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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!

 

 

I Gave Up Coffee…Here’s Why

I Gave Up Coffee…Here’s Why

If you have been to one of my classes at some point you know my coffee cup was never very far away.  I’ve read the blogs and listened to the podcasts that say “a coach should never be drinking coffee during class.”  I thought that was cute, coffee is life…well was life.

It Just Happened

I woke up on a Monday, looked at my partner, and said “I’m done with coffee.”  You can imagine the shock, we have a coffee pot, French press and Nespresso in our 5’ x 6’ kitchen.  We have a small space and prioritize coffee.  I would usually have a coffee with a shot of espresso in the morning and then another coffee or latte in the afternoon.  Sunday’s were a day of caffeination, I would drink coffee pretty much all day.  It was magical!

A Little Bit Nerdy

Coffee, at roughly 200mg of caffeine for 10 oz, can keep cortisol levels elevated.  Cortisol is a hormone that helps our body respond to stress. If your cortisol levels stay elevated, meaning you stay stressed, it can have very negative effects on weight training, body composition and recovery.  Long story short high cortisol levels mess with your gainz, no good!

Saying Goodbye

If you’ve been anywhere in the United States you know, it was a Long winter.  I was living on coffee.  We made some changes at work, I have been doing some really deep emotional work and it was cold, like really cold, I was in a full stress spiral.  I went three full months with very little sleep, two colds, two flus and I was a wreck.  It was time to control the things I could and that meant no more added stress, coffee had to go.  I needed to give myself the best chance I could to sleep, to restore, to let my body and spirit breathe.

Life After Coffee

For the most part, my life has been caffeine free.  I will have a matcha or a green tea from time to time and with a drastically reduced caffeine intake I can sleep.  I woke up the second morning and told my partner “if this is what sleep is like, I’ll give up coffee forever.”  I’m still working hard on the other ways to manage stress and do the work I love.  I’m also working with Coach Anna on my nutrition and it’s been a game changer, check her out!!  If you find yourself in a stress spiral, check in with yourself, what are the things you need to do to help yourself out?

A Guide to Your First MURPH

A Guide to Your First MURPH

“In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.” – crossfit.com‘s MURPH workout description.

Why Memeorial Day MURPH

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that takes place the last Monday in May. It is a day to remember those who died in military service. The crossfit community is one with strong ties to members of our armed forces. We don’t do this hero workout just as any other workout. We do MURPH to pay tribute to those who sacrifice for us. It is no secret that MURPH is difficult, but it is nothing compare to the intensity and dedication that our service members give to each and every one of us. It is a tribute to those who gave it all, so that we may be free.

A Guide to MURPH

Scale Appropriately

If this is your first MURPH opt out of the weight vest, trust me its still a great workout. It is okay to break up the reps as needed. Most of us will do 20 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats. It is okay to split the workout in half and do it as a partner workout. There will be several scaling options availible to you. Pick the one that best suits your needs.

Dress for Success

Make sure that you are able to run in your shoes. Wear clothing that is acceptable for the weather, we will be running outside, rain or shine. If your are wearing a weight vest, make sure it fits well.

Protect Your Hands

100 pull-ups is a lot. If you have gymnastics grips wear them. If you dont own grips, and still want some extra protection, pick up a set of “WOD and Done” at the front desk. They are a single use, pre-formed, protective piece of tape that are AWESOME for hand protection. If you have large callouses that are prone to ripping shave them down. Nothing is worse than a ripped hand mid workout. If you take these steps and still rip, come find a coach after and we can share some tips with you to help you heal faster.

Bring a Water Bottle

Stay hydrated. Water is good.

Keep a Steady Pace

Treat MURPH like a marathon, not a sprint. The first run can determine your success, too fast and you might not have any gas left for the workout. You wil do yourself a huge favor by breaking early and often thought the push-ups, sit-ups, and squats. On the second run, grab an extra gear, push it hard to the finish.

Have Fun

Have fun with this workout, cheer on your friends, and encourage everyone to keep going. You never know who needs to hear “You can do it!” You just might be the motivation that someone needs to push hard to the finish.

10 Components of Fitness

10 Components of Fitness

Continuing on with our exploration into the heart of what CrossFit is, today we’ll chat about the concepts that remain in the forefront of developing our athletes, the 10 Components of Fitness.

“Having a balanced ability across the all 10 components of fitness will ensure that you’ll be both athletic and durable.”

