In the pursuit of health and fitness, there is a paradigm that would tell us we are to look a certain way, eat a certain thing, fitness a certain way, and work out a certain amount of hours.
“I should have six-pack abs, defined quads, and popping biceps.”
“I should be able to snatch 200.”
“I never eat processed carbs - ever. If I do, I will instantly get fat.”
“CrossFit for life! It’s the only way to train.”
“How many hours did you train yesterday? Two? Well I barely got my four hours in...yeah, bad day. Probably didn’t do enough so now I definitely can’t have ice cream after dinner.”
You may laugh at this. You may scoff and claim that’s not you, but I can with almost 100% certainty, guarantee that at some point you’ve had a similar conversation with yourself (if not with others) along these very lines... and you may not even know you’re doing it.
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to discuss the question: How much? As a CrossFit and nutrition coach, I regularly find myself in conversations around quantity...
Training - how much?
Food - how much?
Protein - how much?
Sleep - how much?
Alcohol - how much?
Coffee - how much?
What I’m going to share with you over the next few weeks isn’t going to be new information. The answer to all of these questions, and any others you can think of is: It depends.
However, my hope is that I can lend some direction. To start that off, it’s important to know that what IT depends on is your goal(s). If I am prepping for a competition, my training and nutrition routine will (and should) look different than if I am trying to lose weight. If I am training for a triathlon, that looks different than if I am training for a CrossFit competition. If my goal is performance - I want to place at this race - and not just having fun, my training and my attitude is different.
Next week, I want you to come back to the table with a goal in mind. Take some time and think about it. Be serious, because the idea would be to carry this goal with you throughout the series so you can get your questions answered and start making strong steps in the right direction to achieve it. Next Friday, we will dive into how much training is appropriate for you based on you as an individual (everyone responds differently to the same stimulus), your goals and what you can do to dial it in so you can meet them.
I look forward to seeing you back!