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Learning to Keep the Shop Out of the Kitchen


Learning to Keep the Shop Out of the Kitchen

For time:
Run 1200 meters
63 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
36 Pull-ups
Run 800 meters
42 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
24 Pull-ups
Run 400 meters
21 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
12 Pull-ups

Graham Holmberg 16:59, Annie Thorisdottir 17:53. 

This was the second workout of the CrossFit Games.  The two fastest times are posted above.  Thoughts?

Quick - downtown - available for take out - AND PALEO! At The Cup on 15th and Pearl - order a Paleo breakfast (with bacon or sausage). We add a fruit cup and a coffee and enjoy every bite.

Making Your Kitchen and the Shop Two Separate Entities

In the past two weeks I’ve had a few people outside of Roots ask me how many calories are burned in an average CrossFit workout.  In both instances the question has caught me off-guard because I have no idea and don’t care to ever find out.  I realize that many Americans measure their progress in fitness and in health with calories burned.  It’s a natural thought process given TV shows, radio ads, internet sites, and workout machines that harp on how to burn more calories.  We do a long hard workout and we think it gives us a “free pass” to eat more that evening, we miss a workout and we think we need to watch how much we eat.


In the world of CrossFit what we do in the kitchen and what we do in the shop are two separate and vital components of one longterm plan for health and fitness.

Take a look at the CrossFit pyramid.  The foundation of it is nutrition.  This means that your efforts in the kitchen, out at restaurants, and on the go should not be swayed by the type, length of, or exercises in the day’s workout.

At the shop, we train for physical and neurological improvements and work to obtain a proficiency in each of the 10 General Skills.  In the kitchen, we eat for nourishment and longevity.

Training the mind to rethink its approach to food is no easy task; however, it starts with asking yourself the right questions when presented with the familiar situations.  At the forefront of your thought process should be the QUALITY of the food you are about to eat.  Does it promote health or stiphen improvement? Would it improve your blood results, or not?  Will it fuel my efforts in the shop tomorrow?  Thinking, “Would this make for more calorie intake than burn today?” is illogical, even if it is habit.

While the traditional (and scientifically bogus) thought process might be:
– Calculate calorie intake in a day
– Workout to burn adequate calories to make daily intake level “acceptable”
– Workout more to burn more calories after slip ups in the system
– Go crazy with a constant mind-numbing teeter totter of calories in and calories burned

Your thought process should be:
– Fuel your body with quality foods in the kitchen
– Use the sound nutrition to better performance in the shop
– Let better performance at the shop fuel a greater dedication to quality in the kitchen
– See the benefits of a complete health and fitness plan

We’ll leave you with CrossFit definition of World Class Fitness:


Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics:pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstands, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.  Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. ROUTINE IS THE ENEMY. Keep workouts short and intense.  Regularly learn and play new sports!

3 Responses

  1. Bones

    My wife and I logged our workouts/cycling for one month to help a friend with a contest/fund raiser. We logged them on the “Fitness Journal” website, and it actually has Crossfit as a category of exercise. However, it registers about 400 calories burned for a “crossfit” workout, which is ridiculous because each workout is so different (and that website calculates playing 9 holes of golf while RIDING IN A CART burning more – about 550 – calories?!?). We totally gave up caring about calories and just work out hard and eat well. Good advice, Nicole and Eric.

  2. Shane Upchurch

    That looks delicious.

    To add to the whole cal’s in, cal’s out thing; A calorie is a unit of energy. You can’t add or subtract two units of energy (calories), and magically end up with a unit of mass (lbs) on the other side of the equal sign. That’s like saying 3 miles – 2 miles = 1 gallon. There’s no correlation, so obviously there is something more going on inside our bodies.

    I put in a request at Spruce Confections for a Paleo breakfast as well, so keep your eyes open. Nicole’s idea.

  3. Tracy

    yes- well said! don’t over think it… just eat good food and play hard. its as simple as that.

    OMG- i am so excited for this workout…. how sick is that?? i might have to watch some replay action of kristan and annie going head-to-head on the kb swings… wooooot!