Monday 9/17

For time:
30/25 Row Calories
30 Hang Power Snatches, 95/65 lbs
30 Wall Balls, 20/14 lbs
300m Run

What does “Supplemental” mean, really?

I think the concept of “supplemental” gets lost in translation a lot of the time. When we say supplemental what we often think is a lot of extras. For example, supplemental programming. Or even supplemental nutrition. Now, as someone who has spent a lot of time and money on supplements and supplemental behavior, I can tell you now that supplemental should mean only light addition to what you’re doing or taking.

When I worked for a “Globo” gym, I probably spent $250 a month on powders, pills, protein snacks and other overpriced shiny-package things. A protein that was supposed to get me jacked or a caffeinated powder to get me pumped and vascular. And a slew of other heavily talked-up hype items.

Likewise, when I first came to CrossFit I found myself doing a ton of unnecessary extra work. Sometimes 3 and 4 mini workouts today. I know now that that’s absolutely ridiculous. In my head, all I could think of was “I have so many weaknesses. I need to fix all of them right this second!” Just like with my nutritional food items, in which I needed to get jacked and huge right now.

The truth of the matter is when it comes to your fitness and it comes to your food, it’s going to take time. You have to be diligent, you have to be smart and you have to keep it clean. Now, this isn’t to say that every bit of supplemental exercise is unwarranted or that every single nutritional supplement, say fish oil, for example, is unneeded or overhyped. It’s just important that you don’t try to do too much at one time. You also don’t want your supplementation to overshadow your important stuff like class or real food. If you want to get better at CrossFit keep coming to class. If you want to have a healthier body and also do better while you’re in class, eat nutritious foods in reasonable quantities that support your healthy lifestyle. Don’t cut calories simply to lose weight. Don’t eat 8,000 calories a day to bulk up. Don’t do 6 workouts a day trying to tackle every weakness at one time. Just trust your coaches, enjoy the journey and treat yourself right.

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Coach Calvin

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