I am taking the CrossFit Level 1 Certification training in July so was studying up to find out more about their methodology and approach. I would say I was fascinated by the power, agility, strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, and specifically the applicability of the all the skills in a broad range of every day tasks and ability to perform a variety of athletic challenges. And that always interested me – I train with the same goal on mind. It is only a natural fit.
I will admit I used to think and be part of the many (unfortunately) who though that CrossFit it is not safe. But, I went back and did research. I saw coach Mark Rippetoe teaching it. I think he is fantastic. I’ve learned my squat and dead-lift from his videos and books. I was sold on the approach and training the moment I’ve learned about the people who were behind the scenes. I’ve looked at their technique, style, methodology, and it is solid. And I truly believe that it falls on trainers and clients to set and know their limitations which can be eventually no more but until then stick to the training program and progression which are outlined very well in the guide and in the online CrossFit journal if you need pointers on technique or have any questions.
But there is one thing that I am not understanding. I am a little conflicted on diet. Before I say anything I would like to say that I’ve tried a lot of short cuts and different diets before: low fat, low cal, low carb, high protein, cabbage, all vegetable fasts, and etc. You name it I tried it. And yes – I can lie and say I did not try but I was young and was expecting a magic pill that will come and rescue a damsel in distress – I tried fat burners and energy stimulants and they gave me headaches and jitters and I had to give them up after few days of trying because I could not handle the side effect. Thus, through trial and errors I have learned that the old fashion way of moderation and clean nurturing food nothing yield the best result where my mood swing stopped, I am not irritable or as sensitive, my skin cleared up, and my weight came of easily and effortlessly. If you consider cooking hard then it is not easy 🙂 good for me I love to cook.
Well, going back to CrossFit nutritional breakdown. On their chart as I am eating today I eat more then a requirement for an athletic well muscled man or 25 blocks (about 2000 calories) of nutrient requirements. Mine is about 28 on average not that I am getting ready for competition or 30-32 when I am not. My POP Nutrition Lifestyle approach is 20 % fat, 30 protein, and 50% carbs (quality) with 90% fresh produce and lean meat and home cooked meals, and as little packages food as possible unless we ate talking eggs, olive oil, or milk so that comes up to about 10%. CrossFit is using 30 % fat, 40 % protein, and 40 % carbs – not that far off of mine. A bit high on fat though for my taste- and I am by no means against fat I think it is absolutely essential for proper body function bu that is not what stumped me.
The main thing is I will be starving if I eat 14 blocks of food for athletic well muscled female, which is about 1400 calories. I will not have any energy. If I go below 2000 calories when I have a had day of working out I will be famished. 2300 is a standard for me – granted I am maintaining my weight while building lean muscle. I eat a bit less on my days off and about 10-15% more when I workout. If anyone took the certification or has any insight into why it is so low your feedback is greatly appreciated. I really would like to understand why so few calories. The only answer I can come up with is that the majority of the US population is overweight and de-conditioned so that is build into the approach.
Let me know what you think.
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