“I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.”- Jean-Francois Cope
Is Nutrition a New Religion?
Do you ever wonder why people get so defensive about nutrition? It’s weird right? It’s just food. Everyone eats and for the most part, what and how other people eat only affects that person (the nuance of health care system impacts are being intentionally left out of this conversation). That doesn’t stop people from pulling their gloves off in the comments section of literally (ok not literally but most) posts and articles about nutrition to share why one approach is better than another for [insert any measurable outcome]. I have written actual research reviews that sum up actual data, and people still find a way to argue.
Nutrition science is new. It’s a young field. New research is constantly emerging and changing the way we understand the human body and what it does when we put things in our mouths. It’s prudent to adopt a soft approach to our understanding of things because in five years, our truths will likely be different. Are there certainties in the field of nutrition? Of course, we cannot defy the laws of thermodynamics but almost everything else is up for interpretation. No wonder people are so confused! But confusion and the constant emergence of new information doesn’t explain the weird online aggression expressed by followers of specific diets.
Followers….The word ‘followers’ conjures up a certain imagery that I believe begins to explain some of the devotion shown to certain nutrition protocols. A religious imagery. It’s almost as if nutrition has become a new religion.
There are many religions to which one can belong. Paleo, Primal, Vegan, Clean Eaters, Raw, Gluten Free, Plant Based. All capitalized of course because religions are proper nouns. Like other religions, these dietary religions promise to save us from a life of pain and suffering. Good nutrition can cure diseases and alleviate misery. Abiding by a diet of only “good” foods makes you a good person and the person who eats shellfish or pork is the sinner.
The concept of food exclusion is one that prevails through history.
MUST WATCH: Patrick Vellner sat down with Morning Chalk Up post Rogue to break down the competition, his snatch miss in the final event, his budding rivalry with Justin Medeiros, and when he’s going to retire?
On Retirement: “I’m probably closer to retirement than the start of my career. I was telling everyone this weekend that they are making awfully hard to retire. As long as they keep letting me win I don’t think I’m going to retire.”
On Medeiros: “We spend a lot of time together because we are in the lane next to each other, in the corrals next to each other, warming up at the same times. You get to know him and his coach. They’re great. He competes very much like the same way I do. We do look around a lot.
On the snatch miss: “On the Frankly executed a pretty flawless weekend. I was almost the same other than the last event. I had a little hiccup in that, I had the most costly missed-rep of the fucking weekend. He did everything right and won the competition.”
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Fraser: “This isn’t simply a book about training. It’s a book about it ALL. Stories that show my past and experiences in sport. Moments that made me the athlete, competitor and the person I am. Not to mention workouts, workout strategies, mental strategies, recipes and more.”
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CrossFit Games adaptive athlete Amy Bream was featured in an ESPN Women video highlighting female athletes making waves in sports across the nation.
World-Renowned Swim Brand TYR Moves in the CrossFit Space “Aggressively”
When COVID -19 hit and swimming pools around the world closed, many elite level swimmers, including athletes on last summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games team, turned to CrossFit as a way to supplement their training.
Curious as to what all the fuss is about, Matt DiLorenzo—the CEO of TYR, a swimming brand known for their portfolio of swimwear, goggles and eyewear—decided to check it out, as well.
And just like his TYR swimming athletes, DiLorenzo fell in love with CrossFit and the community at large and decided that his company would be wise to enter the CrossFit space, as well.
So seven months ago, DiLorenzo brought on two-time CrossFit Games team athlete and Level 1 coach Corey Berger as TYR’s Director of CrossFit and Fitness.
Since then, with Berger acting as a consultant for athlete acquisition, TYR has signed an impressive roster of Games athletes, including Emma Cary, Noah Ohlsen, Travis Mayer, Meg Reardon, Saxon Panchik, Amanda Barnhart, Will Moorad and Bethany Shadburne.
Who is TYR: TYR is a leading swim brand founded by Joseph DiLorenzo and 1972 Olympic bronze medalist Steve Furniss in 1985 in California.
