Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

A. Hang Power Clean


B. 5 Rounds:

12 Box Jumps (24/20)

6 Hang Power Cleans (135/95)


Open Highlights Video:


Ok, so the DLG challenge is all over. But does this mean healthy eating and good habits are forgotten and put aside? Of course not! The No-Bread challenge in October taught us that our diet does not need to revolve around eating empty carbohydrate foods. I know that personally I have eaten less bread in the last 6 months since the challenge than any other 6-month span. The main point of April's challenge was to get you eating dark leafy greens every day. Packed with nutrition, DLG's are just about the best thing you can feed yourself on a daily basis. Moving forward, we need to continue to seek them out, find good ways to prepare them and make them a staple in our diets.

The second goal moving forward is to continue buying and eating pasture raised products and wild caught seafood. Like eating organic food, pasture-raised products are not obscure, new way of eating; these methods are the NORMAL way of nature. Spraying chemicals on food and having cows eat grains is not what nature intended. Organic produce is both safer to eat and contain more nutrients. Pasture raised products contain more Omega-3 fats and less chemicals. Wild caught fish eat their natural sea vegetable diet and are not raised on farms and fed an unnatural diet of grains.

Finally, getting in the habit of taking a good fish oil supplement is critical to overall health. Remember, the SAD (standard american diet) diet is loaded with pro-inflammatory omega-6 fats. We need to swing that ratio back in our favor to between 3:1 or even 1:1.*  This habit will ensure that our heart stays healthy and that chronic inflammation can be controlled internally. Cholesterol has been the culprit of causing heart attacks for the last 20 years, but the more important factor is the level of chronic inflammation in the body from poor diet and a high carb/sugar intake. Omega 3's, alkaline water, fruits, and vegetables will set the body at a more alkaline, non-inflamed state.

We will have another nutrition challenge in June. It will be different than the past two challenges and I encourage everyone to participate. Diet is the foundation of health. It is not enough to show up at the gym 3 times per week and eat whatever you want. True results will only come when diet is combined with exercise. Don't pass these challenges up!

*The average american doet is said to be as high as 50:1