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Fitness in 100 Words or Less

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This same blog post has been written by probably every CrossFit affiliate on the planet, but I feel like I owe it to our community to make sure everyone sees this information.  So here it is.  World class fitness in 100 words or less:

  • Eat meats,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 handstands, 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!

Anyone that has their CrossFit Level 1 Certification can rattle this little mantra off without even thinking about it.  I know I made sure I had it completely memorized backwards and forwards before I went to take my Level 1 certification.  Maybe you’ve never heard it before (that’s why I’m writing this) but really this is the perfect prescription for anyone that wants to lose weight, get in shape, look good naked, and in my opinion even run anything from a 5k to a half marathon.  General fitness.  If you’re sitting on your couch, fat and lazy like I was not so long ago, all you have to do is get up and follow the rules listed above and you will quickly start to see results.  Your life will change.  It’s a lot easier said than done though isn’t it?  So how can we get you on this fast track to fitness?

Well, as far as eating meats, veggies, nuts, seeds, etc. that’s up to you. There are tools we can give you to help you stay on track but ultimately you have to make the decision to not eat junk.  You have to stay away from the center of the grocery store.  It’s that simple.  Go eat real food, you can do it!  The next couple of points are up to us, your coaches.  We’ll teach you the lifts and we’ll mix all the good stuff up for you so that every day you come in the gym you’ll have a great experience and learn something new about yourself.  Routine is indeed the enemy, and we’ll make sure you mix it up on the regular.

What about this regularly learn and play new sports thing though?  Why is that even important especially if you don’t care about sports?  Well, let me tell you a little story.  A couple of years ago my Uncle talked me into playing on a co-ed soccer league in Memphis.  At the time I had lost a bunch of weight, and was in pretty good shape.  I think I had ran a couple of marathons or something at the time and was going to CrossFit Memphis probably 5 times a week.  I didn’t know anything about Soccer, and while I was reluctant to play I remembered that I should “regularly learn and play new sports.”  So I did it.  It was awful.  I was horrible at it.  I wasn’t horrible at it because I was out of shape or because I couldn’t run.  I was more fit than pretty much anyone else on my team.  I just didn’t know the rules.  I hadn’t played Soccer since I was in 6th grade, and my teammates continually got super frustrated with me because I didn’t know what I was doing.  I made it through the season, and I never went back.  So what’s the point of this story?  The point is that when I was fat and lazy I would never have made it through one game of Soccer.  I would have passed out 5 minutes into the game.  Now that I’m in shape though, I can give it a legitimate shot.  I can pretty much try anything.  If I like it I can keep doing it.  If I don’t, I can quit.  The point is that now I’m fit enough to give it a go.  Whatever “it” may be.  Even if you don’t care about sports or being able to play them, you’ll learn something about yourself in the process.  So get out there and try something new with your newfound physical fitness!

See you in the gym soon!!


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