6 min AMRAP
20 Hand release push-ups
10 Calorie row
10 Sprints (10m each)
Post rounds and reps to comments.
Zone Confusion: Ack, There’s Fat in My Protein!
Hey, Spring Clean-up Challengers, how was Day 1? A lot of you (us) are doing the Zone. From the buzz I hear around the box and on Facebook, a lot of you have some unresolved confusion about the Zone. Let me address one issue that has come up that may be causing you some issues when you count your blocks.
On Zone charts, such as the one included in CrossFit Journal 21 (if it’s red, click it, it’s a hyperlink), foods are categorized by their primary macronutrient (protein, fat & carbohydrate). So, steak is categorized as protein even though it does contain fat. Almonds are categorized as fat even though they contain some protein and carbohydrates. Milk is a combo because it contains an equal amount of protein and carbohydrate.
So, when you are creating your meals, just stick to the block chart. Don’t get wrapped up in trying to count every gram of every macronutrient, keep it simple. If you eat something that is not on a block chart then you want to identify the primary macronutrient. Almost every food is going to give you a lot of one of the 3 macronutrients and a little of the others. Pick the big one and categorize it as that, then build the rest of your meal around it. If you really want to start geeking out you could check out the USDA’s Nutrient Database, which breaks down all of the nutrients in pretty much every food imaginable. I firmly believe that the key to early success with a Zone challenge is to keep it simple in the early stages.