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How Are You Going to Keep Yourself Accountable?

For most people, the idea of weight loss comes with an end date. “I just want to lose 20 pounds.” You lose those 20 pounds and then what? You go right back to what you were doing before. In most cases, those 20 pounds are back faster than the time it took you to lose it. So why is it so easy for us to gain that weight back? Consistent, long-term weight loss and healthy eating can only be…

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Your Health and Fitness Journey

We get it. Life is crazy. You’re tired. You don’t feel like moving. You have to take your kids somewhere. You have to be at work early. You need to get yard work done. You’re stuck doing a house project. There are a ton of other things you need to do. We get it. But here’s what we also get: you have a goal, and our job is to get you there. Part of our work, and a big…

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“I Can’t Believe I Just Did That”

“I can’t believe I just did that.” This is a common statement of folks in our group classes who finish a workout and reflect back on what just happened. It’s not an incredulous statement; it’s one of pride. Workouts and movements that at first seemed impossible. Strength that wasn’t previously known. The ability to mentally persist through an uncomfortable time. Showing up and working toward a better version of oneself. “I can’t believe I just did that.” But why?…

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How to Maintain Strength Away From the Gym

  If you’re worried about keeping your strength during this extended time away from the gym, read on. Now that the COVID-19 crisis has progressed to the point of country-wide gym closures, we are having to adjust our routines, work out in new places (living room for some) with little or no equipment. What does that mean for our strength, if we’re not deadlifting heavy weights each week or back squatting our 5-rep max percentages weekly? Are we going…

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Break Through Your Plateau

We’ve all been there. The time when progress seems like it has come to a standstill. · The lifts stop going up, the weight loss comes to a halt, the inches around the waistline hold steady. · The dreaded plateau. What gives? · In order to break through our plateau and continue the journey toward gains, weight loss, or whatever it is we desire, it’s important to understand the “Why” behind the lack of progress. · Honestly, sometimes it’s…

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You Are (Fit) Enough

He struggled to make it through the 6-minute warm-up. Gasping for air, his legs were burning and he had to stop multiple times in just the six short minutes of the class warm-up. He looked around, embarrassed, wondering if any of the other members of the class took note of how much he was struggling. · At the end of the agonizing “warm-up”, he sauntered over to the water fountain and leaned against it while trying to breathe. After…

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Keys to a Healthy, Effective, Sustainable Fitness Journey

If we could get you to your goal in 3 weeks but told you that you would lose your progress after another 6 weeks, would you take us up on it? Probably not, right? · What if we told you we could get you what you want, but it would take 25 years? Again, you probably would not go for this option. · Thirdly, how about a moderate-rate process, one that takes 1-3 years but you stay sane during…

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The Other 23 Hours

  Paul finished his workout in record time, crushing the metcon and feeling awesome about his performance. He sat on the floor for a few minutes, high-fived some fellow people in his 5:30am CrossFit group class and began to pack up his gear. No stretching, no recovery drink. Out the door he went. · Short on time, he headed home to shower and get to work. Sitting at work a couple hours later, he decided to have a small…

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The Best Training Split and Schedule

  We get this question a lot when we are on-boarding new athletes and also from those athletes who have been with us but are looking to refine what they’re doing: “How many days per week should I be working out? How should my weeks look in terms of training splits?” The answer, as with most things fitness, nutrition and health related, is that it depends. It depends on a number of things such as your goals, schedule, training…

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What (Actually) Happens In a CrossFit Class

  With the CrossFit Games season currently going on, it’s pretty cool to see all the amazing athletes on TV performing and doing amazing things with their bodies. They all seem chiseled; they lift massive amounts of weight and are like machines when going through the workouts. While impressive to watch, it gives a skewed view of what CrossFit is about. See, these athletes on TV are the top 0.2% (yes that’s a fifth of ONE percent) of all…

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