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What's with the Paleo/Crossfit love affair?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Seems like crossfit and paleo go hand in hand. What's the connection?

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on June 16, 2013
at 02:40 AM

Erica, sorry for slow response on this. I am pretty certain that it was a combination of my body (relatively weak, being in my 40's and never working out in my life, etc.) being over-stressed from the high-intensity workouts, and also eating a very low carb diet at the same time. I feel like I finally have perfected my diet/workout regimen now, after almost 3 years of n=1 tests. For me, crossfit is detrimental unless it's a once in a while thing (and for the cost, that ain't worth a membership). It's 'chronic cardio' unless you're already in excellent shape, and even then....

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on May 31, 2013
at 12:49 AM

Hi, Just saw this comment and am curious to why you gained body fat and were fatugued? I have been going at it for about 3 months and have been slightly gaining/definitely fat - and pretty fatigued. But curious to why this is? I do eat paleo, am in shape. 5'7 F 120 Lb but am getting chunkier, not in shape?

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on May 29, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Some old-school paleo drama behind Robb Wolf and Crossfit.

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:56 PM

I read about the connection after going Paleo, and decided to give it a try about 4 months into my Paleo journey. For me, they go hand in hand in the "practicality" department. You learn very functional movements -- running, jumping, climbing, lifting, etc. Things that can help you in life and in survival.

I think the absolute KEY to whether it is helpful or harmful is the gym you go to. In lots of boxes, competition and time are stressed so much that form is forgotten and injury abounds. Where I go, a trainer will stop you mid workout (to hell with your time) if your form is not pristine. Sure you always want to be better, faster, stronger, but that should never be at the expense of your physical well-being. Seems like common sense, but is often forgotten as workout regimes become popular and are difficult to monitor. I happen to ADORE crossfit, love my trainers, and love the community at my gym. I lost most of my excess weight simply from going paleo, but now I feel strong, move well, have defined muscles, and feel confident in my ability to do so many physical tasks I never thought I could.

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Robb Wolf was an early Crossfit dude and since he's the Paleo dude, you see a lot of that synergy from the beginning of Crossfit.

He's no longer a 'member' (per se) as he stepped away but it's still a major part of Paleo and Paleo is a major part of Crossfit from those nascent days.

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on May 29, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Some old-school paleo drama behind Robb Wolf and Crossfit.

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:09 PM

The connection is simply that the CrossFit organization was an early adopter and promoter of a paleolithic diet. A lot of people were introduced to paleo through CrossFit. The pros and cons of CF training, the coherence of justifying CF programming by appeals to a paleo framework, and whether their prescribed diet actually optimizes performance for that particular sport . . . It seems to me these are separate issues.

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:02 PM

There shouldn't be one, but there is.

CrossFit teaches and practices mostly great stuff - olympic lifting, cross-training, etc. Problem is, the continual intensity level that most 'boxes' stress turns it into nothing more than a 'chronic cardio' session. Google that term if you're not familiar with it.

It's a shame. But the whole 'our warm-up is your workout' thing is the mentality. At the box I was a member of, there were plenty of very obese people who could deadlift plenty, could run forever, do a million burpees, etc. And they claimed to eat Paleo. I don't doubt them. That leaves their obesity to one thing: stress/cortisol due to the chronic cardio.

I know when I did it for 6 months, I gained 10 lbs of body fat and was fatigued all the time. Had I done it when I was 20 years old maybe the story would be different.

As miserable as it was, I am glad I did it because nowhere else can you learn all the good movements all together: oly lifting, kettlebells, etc. (just wish I'd have quit sooner).

E8485600a9595b900a928f32cc42c699

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on May 31, 2013
at 12:49 AM

Hi, Just saw this comment and am curious to why you gained body fat and were fatugued? I have been going at it for about 3 months and have been slightly gaining/definitely fat - and pretty fatigued. But curious to why this is? I do eat paleo, am in shape. 5'7 F 120 Lb but am getting chunkier, not in shape?

4b7fe8fad63f9853a3631560ec627b06

(30)

on June 16, 2013
at 02:40 AM

Erica, sorry for slow response on this. I am pretty certain that it was a combination of my body (relatively weak, being in my 40's and never working out in my life, etc.) being over-stressed from the high-intensity workouts, and also eating a very low carb diet at the same time. I feel like I finally have perfected my diet/workout regimen now, after almost 3 years of n=1 tests. For me, crossfit is detrimental unless it's a once in a while thing (and for the cost, that ain't worth a membership). It's 'chronic cardio' unless you're already in excellent shape, and even then....

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on May 30, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Thanks everyone!

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:22 PM

I've wondered this, too. I only heard about paleo from a friend who does crossfit. she brought me to a workout and they kept trying to sell me the protein supplements they had.

at the time, I was a vegan and wasn't interested in paleo.

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