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CrossFit - "The Foundation Is Nutrition"

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Combining the CrossFit training methodology with a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar brings "a jet stream of adaptation," says CrossFit founder Greg Glassman. In the pyramid Glassman created, nutrition is the foundation, with met-cons, gymnastics, weightlifting and throwing, and sport following. "Each level builds on the level below it," explains Nicole Carroll, director of certification. "If your nutrition sucks, these things will not be where they could be if it were more solid." Likewise, Glassman says CrossFit favors Barry Sears' Zone Diet "because it does give me accurate and precise prescription for caloric intake and, more importantly, the exact levels of macronutrient that I can start at." Likewise, trainers and coaches can make informed decisions on how to tweak an athlete's diet for improved performance, he says. CrossFit HQ trainer Pat Sherwood says nutrition isn't an either/or aspect of training. "It's not quality or quantity. It can and it should be both." 5min 14sec
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jump312 (24 days ago)
This video should be revisited
Z. Wilson (1 month ago)
Don't take nutrition advice from someone that looks like shit.
Large Coke (1 month ago)
lalman1337 (1 month ago)
good video !!!!!
Max Cardamon (2 months ago)
fuck greg glassman.
Joelle Graham (3 months ago)
I'm sorry but counting the carbs for a type one diabetic is very complicated to be honest carbs do turn into sugar one way or another.
Adam Waddington (3 months ago)
Whole food starches are extremely healthy. Sweet potato for example... one of the most nutritious foods available.
George Garner (5 months ago)
Zone diet is garbage the real deal is drugs no wonder so many people dislikes cross fit
Haris Dekanović - Dekan (5 months ago)
But what about vegans?
B BG (5 months ago)
And yet several of the Top CrossFit athletes eat GUMMY BEARS.... mmm interesting. Everything in moderation. Everybody knows what they should eat. It's not the knowing, but sticking to it, DOING IT.
TheYoyozo (5 months ago)
Thank you!
Sejdr (5 months ago)
Plant Based Whole Food Lifestyle FTW
Michael Campos (5 months ago)
i think i just got cancer after watching this VHS video and reading the comments.
Mikael Ouellet (7 months ago)
ⓋJaybuttsⓋ (7 months ago)
The only food in this video that doesn't cause cancer is the strawberries, the dude is nuking giant pile of processed meat which is proven to cause cancer in over 900 studies and drinking an aspartame cola, then only eats 3 of the strawberries, is this a joke? What a big disservice.
DANIEL PINA (8 months ago)
All the low carb advocators seem to be carrying a few extra pounds
DocAlpha1 (9 months ago)
Crossfit is NOT a religion.. stop it
Ed Ouston (10 months ago)
animal protein is the worst thing you can eat, animal products are the cause of inflammation that cause disease.
Tommielee Matthews (11 months ago)
Killian Senteno (1 year ago)
They discus nutrition and in their video you can see processed meat (which is a Group 1 Carcinogenic) in the same category as cigarettes. I'm a bit confused?
Haseeb Khan (1 year ago)
The guy talking with a grey tshirt has a can of diet coke on his desk 😂
iiF0Xii (1 year ago)
So beans aren't food? Quinoa isn't food? Brown rice isn't food!? These dummies don't knoe what they're talking about.
Brock Jensen (1 year ago)
mrmiyagi22 (1 year ago)
so quinoa and a bag of brown rice isn't food because they have labels with nutritional information?
Susan Neeley (7 months ago)
We learned about the diet program “sowo hope site” (Google it) by googling around for info in the weight-loss sites. In just a few days, I’ve lost greater than 12 lbs. It’s the best diet plan I’ve ever before seen and it sure works for me.
GERALD Mullen (1 year ago)
The world health organization has processed meats listed as category 1 carcinogens same a cigarettes and asbestos. Unprocessed meats category 2. It's not healthy and completely unnecessary in the diet.
magnus (1 year ago)
says the guy with the beer belly and a beer on his table - very authentic
Waheed Balushi (1 year ago)
hi guys im new in this stuff, the problem iam facing is i get hungry what is the substitute snack i can take. or should i avoid eating i not talking about main 3 meals which is breakfast , lunch & dinner
KCDise (1 year ago)
Shitty mellow background music
Don Casparov (1 year ago)
Whats with the strawberry's in a cup ? Haahah
Bradley Killen (1 year ago)
lol no sugar, as he loads on the strawberries... fuck me.
