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Top Diets for CrossFit Athletes
There’s a lot of noise out there on diets. It’s easy to get lost in it! We’ll highlight the basics of some of the top diets CrossFit athletes follow.
CrossFit is known for cutting through all the nutritional and exercise “BS” and embracing what actually works. If you’re unfamiliar with the corrupt influences in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; CrossFit’s founder Greg Glassman has been waging a campaign to pull back the curtain. Large food companies have unfortunately misled the American public on the healthiness of sugar products and the effectiveness of the traditional Food Pyramid. Luckily for us, more and more health and nutrition pioneers are paving the way for healthy diets. Athletes tend to follow what works best.
With more free knowledge at our disposal, CrossFit athletes and coaches have identified and followed top diets that fuel performance, health, and are genuinely enjoyable. While many diets can definitely be a fad, we’ll cover the most common diets that CrossFit athletes routinely follow.
Fueling Elite Fitness: What Do Top CrossFit Athletes Eat?
Shannon Longfield Leaves Lupus and Medications Behind
A lot can change in a year. For Shannon Longfield, 365 days of discipline and hard work led to losing 98 pounds, eliminating 6 medications, and nearly eliminating Lupus symptoms.
In February 2017, Shannon entered Hellroaring CrossFit with stiff joints, difficulty doing basic movements, and uncertainty. She quickly found a warm community and an inspiring coach who championed her goals and desire to pursue a healthier life.
52 weeks later, and with tremendous discipline, Shannon went from being offered a handicap sticker to rediscovering her sense of adventure and training for a half marathon.
After 52 weeks of tremendous discipline and effort, Shannon has gone from being near-handicap to rediscovering her sense of outdoor adventure and training for a half-marathon.
Read Shannon’s inspirational interview below!
Samantha Thaxton finds CrossFit and Embraces Beauty in Strength
Samantha was 21 and obese. She avoided pictures and looking at herself in the mirror. First she started running, then doing workout videos, next she picked up a set of pink dumbbells, and finally; Samantha found a CrossFit video, titled "Beauty in Strength."
Inspired by the strong and fit female bodies seen in CrossFit, Samantha was immediately hooked. Her pink dumbbells were soon joined by kettlebells. Apartment workouts soon turned into garage gym and barbell workouts. Her fitness evolved from running to thrusters, snatches, and cleans.
And in spite of losing everything in the 2015 California Valley Fire and fighting through Endometriosis, Samantha has embraced CrossFit and discovered both her health and passion.
Read Samantha's full story here!
Alan Stengel Sheds 100 Pounds and Counting with CrossFit
About a year ago, Alan Stengel peaked at 320lbs. Lethargy, difficulty completing simple tasks, and random pains and anxiety constantly drained his energy.
Feeling trapped in his own body, Alan finally decided to make a change. Reuniting with some friends at an engagement party, he learned about CrossFit from a friend. With a little convincing, Alan did his first partner WOD and was immediately hooked.
In hardly 12 months, Alan has shed over 100 pounds and gotten into the best shape of his life. He is embracing his newfound health by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and money to fund college tuition for students in Kenya.
Read more of Alan's amazing journey below!
Abbey Pacolt Transforms Adversity into Strength with CrossFit
By 2016, Abbey had faced extreme adversity. She suffered the death of her best friend, weight gain, and losing her career as a firefighter. Sinking into a deep depression, she faced more life changes as the military moved her and her husband halfway across the US.
Nonetheless, she took it as a fresh start. During her daily work commute, she passed CrossFit Ergon. On April 26, 2016, Abbey made one of the best decisions of her life. She gathered the courage to make a change.
Read Abbey's full interview with WOD Fever below!