A Theoretical Hierarchy of Development

A theoretical hierarchy exists for the development of an athlete. It starts with nutrition and moves to metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and finally sport. This hierarchy largely reflects foundational dependence, skill, and to some degree, time ordering of development. The logical flow is from molecular foundations, cardiovascular sufficiency, body control, external object control, and ultimately mastery and application. This model has greatest utility in analyzing athletes’ shortcomings or difficulties. We don’t deliberately order these components but nature will. If you have a deficiency at any level of “the pyramid” the components above will suffer.
-CrossFit Journal

That’s right, at the base of the pyramid is nutrition. Want to get stronger, better, faster, FITTER? Dial in your nutrition! Many CrossFit athletes find success following the paleo lifestyle/diet. At its most basic level this means that you “eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” There is an abundance of information out there about the Paleo diet and lifestyle. Below are a few links to get you started, but just Google “paleo” and you’ll find tons of great information and recipes!  And if you have questions- ask!