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Paleo and Crossfit (sitting in the tree... k, i, s, s.......)

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Created January 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

It really seems that most paleo eaters are usually cross fit lovers too? My problem with this, is that all of the success and positivity surrounding paleo could be due to those putting their effort into cross fit.

I can't afford to go to the only cross fit gym near me but I can do plenty of resistance training in my current gym.

So, can I still get great results from eating a paleo diet, without the cross fit type of exercise? What sort of exercise is suitable?

Thank you for any advice, John

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on February 03, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I agree with this. CrossFitters love paleo, not necessarily the other way around. They both can work independently of eachother. If you are eating paleo - healthy - you will see results regardless of if you are participating in weekly CrossFit WODs.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:16 PM

@Travis I hear you, but it's easier somehow to just show up for a class than it is to motivate myself to work out at home. Same for yoga. Maybe it's because I can just turn off that part of my brain that has to figure out what the workout's going to be...

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:15 PM

I wonder how many months of CF/gym membership = the amount of $ necessary to just buy all of the weights yourself. I have a metric fuckton of dumbbells, a pull-up bar and bench in my office and use them daily. Having to look at all of that crap really ensures that you never weasel out of workouts.

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:50 PM

When I went from just marrow bones to beef feet (sliced vertically) plus marrow bones it cranked my broth up a notch due to the large amount of cartilage.

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:49 PM

@raydawg - Ditto on the bone broth. Not a drop gets wasted; I go through about a slow-cooker full of stew per week and if I skip more than a day or two my joints protest.

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on January 14, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Walking is awesome. It's not chronic cardio, and it's something our ancestors would have done miles of daily. I walk at least 2-3 miles/day from the train station to/from work. I found gelatin, especially from bone broths helps with joints. I used to have bad knee pains in the past, to the point where I sometimes had trouble walking, but with a Paleo diet *and* working out those same knees, the pains are gone, and I can even run short distances.

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on January 14, 2012
at 12:35 PM

There was recently a post on this on PaleoHacks. The answer to your questions is, YES, you can still attain tremendous results from eating Paleo and living a Paleo lifestyle without doing CrossFit. I'm living proof of this. I've been unable to exercise for six months due to a bad back, but am still very fit thanks to eating strict Paleo. I can't wait until I can start being active again, however. I'll be skiing better at 40 years of age than I was when I was 20.

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I do not believe most Paleo eaters are Crossfit lovers. Most Crossfitters are perhaps Paleo lovers.

I have nothing against X-fit and it has a lot to offer, but personally I do not consider X-fit that Paleo but to each their own. The answer to your question is that you most definitely can get results without X-fit.

There are so many options to consider. Here's one for your consideration - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-fitness/#axzz1jRI6qsWf

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on February 03, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I agree with this. CrossFitters love paleo, not necessarily the other way around. They both can work independently of eachother. If you are eating paleo - healthy - you will see results regardless of if you are participating in weekly CrossFit WODs.

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on January 14, 2012
at 04:29 PM

LOL I'm a broken-down old granny and exercise for me is a brisk walk and carrying my own groceries and hand-washing the dishes.

I've lost 5" from my waist since early September and I wouldn't recognize Cross Fit if I walked past it. My joints, including my spinal joints, are completely shot and "true" exercise is not possible. Big deal.

Eating healthy gives good results regardless of what else you do/don't do. A good fitness program will compound the improvement but the lack of one won't eliminate it.

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on January 14, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Walking is awesome. It's not chronic cardio, and it's something our ancestors would have done miles of daily. I walk at least 2-3 miles/day from the train station to/from work. I found gelatin, especially from bone broths helps with joints. I used to have bad knee pains in the past, to the point where I sometimes had trouble walking, but with a Paleo diet *and* working out those same knees, the pains are gone, and I can even run short distances.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:50 PM

When I went from just marrow bones to beef feet (sliced vertically) plus marrow bones it cranked my broth up a notch due to the large amount of cartilage.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:49 PM

@raydawg - Ditto on the bone broth. Not a drop gets wasted; I go through about a slow-cooker full of stew per week and if I skip more than a day or two my joints protest.

