Why Is Nutrition So Important for the Sport of Fitness?

June 17, 2021 by
Credit and athlete: Meg Reardon

In the past few years, there has been an intense shift towards performance nutrition in the sport of CrossFit.

CrossFit as a training methodology has long promoted balanced nutrition. It is part of the L1 curriculum, and a great amount of focus has been placed on a low processed, whole foods based diet as the driver to a reversal of chronic disease.

CrossFit the sport has taken a slightly different approach. While food quality is still important, there is a new focus on food amounts both on a calorie and macronutrient level. Macro tracking is the new nutrition approach du jour for athletes, and to no one’s surprise, the community has followed close behind. Most athletes have someone helping them with their nutrition strategy daily and during competition. There are numerous companies that have emerged specializing in performance nutrition (including my own) that provide athletes and recreational CrossFitters with guidance on the best nutrition for their specific goals.

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