Modern to Primal: My Evolution to Proper Nutrition and Elite Fitness


stepping out of my comfort zone and into elite fitness
July 27, 2009, 3:04 am
Filed under: CrossFit, Fitness
crossfit-girl-front-squat World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
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.
~Greg Glassman
My sister and I have decided to join a CrossFit gym in Minneapolis. I found out about the concept online while searching for strength training exercises. I visited the gym this past Friday and had a brief consultation with Tyler, the owner and lead trainer. He ran me through the philosophy and history behind CrossFit, as well as his own goals for the gym and my personal fitness goals. I was apparently supposed to get a workout in, but I didn’t realize it and didn’t bring any workout clothes. But that actually worked out well, because my sister and I are going to come back later this week and have our initial workout/consult together. We’re both really pumped for this, but at the same time, anxious. This is WAY out of either of our comfort zones, as neither one of us is what you would consider athletic. I told Tyler about my own hesitation, and he assured me that the culture at his gym is very laid-back and geared toward everyone being a team or family. His own business goals are to keep the overall client roster small to keep the intimate feel. Another interesting, and comforting element to his gym: there are no mirrors by design. Tyler says he doesn’t want his team focusing on how they look, but rather, how they perform. He stressed that he works his people hard and expects intensity-resulting in phenomenal strength and fitness. I could really see the passion in his eyes, and that made me excited to join his team of, as he calls it, “CrossFit athletes.”
I really can’t wait to get started!

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