Rogers co-founded the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) adventure race in September 2011, and it’s grown quickly, with almost a dozen races expected for 2014. When it hit Brooklyn in August, the city’s CrossFit boxes turned out en masse, and Instagram exploded with event photos.
Rogers, a lifelong athlete and extreme skier, takes it in stride. “Every single race, not only do I do it the day of, but I’ll usually walk or run the course three or four times before the event,” he says. “I’ve done The Pit more than anyone in the world.”
So how does the New Yorker maintain the explosive energy that drives him? We took a peek inside his Upper East Side refrigerator, which he shares with his girlfriend Michelle (and sometimes with CMC CEO Keith Gornish, who sleeps over a lot).
It looks like your diet is pretty Paleo, but you also have dairy. What’s your overall approach? As an athlete, I really try to stay as raw as I can. I believe in Paleo, no doubt about it. But I’m more primal, so Paleo with dairy. My biggest thing is that I try to match my body weight to grams of protein. So one gram of protein per one pound of body weight.
That seems like a ton! I’ve been following this pretty religiously since 2003, when I met my first sports medicine dietician. It actually promotes leanness. For a male body of an athlete that trains hard—”hard” being five days a week—and if you have a balanced diet with proper carbs like vegetables and are pulling your sugar from fruits…if you’re highly functional, you’re burning so many calories and so much protein in your body, you’re balancing it out naturally.
Okay, but isn’t it hard to get that much protein in a day? This is where I break off the Paleo, because that means I would only eat whole foods. I’ll drink 2 or 3 shakes per day because of my busy schedule and in order to hit my protein. It’s almost impossible to eat eight meals a day. But I get the best shakes on the market, without the bad ingredients and loaded with fillers that are way too easy to find.
I’m guessing that’s what the tub of Paleo Protein is for? Yes, it’s based off of beef and egg, instead of being whey isolate. About 99 percent of protein products out there are whey isolate-based, from milk.
What else goes in the shake? I always go with ice and water, peanut butter, mixed berries, and the protein.
Is the Eboost for a pre-workout boost? That’s for the beginning of my day. I take one shot, and I try to stay away from coffee as much as I can.
Do you cook a lot? Michelle and I love to cook, but I’m also busy, so I just joined Custom Fit Meals. They drop off pre-cooked Paleo meals, all healthy, at my box on 37th Street. Let me tell you about the greatest Paleo snack on the planet, though. You get Medjool dates—I live on these things—you crack them open, take the pit out, stick a walnut and a little bit of goat cheese inside, take some pre-cooked bacon, and wrap it around the date and cook it for 10 minutes at 500 degrees. And, oh god, it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever tasted. —Lisa Elaine Held
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