As Summer (finally) kicks into full swing I thought it might be helpful to review the importance of hydration for our community of athletes. We often think about food but it is easy to forget about proper hydration - it can make a huge difference to both your performance and recovery.
I've always wanted to help people. But I didn’t always know exactly how. I knew I wanted to do something in the health science field but it wasn’t until I traveled for 3 months through South America that I decided to put my love for anatomy and physiology together with rehabilitation.
After trying one metcon class I was hooked. My concerns about fitting in disappeared instantly, everyone there was welcoming and had varying levels of fitness and skill. I discovered that the only person I had to compete against was myself.
What is home? There’s over 4 million results when you ask Google - but a dictionary definition can't explain the feeling of walking in the front door and feeling safe, feeling like you belong, of really feeling home. So then, perhaps the question should be what makes a home? For me, home is the place that I can go and be both vulnerable and strong. Home isn’t a place, per say, but a community. I’ve grown up in countless different communities: from soccer to theatre, even my first job was with an organization that worked very hard to make it’s culture community based.
Join Academy member Joanna Gussmann & coach Ashley Monaghan June 4th for a self defense workshop at the Academy.
Each day, I am grateful to be alive and moving, there's no better way to spend it by taking care of my health through fitness.
Kettlebell FLOW is designed with the intent of kettlebell specificity. This means in order to become fluid with the bell you must constantly be using it. The use of kettlebells allows athletes to bridge the gap between their strength & cardio thresholds. The goal of the programming is not about finding a maximal weight, rather about learning how to move efficiently with weight.
It’s possible that when you saw the in-house announcement about the upcoming Paleo Challenge in June you became ridiculously excited - you’ve always wondered about doing something like this, this is the perfect time and place to do it!
Leafy greens should account for the greatest volume of food that you eat every day - sadly, for most people this is far from the case.
"I had always had a ridiculously competitive spirit (which got me into a lot of trouble with team sports and life in general growing up) and I needed an outlet in an individual-athlete’s sport. At first I had no idea what I was doing and couldn’t even do a single-under skip, never mind trying to punch, kick, elbow and not get hit. Being competitive and super stubborn, I showed up to Muay Thai classes every day, twice a day until I landed my first amateur fight and won"
You came, you saw, you conquered. Thank you to all the lions who made 17.2 an event to never forget.
"Practice what you are not good at. Put in the time to improve what you don't like doing or can't do. Can't do a pull-up - practice doing one a day, can't do a push-up - start on your knees and work your way up."
Last week marked the first week of the 2017 CrossFit Open - a time when CrossFit athletes from around the world get to measure themselves up against each other and themselves.
Whether you participated, volunteered or cheered, you made 17.1 at the Academy a speical event. Thank you.
"I grew up on a dirt road outside of Rosseau, Ontario, which is in Toronto’s cottage country just west of Huntsville. During high school I lived in Belleville ON, close to Kingston and then later moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba for post-secondary school. After graduation in the fall of 2014, I decided it was time to move closer to my family and for some new job opportunities; Toronto was my instinctual choice."
"Since starting, it has definitely become the main outlet in my life. I work in finance downtown, after sitting all day it is important for me to be able to do something to get me moving again. I have also used it as a mental outlet."
With the Open fast approaching, it’s time to try and be one with Dave Castro, the director of the CrossFit Games, to predict and surprises for the upcoming 2017 CrossFit Open. I’ve given up on trying to predict the workouts, I’ve even created a spreadsheet with past workouts to try to guess what the following year’s workouts would be (maybe I’ll share that one day) but trying to guess the twist that Dave puts in each year seems more fun. Here are my top 3 picks.