Back in April I wrote about some frustrations I was having in my training and performance in CrossFit. My lifts were all way down, I was struggling to recover from a nagging shoulder injury – the gym was no longer a fun place to be – for me or for anyone close to me. Every day it was another one in the loss column – a frustrating, humiliating session where it just seemed like everything was going wrong.
I finally decided to seek out some professional advice from my coach, Chris McNamara of Evolution Athletics. Chris told me what a lot of people had told me – that it was going to get better. The problem was, I didn’t really believe that. The difference in his advice – was he gave me concrete steps to make it happen.
One of the first steps, was to get my bloodwork done. He told me that “looking under the hood” was one of the few ways to really know what was going on inside my body – what deficiencies I had in my nutrition and what I could do to improve those deficiencies.
I used Inside Tracker – the same service used my CrossFit athletes like 2015-2016 Games Champion Katrin Davidsdottir. It was an easy process and my results came back in less than a week. You can read more about how it works here.
Inside Tracker not only gives you the results of your bloodwork, they show you where your levels should be, and how to get them there. I am getting ready to retest and see how far I’ve come, but before I do that – I wanted to share how I did following their recommendations and what results I have seen since I tested.
You can see a more in-depth look at my results in my previous articles. For today I’ll just go through a handful of the tips they gave me.
5000IU of Vitamin D daily: I’ve added this to my morning routine and other than a couple “Shit I forgot to take my vitamins this morning” days, I have been very consistent with this one.
Less processed meat: Bacon is really the only processed meat I eat regularly. Although in the last month I’ve added it back to my breakfasts in the morning, I would say overall my bacon intake was cut in half since I tested.
Less red meat: Again, although I still eat it, my intake is about half of what it was.
More shrimp, fish etc.: I buy a large bag of shrimp every week and eat a good portion of shrimp at least twice a week.
More vegetables and fruit: I’ve really started adding more fruit to my diet in the last two months. I’ll cut up mangos, strawberries, apples and some other berries or nectarines and put them in containers for the week. This is an easy way to add about 25-35g of carbs each day. I also make sure to add broccoli and some leafy greens and peppers to each meal.
Zinc and Magnesium: I take 3 capsules of Animal ZMA every night before bed. I’ve been very consistent with this since testing.
When I tested, my lifetime PR snatch of 230 lbs. was down to where I was consistently missing 185. My deadlift PR of 525 lbs was down to around 450. My metcon times on benchmark WODs were down 15-30 seconds across the board.
Since testing, here are a few highlights of what I have seen in my performance.
215# 2016 PR Snatch at the Wyoming Open
275# 2016 PR Clean and Jerk at the Wyoming Open
475# Deadlift at Pounds for Pups
2nd place at The Hangry Games (partner event: first ever podium finish)
1st place in final event at Colorado Open (first ever event win)
3rd place in event 2 at Colorado Open
8th place overall at Colorado Open (highest individual competition place)
PR time“Jackie” at Wyoming Open
I’m back to having fun in the gym. My ability to push myself harder in workouts is back. This past weekend at the Colorado Open, I took 3rd in event 2, which was the highest I'd ever placed in an event - before I won the final event outright later in the day. Results don’t lie and blood doesn’t lie. If you are serious about your training, blood work is a must. Without it you are flying blind and guessing at what you need to be putting in your body. This is not something reserved for professional athletes. You can be better than you are today – and making an investment in yourself and your overall health is always a good idea. Use our coupon code, WILDSTRONG10, and save yourself 10% on your bloodwork TODAY. They have services that start as low as $99!