It takes more than just a Level 1 Certificate to run a successful CrossFit affiliate. In this series, learn about the various ways affiliate owners and trainers evolve and plan as they work to lead the fitness industry.

In Part 5, the conversation continues as CrossFit Inc.’s Tyson Oldroyd discusses the importance of nutrition with Pat Burke of MBS CrossFit, CrossFit Verve founders Matt and Cherie Chan, Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots, and David Tittle of CrossFit Low Oxygen.

“It blows my mind how many affiliates out there don’t have a structured nutrition component to their program,” Oldroyd says.

Whether the goal is losing weight, gaining muscle mass or improving performance, good nutrition is integral to a healthy lifestyle. It’s no mistake nutrition is the base of CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman’s Theoretical Hierarchy of Development.

Christensen says a nutrition program allows trainers to help athletes help themselves outside the walls of the gym, while Matt suggests affiliate owners need to learn about and model good nutrition.

“Without some background,” he says, “you’re not going to be able to address (your) client’s needs.”

Video by Mike Koslap.

5min 10sec

Additional reading: “Food for Thought” by Emily Beers, published Dec. 18, 2015.

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