These are strange times, chaotic times, special times, unique times - These sayings have become ubiquitous in our conversations lately. Whatever we want to call it, things are different for all of us in one way or another. Most of us have experienced huge changes to our routines. The gym has closed, our kids aren’t going to school, we’re working from home, and other extracurriculars have been cancelled. While I don’t have much experience and therefore can’t offer much help on how to deal with kids at home, I have had experience with remote work and working from home, and can help offer some suggestions to help you navigate through this new (hopefully only temporary) norm.
There are some key things we can do to keep ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally, during these turbulent times!
The holiday season is the perfect time to ask Santa for new workout gear and/or meal prep aids, and if Santa doesn’t follow through, you’ve got boxing week sales to fall back on!
To help with your shopping, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 must-haves to help save time and increase performance in the gym and in the kitchen!
Looking to keep your fitness up while away from your home gym? Wondering what workouts you can do with zero or minimal equipment?
We've got you covered! Our coaches have put together a list of workouts that can be completed anywhere, anytime!
For most of us, multi-tasking has become the norm. Having a “side hustle” is becoming much more common as people seek to fill their schedules up. However, with more and more responsibility comes a greater difficulty to find time for “other things”, aka we tend to create an imbalance in our lives without sometimes even realizing it. And the first thing to suffer is usually our personal life and/or our health.
How can we find a good balance between our work, personal and professional life when our engine always seems to be running on empty (or caffeine)? Because whether you think you do or don’t, we all need balance in our lives!
If we had to guess, we would say roughly 95% of us who do CrossFit despise running or any other cardio (Hey Echo Bike, where you at!?) that doesn’t involve cycling a barbell.
There are, however, some great health benefits that come from running, such as...
The short answer is yes, and here’s why:
If I asked you to list the benefits of exercise, your mind would likely jump to losing weight, gaining muscle, and maybe even increasing energy. But would it go to increasing focus? Decreasing anxiety and depression? Growing brain cells? Learning faster?
When we think of the beneficial impacts of physical activity, we tend to focus on the physical and aesthetic results: a flat tummy, toned arms, a bigger butt. What we often overlook are the effects on the brain.
We all know exercise is good for us, but how good is it really?
As coaches, whether it’s in CrossFit, Powerlifting, or Olympic Weightlifting, nothing makes us happier than hearing athletes ring the PR bell and record their new personal bests on the board. Over the last few months, thanks to some brilliant programming and the hard work put in by all our athletes, I’ve heard that bell ring more times than I can count, and I've seen that board overflow with new PRs to the point where we have started to run out of space. For that, we couldn’t be more proud! However, there may be some among you who find yourselves in the totally opposite situation...
The sport of CrossFit, which is COMPLETELY different from CrossFit as a fitness modality creates many challenges for both aspiring athletes and affiliate owners. It’s time to unpack some misconceptions and lay the foundation for success.
While most (if not all) injuries are preventable, sometimes even taking all the proper precautions (i.e. proper recovery) cannot exempt us - as athletes - from dealing with acute pains. However, this does not mean you are destined for an injury, it simply means that you should be prepared and know what to do in case something does come up.
Now, of course before being reactive, we all should be proactive, by practicing proper recovery mechanisms such as:
The title of this post came about when I was training with a friend and I needed to scale back the number of prescribed ring muscle ups in my workout. When I mentioned that I would reduce the number, he agreed with me and then said the immortal words … “Scaling is Failing!”
From my perspective, that really fired me up...in a good way. However, even though I may be okay with hearing that from someone else, as a coach, you can’t wander around class and throw out bombs like this - it doesn’t help. I must admit that I have used this a few times; however, it has always been in a tongue and cheek tone. While there are some lunatics like me out there, the majority of the human race need a more positive approach.
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