Do We Even CrossFit?

Do we even do CrossFit? 

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately and struggling to to find the right answer. Do we program workouts with the CrossFit philosophy? Yes. Are the WODs “constantly varied, functional movements, done at a high intensity?” Absolutely. 

People are getting stronger, more mobile and moving better in their everyday life and it’s amazing. But I keep wondering… are we doing CrossFit?

In October, 2002 CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman wrote in an article entitled, “What is fitness?” that fitness in 100 words is: 

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.

I recently heard a podcast interview with Greg Glassman in which he mentioned that if we as affiliate owners and CrossFit Certified coaches are promoting or accepting a diet that consists of high glycemic, high carbohydrate foods, then we have lost sight of the foundation of CrossFit and in his eyes, are not actually “doing CrossFit.”

I immediately thought about that first paragraph of the Fitness in 100 Words article above and how quickly we gloss over it. “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.” Isn't it interesting that nutrition comes before exercise?

Also, many of you may have seen a picture of the CrossFit Pyramid of Development (it’s on the back of one of my shirts). What’s on the base of the pyramid? What is the foundation of development in the eyes of CrossFit? You guessed it…. NUTRITION!

How did we so quickly lose sight of the foundation of CrossFit? How did we forget to first and foremost put an emphasis on NUTRITION? Because changing the way we eat is really hard! It’s more exciting to get your first rope climb than it is to spend your Sunday prepping your meals for the week.

I’ll ask the question again - do we even CrossFit? Some of us, yes. Some of us, no. Some of us, I’m not sure.

People’s lives are changing for the better at CrossFit Skyway. I truly believe that. But how much more could they change if they tried the CrossFit guidelines to nutrition?

If you are not putting your nutrition first or you feel lost and not sure where to start please come to our nutrition seminar this Saturday at 10:30 am and learn more about what healthy eating is all about. Also, sign up for our nutrition program starting next week. Invest in yourself and let our team of coaches support you in becoming the best YOU that you can be. You’re worth it.

Do you want to live a long, healthy life free of chronic disease? We want that for you too. Let us show you how.

I’m sorry that we didn't address this topic sooner. See you Saturday.


Steve Musha