CrossFit WODs: What are they?
The CrossFit WOD (Workout Of The Day) is a series of exercises performed over the course of one or two days. Each exercise is designed to test your physical fitness level and develop specific skills required for a given task. For example, the first day’s WOD might include squats, pushups, pullups, dips and burpees. The second day’s WOD might include lunges, situps, and burpees. The third day’s WOD might include pushups, pullups and chin ups. There are several variations of each WOD including ones with only one exercise per movement type (e.g., Squat/Pullup), ones with multiple movements within a single movement type (e.g., Pushup/Situp), and others where there is no repetition of any kind (e.g. Burpee).
The purpose of these workouts is to improve your overall fitness level, and to build muscle mass. They are usually done in order to increase your body weight and strength levels so that you can do more work during training sessions. You may want to consider doing some of them at home if you have time, but it would probably not hurt to get a trainer or coach involved too!
What is a CrossFitter?
CrossFitters are those who typically identify themselves with the “movement” in one way or another. The CrossFit program includes not only the actual exercises that get done during training sessions, but it also contains nutrition guidelines and lifestyle recommendations.
What do CrossFit and Paleo Have in Common?
The Paleo diet was originally conceived as a way to mimic the diets of our Paleolithic ancestors, and the idea behind it is to only eat what they would’ve eaten. While paleo and CrossFit are not in any way affiliated with each other, they do have some things in common. Many of the paleo-diet meals that get eaten (lots of meat and fresh fruits and vegetables) are very similar to many of the foods that are encouraged in CrossFit. The only main difference is that paleo allows dairy, while CrossFit doesn’t.
Why is There So Much Confusion?
The confusion here is pretty understandable. While paleo and CrossFit are not directly affiliated with each other, they are indirectly affiliated with each other. What I mean by this is, there are people who participate in CrossFit who also follow the paleo diet. Since these two groups of people have similar eating habits, it can lead to some confusion when people start talking about paleo.
For the most part, paleo and CrossFit are not very similar. Most Crossfitters do not follow the paleo diet, and most paleo followers do not participate in CrossFit. If anything, it’s the other way around. The paleo diet is much more popular than CrossFit is, but this may be because CrossFit is a newer “fitness craze” that has only been around for about a decade.
Do CrossFitters Need to Follow the Paleo Diet?
While CrossFit and paleo do have some similarities, they are two completely different entities. You can follow the paleo diet and not do CrossFit, you can do CrossFit and not follow the paleo diet, and you can follow BOTH and still be a member of neither group. It’s completely up to you and what you want to do.
One thing is for certain though… if you want to properly do CrossFit, then you are going to need to eat right. Most people would be better off eating paleo anyway, so you might as well consider doing it for that reason alone!
What About the Diet Soda?
I don’t think this really matters all that much, but just to be on the safe side I’m going to go ahead and say no. While there is nothing really wrong with drinking diet soda, it’s not really that good for you and can lead to some health problems in the future (even if you’re eating paleo).
With that said, you are probably better off drinking water most of the time anyhow. At the very least, drink water whenever you can.
What About Alcohol?
I’d avoid drinking too much of that as well. While paleo and CrossFit don’t have anything against alcohol in the way that other diets do, in general you’re going to be better off not drinking too much. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional drink, but if you go overboard then it can really mess up your training and lead to other problems in your life.
One of the reasons CrossFit gyms often have a “drinking problem” reputation is because a lot of people go there to drink rather than to work out. While this isn’t a huge problem, it’s still something that can get out of hand in a hurry.
If you do choose to drink, keep it to a minimum and only drink on special occasions. Better yet, wait until after you’ve finished your workout for the day.
What If I’m Not Hungry?
This is going to be different for everybody. Some people claim they never get hungry, some people claim they always get hungry no matter what they eat. If this is you, then you’re probably going to have to force yourself to eat whenever you can.
Personally, I like to keep a bag of carrots on me most of the time so when I get hungry I have something ready to eat. This way I don’t have to worry about not having time to make a meal or buying food when I’m out and about.
Ideally you want to get most of your calories from nutritious foods like meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats. But since we all have busy lives, having something quick and readily available is always a good thing.
Alright, there you have it. These are the foods that I personally include in my own paleo/CrossFit diet.
Again, I’m not going to say that this is the only way or that it’s the correct way. This is simply how I eat and what has worked for me. Your mileage may vary depending on your goals and what works for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section below. I try to answer all questions that are asked.
Otherwise, best of luck to you and I hope that you achieve all of your goals!
Best Fitness and Health Regards,
— Tanner Warwick
P.S. There’s still one more thing left to go over…
Would you rather spend 5 or 10 years having fun and enjoying life, or would you rather spend 10 or 15 years living a boring existence where you have to worry about minor aches and pains?
If you’re like most people then you want to have fun, but don’t want to deal with any sort of pain or health problems. This leads to the question…
Is CrossFit Safe?
You’ve probably heard rumors that it isn’t or you’ve heard people swear up and down that it is. Well, the answer quite simply is YES, but with a few caveats…
First and foremost, you should always start out slow. If you’ve been a couch potato your whole life and suddenly jump into CrossFit then you’re going to get hurt. There’s no doubt about that. You need to start out slow and build up your strength and conditioning gradually.
With that being said, I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2009 and I’ve had no serious injuries while doing it. HOWEVER, I started out slow and didn’t do anything stupid. If anything I’d say the only time I ever got “injured” was when I was new and tried to do too much or wasn’t warmed up properly. This is just common sense folks.
Personally, I feel that the rumors that CrossFit is dangerous come from people who don’t actually do it and mainly hear stories about people getting hurt. I think if you look at any sport, fitness regimen, or activity in general there’s going to be a certain amount of people who get hurt while doing it whether it’s running, soccer, football, or whatever else.
With CrossFit though I feel the community aspect of it helps people in a huge way. I’ve never felt “pressured” to do anything above and beyond my own abilities. If anything, most people will encourage you to stop if you’re showing signs of fatigue or are doing something stupid like dropping barbells on your toes (which I’ve seen more than once).
The bottom line is this…
If you go into CrossFit with the right mindset and attitude then I feel it’s perfectly safe for MOST people. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like competition or going really intense then it’s probably not for you.
Again, it all boils down to your own personal goals and what you’re willing to put into it. If you do decide to try CrossFit (or if you currently do) let me give you a few tips that helped me…
Tips for Success with CrossFit
Give yourself at least a full year before you actually judge whether CrossFit is for you or not. I can’t tell you how many people I know that tried it for a couple months and then quit because they didn’t see instant results. The same is true though for just about any exercise program out there.
If your main goal is to “look good naked” then yes, you’re probably not going to have as much success as someone who wants to get competitive and be the best they can at an athletic endeavor. CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but if you’re determined enough you can achieve most any physical goal with relative ease (regardless of what that goal may be).
Do not start combining CrossFit with other programs or other workouts.
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