This is a Pyramid. This is the pyramid that Greg Glasssman, founder of CrossFit, and his staff created for what fitness is built upon. I feel that this is a very good representation of fitness. Most people operate a majority of their efforts in only 1 of these levels. This may be a picture of what is MOST important to least important but I would rather you look at this from a time and effort standpoint. If something is not very important to us we tend to forget about it but you should not miss out on any of the above tiers.
Nutririton- Obviously you spend more time thinking about and partaking in eating than you do anything else on the pyramid. The problem is that even though we spend the most time on food, most of us lack the effort in controlling good nutrition. Remember nutrition includes anything that you consume through your mouth, veins, nose, any other way you may consume something. If you think you have your nutrition down really well and you snort cocaine you should probably think again. In reality there are a million different nutrition options out there. Your body, goals, and daily activity are the factors to consider when trying to determine what works for you. You have to give your body plenty of time to adjust to your eating and drinking habits. No, 1 week is not long enough I am talking a minimum of 1 month. We do challenges that many of you have participated in but then fall off. The purpose of 30 or 45 days is to get you started, not a start and stop point. You have to pick a way of eating, stick with it, then adjust after a couple months and continue to tweak it until you have it where you NEED it. My favorite comment from someone, “I don’t like vegetables” Hahaha, no shit! Nobody in their right mind likes a vegetable when you are considering a fucking Texas Road House dinner roll with cinnamon butter for the other option. Our society has HOOKED us up with fake sugar infested foods, so now you have to decide to break that addiction and eat the stuff that is not quite as appetizing. Have you ever heard an alcoholic choose NA beer and brag about how amazing it is? Or a cocaine addict brag about how much better snorting flour would be? Come on man, no shit eating vegetable is not nearly as appetizing as the other trash we can consume but it is the right choice. I am not going to go in on particular nutrition options as there are way too many to discuss. We have people on staff that you can contact to consult with you. Or, you can email me. Nutrition is going to be an important factor in how long you live.
Metabolic Conditioning – Those of you that want to “lose fat” from working out think you are giving effort in this level. What you are really doing is spending a lot of time here but lacking in the effort department. metabolic conditioning IS NOT cardio. Cardio is the most overused word in fitness. Getting my fat ass out of bed has a cardiovascular or “cardio” response. Metabolic conditioning is takes you pushing yourself into physical exhaustion. You know when your lungs burn and you can feel your heartbeat through out your body. That is how you improve your cardio respiratory system through “metabolic conditioning”. Guys there is a lot of literature out there that shows intensity as being the biggest factor in certain hormone release. This hormone release directly effects muscle growth and or fat loss. Time spent jogging countless miles is not the answer. By all means if you love to spend hours doing the same movement repeatedly then do so. you may see a little overtraining of the same tissue but it is still much better than the other 80% of our society that does Jack and Shit. Metabolic Conditioning will simply prolong your life and most certainly increase you quality of life as you age.
Gymanstics – Big people hate this. Small people love this. Tight people hate this. Flexible people love this. Guys, gymnastics simply refers to you moving your body through space without an external load. This does not mean you have to be able to do back flips, although that is a great goal, or ring hand stands. This simply means you BETTER get to the point that you can move your body through the ranges of motion that is necessary at least for daily living. How many people struggle with this? you wouldn’t believe it. Look around at a group of people next time you are in public, put your judging hat on and determine whether or not you think these people can sit down with out the use of there hands, jump to an object, or hang on an object. Obviously those are the most basic of gymnastics movements. Now further yourself to be active and able to “play” as an adult with children, zip your lips about “I could when I was a kid”, be able to. This is not a matter of living longer but I guarantee you this is going to effect the quality of your life as you age.
I think this is too long so I will discuss the other 2 tears next week.
What is the first thing you think about in the morning? The last thing you think about at night? Do you tend to think negative thoughts or positive ones? Lately I have had the tendency to dwell more on the negative…and it is exhausting! So I’m done with that. I just want to remind you all that you are in complete control of your thoughts and how you let them effect you. Whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, or anything else that is so consuming, you have all of the power in the world to make the choice on how you will let it affect you. I know this will offend some people, but I have dealt with my fair share of these issues so I feel every right to speak from my experience. When you wake up in the morning, make the choice to be happy with who you are and where you are at. You must be able to recognize when you are letting your thoughts get the best of you and not let them pull you under. Usually negative thoughts are selfish ones…let’s get over ourselves people!
Better yet, why don’t we all just try to focus more on the happiness of others rather than being so obsessed with what others will think of us. Don’t you want to be someone that people are excited to see when you walk into a room?? I can guarantee they won’t be excited to see you because you are skinny or rich or pretty. They are excited to see you because of the way you make them feel about themselves. I don’t mean that you shouldn’t take pride in your work or your appearance, but do not let these things become your identity. They could be gone at any second but you will still be the person that you are, whether people like you or not. Be someone people can like.