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Let’s Talk About Time

Let’s Talk About Time

Time is the only real thing that you have control over.  Let’s get real for a moment…I hate the word busy.  If that word were wiped off the face of the planet I would be really happy! It’s one of the most overused words, and it will also make me look at you funny.  Time is the one even playing field, we all have the same amount.  It’s really up to you what you do with it. Each decision is a choice and I’m going to share the one thing that drastically changed the direction of CrossFit Icehouse, Time Blocking.  Yep that simple trick changed everything, drastically. (more…)

Let’s Get Positive

Let’s Get Positive

Ya’ll are crushing the first week of the Flux Challenge and we want to keep that going.  In this first week it’s all about awareness and creating a space for ourselves.  Something I want to dig into that can have a huge benefits on our health is positive self talk.  Now I’m not going to say you can’t ever be real with yourself because that’s not real. However, we are typically our own worst critic and that is something we can turn around. (more…)

Managing Stress

Managing Stress

Stress, it almost feels like a buzz word these days.  It seems like people are always under constant pressure from all around to do more, work me and be more.  Stress can take a real toll on our bodies, both physically and emotionally.  Let’s dive in and talk about different ways we can manage some stress and the effects that can have on our performance.

The Stress Family

The stress family is not one to mess with especially when it comes to performance, we’re talking about anxiety, fear, pressure, nervousness and panic.  There are lots of theories out there on what causes these things to arise at the onset of performance but some common symptoms include, clammy palms, negative thoughts, profuse sweating, nausea, inability to focus, and/or trouble sleeping.  None of these sound like a good time.  Now that we know what it is let’s talk about some ways to manage this stress.

It Starts with Awareness

It is known that some amount of stress can be a really good thing.  Going into a workout or an event can cause a bit of butterflies which then turns on our “fight or flight” response, and this is  a good thing.  It can aid in performance and help us crush that new clean PR.  When this turns bad is when we start to doubt or fill our head with negative self talk.  The first step is to be aware this is happening.  Once you hear that little voice start talking take a second, breath and try to find out where this is coming from.  Is this your body telling you, hey you haven’t slept, you at a cheeseburger at lunch, I’ve had no water and now you want to do this?  Or are you not trusting yourself, filling yourself with and then starting to panic?  If this is the case it’s time to change the story in your head and start crushing some PR’s.

Managing The Story

The first part is making sure you are doing the little things outside of the gym, sleeping, eating clean foods and managing your recovery.  Once that’s taken care of we need to recognize the story in our head and understand that sometimes it really is just that, a story.  If all things outside the gym are on point, then take time to analyze what you are telling yourself.  Yes you can do most workouts, yes some days you just need to move, yes you are a really strong human; it’s about managing the negative thoughts that create too much stress.

Helpful Tips

One of the ways I’ve found to help with this is on my way to the gym.  I like to play upbeat music that helps keep my mood light, some people I know like to rock out on their way, maybe toss in some car singing and steering wheel drum set.  Once you’re at the gym dive straight in before you can have all the thoughts.  If you’re there early find a foam roller or do some mobility work to get the kinks out.  Once in the gym I like to laugh at the barbell like it’s my frenemy.  You know that laugh you give when you’re like “oh you say I can’t, watch me.”  If I follow this little routine, I don’t get super stressed about my fitness and it becomes a very welcome part of my day.  To recap, recognize your stress symptoms, find a routine or mantra that works for you, and keep the workout routine going.

 

Fitness is a Journey

Fitness is a Journey

When’s the last time you carried groceries to your car and didn’t lose your breath?  Do you remember the last time you started your day without a handful of medications?  WE want you to know what it’s like to feel good and move well.

SICKNESS

We know a lot about sickness in America.  If you watch TV you see pharmaceutical ads every other commercial break.  If you open a magazine it feels like every full page add is a new medicine to help with your old medicine.  What you’re not seeing is adds for how to move, or how to cook, or how to solve the problems you have.  Taking medication everyday or having pain every time you move should not be accepted as “normal.”

WELLNESS

Don’t you want to wake up with energy, have energy at night to play with your kids or even learning how to cook, eat and enjoy real whole foods?  Feeling energized, reducing anxiety and depression and moving pain free should be “normal”.  These are the things that we are really good at providing at Icehouse.  It’s more than just moving weights, it’s about changing your entire lifestyle.  It’s about the journey of fitness, moving out of sickness to finding energy to keep up with all of life’s obligations and feel good about who you really are.

FITNESS

Once you understand what it’s like to move well and eat real whole foods we can really start finding what you are made of.  Dialing in your nutrition and focusing on meeting goals you never thought possible. Can you see yourself as the person who workouts out 4-6 days per week?  What if you became the “fit friend” in your circle of friends?  How awesome does that sound!  This is what we love to do, help you become the best version of yourself.

The Mental Side of Strength

The Mental Side of Strength

Strength and human spirit have been on my mind a great deal this week.  I read an article the other day about Alex Honnold free soloing one of the most challenging climbs in Yosemite Valley, and it made me really think about the mental side of the human spirit.

Here’s a guy just barely in his 30’s who has dedicated his whole life to climbing.  He has practiced this route so much that he has memorized 3,000 vertical feet of movement.  It’s phenomenal to me that he was able to train his body and his mind to conquer a task that appears utterly impossible.  No ropes, no safety net, just climb (you can read about it here).

This same thought of human spirit and mental toughness came to mind the other day mid workout. At Icehouse on Monday we did a CrossFit bench mark workout in honor of those who lost their lives at Pulse Night Club in Orlando last year.  The benchmark is called “Filthy 50” and we have designated it as Orlando 50 after the 49 people who have lost their lives.  10 movements 50 reps work your way through to the end.

It was somewhere in the middle of 50 wall ball shots (throwing a 14 lb ball 9 feet in the air)  that I had the thought, “I wonder if the people in the gym realize how strong they really are.”  10 movements 50 reps each and each time after a short rest, they all go back and pick up their bar, their kettle bell, or their wall ball.  I wonder if they have been able to channel this inner strength, the one that picks up the wall ball and does 50 reps, outside of the gym?

Sometimes life can through some serious challenges our way. Building this amazing mental strength in the gym can really help with these challenges.  Being able to focus and complete the task at hand in the gym when all your mind is telling you to do is drop the wall ball and quit is such an incredible feat.  The mental toughness it takes to walk back to the ball, pick it up, and keep throwing is part of being an Everyday Athlete.

This translates to your everyday tasks, whether it’s at work or or in your personal life.  It helps you take obstacles and approach them like workouts.  Instead of seeing something as overwhelming or impossible, it helps you look at it and break it out in a way that you can tackle it “one rep at a time,” as if it were a workout. At Icehouse we are not only training ourselves to be physically strong but mentally strong as well.

How has the mental strength you’ve built in the gym helped you out there in your everyday life?

Be Awesome
Coach Sara