IamMilan Petrovic (1 year ago)
I liked before i even watched💪. Anyone else?
Walter Clayton (1 year ago)
Greg: "what causes heart disease is not dietary fat intake, but excessive consumption of carbohydrate." 4:30 This is a strong point that should be looked into and it is contrary to the documentary "What the health" which stresses that fat from meats is the biggest cause to heart disease.
Ron Cantwell (1 year ago)
LOL what is wrong with some of you people. Stay away from processed food and sugar. It's not rocket science. Here is a simple plain. If it has a list of ingredients don't eat it.
Re Mi (1 year ago)
My problem with this diet is the huge amount of meat (as a European, it's way way too much...!) and too little fruits. They are right to suggest no added sugar, no processed stuff and more veggies...but beyond that it's just not for me. Also, the right kind of bread (whole grain with no added crap, baked in a bakery) is very healthy.
The King (1 year ago)
what a bunch of bullshit ahahahha
Jedidiah87 (1 year ago)
Contrasting lay out what Greg Glassman said: Religion and the empirical science, does he hint something through this statement??
Caity Rose (1 year ago)
No offense, if you can sustain that good for you! But I'm sticking with my flexible dieting. Because it works for me.
papaGhurka (1 year ago)
Gary Taubes is a total clown. He likes 5% carbohydrates.
Spencer Carlson (1 year ago)
"Avoiding heart disease, death, and misery."
Kathryn Baker (1 year ago)
Wow this guy has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. Carbs don't cause heart disease, animal products/proteins and fats do! This is so inaccurate that I literally laughed
Kevin Towle (1 year ago)
Overweight people giving diet advice smh
Matthew Schlink (1 year ago)
Probably the best nutritional video I've seen on the internet
Alfonso Soto (1 year ago)
Watching this while I enjoy a bag of takis
Vitto (1 year ago)
Eat vegetables, nut and seeds, a lot of fruit, little sugar and NOT MEAT
California Native (1 year ago)
Greg is a douche
Denisse Gonzalez (1 year ago)
As a raw vegan , should I do crossfit?
What about vegan athetles??
Mendicant Bias (1 year ago)
I thought the foundation was gains?
Cam Bolten (1 year ago)
And then there's rich froning
Tank time (1 year ago)
quit eating sugar and bread.and drink only water. the end
kn Smith (5 months ago)
Tank time food turn into sugar
Anwar yoma (1 year ago)
Say that to Rich Froning, the dude is the fittest man alive and eats tons and tons of bullshit
the bushman (2 years ago)
Ha ha anyone else see at 2.15  the coke can and coke bottle on the table by the outta shape guy?  Arms behind head in classic display of arrogance .  Leaning back so you can look down your nose. Not inspiring.
Andross (2 years ago)
No the foundation is steroids. Everyone knows you Crossfit losers are on drugs. Your women look jacked like men....its disgusting
Jamie Lynn (2 years ago)
So it's not your cup of tea.. Don't do crossfit. Problem solved. I'm still wondering why someone with that opinion would watch a crossfit video...
Oceanview (2 years ago)
I totally believe in this.
Kodiak Bear (2 years ago)
Funny that most of the professional Athletes dont even nearly stick to these rules....
FluFF mallow (2 years ago)
all meat, vegetables and no sugar makes Jack a dull boy
DAMIAN XAVIER (2 years ago)
meat veggies clen tren
Shawn Michael (2 years ago)
Shit, i just got inspired to start this after eating a gas station burrito.
It's Mango Time (1 year ago)
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Francisco Gamez Arcaya (2 years ago)
If you train for marathons... You are supposed to have one energy gel every 45 minutes during long runs. Those gels are basically 100 calories (mostly sugar). Is that OK?
Hayden Davis (1 year ago)
considering your running such a great distance... I would assume that the sugar would be burned pretty quickly.