They sponsor many top-level swimmers, including seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, two-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel, and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. TYR placed the most swimmers on Team USA in 2021, making them the number one brand at last summer’s Olympics.
TYR is also an emerging brand in the triathlon community and sponsor James Lawrence, commonly known as the Iron Cowboy, a man who completed 101 Ironman triathlons 101 days in a row.
Moving Into CrossFit
Berger, a 2014 and 2015 Games team athlete, first became acquainted with TYR last year when he was training for a half Ironman and needed a wetsuit. He was soon introduced to DiLorenzo, and the conversation began.
“I started out just by consulting and as our conversation got deeper, I was like, ‘We need to do it right. We need to get feedback from the top athletes in CrossFit…One thing led to another and eventually I got involved with athlete acquisition and product development,” Berger said, adding that TYR has 22 different technical patents for their swimsuits, and they plan to use this technology to develop technical apparel for the CrossFit athlete, as well.
Currently they’re in the testing phase, where TYR athletes like Cary, Ohlsen and Mayer are testing apparel and providing feedback for their line of CrossFit apparel set to be released in April 2022. Then in 2023, TYR plans to release a footwear line, including a trainer shoe, a running shoe and a weightlifting shoe.
Though still in development, Berger pointed out that Mayer wore TYR shorts at the recent Rogue Invitational in Austin, TX, “and every event where he wore our new shorts were his best finishes,” Berger said.
Further, many Games athletes, including Annie Thorisdottir, Pat Vellner, Ohlsen and Panchik all wore TYR sunglasses at the Games in Madison, WI last summer.
The athletes like TYR’s sunglasses because they have technology that doesn’t impact your frame of vision, they’re lightweight and durable, and you can do handstand push-ups without them falling off your face, Berger explained, adding that he watched Cary “bang out reps of ring muscle-ups” wearing the sunglasses, and they stayed put. “They kind of suck to your face,” he added.
As a result, TYR recently announced a partnership with Wodapalooza and will be the title sunglass sponsor of the Miami-based competition in January.
Beyond big competitions like the Rogue Invitational and Wodapalooza, TYR is also committed to getting involved in the community at more grassroots events, be it local competitions or “fundraisers with a good cause,” Berger said.
“We’re being aggressive (entering the CrossFit space) but it’s calculated aggression in how we’re moving forward and growing awareness in the space as we continue to support more athletes and the community as a whole,” he added.
The Perfect Partnership
DiLorenzo explained TYR’s ultimate goal is to help each type of athlete achieve their goals.
“Training Crossfit daily, we understand the demands of the sport from the everyday gym go-er to the elite athlete. Our goal at TYR is to pour that same level of passion, commitment and authenticity into everything we design and produce, so we can help each athlete fulfill their potential,” DiLorenzo said.
Berger added: “We have very specific values we believe in as a company: being technically proficient and making sure our products work for everyone that puts them on. And number two, we’re focused on people who are driven to elevate themselves in whatever sport they compete in.”
And that’s exactly what makes the TYR-CrossFit connection a perfect marriage, he said.
Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.
Today’s workout of the week is programmed by 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games rookie Arielle Loewen. Loewen burst onto the scene this year after winning the 2021 Granite Games Semifinal to punch her very first ticket to Madison after five attempts as a Regional athlete. At the Games she would finish 14th. The full-time mother, wife and part-time CrossFitter just competed at the Rogue Invitational where she placed 13th.
Every 3:00 for 10 rounds:
12 Cal Ski
8 Thrusters (115/85)
4 Ring Muscle ups
Time cap: 30 minutes
Some advice from Arielle: “The goal of this workout is to go as fast as possible so there is rest before you go again. The goal is to minimize transition time by going straight from the ski, to the bar and straight to the ring muscle ups without getting chalk. Minimize transitions and catch your breath on the rest. The goal is to have a solid minute and a half rest after the work is completed. If you find that you’re still working past the two minute mark adjust the work out as needed. The stimulus is a sprint but also can you hang on for 30 minutes.”
To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.
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