Archive for September, 2008

photo by Kjunstorm

The thing I love most about CrossFit is that it gets you thinking outside the box.

For example, don’t limit yourself to working out in the gym.  If you understand the principles of CrossFit, you can workout anywhere, with anything.

Coach once said that the main site WODs were just an example of CrossFit and this is a message I’ve taken to heart at CrossFIt Westcountry.

Yesterday was the first day off from work I’ve taken in a little while and I figured it was best to get away from anything that might tempt me into any form of work – so I headed for the beach for a surf.

The morning was good – nice swell and an offshore breeze to keep the waves clean.   The paddle outback was easy enough and the waves were perfect for getting back into the flow and chilling out in the water.

The afternoon however was a mess – just continuous white water and closed out waves.

I could have called it a day then, but as I figured my paddling endurance could use some work, decided an impromptu WOD was in order.

I spent the next 20minutes doing interval work in the water.

I let the waves dictate my rest periods by letting one wave pass by Eskimo Rolling and then paddling like fury until the next wave where I’d Roll again, let it pass and then rest to wait for the next wave where I’d Roll and paddle again.

Doing a workout like this is actually pretty knackering especially when each wave is pulling you back and you’re doing the best you can just to hold position in the water.

This was actually a really cool workout and left me feeling that the afternoon wasn’t a waste of time being in the water.

Be creative in your workouts – its worth it.

Whether you like it or not, the most efficient and effective way to get your nutrition on track is to weigh and measure what you’re putting in your mouth.

First you need to get set up with a FitDay account.  This is an awesome FREE nutrition and exercise log that allows you to input what you’ve eaten and it’ll do all the calorie and nutrient ratios for you.  Fantastic.

To be accurate though you need to know quantities – guess work won’t really cut it.  This is where a set of measuring cups and spoons is essential – a set of scales is also a good investment and you can get all three for under £5 ($10).  For me, one of the best investment returns ever.

Then all you do is use the measuring equipment to see how much of everything you’re eating and plug the numbers into Fitday.  If the numbers don’t mean anything to you, then you have a few choices:

  1. Drop us a line and if you’re local arrange a one-on-one consultation and we’ll get you on track.
  2. Sign up for our remote consultation service where we’ll communicate via email and find out everything about you so that we can get you on track.
  3. Do some research online about where your numbers should be.  The Zone is a good place to start and by using a calculator such as this one, you can find out what your protein requirement is and work from there.

Nutrition can be a bit of a minefield, but you can’t expect to get to where you want to be if you don’t know where you’re coming from.  Plug in the numbers, see what the current situation is and then if you need any help, drop us a line.