It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I became conscious of what I was eating. I often think how much better my teenage years would have been if I had a better diet. I never really drew the correlation between my diet and my health, but as I got older and started traveling and competing, I became really on top of my eating. I still make sure I read about different diets, foods and the effects they have on the body. As a professional athlete, you are always looking for that edge. You don’t ever want to have to question it. You want to do the work early and know that it is there.
I first seriously learned about nutrition when I bought a tape for $1 in a health food store called “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie.” It had all this stuff on it about the effects of food, degenerative diseases and lack of nutrients. It was the first time I truly realized that if you don’t have the right diet, it can cause so many problems. On top of that, in 2003, my father died of cancer and I’ve had a lot of friends who have been either sick or died from a lot of diseases. All those situations made me become passionate about my health and longevity and being careful of what I put in my body. I read the ingredient panel of everything I buy. I think it’s hugely important. I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t want to read them.
Eating clean to me means not eating too many different types of foods all at once. I also try and eat a wide variety of the same nutrient. For instance, if you are into eating protein, I don’t think you want to always eat the same protein. You want to vary the types of amino acids you are eating. I’ve been eating chia for a number of years, but last year I was working out with a friend in Hawaii who said you can soak chia in coconut water overnight and eat it for breakfast. He said it has all the essential fats (Omega 3) you need and the amino acids. So I started doing that, then added berries and some nuts. It has become a staple for me.
I think when you hear the word fat, people think it’ll make them fat. Americans have the lowest fat diets in the world and have the biggest and most obese people. There is a correlation between the two. People don’t realize the positive effects of healthy fats on your brain, digestion and joints. We have good fats too. People talk about coconuts and avocados being fatty. Avocados, coconuts, and chia seeds are natural foods. They just grow on the earth as they are. They’re unprocessed and they’re some of the healthiest foods in the world for you.
Food, for me, is about being able to know where it comes from. When I visited The Chia Company farms, I obviously learned a lot about the local area, the irrigation systems, the water, the wet and dry seasons, but for me it’s about the farmers and the passion the farmers have for the product. I really don’t like to work with things I’m not passionate about and that don’t have a place in my life. I don’t want to just stamp my name on things. I like to work with people who have similar visions to me.
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So Iʻve had this on my mind for a while now. I have searched the web to see what other people thought about Crossfit competitions and weight classes. It seems that most people are against it. The biggest part being they like seeing the lighter guys take on the heavier guys. Everyone loves seeing the long shot win. The underdog that didnʻt stand a chance but despite all odds pulled it off. Good olʻ David and Goliath. Donʻt get me wrong, I am a fan of the underdog. My argument is without weight classes, Crossfit will fail to grow to itʻs full potential.
Hereʻs why. A lot of sports started out the same way Crossfit did. Lets look at the UFC for example. In itʻs beginning stages there were no weight classes, very few rules, and athletes that specialized in one or two skills. The hardcore fans loved it! They got to watch Royce Gracie (176lbs) take on Kimo Leopoldo (250lbs) and win! That is quite a feat for the lighter fighter. Royce has sense beaten much heavier fighters. So why the need for weight classes then? Itʻs because most of the matches were very one sided. With the exception of Royce, most of the lighter fighters were beaten.
So what does this have to do with Crossfit? Crossfit needs weight classes to give equal opportunities to the much lighter athlete (155lbs and under) and the much heavier athlete (225lbs and up). Womenʻs weight is different but this goes for them as well. Crossfit is an average mans sport. Being 5ʻ8-6ʻ0 and 175lbs-200lbs makes you an ideal size to do well in all categories. Wow, thats awesome! Itʻs right up my alley! Iʻm 5ʻ11, 177lbs! All I have to do is gain some strength and look out Froning, here I come! Hereʻs the thing, Itʻs not about me and my average advantages. I want to see WODʻs designed for the lighter athletes and WODʻs designed for the heavier athletes. It would be awesome to see all the best lighter athletes go at it with a weight they could tear through the way the heavier guys do. People would love watching the big boys have to lift twice the amount and still have to perform cardio and body weight exercises. It would keep every event and heat much closer and much more exciting than it is now. As soon as the big boys see a Mecton they know they are at a disadvantage and watching Josh Bridges (lighter athlete) not be able to complete the dead lift event sucked!