Audrey jensen (2 years ago)
LOTS OF FRUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pti Filou (2 years ago)
U can do it solo, u can do it solo... if you eat 54,3989809098 grams protein per days u can look like me. (But the advertising = shit = good morphology)
Ryan Deffley (2 years ago)
Fat loss is primarily about calorie deficit. Let's say that it takes 2500 calories per day to maintain your weight and you take in 2000 per day of carbs. You'll still lose 1lb a week. Now obviously you want a well rounded healthy diet where you consume junk food sparingly in moderation. But complex carbs are NOT the enemy. If you train like an athlete, they provide fuel for your body. Personally, I'm a fan of intermittent fasting.
James Marshall (2 years ago)
Yeah , lets take our advice from some out of shape , overweight guy....
Michel Roy (5 months ago)
what Glassman did was mix the koolaid the everyone drank
Michael Klipfel (9 months ago)
James Marshall if you notice the can on the table next to Greg is a Coors Light. Also, the dude behind the pulpit talking about nutrition and refined carbohydrates is drinking a Starbucks iced something. Consuming these things few and far between is not bad, consuming them while you're preaching about nutrition and health, a little ironic.
lali vasquez (2 years ago)
lmao right?
ricious (2 years ago)
Title "The Foundation is Nutrition", Thumbnail has bacon.
perliva (2 years ago)
The Quinoa I buy has a food label on it. Should I avoid it now?
Osbaldo Camacho (2 years ago)
you need your fiber too
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
veggies are full of fiber so are some fruits and you can still eat non gluten oats if you want or some starches like sweet potatoes
belacoz (2 years ago)
Old, fat guy - who has his hands on his hand like he's tired when he's only sitting on a chair and with terrible posture - is telling me what to eat for max energy/health? lol, ok. Grandpa can barely keep his eyes open
Joe Perez (2 years ago)
I am involved with crossfit, but this video sounds like cult shit. Everyone knows that they shouldn't eat ice cream and Twinkies every day. Having discipline to eat right most of the time is the key to success and don't let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong.
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
Having supreme discipline is what It's about in anything in life. Whether it comes to training, playing a sport, instrument at your job, at the university and so on. Usually many people suck at balancing. When they fall off they fall off fully and lose themselves. There are still many that know how to balance but that's not the majority unfortunately. I had a friend back when I was at the University of Michigan and he would party hardcore and be able to wake up go to class study for 7 hours and get A's. Me I wouldn't wake up on time and my grades would fall down so I had to stop partying days before school. It's like that with food with me to, If I slip up for 1-2 days I know what will happen.
chaui71 (2 years ago)
That's the rule I needed. "If it has a food label, it's not food". Thank you!
Tyler Sudden II (2 years ago)
Sorry but I will stick to ketogenic or Carb cycling.
Harpreet Singh (2 years ago)
what about canned beans like chickpeas and black beans I usually rinse out the goop
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
+Harpreet Singh No problem don't be afraid of those carbs I stated either, as long as your a active person you can consume them.
Harpreet Singh (2 years ago)
Thank you!
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
Don't get them from a can but rinsing them out sure does help. Usually they say to stay away from legumes. Beans,Lentils,Peanuts. Instead eat veggies and nuts like almonds, macadamian nuts and if you want carbs sweet potatoes, white potatoes. Gluten free oats are good. Just make sure not to eat too much carbs and starches, It's about balance, but I would stay away from refined carbs, processed foods, sugars, vegetable oils, gluten, dairy.
Robert C (2 years ago)
"If its got a food label on it, its not food" Even he knows that didn't make sense. last time I checked healthy food had labels on them. So plain meat that has a label is not food??? lol
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
I think we know what he meant
Steve Barrett (2 years ago)
Love that he has a Coors Light next to him!
Robert C (2 years ago)
+Steve Barrett Right.. lol. I'm thinking why should I listen to this guy about nutrition. hahaha
Lexington365 (2 years ago)
A good rule of thumb is to look at the people giving out the advice and more often than not the paleo/Atkins/zone cuntbags look like shit and the high carb low fat vegans look great. The fact every cell in your body is powered by sugar. So carb the fuck up and start fuelling your body on whole plant foods not cancer promoting and artery clogging animal foods.
