CrossFit Releases New Nutrition Course
On Thursday, CrossFit LLC announced and released a course—The CrossFit Nutrition Course—an online program designed to teach the foundation of CrossFit’s nutrition recommendations “and makes them accessible and easily actionable so you can start seeing results.”
The details: The course costs $120 and includes seven 50-minute online classes that “take a deep dive into every aspect of nutrition, including information on chronic disease, insulin resistance, critical health markers, food quality and quantity, tactics to make implementation easy, supplements and more.”
- The course also includes a comprehensive nutrition and training guide and finishes with a 30-minute assessment.
- According to CrossFit, the course is suitable for those who are both new to CrossFit, for experienced athletes looking to further improve their health and performance, and for coaches or other health professionals who “want a deeper understanding of the role nutrition plays in helping your clients reach their goals.”
- Those with a current CrossFit trainer credential, such as the CrossFit Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3, will also receive seven continued education units (CEUs) that can be used toward maintaining their Level 3 credential.
Worth noting: While CrossFit hasn’t offered a nutrition course in the last decade, this isn’t the first time nutrition education has been part of their umbrella of offerings.
- Remind me: In the early days, Robb Wolf—the author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat—was the official nutrition subject matter expert of CrossFit. Wolf attended and spoke at various CrossFit Level 1 seminars, and hosted seminars for CrossFit, though this was long before the days when CrossFit courses awarded CEU credits.
- Since Wolf was let go from CrossFit in 2009, CrossFit has been hesitant to officially endorse any particular nutrition ideology; however, the Zone Diet continues to be part of the Level 1 education today.
The bigger picture: The CrossFit Nutrition Course comes at the heels of CrossFit rolling out a handful of other new services to the community in recent months, including CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP), launched in June, and more recently the CrossFit Affiliate Partner Network (APN) and CrossFit Precision Care, both announced in October.
- Though all of the above are designed to help the affiliate owner and the broader community get fit and stay fit, services like the CAP and the Nutrition Course can also be interpreted as more competition against other already established affiliate programming services and nutrition courses serving the CrossFit community today.