Xuan just found out beer isn't paleo

There have been some murmurs around the gym about the upcoming Paleo challenge in April. Since I’m already dubbed the Paleo bad guy of the gym, I might as well clear up what to expect as well as field your questions and complaints in the comments today.

I don’t want to change my diet and am bummed I will miss out on a monthly challenge!

This will be completely voluntary and separate from our usual monthly challenge.

What about burpees, can we bank them, prepay them etc.?

This will be run quite differently from the challenge last August —  for example, NO burpee penalties.

So what will be different this time around?

  • There will be a cash buy-in (and subsequent prize) to ensure you really are committing to the challenge.
  • No burpee penalties. You cheat and you’re out… it’s that simple.
  • You’ll be teamed up with a partner — not of your choosing. Why? Think how extra hard you push when we throw a partner WOD at you because you don’t want to let your team down. Same idea behind this… evil genius, right?
  • This will be Paleo, not Primal. Biggest change for most of you (as well as us trainers) will be no dairy.

Why so strict?

For that, let me quote Whole9Life.com as we will be basing this on their Whole30 (aka strict paleo) program:

What is the Whole30?

Certain food groups (like grains, legumes and dairy) are probably having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin problems, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the inflammatory, insulin-spiking, calorie-dense but nutritionally sparse food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be provoking. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health.

I’d encourage you to read up on their site about the latest Whole 30 challenge as you may have questions that they already answered. More details will be coming soon enough. But if you have burning questions about the whys and hows, feel free to post to comments today and I’ll field them as quickly as I can.

WOD 03.07.11

Ring Inversion Skillwork
Hang Power Clean 2-2-2
Back Squat

16 Responses to “April Challenge Preview”

Nik Werre
March 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Now that I’m terrified of eating nuts now (thanks for that…haha), where is a good place to get some good quality fats? Aside from avocado and olive oil? Thanks!

March 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM

@Nik – you should try to get good animal fats (fish, grassfed meats) and coconut in addition to avocado or olives/olive oil.

March 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

can you define whats in and out for vegetarians.
ps – not allergic to eggs!! but now i have no idea what it is i’m allergic to =|

March 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

@Pooja – Since vegetarians have a limited selection of protein sources and are usually lacking enough protein, they will have some modifications. They can have full-fat dairy (no low- or non-fat) and are encouraged to try to get grassfed sources. They can also have beans in the form of soy/tofu and other beans sparingly. NO gluten or breads however and still no sugars.

Nik Werre
March 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Thanks man! Just picked up some coconut milk. Will try and limit amount of nuts I intake. And I’m up for the April challenege – loner or with a partner.

March 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

That floor is much more comfortable than people realize. Trust me…I know :)

Mark Miller
March 7, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Well timed challenge – the month after St. Patty’s day…

March 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Finally a challenge I actually have a chance in hell of winning! Woohooo!! One question – would decaf coffee with coconut milk be ok? Or is there no coffee of any kind?

March 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

@Melina – yup! Coffee decaf or regular with coconut milk is just fine.

March 7, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Xuan looking perplexed at the menu: “Marcus, you don’t care if I cheat, right?”

Marcus: Dude, you are drinking a beer, that’s cheating already!!

And they call me the trouble maker!

March 7, 2011 at 3:09 PM

marcus, are you aware that bread and sugar are staples of my lifestyle!? especially being north indian.. we love our sugar.
i have to really think about this challenge.

March 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM

@Pooja – I don’t care if you’re Indian with bread/sugar, or Asian with rice, or Italian with pasta or German with potatoes… the whole “it’s my culture” argument is weak sauce. By that logic, American “culture” will dictate you eat fast food…

@CSA participants – they have posted what to expect this week in the delivery. “Small box might have: pink lady apples, tangerines, cauliflower, carrots, romaine, swiss chard and radishes. In addition, large box might have: gold beets, green cabbage, spinach and cilantro.”

March 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Marcus why did you omit the strawberry jam included in both boxes??

March 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

@Mark: and before cinco de mayo!

March 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

This workout seems so fun!!!! I want rings =( Miss all you guys!!!

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