I’ve spent over 10000 hours training clients and over that time I’ve learned how important nutrition is not improving your health and achieving great results with your training. This is why I introduced nutrition challenges to CrossFit Chiltern. We started with the No BS (Booze, sugar) challenge and this coming year we’ll be adding at least 2 more into our annual calendar.
Now in theory an optimum nutrition programme is one which you can stick to forever. However for most of us forever seems a very long time! Which is why having a fixed start and end date seems a little more achievable. The other benefit of running a challenge is that you can create really strict and clear rules and because you have a fixed time period people are willing to test themselves to complete the challenge.
If I told someone to never drink again I probably wouldn’t get the desired result from that client but if I were to give a 30 day window then it makes it far more realistic.
The purpose of each challenge is to create new better habits amongst our members. A no booze challenge may not get people off alcohol forever but it may result in them replacing midweek drinks with a non-alcoholic alternative. Cutting out sugar may make people realise their reliance on it and help them find other snacking options. Running a challenge to eat more fruit and veg can create a whole new attitude to nutrition.
In addition people may discover that they get leaner, that they feel better and perform to a higher level. This will help them be committed to eating better to achieve results.
Stay tuned for the next challenge and actively participate. You’ll get a huge benefit from each one.