Why CrossFit Steam?

CrossFit Steam

Franco Monteleone and Pat O’Keefe are the driving force behind Crossfit Steam. Tired and bored of the monotonous “gym routine,” they stumbled upon Crossfit and instantly found their calling. The two formed a friendship and in each other recognized an equal vision of what fitness and health define. It is their discipline, focus and desire that ignites their passion and fuels Crossfit Steam. They enjoy coaching people to live healthier and stronger lives while providing an exciting, encouraging and supportive environment.

Through Franco and Pat’s unique, hands-on approach, you will achieve and surpass your goals to rediscover vibrant health and tap into your natural athleticism. The Crossfit Method will be one of the hardest fitness programs you have ever endured; it will challenge you on every level and take you to places you never thought you could go mentally and physically. Like any other fitness program with substandard training, the system, is only as good as the trainer that administers it. They are dedicated to taking athletes to the next level and meet your training needs whether for your own personal development or if you are looking to train competitively.

At Crossfit Steam, you can expect an authentic Crossfit facility; this is not just another copycat franchise. Their secret is focus: they don’t sell shoes or shakes, Groupons or boot camps; they do just one thing, CrossFit. Franco and Pat took into consideration the essentials needed in building and providing the “Ultimate CrossFit Experience” for their members. Their meticulous nature and attitude significantly enhance this experience, which is also evident in their design. The epitome of their success is built from their spirit, energy, determination and strong work ethic. They have poured their hearts into Crossfit Steam and created an environment conducive to building successful athletes and a strong sense of community.

Crossfit Steam doesn’t offer quick fixes and it is more than just a gym. It’s a complete lifestyle approach to health and wellness. It’s the chance to take your health to a new level, regardless of whether you are looking for weight loss, weight gain, athletic performance, energy, toning or any combination of those. They welcome the beginner to the accomplished athlete offering programs for every fitness level and ability.

The CrossFit Dietary Prescription

Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load. Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load. Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load. Calories should be set at between .7 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass depending on your activity level. The .7 figure is for moderate daily workout loads and the 1.0 figure is for the hardcore athlete.

What Should I Eat?

In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.

The Caveman or Paleolithic Model for Nutrition

Modern diets are ill suited for our genetic composition. Evolution has not kept pace with advances in agriculture and food processing resulting in a plague of health problems for modern man. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and psychological dysfunction have all been scientifically linked to a diet too high in refined or processed carbohydrate. Search “Google” for Paleolithic nutrition, or diet. The return is extensive, compelling, and fascinating. The Caveman model is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription.

What Foods Should I Avoid?

Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.

What is the Problem with High-Glycemic Carbohydrates?

The problem with high-glycemic carbohydrates is that they give an inordinate insulin response. Insulin is an essential hormone for life, yet acute, chronic elevation of insulin leads to hyperinsulinism, which has been positively linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, mood dysfunction and a Pandora’s box of disease and disability. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet. There’s a gold mine of information pertinent to your health available there. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and consequently severely blunts the insulin response.

Caloric Restriction and Longevity

Current research strongly supports the link between caloric restriction and an increased life expectancy. The incidence of cancers and heart disease sharply decline with a diet that is carefully limited in controlling caloric intake. “Caloric Restriction” is another fruitful area for Internet search. The CrossFit prescription is consistent with this research. The CrossFit prescription allows a reduced caloric intake and yet still provides ample nutrition for rigorous activity. (CrossFit.com)