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Stop Looking at the Scale, Start Looking at Biofeedback

  When in a dieting phase, it can become all too common to continuously look at the number on the scale. After all, we’re trying to LOSE weight, right? · We base our perception of progress on whether the scale has gone up or down each day. · “Down 1.5lbs….yes! This is totally working!” Next day, “Up 1lb…ahh what is going on, I was doing so great?” · And the emotional roller-coaster continues in this fashion, adding tremendous stress…

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The “Skills” You Actually Need To Get Better

  “I need to work on my toes-to-bar.” “I need to practice my muscle-ups.” “I need to get better at my squat clean.” We hear the above and more at our gyms daily from athletes eager to improve and master all the “skills” that make up this wonderful world of CrossFit. While I always encourage getting better at certain movements and think it’s important to have goals in these areas, sometimes we lose focus on WHAT is actually going…

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What You Need To Know About Low-Calorie Diets

  If you’ve battled with weight loss or even had isolated periods of trying to lose that pesky 10-15 pounds, you’ve likely been on some sort of calorie-restrictive diet. · And it’s no secret that that’s how we lose weight – we put ourselves in a calorie deficit – meaning we are burning more calories than we are taking in. It’s just the physics of weight loss. · But what actually happens after we’re in a calorie deficit for…

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Bathroom Stuff: Fix Your Digestion and Gut Health

If you’re struggling with digestion and overall gut health, you’re not alone. ·⠀ With the way our agriculture and food supply systems have been moving, more and more people are being affected to a greater degree.⠀ ·⠀ The application of Round Up to vegetables; the antibiotics and hormones that go into the animals we eat. ·⠀ These things are going to eventually (if not already) take a toll on our gut biome. ·⠀ Add to that other lifestyle and…

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The Open is Over. What Do We Do Now?

For a lot of us in the CrossFit space, the Open is the “holiday season” where these five weeks represent a special time for our community. We get together each weekend and tackle the week’s challenge – 18.1, 18.2, 18.3, 18.4, 18.5 – each time with the massive support and push from our friends and family! But now that the 5th week has come and gone, where do we go and what do we turn our attention to? The…

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Eating 1,300 Calories Per Day is Not Okay

If you’re struggling to lose weight, I’m betting you’re not eating enough. Crazy, right? · 8 out of 10 people who come to me for nutrition coaching are not eating enough food. · They have tried multiple diets over the years, all with the same underlying theme of calorie restriction, and have built a lifestyle around eating TOO LITTLE. Natural cleanse procedures also help prepare the body for a new diet. · The problem is, they don’t believe they’re…

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Scaling Workouts Makes You Fitter

  In our increasingly competitive CrossFit communities, there can often be a negative connotation associated with scaling a workout – either reducing the load (weight of the barbell, kettlebell, dumbbell), range-of-motion (ROM) of the movement, or total volume (reps) of the workout. Athletes sometimes fall into the trap of thinking they are scaling simply because “I’m not strong enough,” “I’m not good enough to do this,” or “I can’t do the workout like everyone else.” These thoughts and reactions…

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Where Were You Six Months Ago?

  3 weeks down, 2 to go! How did 18.3 go for you? If you’re like most, you ran into a roadblock somewhere because the workout featured so many different elements. Double-unders, overhead squats, muscle-ups (pull-ups for the scaled division). The volume of double-unders was too much for some; the OHS too heavy for others. And then others spent the majority of their workout looking to achieve that elusive first muscle-up or pull-up. 18.3 allowed us to see some…

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You’re Free to be Different

  When I was younger, I used to fear being different. My mindset each day revolved around trying to fit in. How can I NOT be noticed? How can I NOT stand out or attract any attention? What can I do to be like others; to look like them, talk like them, enjoy what they enjoy, have the things they have? Where that led me was down a dark path of not understanding myself and delaying the growth of…

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18.2

  Well, he was right. @DaveCastro, Director of the @CrossFitGames, that is. Last Thursday when 18.2 was announced, he said, “18.2 is gonna burn.” Yep. Good call there Dave. The awkwardness of the dumbbells in the front rack. The effect of the squats on the legs. The bar-facing burpees and the new standard of jumping back/up. Yes it all combined for one short burn that left the lungs on fire and the legs like jello. How’d that clean feel…

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