Under the Crossfit Hierarchy of Fitness, nutrition is the base. Above it comes Metabolic Conditioning (or "metcon"), Gymnastics, Weightlifting, and Sport at the top. Don't expect to have a big strong pyramid without a sturdy foundation.
Nutrition is what we build our health and fitness on. To really understand this, just look at the next section up, Metabolic Conditioning. What do those words mean exactly. Dictionary.com defines metabolism as "the sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available." Basically, it is our ability to take the food we put into our body and convert it to energy with which we do work. If Crossfit is all about improving our work capacity, then the input (food) seems a bit more important than the output (work).
If you're looking for answers on how to improve your fitness you might want to start looking in your fridge. Does it contain meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar? Do the foods you eat support inflammation or anti-inflammation? What is your relationship with food? Do you reward yourself with food? Distract yourself? Comfort yourself? Get sugar-high? Or is it fuel for what you do?
If you want to work hard in the gym and have your beer and cake when you get home, by all means, live your life your way! But if your looking for progress inside or outside the gym, let's ask ourselves some of these questions and take a good look at what we put in our bodies.
Kelly Greco is our gyms certified nutrionist, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask any of the coaches here at Central for some help.
Now, here's Jeff and his beautiful back squat.
Every 2 minutes x 10 Rounds (20 minutes)
4 Back Squats