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
Vegans look like there dying. I take a lot of paleo advice but I still have gluten free oats, sweet potatoes nothing wrong with that. Even white rice and white potatoes won't hurt after a workout. It's about not eating processed shit, refined carbs, sweets, junk food, and limiting sugar. Nothing wrong with Organic 90% grass fed beef that I EAT :) Neither the free range organic chicken & eggs that haven't been given antibiotics and hormones, wild salmon, lean turkey breast. Issue is most people won't pay the extra 5$ a pd for that stuff but will pay for there pop, chips, cookies, canned foods, processed meals, fast food and restaurants. It amazes me!
Danny Worters (2 years ago)
all guys lecturing about nutrition look in hella good shape.
3d86 (2 years ago)
I do love Crossfit's interpretation of diet, exercise programming, running technique.......it very much reminds me of religion
Hestia (2 years ago)
The best diet depends on the person. Some like paleo, some are vegan, some follow a bodybuilder type diet. If it works for them, it can work for you. But YOU have to try it, don't let other people decide for you.
Hestia (2 years ago)
+belacoz lol twinkies? Nice :D
belacoz (2 years ago)
+Hestia Exactly! It's like what I tell my cat... if you like twinkies over animal protein then that's what works for you. Don't let nature dictate whether you a carnivore or not... decide for yourself
Ulysses Perez (2 years ago)
Good carbs = energy, more energy = better workouts. Any good athlete would say so. Fuck paleo, eat to fuel the body.
kadijaish (2 years ago)
you Americans are funny. Your food tastes like shit. Vegetables like plastic, in industrial food is put a lot of sugar, portions are for like hungry lions. Best way is cooking for yourself. You dont have a habit to go for a walk, u sit all day... You are in zomby mode. Work, home, work, home and you wonder why are you the fattest nation in the world
Nijaz Mujkanovic (1 year ago)
kadijaish actually Mexico and England are fatter than the US.
Re Mi (1 year ago)
BrokenMikrofone Hahaha well trust me, a lot of countries are doing much better than the US financially and we are nowhere near as fat as Americans. It's all about cooking with real food and not eating insane portions like y'all do.
BrokenMikrofone (2 years ago)
Most countries are not fat, because they don't have the money for this much food.
PainterFRO (2 years ago)
+kadijaish You spelled Zombie wrong..
John Wineburg (2 years ago)
is that a Diet Coke on the counter??
Angela L (3 years ago)
Everyone keeps sayin he's drinking a coors light. I can't tell. The can is facing the other way. I don't drink coors light so I dont know.
Ocip (3 years ago)
This is completely misinformation; the world reowned antropologist from Dartmouth college, Nathaniel Dominy, PhD : "A mayority of calories for most hunger- gatherer societies came from plant-foods, not animal foods, thus humans might be more appropriately described as starchivores". The myths that human brain double in siza cause of eating meat doesnt have any proved. From the Asia continent to the Americas, Plant based was the source of their diet. There are top athlete eating like and they all said the same that they're more healthy and they're perfomances has been improved. Just look at Football pkayer David Carter 300 lb of plant strong
Whitley Blaine (2 years ago)
+Oriolis Cantalicio bruh you need to read The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman.
The physics channel (3 years ago)
This is why you join bodybuilding
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
Why so you can build up your forearms and calves? Not be able to run sprints, have vertical leap, be athletic? Eat a shit load of food and pig out?
Spencer Steele (3 years ago)
IMO meats, vegetabls, gluten free grains, fruits, and good oils and you're g2g. If it has more then one ingredient, probably shouldn't eat it.
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
That's my diet now. Lean Beef, Poultry (Chicken/Turkey), Fish (Salmon), Veggies, Low Fruit intake, Gluten free Oats, or bread, cook only with coconut oil, Eggs, Nuts & Seeds are minimum too, Sweet potatoes & White potatoes. Sometimes I have white rice but a conservative amount. Spices & Herbs rather than soy sauces ect. This is the way I feel everyone should be eating. They say Yogurt is healthy however I'm not sure.
Spencer Steele (3 years ago)
lol avoiding grains, good one
Wanderlust (3 years ago)
this is more of a motivational than an educational vid
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Sebastian Till (3 years ago)
_"What's causing heart disease is not dietary fat intake, but excessive consumption of carbohydrates."_ This is a clearly wrong statement that contradicts an overwhelming consensus of scientific research. Yes, higher sugar intake obviously correlates to cardiovascular disease rates, but this doesn't allow such a radical statement. I am not aware about a single study that has shown clearly that saturated fat is a better caloric source than moderately glycaemic carbohydrates, but of numerous who contradict to this.
