The essence of hardcore training makes one do dedicated and routine steps to achieve not only the perfect body but the lifestyle to maintain this. The founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, gave a technical meaning of fitness—that also serves as his philosophy for creating the brand. Fitness, he says, is an “increased capacity across broad times and modal domains” which coincides with the slogan for CrossFit, which is the sport of fitness. (CrossFit) In a conventional speak of fitness; it essentially calls for a person to motivate the body into being active.

The diet of CrossFit could be as challenging as its food plan. In its 2004 CrossFit Journal, the workout regimen had recommended a prescribed a nutritional food intake called zone meals. It is derived from the Zone Diet, created by Barry Sears. CrossFit gives us several criteria in establishing whether a person is fit. These come in ten physical skills: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, strength, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy—all of which are found in different sports. (Kamb)

CrossFit is engaging and comes with combining the highlights of various warm-ups and sports techniques to target body areas that would create an ideal physique based on the workout. Hence, the diet also contributes to this goal. Zone meals promise to “amplify the effects of the cross-fit regimen.” (2004) Foods in the Zone diet are reduced to blocks.

A block is defined as the unit of measure that constitutes having proportioned meals. Blocks per meal are created with equal ratios of protein (40%), carbohydrate (30%) and fat (30%). The number of blocks per meal is determined by the sex and body type of the athlete. (CrossFit Journal, 2004) Browsing through the zone meals, we observed that nutrients consist of fresh fruit and vegetable and cheese, preferably in its raw form.

Proteins such as egg whites and meats are cooked while fat can be ingested separately (like peanut butter) or as a topping. Most natural foods are vegetables and fruits.  The logic behind including raw food in a zone diet to protect the body against nutrient deficiency—provided that the food is organic which means that no pesticides, no homogenized, industrial solvents, and food additives.

The Journal gives you an equivalent of blocks to food which you can combine for the desired figure and flavor for the food that you would want to eat, specifying whether it be cooked or raw. There is no issue of having bland food because the rubric gives you the option of combining your desired meat, dairy, fruit, and fat that you want provided that it is limited to your respective blocks. (CrossFit Journal, 2004)

The variety of workouts would depend on what you can do although classes usually follow subsections—instructors may ask you to do the nine (9) foundational movements of CrossFit: deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, clean, squat, front squat, overhead squat, press, push press and jerk. (Kamb) It’s safe to say that it is similar to weightlifting, without the needed equipment. CrossFit involves groups of people and the daily convenience of a gym. So in preparation, make sure to be comfortable in gym clothing mainly knee wraps for squats and repetitions. Powerlifting clothing can also be great as it allows skin to breathe. Activity plus a healthy diet makes fitness. Apparently, CrossFit goes one step higher.

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