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Rediscovering CrossFit

Rediscovering CrossFit

I’m no different than you.  I become impatient, I allow myself to get distracted, I distract myself, I look for the new shiny thing when the shine has worn off the last new shiny thing…

If you’ve fallen off the CrossFit wagon for whatever reason and think it’s too late…keep reading, get back on the wagon, and ride with me!

I started training at Icehouse because it felt different than any place I’ve ever worked out.

At 37 years old, with just over 1 year of training, going to 4 – 5 CrossFit classes a week…

I got in the absolute best shape of my life

  • “Fran” time was under 4:30
  • 5K Run time was just over 26 mins

I had the best body composition of my life

  • 76 lbs muscle mass,
  • 13.7% body fat

Enter…Distraction…

I should be doing more…I should be doing something different, right?…I’m bored…

  • I stopped going to classes and trained on my own most of the time, no friends
  • My workouts were a job, they were checklists to complete, no fun
  • I ate outside of my normal schedule and my normal diet more way often, no nutrition
  • I didn’t do any functional fitness outside of the gym; no play

Honestly, I took for granted the friends, the fun and the play of training in classes and let my nutrition take a dive.

…And how’d that turn out?

About as well as you’d imagine

My fitness regressed

  • Lost 90 seconds on my mile time
  • All of my gymnastics became more difficult (pull-ups, toes to bar…)
  • I felt sluggish, tired, lackadaisical

My body composition regressed as well

  • Lost over 1 lb of muscle
  • Gained 4% body fat

Now What?

Since July I’ve been training 4-5 days a week, attending 3 minimum of CrossFit classes a week at Icehouse, and getting an additional workout in, outside of normal class time if needed.

I’ve also recently added in stretching for 20 minutes 4 nights a week, playing on a  basketball court for 45 minutes 4 days a week and intentionally meal prepping every week.

…And how has that turned out?

I don’t yet have the body comp or fitness data (that’ll come with the “Fall Back to Basics 28-Day Nutrition Challenge” here at Icehouse in September)

But I’ll tell you what I do know for sure right now

I feel sore! Don’t get me wrong, the first few weeks pretty consistently, and a day or two a week even now, I feel super sore. There’s a difference to it thought, there’s a familiarity. It’s very similar to when I first started training at Icehouse. I feel my body growing stronger in places that had been neglected over the winter. It’s a good thing.

I feel energized throughout the day! I took out dairy and gluten once again. If you haven’t tried eliminating those 2 items from your diet, I encourage you to try, for 3 weeks and see if you feel a difference.

I feel connected! Workouts aren’t a job, they are an hour that I get to spend with people I really, really like, being goofy and getting sweaty all at the same time.

I sleep better, stretching before bedtime is a great way to start slowing down your mind and body before bed.

Most importantly!

I’m a better version of myself! I’m stronger now because I know that I can fall down, pick myself up and get back into habits that support the person that I want to be. It’s never too late!!

For More Info

If you’re interested in our “Fall into Basics 28-Day Nutrition Challenge” check out our Facebook Event and get all the details.

If you’re interested in jumping back into fitness yourself, take some time to schedule a meeting with a coach here at Icehouse and we’ll get you started!

The Origin of CrossFit

The Origin of CrossFit

If you’re like me, or you know a CrossFitter, we eat, breath, and sleep CrossFit.  CrossFit had me hooked from my first workout in 2010 at CrossFit St. Paul.  I had heard about CrossFit from my friends and finally had my chance to try it on a snowy February day.  At most CrossFit gyms we joke about drinking the KoolAid and today we are going to talk about what the heck this CrossFit thing is.

In the Beginning

CrossFit started in Santa Cruz, CA in 2000 by Coach Greg Glassman, soon thereafter the affiliate model was born.  In 2005 there were 13 affiliates donning the CrossFit name, and as of 2013 there are over 13,000 affiliates world wide (1). With numbers like that it seems everyone had the same reaction I did when they walked in to their first workout.  CrossFit growth started from CrossFit.com or as it’s more commonly called “main site”.  Everyday a new workout is posted on the website and there is a section for comments for people to record their scores, and that is how a community was born.

