Good Morning CFTP!
CrossFit defines fitness in 100 words:
I believe many of us, myself included, focus on only a portion of this definition. For me, since starting CrossFit, I’ve focused the majority of my time in the middle and end section:
“Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, 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…”
Once I joined a CrossFit gym and then opened my own, these portions of fitness were easy for me to follow because I had the support of my gym family to push me day in and day out. All I had to do was show up at the box and the motivation and push was there. Which is awesome! But I do not think that it was an accident that Greg Glassman put nutrition at the top of this list and I believe that all of us can do better on our nutrition and my hope is that we as CFTP can improve our focus on this portion of fitness.
I invited Coach JoAnn to share a few words on Nutrition and then I want to explain my plan to help us all improve our nutrition as a team!
Happy Sunday CrossFit The Point! I think I typed something about nutrition not too long ago, so hopefully I’m not a broken record. But, to be honest, nutrition will probably never change for me. There are just rules to being healthy, just like there are rules to working out and seeing progress. What I’ve realized over time though, is that they go hand in hand. The more on point my nutrition is, the more progress and gains I see in the box. The less injuries I will have or the quicker I will recover if I have something that needs to heal. Our bodies are amazing. Taking care of them through what we do all week at CrossFit is important, but we are doing ourselves a disservice if we neglect another big piece to this health puzzle after we leave the gym. I’m excited that Dan is offering nutrition challenges again because it will motivate all of us to be a little better each week. I’ll let Dan put out the nutrition guidelines, because, like I said before, the rules don’t change. There is no magic trick that you haven’t heard of. Read “Fitness in 100 Words” if you haven”t yet, I love that.
What I want to offer quickly is how to take those rules and be successful. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, fat loss, consistent exercise, muscle gain, or preparing for a competition, write them down. Then write down what you personally are specifically going to do with your nutrition for those results, and then track your progress. Find someone to share all this with. I volunteer myself if you can’t think of anyone! Have someone to be accountable to, and who can celebrate with you as you reach your goals. And yes, celebrate. Celebrate each victory. We love to celebrate in CrossFit (if you haven’t seen someone get their first pull up, just wait. I hope you all get a chance to see that.), so celebrate. And celebrate what you have control over! There are a lot of factors in weight loss that we can’t control, but not eating that cookie, well, that’s something we can. Love yourself and be kind, always. I’m excited to hear and see all the progress that will come from this! Let’s go get after it!
Thank you coach!
Our goal at CrossFit The Point is move each and every one of you away from sickness and closer and closer to fitness. I have always loved CrossFit’s sickness, wellness, fitness continuum displayed below:
Our constant goal is to forever be progressing toward fitness and overall health. We are all somewhere on this continuum… Whether we are progressing closer and closer to sickness or fitness is up to the decisions we make today and tomorrow and every day.
In the hope to facilitate this change I want to try something we did quite a few years back. JoAnn mentioned it above. We use to do a sticker chart with different challenges each day… Each day that you did the challenge, you got a sticker. Now we have an awesome tool in the palm of our hands… SugarWOD. Starting tomorrow I will be placing a nutrition challenge alongside the WOD. I will add additional challenges from time to time. These challenges will build on each other and help each of us make better nutritional decisions. If you accomplish the goal, all you have to do is check the box. After 4 weeks, 20 days, the top performers will receive a one time 50% off purchase of supplements that we offer at The Point!
Our goal at The Point is more than just trying to make you all look good and lift all the weights… It’s about giving you a better quality life. CrossFit headquarters is shifting gears, rightfully so, and shifting away from the sole focus of the sport of fitness and focusing their efforts on health and overcoming disease. You can cure disease through proper nutrition and consistent fitness. So let’s work together to run away from sickness and run towards wellness and fitness!