Winter Paleo Challenge Begins 1/30!

It’s been a little while since we had a nutrition challenge. Time to jump back on that wagon! If you’re new to the gym, this is a great opportunity to get started with a healthier diet with a bunch of other people to support your efforts. If you’ve been around for a while, you probably know the drill. Read on though, because we’re doing a couple things a little bit differently this time!

The Details

  • Duration: Sunday, January 30th – Saturday, February 26th (a mere 4 weeks!)
  • Entry Fee: $20 to fund the prize pool.
  • Prizes: Top man and top woman will split the prize pool (last time we ran a challenge the pool was over $1000!) Top 3 men and top 3 women receive a free month of unlimited BBC membership.

How To Enter

On Sunday, January 30th from 1-4pm, we’ll be having a nutrition seminar and challenge launch event! You need to attend this event to enter the challenge.
Come ready to:

  • Fork over $20 for the prize pool
  • Pose for ‘before’ pictures (details below.)
  • Complete performance benchmarks (details below.)
  • Weigh in (this will be kept confidential — you may opt not to weigh in, but it may negatively impact the benchmark portion of your score, as we are taking into account change in performance relative to change in bodyweight.)

After the event you must also:

On Saturday, February 26th from 1-2pm 5pm-6pm we’ll be having a end-o-challenge extravaganza to weigh-out / benchmark / after-picture all participants.  At 2pm we’ll proceed to Fette Sau to celebrate! Afterward we will proceed to The Whiskey to celebrate!

What To Eat

We advocate eating real, unprocessed, whole foods.  We suggest that you eliminate refined carbohydrates, most importantly sugar and grains.  Base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar.  You may have heard us talk about something called “paleo” — you’ll become a lot more familiar with this during the nutrition seminar!
Everyone’s starting from somewhere different with this, so each of you will choose a commitment that seems reasonable and achievable for you. We’re offering you:

  • Beginner: eliminate sugar and grains; 1 cheat day a week.
  • Intermediate: eliminate sugar and grains; no cheat days.
  • Advanced: eliminate sugar, grains and dairy; no cheat days.
  • Expert: eliminate sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and alcohol; no cheat days.

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Before and After Pictures

  • Participants must have 3 ‘before’ pictures taken by Sam or Keith at the BBC: front view, side view and back view. Men are in shorts; women are in shorts and sports bra/bikini top.
  • To be eligible to win, participants must have 3 ‘after’ pictures taken by Sam or Keith at the BBC. Same views / attire as ‘before’ pics.
  • Pictures will remain private for the duration of the contest except for print-outs of 3 male and 3 female finalists that will be kept at the BBC and used to vote for winners.
  • Once the contest is over, we would very much like to use before / after photos of participants to help persuade future clients to clean up their diet! We will ask about your preferences on this at the beginning and again at the end of the contest — we hope you’ll help us out!

Performance Benchmarks

  • Participants must complete the following metcon benchmark at the beginning of the challenge — 21, 15, 9 reps for time: medicine ball front squats (20#/14#,) burpees.
  • Participants must complete the following strength benchmark at the beginning of the challenge — 1 rep max deadlift.
  • To be eligible to win, participants must repeat both the metcon and strength benchmark at the end of the challenge.
  • Benchmarks must be witnessed by either Sam or Keith or someone they have directly deputized!

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  1. The Gladiator (Islam) January 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I am in

  2. Chad Pugh January 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I’m totes in

  3. freeman January 21, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    inzo. anyone have a copy of robb wolf’s book that i can borrow?

  4. Baker January 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    sounds like fun

  5. James L January 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    So in

  6. Owl January 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    @Free you can borrow my copy

  7. Dana January 23, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I’m in!

  8. Jerome January 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    32 days of eating about 4 days of crossfitting, IM SO DOWN for a old fashion tummy tuck

  9. freeman January 24, 2011 at 11:39 am - Reply

    @grace: thanks dude. i need to swing by and see this icing contraption. when are you mobile again? mayhaps we should do some aussie open watching?

  10. Kellie Beckman January 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I am in it to maybe, almost, perhaps win it!!

  11. ryan January 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    From scrawny to brawny in 30 days. i’m in.

  12. Owl January 26, 2011 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    @Free – venturing out to BK Sunday. Totally down for some hot Aussie action this weekend though.
    Anyone else want in?

  13. goodsam January 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Where will this hot Aussie action go down? Chez Owl?

  14. Owl January 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    yes. Chez Wounded Owl.
    basically half the gym already knows how to get here (oh hey!). and, you know: convenient for me!

  15. Maura January 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I am all over that beginner level!

  16. Bill January 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Is there a bonus prize if you are a unanimous winner? Im in

  17. Justin Ferris January 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Can we do the benchmarks on Monday if we can not make it tomorrow?

  18. Kellie Beckman January 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    yeah! what Justin said…can we, can we?!

  19. good sam January 30, 2011 at 11:50 am - Reply

    IF you are ALREADY familiar with the diet requirements of this challenge, you may complete your challenge registration (weigh-in / benchmarks / before pics) on Monday, January 31st at 9PM.
    This will be the only alternative registration time offered.

  20. Justin Ferris January 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks Sam!

  21. itsmisscs January 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Woot! This is going to be awesome, and tough. Yay, CF; wouldn’t have it any other way.

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