Elite Nutrition

By Jeremy Mullins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Nutrition, Videos

July 24, 2011

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Jeremy Mullins is a registered dietician who owns two affiliates in West Virginia. His take on nutrition is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy.

“Just like in training programs, there’s a lot of variance in nutritional programs based upon the individual,” he says.

In this video, Mullins interviews CrossFit athletes to find out what they are eating and to look for trends.

For Rich Froning Jr., milk is a main item on his menu both before and after his workouts. He also combines Progenex with chocolate milk after some workouts.

Michelle Kinney also likes supplements for post-workout recovery when she doesn’t have time to eat a protein- and carbohydrate-heavy meal.

Dan Bailey starts with a protein shake and then needs a meal soon after, or, he says: “I’ll be so fatigued I won’t be able to move.”

In addition to a post-workout shake, reigning Games champ Graham Holmberg is also focusing on recovery foods like acai berries and sea greens, which are superfoods, and higher starch carbohydrates like sweet potatoes after a workout. For Holmberg, quality matters.

“I’m trying to be more conscious of trying to get, like, fresh produce, like organic milk … local-raised chicken, that kind of stuff,” he says.

14min 21sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: Nutrition: The Teeter-Totter by Nicole Carroll, published March 1, 2008.

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28 Comments on “Elite Nutrition”

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Great video! Finally some nutrition information from athletes, for athletes.
As Jeremy said at the end: You have to take a step back from the Paleo and Zone restriction.
Personally, the best way to find what works best for you is to try different things a cupples of day and see how you feel: Recovery, strenght, endurance, energy levels troughout the day.
Thanks again...Good stuff!

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Great video! I agree that people throw up these huge blinders and just forget about eating a balanced meal with fresh foods and good quality protein/fat/carbs that works for them. The best thing to be is a localivore!

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John Weiss wrote …

Good schtuff Jeremy, blinders off folks. Awesome awesome video

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Other than having a whey-only protein as a supplement being inferior, I like what most of the athletes are saying. You need carbs to fuel these workouts. They are doing basically what I preach at the Westside certs.

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Cool video. Interesting to hear what some of the top people are doing. Mr. Mullins sounds very knowledgeable, but I have to admit that I am a little bummed that he appears to be a bit heavy. It takes away from his credibility. Not wanting to be a hater, but you have to practice what you preach to get folks to buy into your deal.

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I think that we get too caught up into what the "Elite" are doing in regards to nutrition and training. It is cool to see what they are eating and how they are training, but we have to keep in mind that the guys and gals are the outliers and can get away with a lot more than the everyday person. Like I said it is interesting to hear what they are doing, but I feel that if you go out and try to emulate what they are doing in regards to nutrition and training in general you will get crushed.

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Donovan: Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. Jeremy is too humble to come on here and blow his own horn, so I'm going to give you a sneak peek into his training instead: 1:42 Grace (last week actually), 3:20 Fran, and his diet is damn tight. Plus he's got a 6pack under that shirt. I've listened to him lecture quite a few times and I've seen the results in affiliate members. So, from a piece of video he might look heavy to you, but he's a rock solid hunk of man in person.

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This was an awesome video . Not an elite anything and I cannot wrap my mind around all the nuances of some of these nutrition cults.
I try to eat clean kind of Paleo and use Progenex as it is easy to implement and seems to work well for me.
I would love to have the services of a nutritionist that understands one size does not fit all.
Rock on this is the kind of help I need please send more my way.
About Jeremys' size ? Dude you got to be kidding ! He looks fine and a six pack does not an expert make.
Coach Glassman may not be the fittest man in Crossfit but when he speaks I listen and so should you .
From one of the guys in Israel who uses this journal to help in his training THANK YOU HQ !

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This was an awesome video . Not an elite anything and I cannot wrap my mind around all the nuances of some of these nutrition cults.
I try to eat clean kind of Paleo and use Progenex as it is easy to implement and seems to work well for me.
I would love to have the services of a nutritionist that understands one size does not fit all.
Rock on this is the kind of help I need please send more my way.
About Jeremys' size ? Dude you got to be kidding ! He looks fine and a six pack does not an expert make.
Coach Glassman may not be the fittest man in Crossfit but when he speaks I listen and so should you .
From one of the guys in Israel who uses this journal to help in his training THANK YOU HQ !

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It might not affect performance, but there is nothing healthy about eating any kind of bread!

I'm with Jakob, its nice to get a glimpse at what the best of the best are doing in regards to training and nutrition, but when the average crossfitter then tries to immitate them its a recipe for disaster!

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John Weiss wrote …

Lisbeth, well said.
Donovan, food for thought.... leaner = more knowledgeable. I would disagree.

