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Crossfit Nutrition

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"

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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    Jeff Brennan April 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Great article. I personally love Crossfit and have been competing for 2 years now (Made it to the Southwestern Regionals in 2010/2011). My endurance and strength has never been better on the bike. You hit the nail on the head. People who don't know about Crossfit think its to extreme or just another 'fad.' Its not. Its a way of training, and a way of life (especially with the PALEO diet).

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    Acejas33 April 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Umm...nuts are in the isle of a grocery store and there's a label on a bag of spinach. Haha, just messin' with you. Crossfit workouts are great. I'm trying to incorporate one interval type workout per week into my routine. But for the most part I like to keep my "lift heavy things" days separate from my "stalk and chase food" days.

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    kris April 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

    What about dairy? Cheese? Yogurt? I know Coach Seji in his final verdict article mentioned he would eat small amounts of cheese and yogurt.

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    Brian Bechtel April 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Paelo on the daily'o baby...all day every day! Never been better!!! Go Crossfit Temecula South!!!

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    Brian Bechtel April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Oh, one more thing...a great Paleo info site is awesome podcast-great book (The Paleo Solution)...Good luck everyone!

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    Racer X Virtual Trainer April 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Acejas33 - I knew someone would point that out :) but I think you get what I'm talking about. And sure, it's not 100% accurate that everything in the isle is bad, but again, it's pretty damn close.

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    Philip April 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Crossfit is cool I guess. A little to random for me though. If your interested in this type of training. I came across a cool website a few weeks back. Very informative and has some very basic yet effective programs.

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    austin April 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Crossfit is a competition sport but it does not have to be ..... the overall fitness and self satisfaction thru regular core training is awesome and those who choose to follow Crossfit as training regiment and not as a competition will benefit immensely. The competitive nature drives the effort but equally so does the support from your fellow trainees. The olympic lift weights need to be adjusted based on the trainees level but the importance of technique cannot be overstated and that comes from qualified trainers. If not taught correctly ... injuries will prevail. This type of core driven fitness training brings all types of personalities and sport types together and betters any other sports that each person chooses to participate in. As for diet ... Paleo is a focussed type diet but eating for your blood type should be integrated, as well as reducing sugars, transfats and processed foods. Most who choose to take a Crossfit class or two will often stick with it and if that inspires more people to focus on health and diet .... its all good!

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    Will April 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    With up to 65% of calories coming from animal sources, the Paleo diet is not a "natural" human diet. Humans are primates. No other primate relies that heavily on animal sources for food. Gorillas, which are 600 pounds of solid muscle, rely on animal sources for <5% of their total diet. Chimpanzees have a >80% success rate when they hunt, however, their reliance on animal sources for food is still <5%.

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    Glenn April 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I am in the health and wellness business and can assure you that the Paleo diet is a good one. The company I rep for supplies nutrition for world class and world champion athletes in many different disciplines and both the formulators and scientific advisory board members endorse the Paleo diet.
    Great article.

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    kris April 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I am a big fan of Crossfit! The only problem with CrossFit gyms is they're expensive when compared to at $20/month gym membership. I am sure evetually Crossfit will become commercial and we'll see more Crossfit gyms that are more affordable.

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    Mike April 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I love Crossfit. Been doing it for 10 or so months and have seen huge improvements in my strength and endurance. Once you start doing Crossfit, you'll wonder why you trained any other way.

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    Coach Seiji April 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I eat small amounts of yogurt and cheese in an attempt to eat some bacteria (good bacteria). My logic is back in the day, we didn't have a way to wash all our food. An example would be our veggies would have some dirt on them, which would only be rinsed in the creek that in turn would house some bacteria that you would eat. My theory is that this bacteria would either test/strengthen immunity or be actually used by the gut to aid in digestion and immune functions. We wash everything today, sterilize it all, wash our hands all the time, etc so this was just an attempt to replace at least some "good" bacteria like lactic acid bacteria and and bifidobacteria.

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    Corbeil 116 March 29, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Really good article! I've start crossfit 2 months ago for my preparation of summer, and then fall in love with it. I might never stop!!

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