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on January 14, 2012
at 12:35 PM

I've gotten fantastic results just from eating a paleo diet, and that was before I even had the energy or desire to start working out... so, yes. You can certainly get results alone from eating paleo.

I can't answer the second part of your question about the types of exercise suitable. There are plenty of resources out there for that though and I'm sure some others will have some input for you.

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I started paleo about 7 months before I started crossfit. During that time, my exercise varied from yoga about 5 days a week. 1 HIIT session on saturday morning. bike riding from home to work. and walks around my neighborhood.

Actually, when I started crossfit, I wasn't 100% paleo because I was attending culinary school and couldn't completely avoid sugar grains and legumes (though i was able to abstain most of the time, and I never had to have gluten or dairy)

Now I crossfit and do paleo. Tomorrow I'm starting the whole 30 and looking forward to some great results since I will be doing both at the same time.

I think crossfit and yoga are a great couple (crossfit being fast and full of ego, yoga slows me down and helps me cultivate a humble mind) and paleo is good for everyone.

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Paleo without crossfit here for a couple years now and doing great.

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:35 PM

ree. I am into CrossFit, but because the Paleo diet is one that is so prevalent in the CF culture/brain-washing, that you hear a lot from folks like myself who have adopted both. Eat good food and get some physical activity. It is really not any more complicated than that.

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on January 14, 2012
at 04:27 PM

The cliche has diet at 80-90%. It's all relative of course but it gives you the idea. Minimal requirements for exercise are pretty minimal indeed. The Primal approach mentioned upthread has essentially: move slowly a lot, sprint once in a while, lift heavy things sometimes. I don't think many would disagree with that. Generally it's considered that results are as good if not better with shorter, more intense exercises - using the whole body so that you are tired after 10-15 minutes a couple of times a week should put you in a good position.

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:39 PM

As the saying goes "you can't out work a crappy diet". I do crossfit style workouts twice a month, usually at home. Majority of my workouts revolve around weightlifting and walking. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you enjoy it. You will stick to it, if you enjoy your workouts. Good luck.

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on February 03, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I would personally never do CF. I always say, I already have a religion, I don't need CF... Oh no she didn't. Ha ha. As far as Paleo goes, it's doesn't take a rocket scientist to know why it's effective. A big reason is if you eat like a caveman that completely eliminates anything processed, which if people just made that one change in their diet they would be amazed at the results.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:11 PM

I was following an ancestral diet well before Crossfit really busted out on the scene. Because of my strongman background, I can honestly say it's not for me, but people enjoy it, and it gets them playing and enjoying themselves in a strenuous manner, hooray.

However, something has to be said for the folks that sacrifice form to get better Fran times, or the folks who are horribly overtrained yet still push themselves because they are addicts. I've seen this in all strength sports and followings, but I see it much more often in the Crossfit circles.

So to answer the OP - No, crossfit -/= paleo, at least for me. I do appreciate the attention that both have given each other but it's not likely you'll see me at a xfit box any time in this decade, I prefer musty garages with a barbell, bumpers, a platform, and some unresolved mommy issues.

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on January 16, 2012
at 05:34 PM

from my limited experience with crossfit, I have seen diet is the biggest part of body composition. I work out at a "box" once in a while (as mine does not match my goals), the best results are from people who are dialed in from a diet perspective. It is really tough to outwork a bad diet.

With standard crossfit workouts (3 days on, 1 day off) you must eat for recovery and not for body composition.

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:49 PM

I've lost 15.5 lbs in the last few months since starting Paleo. I lost 10 or so right away and then when I got to the 13 mark things slowed down. What's worked for me is interval workouts and walking. I do Jillian workouts a few days a week - only 20 mins and then brisk walks whenever I can. Just that minimal exercise has helped me to break through the plateau. Don't know much about xfit but I think there are lots of ways to achieve your goals.

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