Ok, this is just a test. I’m just feeling this new thing out. I figured if I’m paying for a website/blog, I need more than just a little Monday Motivation and some stories every now and then. And TBH, I’ve been such a slacker with recipees. It’s not that I’m over them. I usually just forget to take good pictures of my food, and that is important! And when it comes down to it, most of us humans know some good options when it comes to WHAT to eat. We just have a hard time implementing WHAT we do know because we are unaware of just how important it is!
Before we get started, I want to be clear. I am not a nutritionist. And more than that, I haven’t put in the grueling hours or practice to become a “dietitian” either. BUT I want to help people (and in the process, help myself) with nutrition! I am always learning. I’m at the gym coaching, training others, working out, or maybe even hanging out every morning and every evening. It’s fun. But I also have a couple of hours in the middle of the day, most days to read and try and learn a thing or two. This of course comes after I make sure I’ve had food, and the kitchen is clean, and laundry is folded and done. It’s a tough life, but I guess someone has to do it!
I guess the above is kinda like a disclaimer. Maybe I’ll use it for every post. Or maybe I should think a little harder about it and make it sound a little more official.
In a nutshell, this is just me trying to get the conversation started each week about nutrition. Please don’t hesitate to shoot me some feedback. I’m always learning. Most of what I want to share with you about involves things I am currently reading or listening to. It’s a free resource, if you will. If you are a coach or some sort of trainer (especially in CrossFit world) this is probably old news for you.
BUT as a coach, there are REAL PEOPLE out there…clients that are right in front of us. These ambitious people want our help to make their life the BEST it can be. It’s not our job to know all the answers, BUT it is our job to find out and share what we do know. That is what I am passionate about.
Now that we’ve gotten THAT out of the way… let’s move on to what I want to talk about today.
And that is this (not so little) pyramid:
This is called the Theoretical Hierarchy of the Development of an Athlete. It’s a big deal. “The logical flow is from molecular foundations to cardiovascular sufficiency, body control, external object control, and ultimately mastery and application.” (Greg Glassman).
In basic words, that means it is here to show the progression, or development of a person as they start on their fitness journey. It starts with what we are consuming— FUEL, if you will (nutrition). It then moves to how we are able to function in just simply moving. This can be as simple as ‘can you go walk a mile around your neighborhood without a struggle?’ (metabolic conditioning). It then moves to how well we are able to control our own bodies (gymnastics). It then moves up to how we can control objects given to us (weightlifting and throwing). It is topped off with application (sport).
Like any other learning or demonstrative pyramid, the bottom is meant to be the foundation. Think of it as the part that holds everything else up. If it crumbles, the whole thing (aka your fitness) comes crashing down.
To sum it all up….Nutrition is important. It should be implemented in any fitness exercise program you are thinking about starting. And this time frame should happen immediately upon starting if you want to experience long term results.
At CFEC (the gym I coach at) clients get a free nutrition consultation when they sign up and go through Foundations. Coaches are always pretty helpful to answer questions as well. My health has changed drastically since I started CrossFit 5 years ago (I cannot believe it’s been that long!). Many of those changes happened before I was coaching, just because I asked my coaches questions on how I could eat better. However, I didn’t implement some of what I learned until a couple of years ago! I’m not perfect or anything. I like to have a good time in social situations, and sometimes that involves tacos, gin and gingerales, and the occasional bowl of ice cream. BUT, I have a strong foundation when it comes to nutrition, and I owe most of that to what I’ve learned from others in the gym, or what I’ve read myself in order to help others.
Pretty simple, right?
There’s a lot more to it, so come back next week, and the following weeks for more Nutrition Tip Tuesdays. I want to talk about all the basics – the benefits of each macronutrient (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) – how each one benefits you in the gym and outside of the gym…to weighing, measuring, and tracking your food… to nutrient timing…and all kinds of other random, helpful, simple tidbits.
If there’s anything you want to chat about, shoot me a message. And as always, I’d love to keep this convo going outside of here, in the gym, social media, or wherever, so don’t be scared to ask.