Athletes would still need to be well rounded because the all the same movements would still be involved. I also think this would draw even more people to competition because it now opens the door for the lighter and heavier athletes.Letʻs take Chris Spealler for example. Phenomenal athlete yet because of his size, failed to make it to the games. That shouldnʻt be. To be honest I donʻt see the argument for “one size fits all” in Crossfit. You could still be considered the fittest on earth. Either it be for your weight class or if you win multiple times you would be the pound for pound fittest on earth.
So hereʻs my idea. Three weight classes. Light weight-155lbs, Middle weight-205lbs, Heavy weight-205lbs plus. It wouldnʻt be as complicated as MMA. Just three classes so athletes wouldnʻt get sucked into the whole weight cutting ordeal. The events being as varied as they are would cause athletes to focus on their training and not their weight. So your naturally a bigger person and canʻt lose the weight to do well in gymnastics and metconʻs? Well now you can compete against athletes with the same issue. Same for the little guys. Just like in MMA as well, you can always move up or down in weight classes (if you have the luxury of being able to gain and cut weight). You could even do what BJ Penn, Randy Couture and many others have done and fight in an upper class without gaining weight just for the challenge.
It hasnʻt happened yet but it should. In a matter of time it will.
Posted: February 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
Whatʻs up guys and gals. Itʻs been a while sense I wrote a post but I hope youʻve been enjoying the videos. Where do I start??? Four days of gigantic surf in the same week! Thatʻs unheard of! Happy to inform you the training has been on point. Four days was mentally hard but I feel great. Anyway… today I wanted to give you guys a look behind the scenes of a big day at Peahi (Jaws).
The morning is a very anxious time. Buoy checks, phone calls, and yes instagram. Anything to see whats going on. Iʻm not a morning person so it takes me a little longer to get going than most surfers. As soon as I know whats going on the mission begins.
Breakfast is just that, fast. I have a bowl of gluten free oats, blueberries, banana, raw honey, and almond milk. I take all my supplements as well. Extreme endurance, immune boost, omega 3ʻs, xecute (protein), and I throw some hydro-x in my half gallon of water on my way out the door.
I have jumped off the rocks at Peahi enough times to know itʻs the hardest part about surfing out there. Anytime I get a chance to go out on a jet ski, I take it. The only downside is you need to have a few more things inline before heading out. Checklist 1. Board 2. Leash 3. Paddle suit 4. Sunscreen 5. Gas in jet ski 6. Saftey sled 7. extra c02 (for paddle suit) 8. Food and water. Me, Matias (photographer) and my lovely wife Talia (ski driver) load up the truck and headed down to Maliko boat ramp.
When the waves are good, you can bet that youʻre not the only cowboy going to the rodeo. The boat ramp is usually packed with jet skiʻs waiting to launch. The fun part about Maliko is that there is actually a wave that breaks on the boat ramp. That Makes launching a jet ski with a huge swell a little adventure on itʻs own. I take this time to go through a few breathing exercises and collect my thoughts. Itʻs about a 15 minute ride to Peahi from Maliko. You can see waves breaking all over the coast but there is one wave that stands out the most. I think you can guess which wave it is.
I like to sit and watch a set before I paddle out to the peak. While I wait, I always pray. I pray for everyone in the water. I pray for the surfers, the safety teams, the photographers, the spectators, everyone. Itʻs a very special and humbling place. I canʻt help but be grateful just to be out there.
You see all the highlights when the session is over but itʻs not very often you get to see what is going on behind the scenes. Iʻm sure everyone has a different routine but this is mine. Hope you guys enjoyed a little taste of what goes on before the highlights and hold downs. Until next time my friends.
Posted: January 28, 2014 in Crossfit, Jaws, Surfing, Training
Posted: January 12, 2014 in Crossfit, The Mission, Training