Eat To Compete


I’ve heard the questions over and over again in our box: What exactly SHOULD I eat as an active individual who’s dedicated to increasing fitness and lean body mass? We all have our own personal opinions, advice and anecdotes. But what do the elite athletes who compete at the CrossFit Games think about nutrition?

Here’s your chance to find out. At the 2009 CrossFit Games, a “man-on-the-street” poll was conducted to get a sense of what these strong, healthy competitors, as well as various other members of the CrossFit community, use as their fuel of choice.

Check out their personal opinions:

A lot of what these athletes said here rings some familiar bells, I’m sure.  But as you can see, each individual has a personal twist on what works for them, despite coming from within a similar framework.  What do all you Zoners think about the opinions expressed here?  Let us know.  And in the meantime, keep on experimenting to find what feels the best for YOUR body!

Today’s Workout:

Buy-in: 3 rounds of – 8 ring rows, 20 jumping jacks, 8 walking lunges, 8 thrusters (bar only)

WOD:  Pullup Fiction

This WOD has two parts – combine both for your overall score

Part 1 – 5 x 1 pullups/chinups

  • add weight via db’s or weight plates (build up over sets)
  • use bands for assistance if necessary (red small = -25, blue med = -50, green = -75)
  • strict pullups/chinups – no kip
  • add your bodyweight to the weight you used (or subtract the band assistance from your bodyweight if you used one) for your score (i.e. 190 + 70 = 260, 150 – 50 (blue band) = 100

Part 2 – Tabata Pullup – Situp

  • 8 intervals each of pullups and situps in alternating fashion
  • 20s pullups, 10s rest, 20s situps, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds
  • Total reps count

Zone 2 – assisted pullups

Zone 1 – scale as needed

Add your best weight for 2 reps in the first part to your rep total in the second part for your overall score!

Cash-Out: Lacrosse ball trigger point – mess around in your upper back and behind your shoulders, search for the sore bits!!


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