What is CrossFit

CrossFit as defined by Glassman is “constantly varied functional movement done at high intensity” (2).  What does this really mean, let’s take a look…

Constantly Varied; you’re not going to get the same workout in the same week, sometimes even the same a month.  There are 10 core movements in CrossFit and dozens of body weight movements that are rotated through to create different workouts.

Functional Movement; the majority of movements you’ll do in CrossFit are movements you should do in your everyday life, like squats, deadlifts and pressing.  The remaining movements support these 10 core movements. This allows you to do things like, play with your kids, go on a long hike, carry in all the groceries at once, and much more.

High Intensity; this one is relative which is the coolest part of CrossFit in my opinion.  It doesn’t matter who is in a class, you can have a grandmother of three, a 21 year old guy and 45 year old desk jockey in the same class.  They will all leave that class feeling the same way, the movements will have been adapted to their level but the intensity would be the same.  Each person giving their best on that given day.

Why Does CrossFit Work

If you ask most people who do CrossFit why it works they’ll tell you it’s the community.  For some it’s having a friend in class to chat with and have fun with during the workout.  For others as Glassman says “it’s agony coupled with laughter” (3), it’s that push of competition combined with hanging out with your friends that keeps people coming back.  The methodology of movement coupled with intensity are what drive body composition and get people feeling better.  Fitness works when people stay consistent.  CrossFit generates that through quality coaching, meeting new people and finding out how strong you really are.

Sources:

  1. The Business of CrossFit: An Update on the New Market Research. www.rallyfit.com. Retrieved 07.29.2018
  2. Understanding CrossFit. CrossFit Level One Handbook. www.crossfit.com/seminar. Retrieved 07.29.2018
  3. Greg Glassman – Defining CrossFit. www.crossfit.com/journal. Retrieved 07.29.2018

 

 

Coach Skeds’ Podcast Episode Recommendations

Coach Skeds’ Podcast Episode Recommendations

After overwhelming response from my Coach Skeds’ Summer Reads blog.  I’ve decided to put together of my Top 10 Podcast Episodes.  

What is a podcast exactly?  Glad you asked…According to the Internet, a podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. 

It can be a live recording of a broadcast radio show, stage show, panel interview, one on one interview, it can be scripted or unscripted, it can be 5 minutes or 3 and a half hours, covering every topic under the sun.  It’s no surprise that my favorites are based around personal development, business and strength and conditioning.  

I invite you to click on a link that looks and sounds appealing and give it a go!

Here they are, in no particular order.  

Oprah Super Soul Conversations Podcast

Just kidding this is #1

Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Conversations: Iyanla Vanzant: You Matter – This is in no particular order… but THIS EPISODE IS #1.  Listen to it every morning, and send it to everyone in your life.

Internal Work

Brute Strength: How Overcoming Your Fears will Fine Tune Your Training and Perfect Your Game – In this episode, Mike Cazayoux interivewed Tony Blauer (SPEAR System).  The biggest take-away is the Fear Loop, and how to override your body’s natural “flight, fight, freeze, appease” response.

Working Against Gravity Podcast: Creating a System of Vulnerability in Relationships – In this episode, Adee and Mike Cazayoux talk about tactical steps that people can take make vulnerability more accessible…I’m talking about Adee and Mike actually giving you the sentences to use to start a difficult or uncomfortable conversation with the intent to create a deeper, more meaningful bond.

Active Life RX Podcast: Mark England: Improve Your Language, Improve Your Outcomes – In this episode, Dr. Sean talks with Mark England about how your language influences how you speak to the most important person in your life, you.

Lifestyle

Barbell Shrugged: Position, Movement and Purpose with Carl Paoli – In this episode, the Barbell Shrugged gang sits with Carl Paoli and chat about all things movement.  If you train with us for a specific reason, or just because we’re super fun, Carl’s take on movement is a must listen to.

