We checked in with CrossFit For Duty winner Bill for a little Q&A and this is what he had to say!
Q. What have you learned about nutrition since starting at PVCF?
A. I've learned the importance of proper eating before and after a workout. When I took the nutrition class he stressed the importance of having food within an hour of the workout to replenish the energy that was used up, as well as a pre-workout meal. I unintentionally tested this theory a few times, and I was useless. I was really surprised how big of a difference it really made.
Q. What changes have you made to your diet?
A. I have done a pretty good job of drinking more water and avoiding sugary drinks. Following the paleo diet and giving up bread, potatoes and rice is probably the hardest part of the whole experience. Its is a pretty big change since I am use to having them at most meals. I tried it for a while, but it did not last. Overall I would say that I think more about what I eat now, and that has lead to a healthier diet.
Q. What changes (good and bad) have you noticed in your body?
A. Well the most notable change would be the soreness. The workouts are intense, and I found more than a few muscles that have not been used in a while. I could definitely feel it the first couple weeks. Now it is not nearly as bad, but everyone once and a while I get a reminder of the previous days workout.
The good news is I have gotten much stronger. My strength training weights are going up quickly now. The weight that I used to struggle with is now just a warmup. My running has also improved greatly. I hate running and never have been any good at it, but I am able to run twice as far as I could when I started.
Q. What has been the hardest part?
A. The hardest part has been the diet. Keeping good food around and choosing to eat it is easier said than done.
Q. What has been the easiest part?
A. The easiest part is going to the gym every day. Its not not even and option for me. I get up and go every morning no matter what the workout of the day is.
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Loren Davine, M.Ed., C.A.G.S., is the Executive Director of NoFires, Inc. and a former high school guidance counselor. She is also a full-time mom and the wife of Deputy Chief Jon Davine. Loren has been a member of Pioneer Valley Crossfit since 2008 and offers a unique perspective to our community on family, fitness, and fire safety for juvenile firesetters.
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