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Why I eat Superfoods: An elite athletes perspective

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James NewburyGuy: Meet James Newbury, an incredible athlete, coach and now gym owner. James is undoubtedly one of the fittest blokes in the country. (In fact he just placed second in the inaugural Men’s Fitness ‘Fit Bloke Challenge’ against an incredibly tough field). We caught up with James to hear exactly what a ‘superfood’ is and how he incorporates them into his diet. He also shares his favourite superfood recipe and gives us a look at what his daily diet looks like.

Over to James…

Khan: What is a superfood?

James: A superfood is a food that contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals or trace minerals and some of the best examples are mesquite, maca, coconut, gogi berries, chia, nuts, seeds, kale, kelp, blueberries etc.

Khan: How have superfoods affected your performance and overall health and wellbeing?

James: I put that extra 10% gain in progression down to superfoods and the way they help your body’s natural function. They supply your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to perform at its peak. You don’t run a Ferrari off low-grade fuel.

Khan: What are some of your favourite superfoods and superfood recipes?

James: Some of my favourites are avocado, cacao, mesquite, lucuma, kale and eggs. My all time favourite recipe is choc avocado mousse:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bananaavocado mousse
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop of 180 Natural Protein Superfood
  • 2 tsp raw organic cacao powder
  • 2 tbs raw organic honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of organic almond milk
  • dash of organic vanilla

Method:
Blend up until smooth. Smother on paleo pancakes or just eat as is.

Khan: How would you suggest one of your clients introduce superfoods into their diet?

Khan: Start off with some basics then add nuts and seeds to the diet. As you progress start introducing new things like nori (seaweed wraps) then looking to things like goji berries, chia, maca and mesquite. Try to get one thing at a time and add 1 tsp to a smoothie, you will start to feeling amazing for it.

Khan: Outline your average daily diet.

James: Most days it looks something like this:

  • Breakfast – Steel cut oats with 1 scoop of 180, water and almond milk
  • Snack – Avocado mousse
  • Lunch – Turkey, big leafy green salad with sundried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar
  • Snack – Couple of boiled eggs with some nuts and apples
  • Dinner – Chicken, steak, fish with big leafy salad and cherry tomatoes with balsamic vinegar
  • Dessert – Greek yogurt with crushed cashews and some goji berries

Khan: Describe how superfoods help you with your training?

James Newbury Crossfit GamesJames: The nutrient intake helps me tremendously. If I eat badly I feel I perform badly, or at least not as well as if I ate well. My energy feels lower and my recovery isn’t as good. It has definitely helped me prepare for the 2013 Australian CrossFit Regional Games. My girlfriend Kayla has been incredibly helpful in terms of making sure I’m getting the right vitamins minerals and superfoods which has been outstanding.

Khan: Thanks James, good luck with the games.

As the 013 Australian CrossFit Regionals Games approach, we’re all super excited to see how James performs. Be sure to jump over to his Facebook page to follow his training up to the event and check out his gym CrossFit Mode.

What superfoods do you eat? Love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below… Guy

Mobility: Being a Supple Leopard James Newbury Style

James NewburyBy Khan Porter

(Khan) Two weeks into the 2013 CrossFit open and undoubtedly everyone’s bodies are feeling a little beat up.

But fear not as 180 Nutrition sponsored athlete has the low-down on how to keep in fighting shape with mobility as the season continues!

After crushing 13.2, James Newbury is currently sitting comfortably in 3rd position in Australia/New Zealand.

He looks set to continue crushing the CrossFit Open and it’s likely he will be a serious contender to make it to the Games this year!

Over to James… More

CrossFit open: Insider tips from some of the best in Australia/NZ

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By 180 Nutrition

It’s here, the Reebok CrossFit Open!!!

As the internet goes into melt down with the announcement of 13.1 we’ve got the hottest tips from our sponsored athletes Chad Mackay, Ruth Anderson-Horrel and James Newbury to keep your cool throughout the Open season.

