Month: November 2017
Be the Best Me, by Eric Elliott
If you haven’t already, you should sign up for the Snow Slam this December. Let’s get that out of the way immediately.
I know, I know, competition is this crazy thing that only the few among CrossFit athletes are suited for and they’re the ones who go south each Summer to showcase their skills. We might even know one of these people eh? 😉
But what if I told you that competition is for absolutely everyone. Everyone. Now let me start by saying that I’m someone who’s competed all my life outside of CrossFit so when it came time to sign up for my first CrossFit competition, the Open, you didn’t exactly have to twist my leg to do it. I’ve loved the competitive side of life and sports since I was old enough to skate on a hockey rink or throw a baseball.
For many though, competing carries a much different meaning than I often give it credit for. It can be intimidating. It can mean putting yourself out there. Heck, in a lot of cases, it can mean failure and embarrassment (both of which I’ve been a part of and will be again in the future). But it doesn’t have to.
Merriam-Webster defines “compete,” as “to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (such as position, profit, or a prize) :be in a state of rivalry.” Let’s break that down for a second.
Each morning, afternoon or night, you walk through the doors of Endeavor Fitness CONSCIOUSLY or UNCONSCIOUSLY pursuing an objective. You do. For most people that objective is to sustain or create a healthy, sustainable body or maybe even a more improved physique. You compete for that every single day; however, we often don’t think of that as competing because the obstacles (or competitors) in our way are not physical people and thus don’t fit with the socially acceptable definition of competition of, ‘me against the world.’
Thinking of it this way then, the Snow Slam is exactly the same thing. The only difference then is the meaning we attach to the word competing inside the walls of a competition like this, in-house or at the CrossFit Games. And this mindset is extremely important, even for the people like 2015 & 2016 CrossFit Games competitor Katrin Davidsdottir who said during an interview, “I really work to make sure that when I’m on the competition court at the CrossFit Games or any competition, I’m the best version of myself…then I know I’ve done everything I could.”
Notice she never mentions comparing herself to others, her placing in the competition or a variety of other factors beyond her control. It’s simply herself. Finding the best version of Katrin Davidsdottir.
So when it comes to signing up at the Snow Slam next month, don’t think of it as trying to beat the other team or finishing first or even, not finishing last. Instead think of competing to be the best version of yourself.
While you’re at it, we can all have ourselves a little fun.
Have enough of your kid’s Halloween Candy yet? From Mars Bars, Snickers, Licorice, and any other hard candy, it is fun to enjoy yourself every once in a while but there’s no doubt about that we need to get back to some sort of reality at the end of the day.
That’s why the great team at Endeavour Fitness is teaming up to bring you a nutrition challenge before the end of the year, hoping that you aren’t one of the MILLIONS of people across the globe who wake up on January 1 and make the half-hearted commitment to “lose weight” or “get their nutrition under control.”
Starting on November 6, you and a friend can join the BADASS WITH A BUDDY CHALLENGE that will take you through some gruelling fat-burning workouts between three and five times per week aimed at making you look the way you want to look and feel the way you want to feel so that when that relative sees you over the holidays this winter, you don’t have to bury your body inside that thick sweater, you can show it off like a brand-new sports car.
Of course, all of this sounds pretty easy if we were just reading about it. In fact, if people could read themselves to a perfect, chiseled physique, North America probably wouldn’t be dealing with an obesity epidemic and we would all be walking around with six-packs and perfect figures. Nutrition can be incredibly hard, but, the best part about it, is that it doesn’t have to be.
And I get it. With so much conflicting advice ranging from the paleo diet, the Whole 30, Ketogenic, High-Protein, If it Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), it can all seem like you’re drowning without a reason to try to swim to the top of this mess.
At Endeavour, during this nutritional challenge, we’re going to make this very simple for you. At the gym, we’re going to get you working and by the time you’re making those abs in the kitchen it will be very simple for you and the results will leave you beaming.
Our methodology is centered around a ketogenic approach with a hitch. For 14 days, we’re going to take a dive into the ketogenic approach so that your body can become “fat adapted” burning fat as its energy source before implementing a refeed to help with those taxing workouts that will leave you with the best results.
For those not familiar with the ketogenic diet, the idea is to eat high fat and protein with very little carbohydrates, when it comes to macronutrient breakdown. For those who love bacon, red meats, cheese and butter then this should be pretty easy for you. All you have to do is cut out those high starchy carbohydrate foods (rice, bread, basically any sugar), which, if anyone has tried to do, is not simple. Yes, even when it comes to fruits, you will have to cut those out as well as your body treats them as sugar (despite what the Canada Food Guide may tell you) and will ultimately prevent you from meeting your nutritional and physique goals.
So what does your diet look like on a daily basis?
It means that yes, you’re still going to get some of those carbohydrates in, but it will come in the form of higher in fibre and micronutrients such as vegetables rather than starchy and sugar loaded carbohydrates which will spike your insulin levels and make it harder to unearth that magnificent physique we’re all after.
Don’t worry, we’re not saying this is going to be a permanent thing. You will get a chance to eat more of those carbohydrates you crave beyond that 10-day period but for the first bit, we have to shock your metabolism and wake it up to the transformation you’re about to undergo.
The thing about this is that it’s not going to be easy. Any time you change your routine, be it your morning cup of coffee, what time you wake up or what you’re putting into your body, your body is going to revolt. Your body hates change like you all hate burpees.
But, at the end of the day, most of you have come to realize, ‘hey, maybe there’s a reason we’re doing burpees after all.’