5. A NUTRITIONIST
An underrated figure in any Crossfitter’s life. More and more Boxes are starting to work with in-house Nutritionists, and it’s a wise move. Nutrition is the base of performance and health. Without it you will simply not recovery, perform, sleep and feel as well as you could. You will not be able to reach your full potential.
To improve nutrition is often much easier said than done. It often requires old habits to be broken and many other factors come into play than simply what foods and liquids you consume. Factors such as stress management, lifestyle, budget and the relationships you are involved in all play important roles. This is where your Nutritionist can become so useful. Aside from their professional and scientific expertise in macro nutrients, vitamins, minerals and the other essential building blocks for healthy human life and performance, they understand the psychological, habitual and emotional elements that we all attach to food as well.
When it comes to nutrition, everyday problems often require more complex answers if they are to be transformed into healthy and positive changes that last for the rest of your life. For example:
- How do you make it work if you want to go Vegan but your partner and children don’t?
- How do you maximise recovery if you don’t eat meat and are lactose intolerant – therefore it’s harder to get enough protein into your diet?
- What should you do if you want to continue training although you observe the practices of Ramadan and can’t eat whilst the sun is up during this time? How will this affect training?
- How much of each type of Macro nutrient do you specifically need? And when should you consume it?
You Nutritionist will be able to help you with all these types of questions and many, many more.