By Colin Farrell
Nutrition is a really, really tough subject, and the reasons for that are rather innumerable. For many people, what they eat, how much they eat, and when they eat are often a result of necessity. From that vantage point, it is often hard to hear that I need to be doing “X”, “Y”, or “Z” differently in terms of my nutrition because it sounds as though that someone (often, a relative stranger) is telling me I need to shift around major aspects of my life. It is because of this that nutrition often becomes a really personal matter, and thus a pretty charged subject.
With all of that being said, I once heard a quote from Coach Greg Glassman, vulgar and succinct as it may be, that very much put the issue in perspective for me (and I am paraphrasing a bit here):
If you had a Ferrari, would you piss in the gas tank?
I would ask the follow up question: if you had Ferrari, would you put anything less than highest grade fuel into the tank?
High octane fuel is expensive. Sometimes, you have to go out of your way to get just the right stuff. The vehicle is going to maybe require some more attention than a Honda Accord. All of this amounts to more time, money, and effort being put into the car.
But it’s a Ferrari. It deserves it.
We are all in possession of this incredible machine, one that should probably last 110 years if we treat it well. This machine is capable of far more than the nicest vehicle you can imagine. I did not start taking nutrition seriously, at all, until I had children. I quickly realized (as it became harder to get to the gym or get much rest) that if I eat well I sleep better, I feel better, what workouts I can squeeze in are more productive, and I look better. I know, I know, CrossFit is not supposed to be about aesthetics, but a large portion of why I work my ass off in the gym and try to eat well is so I can look good for my beautiful wife. Feel free to judge me.
Make the Ferrari a priority. It will pay you back 10-fold.
Been hammering away at the gym but your squat hasn’t gone up in 16 months? Fix your nutrition. Still can’t do a pull-up after 2 years of doing CrossFit? Fix your nutrition. Fran time has been stagnant for nearly a half-decade? Fix your nutrition.
Nutrition is as close to a cure-all as we are like to get. Will it fix everything or make all aspects of your fitness increase? Probably not, but it is 100% the place to start.
We are kicking off a month-long Nutrition Challenge at Potomac at 10:30am this coming Sunday (10/8) with Laura Pilchuk, of Noble Nutrition. For General Macronutrient Guidance, it costs $75. That’s less than $3/day for a nutritionist to help guide you for nearly a month on how to sort out what to eat, and how much of it to eat. For less than $5/day, she’ll supply you with Custom Macronutrient Guidance to really help you reach your goals.
We all know that working out is far more fun, productive, and easier when we have a bunch of our friends suffering alongside us. Eating well is hard enough as it is, don’t do it alone if you don’t have to. Please join us for the month leading up to the Holiday season, dial in your nutrition, and set yourself up for incredible success.
Please click here to sign up for the 2017 Fall Nutrition Challenge at Potomac.