ribose sugar and adenine as well as 3 phosphates, hence the “triphosphate.” (The adenine part may sound familiar because adenine is also within DNA.) The majority of energy in ATP is held within the third, or for my chemistry geeks, the γ-phosphate bond. Therefore, when ATP is hydrolyzed to ADP (basically water makes a phosphate group pop off) then the body can harness that energy to do work. ADP can then be recycled back to ATP.

In each cell there are several metabolic pathways that use and produce ATP, and since ATP can’t be stored in the body, we are constantly trying to make it.  Throughout this series we will discuss each and every one in depth and why they are important to CrossFitters. Just keep in mind that the ultimate goal of each is to produce ATP!

At the risk of boring you to death I will wrap up by saying that ATP does not just provide energy for movement, but has a wide variety of functions that include intra and extracellular signaling, respiration, RNA and DNA synthesis, cellular structure, transporting molecules, and other parts of metabolism.

ATP is for me,
<3 Coach Miss J

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:26+00:00 December 28th, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|3 Comments


  1. Braers December 28, 2012 at 2:54 am

    There were entirely too many science-y words in that for me to properly enjoy. More silly pictures and witicisms please.

  2. T-Pain December 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I appreciate the shout out. Just caught up on my blogging.

  3. Ben January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Jess! Looking forward to it.

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