12B0692 (1 year ago)
I refused to give up the idea that eating heavy vegetable was the way to go. Kept my training the same and finally agreed to a two week Keto diet with a friend. I kept it for 8 weeks and lost 25.4 lbs and am at 13% body fat now. I eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables and berries, but I'm a good 60-70% fats every day. I never believed this would work, but my BP improved, my cholesterol dropped, my triglycerides dropped...blood glucose dropped. I was always "healthy", but shit, now I am cut and muscular...and all I did was adopt a similar nutritional regime to this. No products, no pills, no gimmicks....so, I'm not selling anything. Give it 2 weeks and see if this is for you. I miss fruit and yogurt and oatmeal...but, those are special occasion foods now. Not part of my daily, weekly or even monthly nutrition. That's all....
steven hill (1 year ago)
Your missing the point. Its not talking about saturated fats, its talking about how most Americans eat waaaay too many shitty carbs.
Victoria Gorrin (1 year ago)
actually if you take a lot of carbohydrates you can get high tryglicerides wich can cause heart disease
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
I feel amazing. Meat, veggies, some fruit, some nuts and seeds, little legumes, starches like sweet potatoes, white potatoes won't kill you either. I still have gluten free oats and white rice at times. I just believe the idea is to not eat processed bullshit and reduce sugar and refined carb intake as much as possible. Just makes sense. So I guess I'm paleo but I mess with it a bit to make it less cult like and fit my needs.
Nolan Brackenrich (3 years ago)
if it doesnt have a nutrition label? What a moron.
Tyler Moreland (6 months ago)
I said the same thing
Éric Cloutier (3 years ago)
dude talking about nutrition and got a coorslight ..
Calallal (3 years ago)
why would having a paleo diet make you perform better at crossfit compared to other diets? i don't understand
nethdaniel552 (3 years ago)
all these people are beta's
Rusty Shackleford (3 years ago)
Reading through the comments, I'm SO GLAD that finally some people know the truth and are mentioning high carbs/high fruits instead of that much fat. Anyone who is currently following the advice from this video, please do yourself a favor and look into eating less fat and way more carbs. I eat 15 bananas a day, several potatoes/sweet potatoes, tons of vegetables, chick peas, a few organic eggs, and very little fat. So why do I still have a sixpack even though I'm eating that many bananas?
Kalin Melnyk (3 years ago)
+Rusty Shackleford because you're extremely skinny?
TurdFurgeson571 (3 years ago)
+Rusty Shackleford Because you have an output high enough such that it requires that kind of intake in order to be sustainable?
Kool Burn (3 years ago)
rich froning doesnt do this, its pretty hilarious. Instead he listens to his body. Ive heard he doesnt like much breads or pastas either.
Godbout121 1 (3 years ago)
What about post workout high glycemic carbohydrates?
Elisa Somebody (3 years ago)
I check the ingredients in everything I buy and try to keep it real with no additives. Like canned and frozen beans and corn and canned organic soup with no additives. How's that not real food? Just wonderin :P
Elisa Somebody (3 years ago)
Byron Pinn (3 years ago)
Am absolutely sold on Crossfit's approach to physical movement and nutritional programming for the pure and simple fact they have an army of monsters male and female, young and old as walking evidence of its efficiency. Bodybuilding and Fitness models of course have their hard working poster childs but nothing as overwhelmingly unanimous as Crossfit.
Manuelcr7 (3 years ago)
macronutrients are soooo irelevant! real food and enough calories are !
cabezon667 (3 years ago)
And why 'some fruit' and not 'a lot of fruit'?
Nicole Mckain (2 years ago)
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BAM DAM (2 years ago)
You don't have to keep eating a bunch of apples, strawberries, bananas see what happens lol
BAM DAM (2 years ago)
Peanut butter I hear is actually bad for you. Why doesn't paleo allow legumes anyway? Beans and lentils are healthy I thought.
Crypto Veteran (3 years ago)
Did anyone else notice that the people in this story weren't in good shape and didn't even look healthy. But yet they want you to follow their diet.

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