In my post last week I laid out some of the devastating challenges we are faced with as members of modern society. This week I want to talk about solutions.
The short answer is an easy one that we have known for quite a long time. Proper nutrition and exercise are the key. It is generally accepted that if you are conscious about what you put into your body and exercise multiple times throughout the week, then you are going to be better fit to fight off chronic disease. The difficult part then comes in the follow up questions:
What type of food should I eat? How much? What kind of exercise? How many days per week?
These are all very legitimate and solid questions and fortunately we have a very simple answer and you may already guess what it is…
As CrossFit’s founder, Coach Greg Glassman, has quoted, “We currently have in our possession an eloquent solution solution to the worlds most vexing problem.”
CrossFit provides an extremely simple yet effective prescription for fighting chronic disease.
Coach Glassman has streamlined this as 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, clean & jerk, 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.”
Through the combination of eating whole foods and performing whole body exercise at relatively high intensity, you will set yourself up for a path a success against these modern day challenges.
While Coach Glassman’s concept of fitness contains concise and absolute truth in its perception, there are a few elements that may be foreign or even scary to you (and to me I mean come on…FLIPS?!!); however, this is where we come in.
As a CrossFit Affiliate is is our job to serve as your fitness sherpa. We do this by starting in a one-on-one setting teaching the foundational movements. Form is everything in the beginning and while intensity is goal, it is not attempted prior to the demonstration of mechanical consistency. After you have demonstrated the ability to perform these movements with safe consistency in a one-on-one setting you then have the option to move to a small group or continue on with personal training while adding intensity.
In a similar fashion to movement, the CrossFit Affiliate is also responsible for teaching you the foundations of nutrition. This is done through two primary steps: 1) Education and 2) Accountability.
The only barrier to you taking a stand against chronic disease is lack of action. It is common for us to hear “I want to do CrossFit, but I just need to get into shape first.” To us this would be the same as a sick or injured person saying, “I want to go to the doctor, but I just need to feel better first.”
A prerequisite of fitness is NOT needed to begin your CrossFit journey, instead picture the day you start CrossFit as the first step and we can’t wait to be your guide!
Love Coach Ty