With thousands of CrossFit gyms around the world and hundreds of thousands following the program you can be sure that there are a lot of passionate people out there. Resources for the CrossFitter are endless, whether you’re looking for information on diet, cooking strategies, how to pull a clean off the floor or how to assemble a gym in your garage, it’s our goal to make this page a landing space for all of the best of CrossFit information. Check in with this page often as we’ll do everything we can to continue to update it’s archives.
What is CrossFit?
“CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.” Read the rest of What is CrossFit? HERE on CrossFit.com. or Watch What is CrossFit? Here
“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.” – by Greg Glassman (Founder of CrossFit)
Watch World Class Fitness in 100 Words. Here by CrossFit.com.
What is Paleo?
In a nutshell, the Paleo diet is based on the notion that for optimal health, modern humans should go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that are more healthful than harmful to our bodies. Over the past 200,000 years, humans have biologically adapted best to whole foods: plants, meat, seafood—all of them packed with the nutrients our bodies evolved to thrive on.
The core tenets of ancestral eating remain the same:
• Eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Prioritize grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts, and seeds in moderation.
• Avoid foods that will harm us by causing systemic inflammation, wrecking our guts, or derailing our natural metabolic processes. Abstain from toxic, pro-inflammatory foods like gluten-containing grains, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and the laboratory-concocted Frankenfoods found in the middle aisles of your neighborhood supermarket.
*From Nom Nom Paleo.
What is Zone?
The Zone diet is primarily concerned with controlling your hormones. Hormonal balance affects all important components of your wellness: body composition, energy utilization, blood chemistry, and much more. It’s a diet balanced in:
• Protein (lean, natural meats are preferred)
• Carbohydrates (mostly low glycemic-load fruits and vegetables)
• Fat (one of the most important macronutrients!)
With the right balance of these macronutrients, you can control three major hormones generated by the human diet – insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids.
Insulin – A storage hormone. Excess insulin makes you fat and keeps you fat. It also accelerates silent inflammation.
Glucagon – A mobilization hormone that tells the body to release stored carbohydrates at a steady rate, leading to stabilized blood sugar levels. This is key for optimal mental and physical performance.
Eicosanoids – These are the hormones that ultimately control silent inflammation. They are also master hormones that indirectly orchestrate a vast array of other hormonal systems in your body.
*From CrossFit Impulse.
Read the CrossFit Zone HERE by CrossFit.com journal.
Food: Recipes and Useful Websites
– Fit Foods: Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops (Paleo)
– Fit Foods: Charred Chicken
– Fit Foods: Bell Pepper Sammies
– Fit Foods: Whole Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables
– Fit Foods: Cast Iron Cookery
– Fit Foods: Paleo Lunch – Chicken Salad
– Fit Foods: Paleo Breakfast
– Steve Paleo (Great recipes by a serious CrossFit athlete)
– Everyday Paleo
– Zone Diet Recipes (long list of recipes for Zoners)
– Steve’s Original Paleo Kits
– Paleo Treats
– The Paleo Solution – Robb Wolf
– Performance Menu, Greg Everett, Catalyst Athletics
– Lean Gains
– Mark’s Daily Apple
– Dr Barry Sears, Mastering The Zone
– Dan Benardot, Advanced Sports Nutrition, Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, 2006
– Gary Taubes, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Knopf, New York, NY, 2006
– Loren Cordain Ph.D., and Joe Friel M.S., The Paleo Diet for Athletes, Rodale Books 2005
– Pat O’Shea, Quantum Strength & Fitness, Patrick’s Books, Corvallis, OR, 1996 & 2000
– Michael Yessis, Secrets of Soviet Sports Fitness & Training, Collins Publishers, 1987
– John Jesse, Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia, The Athletic Press, 1974
– Thomas Baechle and Roger W. Earle, Ed. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning Human Kinetcs, 3rd ed. 2008
– Louie Simmons, various training articles, Westside Barbell
– Dan John, Never Let Go On Target, Santa Cruz, CA 2009
– Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore, Starting Strength (2nd edition), The Aasgaard Company; 2nd edition (October 21, 2007)
– Greg Everett, Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches Catalyst Athletics; Second edition (September 25, 2009)
– Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy, Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1ST edition (June 1, 2009)
– Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Ohara Publications, 1975
– Brad Alan Lewis, Assault on Lake Casitas, Shark Press & JL Designs, 2005
– Graem Sims, Why Die? (Percy Cerutty biography), Lothian Books, AU, 2003
– Hutton, Richard; Hoppenfeld, Stanley, Md, Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities
– Peggy Houglum, Therapeutic Exercise for Musculoskeletal Injuries
– Florence Kendall, Elizabeth Kendall McCreary, Muscles: Testing and Function