Lifestyle

Building a lifestyle of broad, general, and inclusive fitness through movement and nutrition.

Sleep and Fitness

“We’re teaching our players: Sleep is a weapon.” — Sam Ramsden, Dir. of Player Health and Performance, Seattle Seahawks

Have you ever thought of sleep as a secret weapon? Usually we just think that training longer or harder or fine tuning weaknesses will be the key to success. But sleep? Few can deny that sleep is a necessary part of maintaining optimal health. But especially for athletes, sleep proves to be a crucial element of success.

Why sleep?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) even goes as far as to classify insufficient sleep as a public health problem, as “an estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.”

Research shows that sleep (or lack thereof), especially for athletes, plays a vital role in overall physical and psychological functioning, specifically “reaction times and motor function, motivation, focus, stress regulation, muscle recovery, sprint performance, muscle glycogen, glucose metabolism, memory and learning, injury risk, illness rates, unwanted weight gain” (Fatigue...

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If you had to label our nutritional recommendations, I suppose that the Paleo diet aligns best. These are general guideline on how to eat, we realize everyone is different and modifications can be beneficial in certain scenarios. Below is a brief outline of a much larger conversation we'd love to have with you about your diet.

The Paleo diet consists mainly of: Meat (beef, pork, fish, fowl), vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, while omitting grains, legumes (beans) and dairy. Our bodies were designed to be fueled by foods that are not processed, modified, or changed in any way.

Thus, eat lean meats, nuts and seeds, vegetables, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Eat quantities to sustain energy levels and activity.

This statement generally leads to the calorie debate.

Calories… Let’s just get this off the table.

The current accepted philosophy surrounding obesity/weight gain is that individuals consume more calories than they are burning and thus gain weight. This is the calories in/calories out theory. You...

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The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is the largest fitness competition on Earth and an exciting showcase of the CrossFit community. Here, athletes like you, from all around the world, show up and push themselves further than they ever thought possible over a five-week period. Challenges, PRs and the unknown await. Learn more and register now.

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INGREDIENTS

7 oz. green and red cabbage

1 green onion

2 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. sesame oil

½ garlic clove

¼ tsp. chilli flakes

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Greg Glassman is a numbers guy. For that he thanks his father, a rocket scientist for Hughes Aircraft who was “always up my ass about science, data, and what science is and isn’t,” says Glassman, 62. Fitness, fatness, fraudulence, and what a stupendous mess the American health system is—they’re all just numbers and data sets, equations you can solve with a lot of sweat; a few knock-down, drag-outs; and big, disruptive ideas.

“There are at least 20,000 of you training in CrossFit boxes,” says Glassman, addressing 40 doctors inside an 8,000-square-foot barn nestled in central California’s farm country. It’s a diverse group—a neurologist from Boston, a trauma surgeon from San Francisco, an orthopedic surgeon from Jackson, Mississippi. Glassman is wearing jeans, graphic T-shirt, and backwards camouflage hat—that California-casual getup he rocks whether he’s on 60 Minutes,lecturing at Harvard, or meeting with politicans.

“Can we all agree something’s wrong with the health system?” he asks. The doctors lean in, sucked into the Glassman vortex. “Show of hands.”...

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