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Sleep

Sleep

We often spend time thinking about the day’s workout, what we are going to have for lunch, and of course…work.  However, we don’t give much attention to sleep.  For some of us, recovery is just grabbing a protein shake after a workout and calling it good.  Sadly, that protein shake may not be helping if you only get 6 or less hours of sleep a night.  So, let’s bring sleep into the “light,” if you will. (more…)

Sugar

Sugar

Sugar is everywhere these days.  It’s not just in your common violators like ice cream or pop.  It’s also in foods labeled as “health foods”, such as protein bars, smoothies, sports drinks, and basically any item labeled as low fat.  So why is this a problem?  Well, if you have been through our 6-Week Challenge you have probably heard why sugar is causing problems, so in case you have forgotten or need a refresher, this is for you. (more…)

Functional Movements

Functional Movements

Every Day Athlete

Building every day athletes.  That is one of our main focuses at CrossFit Icehouse.  Every day that a person walks into CrossFit Icehouse, the goal is to prepare them for life outside the gym when they leave.  One of the ways that is accomplished is using functional movements in our workouts.

Life

Functional movements mimic motor patters that are found in everyday life.  For example, when you back squat, you are building up strength to get up off the toilet when you’re 80; deadlifting is picking something up off the ground; pressing is putting an object up on a top shelf.  These are all things we do regularly inside and outside the gym, you just have to keep your eye open for them.

Safe

Functional movements are safe.  Watching a CrossFit workout and saying it’s dangerous could be like telling someone they shouldn’t pick up the pencil they just dropped because isn’t not worth the risk.  However, someone who bends over to pick up a pencil and has never been taught how to deadlift or squat properly, could throw their back out.  That’s where CrossFit Icehouse comes in.  We want you to move mechanically sound through a full range of motion to stay safe inside and outside the gym.

Powerful

Functional movements are powerful and create a high neuroendocrine response.  You are essentially doing more good for your body when you use functional movements.  Functional movements allow you to move large loads, longer distances, quicker than isolation movements.  They also create a larger physical and mental adaptation in your body.  So, if you want to become healthier, and look and feel better, functional movements are the way to go.

Fun

Functional movements are fun!  They allow you to challenge your full body in different ways and keep you moving.  You are not just moving from machine to machine in a CrossFit workout, you are the machine doing the work.  There is something very special about hearing how someone’s commitment to box step-ups has made going up a flight of stairs easier, or seeing the confidence radiate off of someone’s face when they PR their deadlift.  These are all fun and exciting things that happen with functional movements.

So, next time you are struggling through a workout, or perhaps are fearing coming to the gym that day to complete a bunch of wall-balls, think about how those functional movements are going to make you better at life and help you become a better athlete outside the gym.