Bulletproof Radio: Minimalism Living a Richer Life With Less – In this episode, Dave Asprey interviews the Minimalists, they chat about the freedom of living a minimal lifestyle, and it’s definitely something that I aspire to.

“Failure is an Option”

Tim Ferriss Show: When to Quit – Quick stories of when to quit versus when to persist.  I’ll be honest. This episode is near and dear to my heart because it aired the week I resigned from my full-time position in the ND Army National Guard.  

TED Radio Hour: Failure is an Option – This episode is a collection of a number of TED speakers talking about the power failure.

Feed Me Fuel Me Podcast

Deep Diving 

The Bledsoe Show: The Psychology Behind Fear with Guy Ferdman – In this episode, Mike Bledsoe chats with Guy Ferdman about a lot of things…the biggest takeaway for me was the power of the events from a person’s early childhood and how that carries into their adulthood through patterning, and how to work to break that patterning in order to live a life of deep, meaningful connection and unconditional love.

Feed Me Fuel Me: Unlearning Our Parents and Owning What We Actually Believe with Anat Peri –  In this episode, the Feed me Fuel me guys interview Anat Peri, she is a Transformational Coach with a ton of work under her belt.  She runs a program, Training Camp for the Soul (TCS) that is based on teaching students to unlearn patterns they learned as kids. This is one of 3 interviews with Anat Peri that I listened to before signing up for Training Camp for the Soul (I’m currently in week 4 of 10 and the work is deep, and difficult, but it is helping me to evolve into a more authentic version of myself, there’s no doubt).

Tim Ferriss Show; Podcast

Bonus!

Tim Ferriss: Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict – Just like Oprah was #1 this is #1A.  If you only pick 2 episodes to listen to, this should be one of them.  Tony takes you through a 10 minute guided mediation to get your heart and your brain firing on same frequency through memory and gratitude.  It’s super powerful, try it out and ENJOY!

 

 

Super G: Origin Story

Super G: Origin Story

Every hero has a beginning

That beginning is where they make the decision to take up the mantle of a hero, and take the sacred oath that states: with great power, comes great responsibility!

As is true with most heroes, this story has a humble start and the desire to do good and inspire others with his amazing ability to look evil in the eye and stand firm. That is where the story of Super G begins to unfold

As a young child, Grantely Johnson always knew that he was different, that the way he saw the world could change things dramatically in the world should he choose the heroes journey. This unique ability means that his approach to every day was anything but ordinary, it was Super!

Summer of 2018, Grantley was visiting the local zoo alongside his best friend and sidekick. Suddenly a flaming meteor screeched down from the sky creating a horrific explosion and crater the size of a baseball diamond.

The ground began to collapse around the two boys sending Grantley’s sidekick plummeting into the crater below.

Thinking only of his friend, Grantley dove fearlessly into the crater reaching with everything he had to grab the hand of his falling classmate.

At that moment, the ground shook throwing Grantley and his friend into the pit. While tumbling head over heels to its bottom, Grantley was exposed to the radioactive meteor that lay at the heart of the crater. The fall had left his sidekick laying mortally injured and in his last moments, a single phrase was uttered by the dying sidekick.

A phrase well known to all heroes: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

It was there in the darkness that Super G was born!  He rose from the dust and debris with a new purpose and determination now coursing through his blood.

HE WAS SUPER G! Armed with his new super strength, Super G would face down evil to never flinch, never stutter, and never back down.

As is the case with all superheroes, great strength always inspires great evil. Would Super G rise to the challenge placed in front of him? Could he fight back the evil that looks to creep into and poison the world with darkness?

While Super G’s story is only beginning, his vow to stand against those that would look to bring pain into this world will always stand true.

Super G is more than a superhero, he is a symbol meant to inspire the good and strength in ALL people!

Join Super G’s Super Squad

We will be closely following Super G’s heroic journey over the coming months and years. No superhero can conquer evil without a team…Join Super G’s Super Squad by registering on “Be the Match”, the National Marrow Donor Program. Click here to register, and share your support via social media so the waves of good and justice can reach the furthest ends of the universe!!