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Jeb Smith wrote …

Thanks Donovan for reminding us that ignorant people still exist. Ive seen many people,especially in CrossFit who are ripped to shreds, but couldnt out lift my 82 year old grandmother. A 6 pack doesnt make you fit or healthy. Oh and i know Jeremy very well, hes about 13%bf in this video

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So in this video you have a new HQ nutrition guy affirming the dietary habits of #1 and #2 at the games last year and the winner of the open. He explains how their diets are in fact zone (b/c they include fat, protein, and carbs) and how there are paleo principles in place as well (b/c the milk is organic). I'll just not comment on that part.

But I will say that I wish he would get real with us. Mention that these guys are young and doing huge volume and can get away with suboptimal diets in a way that a more normal person wishing to maintain leanness while hitting 3-4 workouts per week can't. These guys have incredible engines and as such, can overcome a lot of dietary imperfections.

How about mentioning that Rich's diet is not optimal for everyone but it's very affordable and represents a decent way to eat when money is tight but training volume is easy to come by. Someone who has more disposable income but only time for about 1/8th of the training volume probably should aim for more high quality meats in their diet, just for example.

I can't help but think that former nutrition cert folks would be more likely to keep it real.

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I am surprised none of these top performers weigh and measure Twinkies. As we all know, that would be way better than eating clean foods unmeasured.

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replied to comment from Paul Klein

I just spit out my coffee. Funny!

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Olly Goddard wrote …

I found this to be a highly informative progenex advert!

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replied to comment from Donovan Conrad

I agree. When people don't look the part it takes away from the message. Same goes for Glassman. It may not be p.c. to say, but its true. If you wanna be giving fitness advice then it helps looking good in your underpants.

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can you guys make these progenix ads a little more obvious in the beginning so I don't end up wasting time with infomercials

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Nutrition will always be a hot bed topic and it truly is individualized. The key here though is the people interviewed are training for performance versus aesthetics. Overall though from the perspective of a non-elite athlete, my take from this video is that nutrition is something that you need to be aware of while simultaneously taking an active role in discovering what works for you. unfortunately some people are extremely carb sensitive and others are not, there is no one size fits all prescription like 40/30/30 but that is something that can be used and adjusted to fit your goals.

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I appreciate the video. However, as someone over 40 (turning 44 tomorrow), my workout load is greatly less, and my body just doesn't seem to process food like it used to! I would LOVE a follow-up video for non-elite athletes, and especially focused on "more mature" (don't you call me old!) athletes.

By the way, I have to agree that Jeremy looks fit. Dude! The guy isn't 23 years old like the elite athletes he's interviewing! That's my point! It's also cool to hear that he's putting up some serious, competitive #s and times. His Fran time sure beats the crud out of my 11:00 time! :o)

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I appreciate the video. However, as someone over 40 (turning 44 tomorrow), my workout load is greatly less, and my body just doesn't seem to process food like it used to! I would LOVE a follow-up video for non-elite athletes, and especially focused on "more mature" (don't you call me old!) athletes.

By the way, I have to agree that Jeremy looks fit. Dude! The guy isn't 23 years old like the elite athletes he's interviewing! That's my point! It's also cool to hear that he's putting up some serious, competitive #s and times. His Fran time sure beats the crud out of my 11:00 time! :o)

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Enjoyed this one. I've done the Zone and Paleo and gotten great result from both. I think it's always cool to get a glimpse into what others are doing. We have the choice to adopt and adapt or continue with what we're currently doing. NEVER follow blindly. Question and experiment. That's the only way you'll truly find out what works for YOU. We've got to do the work and stop looking for the Holy Grail of nutrition. There isn't one.

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replied to comment from gary martins

I totally agree, Crossfit becoming too aware of its sponsors. Note most of the videos have obvious product placement etc etc

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Thanks for the video. I agree with Steve P that some nutrition information aimed at the non-quite-elite or maturing athlete would be appreciated. Hopefully this video is just a teaser for more in-depth articles on nutrition. As for Jeremy's aesthetic, he may not be much to look at, but he's got a beautiful heart and has helped many people (to wit: me and my wife) improve their fitness beyond their wildest dreams. Thanks Coach J!

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You guys have to try stuff out for yourself. I bet if you do paleo/zone correctly it will work for you. These Elite Athletes always say the same thing about there diet. They act like they dont really think about it. If you beleive these guys are not knowing exactly what goes in their bodies your a fool. I like Rich but i find it hard to believe for breakfast he just has some peanut butter and jelly with milk and then gets his protein requirements from Progenex. I dont think that would support a 195 Lb frame but i didnt win the crossfit games either so what do i know.

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So... peanut butter and jelly, milk and Progenex. Got it.

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How about running a Progenex banner across the bottom with a link to purchase said product? I appreciate the info on what these studs and studdetes are taking in but how many more times can we say "Progenex" in one video. I kept waiting for one of them to say that pre wod they lace up there Reebok shoes while drinking Progenex and towel off with a Reebok CF towel as they drink their post wod Progenex whatever.

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replied to comment from Mike McConnell

AHhahaa thats the only thing i learned from this video. What does Rich eat? I'll eat!

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