Saturday, March 8, 2008

Crossfit sums it up

It is a bit dumbed down, but the teacher here begins to explain a lot of what I am coming to believe about diet - it is ultimately a question of hormones.

I might even buy the journal to get the rest of this lecture.

I hope I am not a disciple of any particular fitness guru or school - I try to take the good bits from lots of sources, avoiding the "cultic" tunnel vision that can sometimes come with adherence to a single philosophy.

That being said I think that the Crossfit Fitness in 100 words sums up a lot of what I have come to believe about fitness and diet - especially the first 14 words about diet. (They explain more in this pdf) , and develop their ideas about nutrition a bit more here. I might argue with some bits and pieces, e.g. I might say to eat eggs (and butter and cream!), put IF in the mix and maybe add in more easy days, but I think as a 100 word summary, this is pretty good.

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
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.

1 comment:

Dave Clary said...

I get comments on my improved appearance at work a lot. When the ask how, I point to the 100 Words that I have pinned to my cubicle wall. If they want more, I show them Mark Sisson's "What I Eat" post.

I share the couple of minor difference with the Crossfit folks that you mentioned. Also, I don't know if it's an official position but they seem to be big supporters of Sears (Zone Diet). I don't think I buy into the macro-nuttrient mix being required at every meal or snack.