 

 

How to Measure Progress

How to Measure Progress

When you first start CrossFit, it is easy to see progress in the gym. Every day you have a new movement, a new chance to set a PR. After a year, or two, or three, it can be much harder to see progress from day to day. Here are a few ways we can measure progress.

How to Measure Progress

Use Sugarwod

For those of us who keep our entire lives on our phones, it only makes sense to keep our workout information there as well. Choose an app, we use Sugarwod, and record everything. The more notes the better, you will thank yourselves for the extra information when you are deciding between going for the same weight you used last time, or if you should jump 5 lbs.

Keep a “Workout Journal”

If you have the handwriting for it a workout journal is a really cool tool to track your progress as well. Pick a nice book, or a legal pad and use a page a day, per workout, or however else you want to organize it. The cool thing about a workout journal is that it is your own. You’ll know exactly where everything is recorded, and it will make sense to you. They also are a neat keepsake when you fill them up.

Go to a Baseline Class

Saturday, 8 am. We recommend you go to this class quarterly. You will get an InBody scan as well as our baseline workout. This will give you objective data. The coach will help you understand your results and how to proceed. Sign up now. Classes are capped at 5, you definatley don’t want to miss this opportunity.

Get an InBody Scan

Schedule an InBody scan with your primary coach, they will help you understand what all the numbers mean. In general, we want to see muscle mass go up, and body fat % go down. Bodyweight doesn’t tell the whole story. Don’t focus too much on that one number because it is often not the best picture of progress.

Progress is NOT Linear

There are so many variables that can make you feel like you are not making progress. Sleep, nutrition, mood, stress, work, kids and even attitude can have a direct effect on your daily workout. What are the odds that on any given day, you are going to come in perfectly prepared for a 1 rep max? If any one of those variables are even slightly off, you may not see all of your hard work in the form of a PR. This is where notes come in handy. So what, you didn’t hit that new weight. Put it in your notes. “Missed, less than 3 hours of sleep” and move on. Progress takes time, and if you don’t measure it in some way. It is easy to say there is none, because you don’t feel it on that day. If you zoom out and look at the big picture you will see that the overall trend is up.

 

Crushing Goals Together #FITFAM

Crushing Goals Together #FITFAM

One of the greatest joys that I have experienced as a result of my own fitness journey, and at times obsession, is the influence it has had on my family as a whole.

Reasons families that workout together CRUSH together:

  • When your family takes part in fitness the understanding of the importance of it in our lives becomes clear to everyone.
  • Setting a positive example for the people we love the most, is one of the best ways to motivate and encourage them.
  • Our children are like sponges, they always want to do what mom and dad are doing, especially the little ones.
  • Nutrition becomes much easier around the house when everyone is on board.
  • It’s motivating to have your kiddos want to be fit, and think its fun!  Because it is fun, even if we forget that sometimes.

In a lot of ways, we have to think about how our own selfishness can actually be a positive thing in the lives of the people that we love. I agree that taking time away from your children to work on your own health feels crappy sometimes. But the amount of quality that you are able to inject into your own life overflows into the lives of those that are closest to you. When that starts to happen people take notice.

All of a sudden your energy levels are higher, and climbing up the slide the wrong direction isn’t as hard to do, even if it is for the hundredth time. Your patience for that teenager who for some reasons finds it to be the end of the world that you would ask that they unload the dishwasher is a little better. The foods you eat and give to your family provide well-rounded nutrients that they need to feel good about themselves and be fit too.

Before you know it you’re a family of active, motivated, happy, and fit people!

The best part is that now those healthy habits have lead to a family that spends more time together. Whether it is at the gym or on the bike trail, your family is fit and the love and pride you have in each other’s accomplishments become a topic of regular conversation at that dinner table.

No one is perfect, and being tired is very much so going to be a thing still. But when you start to prioritize taking care of your self and your family does the same, it’s a good tired. The kind of tired that leads to a good night’s sleep and another day of crushing goals and achieving dreams!