You’ve made it a habit to come to class multiple times a week and made lifestyle changes to better your health. You spend an hour doing snatches, pull-ups, wall balls, and even voluntarily (sorta) do burpees in your workouts. Walking into a CrossFit gym and having a coach guide you along the way and hold you accountable made things way easier than trying to do it alone, right?
You know that you should eat more vegetables than cupcakes and that bacon probably isn’t the best protein option out there. You stopped eating fast food and ditched the soda for sparkling water. You’ve even done a nutrition challenge or two and seen the start of success. Yet despite this foundation of nutrition knowledge, and coming to the gym 5 days a week, you’ve yet to meet your goals and see the changes in your body that you’d like…sound familiar?
At Roots, we offer CrossFit AND we offer nutrition coaching. When individuals join a gym, they often see the value of a coach in class and can get behind the idea that personal training will help them to get a pull-up faster or learn a muscle-up. However, the value is somewhat lost in the nutrition piece. That’s unfortunate because, in reality, that’s where the bulk of the work (at least on a time measurement) must come from for anyone to find fitness AND health.
A good nutrition coach, like an excellent trainer, is invaluable. He or she can provide you with the information, tools, and confidence, you need to be successful now, and in the long run. It might surprise you to know that many of the coaches have worked 1-on-1 with a nutrition coach for anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (see Nicole, Eric, and Connor). Sure, we each know what we should do generally, but it’s hard to coach yourself, and an objective approach is often needed. We also each had personal and in-depth goals that required more than eating “well.”
Justin Lofranco at Morning Chalk Up said it best: “I think every athlete should work with a nutrition coach at least once in their life. It’s an eye-opening experience that will make you a more conscience eater and hopefully create some lifelong habits that will set you up for long term health for years, and isn’t that why we push ourselves through these workouts?” You can read more about his experience working with a nutrition coach here. It’s a good read and worth the time.
It should also be noted that big goals take big work – whether that’s losing 50 pounds or adding 5 pounds of muscle to an already lean frame – and a coach should be an obvious piece of the puzzle.
You can find a plethora of CrossFit nutrition coaches on the web or email us to schedule a 1-on-1 Nutrition Intro and learn more about our in-house nutrition coaching.