The above graphic was developed by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman. The three components sandwiched in the middle are interchangeable based upon a person’s goals/abilities. The graphic does however portray the importance of nutrition in the development of a person’s fitness. The importance of having a solid nutritional base can never be overstated.
crap in = crap out
What you put in your body as “fuel” for these workouts can either severely hamper your efforts or give you a significant boost when it comes to energy level. Someone once said, “You wouldn’t put diesel in a jet engine, would you?” What equates to jet fuel will vary slightly from person to person, but it most certainly is not pizza and dr. pepper. When in doubt revert to the old…Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Most times, this summation of a “paleo diet” provides enough good wood for the fire.
Likewise, the speed and totality of your recovery from these workouts is also heavily dependent on what you eat. The movements and intensity in these workouts provide a very potent stimulus. The building blocks with which you repair the damage your body is incurring need to be of adequate quality and volume. Eat the good stuff and eat a bunch of it.
Oh, and please drink lots of water.