"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.
"New year, new me, right? Probably not. Look, I’m sure you have totally honest intentions of sticking to the “New Year (insert trend here)” workout program you tore out of that magazine but chances are most of us will not. I don’t mean to sound like a negative ass, but there are legit studies showing the likelihood of people sticking with a New Year’s resolution... the numbers are grim. There are, after all, reasons why every publication under the sun run workout stories - they sell. Rather than regurgitating what I wrote last year in New Year’s Resolutions are Bullshit, I thought I’d go a different route and talk about: How to Stay Sane."
2016 has been a special year! Thank you to our community.
"So much of achieving is believing. Sure there's skill and ability, hell maybe even a bit of luck, but if you don't believe off the jump that you CAN, you're selling yourself short."
"The Festive Season is finally upon us and with it, one of the biggest challenges faced by all, including my clients. Is the weeks of parties, lunches, dinners, with friends, family, & work."
"It really was life changing for me at the time. I started training for races and almost died during my first 10km race. I made sure to train smarter after that. Now I have done numerous Half Marathons, always trying to increase my time and plan to run the Full Marathon next summer."
In a nutshell...
- Put a team of 3 people together. (members, non-members, anyyyyyy body!!!)
- Each team contributes $30 ($10 per person) We will be accepting additional donations the day of the event as well.
- As a team, swing as many reps as possible in 25 minutes ( more on that below )
- 50% of the money raised will go to Matthew House. (more on that below)
- The other 50% will be awarded as prize money for the 1st, 2nd ( Rx ) & 1st, 2nd. ( Scaled )
- EVERY BODY WINS!!!
Our community is truly incredible. It's filled with individuals who challenge themselves to be better athletes but more importantly better people.
On Dec 8th, Moe Bsat will embark on a day-long run that will challenge his mind & his matter.
As we get closer towards the CrossFit Open in late February, our Metcons will slowly wind down from the longer 20-35 minute chipper style WODs towards the shorter 10-15 minute burners. This is where we need to challenge your ability to keep the intensity high.
Everyone is always looking for the optimal post workout meal or shake - typically, people move towards some combination of carbs and protein as THE way to support refuelling and recovery. But what if there was another way? What if we actually tried a different formula? Something like healthy fats and ketones with some other delicious ingredients that lend taste and function to the mix?
"I'm always fascinated by how things work. I was the kid that took apart the VCR just to see the insides and now, because I have my own business, I'm interested to see what I can apply to my own life. AOL has such a vibrant and diverse community supporting it and I'm always on the lookout to expand the appeal of my own community."
"I have been apart of the Academy of Lions for just under two years. Yes, if you dare to believe. Once you become apart of the family, you are apart of it for life! Lions League is just another day to come into the space you have come to know, workout with new and old friends and have a great time doing it. Simple as that."
"There are a multitude of reasons why people cannot get to or stay asleep. Excess stress, caffeine consumption too late in the day, too much sugar, unbalanced hormones, anxiety, magnesium deficiency…the list goes on but there is one thing that is quite easy to fix. If you’re willing to wear blue blocking glasses in the evening hours leading up to bedtime every night."
"Well I started this sport as a 17 year-old which for most people who do this competitively is a little bit late. There were "growing pains" associated with the last couple of years. Things like shoulders, knees, and wrists adapting to the new stresses of Olympic weightlifting. I feel that these experiences and the fact that the sport wasn't taught to me from a super young age forced to me truly understand and learn what I was trying to do with my body, which now makes it easier to guide others down the same road."
For the next couple of Monday's I'll be coaching the 6am & 7am CrossFit classes. Now, I get to the gym pretty early and think it would be a great opportunity to introduce a little Meditation/Mindfulness/Focused Breathing to our morning routine...
"Getting healthy was an uphill battle for me and I don't think I could have managed it anywhere else. I still have a mortifying/hilarious memory of two of my classmates helping me do a wall walk by holding my legs up and keeping them on the wall. There was no judgment, only a desire to help me succeed."
For some reason, it is generally accepted that Thanksgiving Dinner will be followed by an obligatory food coma. In the absence of said state of total dysfunction and discomfort people seem to think that they must have been deprived somehow and that they did not indulge sufficiently in honour of the day.
Allow me to challenge this concept...
I was driving by and saw people doing amazing things. I knew I had to try it out. I signed up for the free trial and got my butt kicked...
One common question I've been asked in the gym is whether or not to hookgrip various lifts, and why something so painful is taught to everyone?