Chad Mackay

Chad Mackay

2012 Australian CrossFit champion & 9th fittest man on earth.

“Have a game plan and stick with it!”

When preparing for the Open, Regionals Games or any workout, I always have a game plan in mind. I always look to understand how to best attack a workout. Ask yourself: how long will a round to take? How many reps will you do before you rest? How many breaths will you take before you get back to work? Work hard on your strengths and relax and stay focussed if a weak movement arises.”

You can follow Chad on Facebook here.

Ruth Anderson Horrell

Ruth Anderson-Horrel

Runner up 2012 Australian CrossFit Games. 2 x World CrossFit Games athlete.

“Don’t let the Open disrupt your normal training routine!”

If you’re competing for regionals, do the workout once and move on with your other training for the week. Consider taking your rest day the day before. I will be doing it as my first workout of the day, and most of the time I would have probably rested for the day before it. It will depend on what the WOD is, and what I’ve already done that week, as to whether I throw it in before or after my programmed rest day. Spend some time practicing the skills of the WOD for the days before you do it so you can move as efficiently as possible.”

You can follow Ruth on Facebook here.

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James Newbury

Top 10 finish in his first ever 2012 Australian CrossFit Regional Games.

“Nutrition and recovery are keys to success!”

I am a big believer in supplying your body with best nutrients possible. If you want you body to run with the most efficiency and prolong its longevity, then you must supply your body with good fuel. I’m extremely into super-foods and utilising their many advantages with recovery. Foods that contain high antioxidant level, high mineral and trace minerals and foods loaded with Vitamins. Sourcing good quality macronutrients is critical as well. When we train we are breathing loads more oxygen, thus creating more free radicals in the body. The only way to combat these free radicals is antioxidants. Supplying your body with more antioxidants will decrease the amount of free radicals and will help keep your cells full and strong.

Buying fresh organic produce is where I would start then work your way into looking for the more exotic super foods like kale, mesquite, maca, cacao, maqui, mangosteen, goji berries and many more. Things like lemon in the morning on an empty stomach and 1/2 tsp of Baking soda before bed helps buffer lactic acid build up and helps you go harder for longer to get more out of each session.”

You can follow James on Facebook here. 

What would your #1 tip be for the CrossFit Open? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…

Improve power snatch technique for crossfit

By Guy Lawrence

In this video: Khan runs me through some drills that I have found exceptionally helpful to improve my power snatch technique for crossfit.

The power snatch

overhead_squatAfter being out for almost 3 weeks with an infected elbow (you can see it here), I have now just under 3 weeks to prepare for a team crossfit competition we are sponsoring. It’s going to be a stella event that is called the State of Origin CrossFit Youfit Classic. One of the event organisers is one of our very on sponsored athletes James Newbury (you can follow James here).

crossfit bareOne of the team events is going to be a 50kg power snatch. I’m defiantly weak in this area (3 week lay off hasn’t helped) and these are the drills I will be doing in the lead up to the crossfit competition. We shot this video in our second home: Crossfit Bare in Bondi-Junction (pictured left. click to enlarge image).

Are you struggling with the snatch or are you a ninja? Would love to hear from you… Thoughts, ideas, useful links etc… Cheers, Guy

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180 nutrition ambassador chad mackayAlice Bingham

Founder, Alice in Healthyland  180 nutrition ambassadors instagram

“As a wellness advocate Alice shares her discoveries about fuelling her body with good food, creating healthy recipes, self love discussions, moving the body, ups and downs of motherhood, what and who she is inspired by”.

  

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“As a health and fitness influencer, presenter and fit healthy mum, Justine helps thousands of people get int the best shape of their lives”.

  

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Australian CrossFit Champion  180 nutrition ambassadors instagram180 nutrition ambassadors facebook

“As an athlete my performance is so important. I love knowing that I can fuel my body with quality ingredients and superfoods to assist my daily training and recovery. 180 Nutrition is staple part of my daily nutrition plan”.

  

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