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    Eat Healthily, Be Healthy & Performance Will Come

    By David (Jacko) Jackson

    Eat real, whole, natural foods that nourish the body

    When it comes to enhancing performance, we often forget the foundation of it all which is first and foremost, health. Health comes in many forms and achieving health is an individualised and continuous learning process. Many pillars contribute to health including training, sleep, connection, recovery and the one I am especially passionate about, nutrition. 

    Nutrition is important in preventing disease, promoting longevity, maintaining a healthy weight, improving performance and so much more. When it comes to performance, nutrition plays a crucial role – and when it comes to overall health and well-being, nutrition plays an even greater role. Every day we make food choices that impact our health and performance. Therefore, it’s essential to have the knowledge and foundations in place to establish a healthy and sustainable eating pattern that works for you, your body and your goals.

    It’s important to keep in mind a healthy eating pattern is just that – a pattern. It’s not about any single food, drink or nutrient, but rather your diet as a whole. It’s about consistency and sustainability. Every person is unique, and every person has their own nutritional needs. That’s why we wanted to create a Nutrition and Health course that provides with you the knowledge and framework needed to help guide you in the right direction, but also individualise it to meet your personal health goals. At the foundation, we believe in nutrient-density and variety. From there, we provide you with the knowledge and tools to transform your eating patterns and achieve your personal goals. In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult but we also believe you need to take time to enjoy your food, slow down, and tune-in to your body’s needs. Ultimately, the journey to health is about finding what works for you and providing your body with the nourishment it deserves. This is what the Nutrition and Health course is all about.

    About Me and How I like to Train Calisthenics

    I first stumbled upon the School of Calisthenics when I began to admire quite simply what the term “calisthenics” means – beauty and strength. I was amazed watching what the body was capable of doing as well as the powerful, yet fluid movements calisthenics embodied. After finding the School of Calisthenics, I quickly took to their overall science-based approach as well as educating and teaching their students. I could relate to their backgrounds as I myself come from a sports performance career, where I help professional athletes achieve their performance goals through nutrition. I also admired their philosophy toward training, freedom to move, play and focus on overall health and lifestyle. I enjoy training calisthenics because it challenges the body and mind in new ways. It isn’t simply about strength, power or endurance, but it requires you to really listen and learn about your body. Handstands are of particular interest to me because they translate into my other movement background, which is acrobatics. Calisthenics continues to challenge me to learn about my body, develop new strengths, always have fun and be grateful for the freedom to move.

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    Nutrition Philosophy

    Working alongside the School of Calisthenics was quite simply a perfect fit. Their mindset toward training, nutrition and health aligned flawlessly with my own. I admired their approach toward education and learning as well as focusing on health and wellness as a whole. When it comes to nutrition, our philosophies could not align more. We both believe that at the foundation of it all is the focus on eating real, whole, natural foods that nourish the body. Having this at the core of your eating pattern supports providing your body with the nourishment that it needs to not only improve performance but achieve health and longevity. Being mindful of what you consume and what you put into your body is essential because, ultimately, you are what you eat.

    Nutrition Framework

    Our framework focuses on sustainability and consistency. Nutrient-density and dietary quality are the focus, because not all calories are created equal after all. Below you can see the framework we believe in, and at the very foundation is “Lifestyle and Behaviour”.


    Nutrition for Performance // Framework

    You must start at the base and build a strong foundation because this is how you progress and improve health and performance. Within the Nutrition and Health course, we discuss the many aspects that play into each of these layers and how to achieve your goals within each.

    Nutrition for Performance // Healthy plate


    Nutrition for Health + Performance Course Outline

    Eat Real, Whole, Natural Foods that Nourish the Body.

    At its core, it seems a simple and basic concept, and it really is. However, in today’s modern diet there is an abundance of processed foods, confusing nutrition messages and ever-changing information. As a result, these can make implementing proper nutrition within your own life challenging. This is why we wanted to create a course full of information and tips to help you not only implement quality nutrition practices but also learn why it’s important and how to do it properly for you. Because at the end of the day, nutrition is very individualised and we all have different needs and goals. 

    The Nutrition and Health Course is packed full of useful information and practical tools to help you achieve your goals and optimise your nutrition, training and health. Here is a sneak-peek of the modules and what you can expect from the course:

    • Module 1: Nutrition Basics
    • Module 2: Meet the Macros
    • Module 3: Meet the Micros
    • Module 4: Bringing it All Together – Let’s Talk Food
    • Module 5: Specific Diets
    • Module 6: Body Composition
    • Module 7: Performance Nutrition
    • Module 8: Supplements
    • Module 9: Digestion + Gut Health
    • The Locker- Practical Tools: Recipes, Grocery Lists + More!

    With going through the modules, learning the concepts and implementing them into your own life comes the ultimate achievement of – Eat Healthy, Live Healthy and Performance Will Come. 

    I’m so excited to see you in the classroom and we can’t wait to help you achieve your nutrition, performance and health goals!


    School of Calisthenics Nutritionist and Dietitian


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