by Racer X Virtual Trainer
Crossfit has become one of those things that people are either 100% outraged against or 100% fanatical about. I know people in the motocross industry who think it is the devil itself and I know others who firmly believe it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm not going to debate the merits or downfalls of Crossfit or whether I think it is a good or bad workout and all that stuff. Crossfit, like religion and politics, has gotten to the point where you can't argue with people whether you think it is good or bad. Their minds are usually already made up. Bottom line is if you like it, do it; if you hate it don't. Personally, I like Crossfit and have actually been doing "crossfit" type exercises for, well, as long as I can remember. I was doing very similar things 15 years ago at the YMCA with my group fitness class and I continue to do the workouts to this day. Was it exactly like Crossfit today? No, if it were I'd be driving a way nicer car. High intensity training has been around for a long time. Crossfit didn't invent that. What they did invent, and in my opinion is the genius of Crossfit is the fact that they made a sport out of training. And to me, that is cool as shit and I wish I'd thought of it.
You can debate until you are blue in the face that Crossfit is "dangerous." Blah, blah, blah. To that I say, whatever; go pick up a weight and start training. If, as an individual you think a particular lift is dangerous or a crossfit coach is pushing you too hard, then use your individual ability to say no. It seems to me that with the obesity problem we have in the US the last thing we should be doing is hating on something that promotes hard work. If you want to hate, hate on the late night infomercials that promise unrealistic results and preys on the fat person who is no doubt eating a donut while ordering the latest 30-second gadget. Don't hate on a mode of training that preaches hard work and promises anything but a 5-minute, smile while you train, workout.
The interesting thing about the bad wrap Crossfit affiliates have gotten for being dangerous is the fact that to open a regular gym requires absolutely zero qualifications. I can get the local building permits, buy the equipment, and open the doors to the general public. At least to become a Crossfit affiliate requires a certain level of certification (however minimum it may be). I would have to ask, what is more dangerous? Opening a local gym to the general public, letting a customer walk, signing them up, and letting that person do whatever type of lift or exercise they want totally unattended or the way Crossfit does it? You won't find that at a Crossfit box. Well, maybe you will find that in some boxes and I guess that is to be expected since becoming a Crossfit affiliate is so easy. But to become a Crossfit affiliate still requires more of a certification than opening a regular gym. So like everything in life you will have good and bad; good doctors, bad doctors, good PTs, bad PTs, good chiropractors, bad, chiropractors, good gyms, bad gyms, and so on and so forth.
But I digress on what this post is actually intended; Crossfit and their view on nutrition. I'll admit that up until a few years ago, I didn't pay too much attention to all the fad diets and generally believed in the government's food pyramid. Coach Seiji is the person who introduced me to the Paleo diet and the more I read and study, the more I believe in its philosophies. And Crossfit is squarely in the corner of the Paleo diet. There are a lot of videos on the internet that talk about the Paleo diet but I think this one from the CrossFit Journal is one of the better videos on the subject. There are some real gems on nutrition in this video and one of my favorites is, "If it has a label, it's not real food." That's such an incredible statement and if you follow that simple rule, you will be eating cleaner and healthier than you can imagine.
Okay, enough of my blathering. Here is the video!
"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar"
"If you are training people, you only have one ore in the water if you are not talking about nutrition."
"If it's in the isle of a grocery store, don't eat it"
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