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East Dallas CrossFitCrossFit workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running) executed at high intensity. The workouts themselves are completely scalable, which means that a new participant and a CrossFit veteran can complete the same workout with changes in load and intensity. CrossFit workouts will deliver phenomenal fitness in and of themselves or as a compliment to your sport-specific training regime. If you're interested in joining us at East Dallas CrossFit for a free 1 on 1 intro session or free Saturday workout, click here for more details.
Want to get started at EDCF? Ready to hop into the Prep Course? The next one is this coming Monday, February 24th. Before you become a full member you will have to either go through the group (8 sessions) or private (6 sessions) prep course. These classes are designed to foster confidence and coordination with the main movements you will see in regular classes. Everything from an air squat to the olympic lifts is covered with an experienced coach. Sign up for the next one by clicking HERE!
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What is “Clean Eating”?
This post begins a series on performance & fat loss nutrition, which is commonly called “clean eating”. There’s a lot of debate regarding “clean eating”. Really, what does that mean? Are organic, grain-free pancakes “clean”? Is a broccoli head cooked with canola oil “not clean”? The phrase “clean eating” is ubiquitous, and I think most of us would consider it sort of confusing.
This humorous Jezebel post lists 89 actual scientific studies with completely different “results” about how to lose weight. I think it illustrates the total confusion most people experience around nutrition, exercise, and fat loss.
Here’s a clip:
“1. First of all, don’t work out.
2. Or, wait: Exercise. But not too much. If you’re doing intense exercise, then it’s time to exercise less.
3. But this thing called cardio is good.
4. And you should definitely do Zumba!
5. No, actually, you should do interval training.”
….and there are 84 more studies for you to peruse. You know, if you have the spare time.
How does one know how to eat or how to exercise? We have too many things going on to wade through all of the conflicting data. It’s overwhelming.
Here is the simple truth:
1) You should exercise. Specifically, you should do exercise that you you enjoy. This is because people adhere to exercise programs that they enjoy. You should also pick something that is effective. That’s another post for another day, but suffice it to say that Crossfit fits the bill. Crossfit methodology, specifically the way Crossfit is programmed at EDCF, engages all major muscle groups in a functional way, and also targets all energy pathways to produce a powerful physical response.
2) You should eat real foods; not processed junk. Choose foods with a lot of nutrients, and not a lot of calories. Eat to promote 1) optimal health and athletic performance and 2) to maximize lean muscle and minimize excess body fat. Broccoli is still better than paleo pancakes, even though they are both “paleo”.
Two of the most famous short summaries are as follows:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (Michael Pollan)
“Base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar.” (Greg Glassman)
A great way to define “clean eating” is this: eating in a way that favors athletic performance, health, and optimal body composition.
3) Quantity matters, both in exercise and food consumption. If you want to gain mass, you will need to be in a caloric surplus (eat more than you burn). If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to be in a caloric deficit (burn more than you eat.)
So, there you have it.
Exercise & Eat Whole Foods. Do both in the appropriate quantities.
Easier said than done, though.
Look for upcoming posts to answer questions like “How do I eat clean?” and “How much do I need to be eating?” We’ll go through all of the nitty gritty how-tos of making your clean eating dreams a reality. Hint: It’s easier than you think.
Want some additional motivation in your quest to become healthier? East Dallas Crossfit will be hosting a body composition challenge in March. You can win by coming to class consistently and eating well! Lose some fat, improve performance, and win a prize!
Want more? Check out these three posts!
EDCF Nutrition Part 2: Paleo Zone is the Way to Go!
EDCF Nutrition Part 3: The Easiest Path to Paleo Zone
EDCF Nutrition Part 4: One Week of Meal Prep
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The 2014 CrossFit Open is just a few weeks away. What does it mean to be part of the Open? The Open is composed of 5 workouts set over 5 weeks. You will have 5 days to complete each workout and send in your results under our Gym’s profile. The Open is for those of you ready and willing to test their fitness against others across the globe. It’s an opportunity for you to gain an appreciation for your strengths, weaknesses and mental toughness.
The first Open workout will be released on Thursday, Feb. 27. The fifth and final Open workout will be released five weeks later on Thursday, March 27. Athletes will have from Thursday evening until Monday evening to do the workout and submit their scores.
It is recommended that only athletes comfortable with RX weights and movements sign up. There will be a chance every week for our entire community to experience each workout as it will be part of our normal programming. There will be scaling options of course! On the fence about signing up? Ask a coach to see if it is right for you.
The workouts will be on each Friday at the gym. The 6:30pm class will be put on hold for these 5 weeks as this time will give those athletes who’ve signed up for the Open a chance to complete the workout with a judge. If you are not interested in officially signing up please plan on attending and supporting those athletes who are. Please come and hang out, judge, cheer and make the atmosphere all around awesome for those competing.
Interested? Sign up HERE.
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