Wouldn’t it be nice to cut through all the complex controversy surrounding health and fitness?
Wouldn’t you love to have a simple plan that could get you amazing results?
What if you could boil down everything you need to know to put together an effective training and nutrition program and sum it up in only one paragraph?
In October 2002, Greg Glassman published the first CrossFit Journal article. On page one, he sums up “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”.
The CrossFit prescription was born.
If we take the word “CrossFit” out of the conversation and look at this essential roadmap for fitness, it’s tough to argue against. This short summary of what it takes to train for overall health is genius. It can be applied in infinite versions. It can be tweaked and tuned to meet the demands of any goal, any limitation, any individual.
You can get what you need by following this prescription while customizing it to your own enjoyment, lifestyle, and objectives.
It’s simple, elegant, and brutally effective.
In this short series, I’ll break down and expand upon each of the ideas presented here and show you just how you can apply them in your own life. Use these tools, and you will reach levels of fitness that would be otherwise elusive.
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words, By Greg Glassman:
■ 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.
Today we’ll look at that first bullet point, and see how we can apply it.
The Controversy of Nutrition
There’s a saying that goes something like this: If you want to get along with people, avoid talking about politics and religion.
These days, nutrition falls squarely in the middle category of controversial conversation. Headlines, clickbait, books, and my personal favorite – “studies”, are flooding the information age with misinformation. We get everything from dogma to mistakes, to outright lies fed to us.
Maybe it’s inevitable that nutrition is controversial. What we (ought to) eat has been discussed by religious leaders and philosophers from all walks of life. Most link it to our own physical well-being, some tie it to ethics and morality.
Modern science hasn’t been much better at teaching us. The latest study conflicts with the next one. Media outlets, striving for attention, twist the results and importance of research to create sexy headlines. And many experiments are done in isolation from variables, whereas our bodies are incredibly complex systems, widely diverse, and adapting to find equilibrium with our environments.
In other words…this is hard stuff.
I’ve boiled my nutrition philosophy down to two words:
Want more specifics?
Eat enough food.
Much of what we consume is not food. It’s processed, dried, boxed, and starched. It’s preserved, fortified, and modified. Stripped down and put back together into something that is no longer food. Or as Coach Glassman puts it:
“If it has a food label, it’s not food.”
For most of us, our fitness journey is off to a great start if we just stick to this simple idea. Eat real food. Of course, once you are on a good path you can dial that in for more specific results, focusing on locally sourced organic and wild game vs. “big agriculture” and mass-produced plants and animals. And even further still, you can dig deeper into managing specific nutrient ratios.
Getting some good counsel and experimenting with your own specific needs and results can be a lifelong journey. But I think the vast majority of us would benefit greatly with the very simple idea of only eating real food and avoiding anything that comes in a pre-packaged, processed form.
You can avoid the complexity and controversy of understanding food labels by avoiding them all together. Eat small meals of recognizable, whole, natural food. Keep it simple. Then fine-tune as you go.
When you’re ready to start dialing it in, here are some valuable resources for further guidance:
Or for a more customized approach to your learning, you can book a free no-sweat consultation with one of our coaches.
Stay tuned! In the next article, I’ll cover The Magic Of The Movements as we continue to break-down the 100 Words of Fitness.
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