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The Key Part of CrossFit That You Might Be Missing

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When we first think of CrossFit, we often think of AMRAPs, METCONs, and the workout “Fran”. While these are key components of CrossFit and what we think and know will help lead you to better long term health, CrossFit is much more than that.

We see people all of the time come to the gym 3-7 days per week and give it all they’ve got. They increase their backsquats by 50%. They shave minutes off of their mile times. They start being able to write “Rx” next to their names on the whiteboard. These same people notice feeling sluggish a few days per week coming into the gym. Their progress with body composition start to slow down. The energy and passion from when they first started starts to dwindle. What these people don’t realize is that while they’re coming into the gym, doing exactly what is written on the board, and listening to their coaches, they are missing a key component of CrossFit. That key component is nutrition.

The CrossFit method is much more than just a workout regimen. It’s all encompassing, with one of the major components being the food you put into your body. In the words of Greg Glassman, “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.”

The FIRST sentence in that infamous quote is about what we should eat.  Eat foods that are real! Foods that are whole and that aren’t made in a factory. Eat enough to support your workout but not cause you to unhealthily gain weight. This is what we need to correct and maintain in order to get the FULL benefits of CrossFit. It’s not staying for an hour after class and doing another METCON. It’s not coming early to work on cleans. It’s eating to fuel your body in the proper way.

The New Year is coming up in a few short weeks. Take advantage of that! Use it to motivate you to be a better you. Start setting a plan of action. Make small changes that lead to a bigger overall lifestyle change. Ask for help. Do whatever you need to do, but please don’t short change yourself and leave a crucial part of your health journey on the back burner.

-Nicole

Need more direction? Want to set up nutrition coaching for 2018? Please email us at info@riseathletics.fit.