Workout of the Day (WOD)

Wednesday 9/24/14

Nutrition Challenges:  I often see other gyms posting about running a 30 day "nutrition" challenge at their local CrossFit gym. 30 Day Paleo Challenges are all the CrossFit rage. I never quite got the idea about a 30 day challenge. You change how you eat for 30 days and then you go back to eating the way you did before the challenge. What is the point? 

I guess having a "challenge" has it's benefits. If 50 people join a challenge, and one or two people make a permanent lifestyle change for the better, the challenge is a success. One could also learn something new about their nutrition choices that they were unaware of prior to the challenge. Education is the best way to learn about how to eat better for yourself, and nutrition challenges present the opportunity to present new ideas to gym members. For all those reasons, a nutritional challenge isn't such a bad idea.

Let's be honest. Most "challenges" are not successful because they are too drastic of a lifestyle change. You completely change the way you eat overnight. You do it for 30 days, the whole time missing everything that you ate before the challenge started. When 30 days is up, everyone gets together and pats each other on the back. Within hours, days or a few weeks, it's right back to where they were before the challenge started.

I have a challenge for you, but first, the educational part of the challenge. As a whole, you people that have been lurking around this blog and hanging out at CrossFit Interbay all have an idea on how to eat properly. A diet of more protein and fat rather than carbs. Eat more meat and veggies. Avoid bread, pasta, and grain products in general. STOP EATING CANDY, CAKE and ICE CREAM EVERYDAY OR EAT THAT STUFF EVERY TIME YOU GO OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Avoid refined sugar. If you eat something you know you shouldn't, eat it in moderation, enjoy it, and then get back on track!

So here is the challenge..... It's not a 30 day challenge. It's a lifestyle challenge. Pick something small and change it. Maybe you give up eating dessert everytime you go out to dinner. Maybe you stop eating a bagel with your coffee in the morning. Maybe you never eat a slice of pizza again. Maybe you cut back on your alcohol consumption. Pick something small, but something you know you can do. It's called taking baby steps. Learn to walk before you try and run.  We hear that term all the time but you need to practice it.

Grab some of your friends and compare your challenge to their challenge. Help each other and support each other. I will try and figure out a way we can share our challenges with one another. Maybe you can write to me what your challenge is, and I can post it on this site. Videos of people telling everyone what their challenge is might be pretty cool too. Let's figure out something that will make this challenge much more successful than your run of the mill "30 Day Paleo Challenge."

Ian competing at the Rainier Strongman Competition

Ian competing at the Rainier Strongman Competition

Shoulder Press
5 sets of 5 reps with your final set go for max reps @ 70-80% 1RM

Strength 2:
5 Minute EMOM
10 Thrusters (Mx 75/55, Rx 95/65, FB 115/75)
25 Double Unders

Strength 3:
10 Minute EMOM
1st 5 Minutes - 5 Strict Pull-Ups
2nd 5 Minutes- 10 Pull-Ups (Advanced people C2B)

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