We’re in awe at all of the incredible athletes competing in the 2017 CrossFit Games season. To say their determination and grit is admirable would be an understatement. Being an elite athlete of any sport requires supreme mental focus, extremely hard physical work and discipline in every area of training life.
Working Against Gravity’s CEO and Founder, Adee Cazayoux, has worked directly with some of the most elite CrossFit athletes in the game, ensuring their nutrition is on point throughout training and competition. Past and present Team WAG athletes have included:
If you’ve been on Team WAG yourself, you’ll know that working with your nutrition coach goes deeper than just talking about your macros. So, here’s what we've learned from working with CrossFit athletes.
They want to do everything they possibly can (and more) to get that edge over the competition. Every one of these elite athletes is dialing in their nutrition, training, mindset, recovery and strategy — leaving nothing to chance.
Hard work is a lot easier when you enjoy it. CrossFit athletes have learned to enjoy the process, the feeling of giving it their all. When they feel tired, they are energized by the challenge of training through fatigue. They are always trying to challenge their training and improve their nutrition and recovery more.
When these athletes experience failure in a workout, they don’t wallow in disappointment for long. They immediately shift their focus to the positive: there is something they can improve! Imagine finding out you’ve peaked and there is nothing more you can do? That would suck.
High-level athletes get excited at identifying opportunities to improve. Finding weaknesses tells them there is more room to grow and that improvement is imminent.
These athletes don’t waste time and energy trying to do it all themselves — they get help.
Having a coach means they can focus on doing the work, and leaving the programming to the pros. Having a nutrition coach and tracking macros removes the uncertainty of "should I eat this or that?" — opening up energy to focus on what they must control (training, recovery and mindset).
They also use a combination of services to help take the pressure off. Meal preparation services reduce time spent cooking, regular massage or stretching like ROMWOD or yoga help with preparation and recovery. They even enlist help for their mindset using psychologists or guided meditation apps like HeadSpace or Calm.
They might be superhuman, but they’re still human. They long to understand what works for their bodies best, and what doesn’t. They want freedom from body image insecurities. They struggle with cravings and temptation, missing social occasions as a result of their commitments and they have good days and bad days.
Adee shares these lessons that Katrin Davidsdottir, 2x Fittest Woman on Earth has taught her during their time working together.
The cool thing about these lessons is that none of what sets these athletes apart is magic. It’s about having drive, a strategy for every area of training and doing hard work in the gym. These lessons have practical teachings that we can implement in our own lives to help us achieve whatever our life’s motivator is.