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18.1 and Why the Leaderboard Doesn’t Matter

  20 minutes is a long time. Did anyone else feel like 18.1 would never end?! With the CrossFit Games Open season officially underway this weekend, I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s why: -Community – spending time with athletes and sharing the experience each week is special. To be able to get to do that twice every week (Fridays at Brickhouse and Saturdays at Unify) is truly magical. -New Athletes – seeing athletes that I’ve just recently taken through…

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How to Crush (Survive) the Open

  February and March, every year. In the space of CrossFit, THIS is our holiday season. We get to celebrate the start of the CrossFit Games season and participate in the largest sporting event in the world. With over 300,000 total participants from over 170 countries, this time of year is electric for us Crossfitters. But what is it truly about? Not many of us are going to suit up for the CrossFit games this Summer. So why do…

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The Two Things You HAVE to Know About Your Food

  In my last blog, we talked about the equation to get results. Results in terms of performance, aesthetics, or overall health and lifestyle. This equation involves three pieces: training, sleep and nutrition. One without the other two does not get you the results you desire. Today let’s assume training and sleep are on the right track so we can solely focus on the nutrition piece. Nutrition SHOULD be your priority, but it is often overlooked or brushed aside….

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Why You’re Not Seeing Results

  The term “results” can mean a lot of different things to different people when it comes to the gym and fitness. Common examples of results desired from a training program include: Weight/body fat loss Muscle gain Look better naked Improved lifts such as squat, deadlift, etc… Clothes fit better Improved biomarkers like blood pressure Enhanced energy and mood Improved cardiovascular endurance You get the idea. Everyone has their own “why” and that’s awesome! Is everyone seeing the results…

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Food Around Your Workouts

  Does timing your food intake around your workouts REALLY matter? Yes and no. If we look at a hierarchy of nutritional elements based on importance, timing falls 4th on the list of 5. This list goes: -Total calorie consumption -Macronutrient composition -Micronutrient composition -Meal timing -Supplements from https://liftmode.com/calming/oleamide.html The takeaway from this is that, yes it does matter, BUT if the first 3 things on that list are not up to par, we’ve got bigger issues to worry…

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Habits and Why You Need More of Them

  hab·it noun plural noun: habits a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. ______________________________________ As I think about IMPACT and different ways to create value for our athletes, members and clients, I find myself asking ‘Why?’ quite often. Why do some people join the gym and then leave a few months later? Why do others stay at the gym for years and come 5 days per week? Why do some people go…

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Weight Loss and Why Your Workouts Aren’t Helping

Before we begin, I want to lay out the “triangle of awareness” when it comes to our focus in the gym. Some athletes have performance goals – they want to get better at their sport, PR their deadlift, run a 10k, etc…. Other athletes come to us with aesthetic goals – they want to lose weight, cut body fat, look a certain way, or fit into different clothes sizes. Thirdly, some athletes simply have lifestyle goals – they want…

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New Years CrossFit Trial

At Brickhouse we have a 7 year track record of taking normal everyday people and turning them into extraordinary humans: physically dominant, mentally tough, and simply better at life, with the use of different techniques and exercises as pilates and crossfit. This year give the gift of health and fitness. Give it to yourself, someone you love, or both! We are offering our first ever Trial Membership that includes an Introductory Session ($150 value), 6 Weeks of Classes ($250…

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How To Get Through Your Slump: A Ben Guide to Getting Your Mojo Back

As the Original CrossFit in Roanoke, Virginia we have athletes that have been training with us for 6 years. When you first leap into CrossFit, it can be an exciting experience and most embrace it like a freshman at a frat party. You find yourself consumed with watching muscle-up videos and your social media revolves around workouts, diets, and awesome PRs. You start to buy #allthegear, meet incredible people, become slightly obsessed with your coach, and get really cool…

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Are You Too Sick To Workout?

Tis’ the season for sniffles, sore throats and heaven forbid the flu. Sooner or later we’re faced with the question “Am I too sick to work out?” Our very own Brickhouse athletes Arlesia Jones and Amelia Canright give us the low down on how to tell. Ok, give it to us straight: how do you know if you’re too sick to workout? Arlesia: Bottom line – listen to your body. Usually the first couple of days of illness are…

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