Published August 28, 2014
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. “ ~Greg Glassman
This is CrossFit in 100 words from the king himself, Greg Glassman. It’s pretty simple, yet so powerful. The statement begins with Nutrition. As we evolve into these “power-houses” we need to make sure we are fueling our bodies with exactly what it needs. I want to reiterate the word fueling. When we begin to look at food as fuel, we start to make better choices. I’m not saying to eat boiled chicken and steamed broccoli every night, we only get one life to live so we better enjoy it. However, finding a proper balance between these extremes seems to be the recipe for success for the average athlete.
As a CrossFitter you may not realize it, but your workouts are pretty kick ass now. It’s not about how long you workout, but about how intense your workouts are-quality not quantity. And even though you may be scaling some movements and/or weights you are still performing better than most people at a regular gym. The typical 1200-1500 calorie intake for women and 1800-2200 calorie intake for men does not apply here. In fact I don’t know of a successful CrossFit athlete that has admitted to counting calories. The more natural your diet with what is stated in the 100 words, the better off you will be.
Nutrition and exercise is different for everyone. Finding what works for you may be a challenge, but it’s worth doing. Supplementing your nutrition (fish oils, vitamins, protein shakes, bcaa’s, etc) may also be key to help your body recover quicker and more efficiently. Sticking to the basics of natural foods is usually the key. Why would you want to eat a product with an ingredient list for days? Ever wonder why the expiration date can be years and months away?