What does that really mean to you and me?  You’ll be able to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without specifically training for it and you’ll remain pain-free.

What are the 10 Components of Fitness?

Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.

    • Think cardio, cardio, cardio….We’re talking about getting your blood to deliver oxygen throughout your body more efficiently.

Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.

    • Similar to endurance, but not the same.  This is having “gas in the tank” rather than being able to breathe and deliver oxygen throughout your body.

Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

    • Straight up ability to pick up heavy weights.

Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.

    • Moving your body the way it was designed to move

Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.

    • Emphasizes strength applied in a very short amount of time.

Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

    • Emphasizes raw turnover, fast as possible running, biking, rowing

Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

    • Moving your body in a specific pattern.  Think of this as learning the pattern of movement to achieve an olympic lift

Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

    • Kids do this all the time, think of a 3 year-old bouncing around a playroom.

Balance – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.

    • This is keeping your center of gravity over whatever base of support you have at any given moment (this is why it’s harder to balance on one foot rather than two)

Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity

    • This is both knowing what to do and having the coordination to do it.

Holy smokes, that’s a lot…How do I get better at ALL of them?

Great question!  Improvement breaks down to a couple different adaptations.  Once is physiological (your body), the other is neurological (the pathways between your brain and your muscles).  We’ll talk about them in the sections below.

Forged through Training

The components below get better because your body adapts without you having to think about any of it.  By adding this new stress to your body, your body adapts, it’s as easy as that. You’ll often recognize these improvements first as you start training.

  • Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance

  • Stamina

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

Forged through Practice

The components below get better because you build the connection between your brain and your muscles.  These improve through thoughtful practice. Think about closing your eyes and standing on one leg. You will get better with practice, but it will take a lot of thought in the early stages.  Building a superhighway between your brain and your muscles takes thoughtful practice, and it is often overlooked. I would contend that these components are the most vital for life outside the gym, and living independently as long as possible.

  • Agility

  • Balance

  • Accuracy

Forged through Both Training and Practice

The components below are improved with a mixture of both training and practice.  We’re taking newly gained strength, stamina, endurance or flexibility and coupling it with newly gained accuracy, balance and agility and display speed and power.  For example, you gain leg strength, balance and coordination, you turn into a faster sprinter.

  • Power

  • Speed

What does that all mean to me?

It means there are multiple ways to reflect improvement and celebrate achievement.  It means our training includes a super heavy back squat and also being able to stand on one foot and bounce a ball against a wall.  It means there are multiple times within every hour you train with us to achieve a win for the day, week, month and year.

 

What you Need to Know about FNL!!

What you Need to Know about FNL!!

1.) I’m new to Icehouse and I’ve never heard of Friday Night Lights before, should I participate?

Absolutely!  At Icehouse we host Friday Night Lights (The Open) every year because it is a great way for our community to come together and support each other in the spirit of fitness.  We believe that as an affiliate there is something special about joining over 15,000 gyms worldwide and “competing” in the same workout.  As things go at Icehouse, “competing” is a term that we do not use lightly.  We coach our athletes to find the aspects of each workout that will challenge them, but also promote their long term success in training.  In some cases that might mean scaling back on the weight, and in others that might mean stepping on the gas.

2.) What happens if I can’t make all of the Friday Night Lights events?

Not a big deal.  We will post the upcoming week “need to know” video the Sunday before every week.  Can’t make it Friday, that’s okay, you can still do all of the challenges for the week to earn your team Points.  If you are traveling, and you can find a gym, you can complete the workout there for the points.  Let your team captain know you are doing that and send a picture of your score for credit.

3.) Who programs the workouts?  What if I can’t do some of the movements?

CrossFit HQ programs the workouts.  They are meant to be inclusive and challenging at the same time.  As I am sure you have heard, we reserve the right as your coaches to call any and all audibles that we may deem necessary.  Please know that we will do our best to preserve the integrity and intended stimulus of the workout, however we also want you to be safe and successful – walking out feeling accomplished!

4.) What does the regular class schedule look like during Friday Night Lights?

Friday Night Lights will begin on February 22nd and end on March 15th. During that 5 week period we will not be holding regular CrossFit classes on Friday Nights. FNL will start at 4pm and end whenever the last heat finishes up.  This means that we may run past the 8pm hour or finish up early.  Whatever the case may be, we will not be having the 5:30 and 5:30 classes on Friday evening during the 5 week competition.

5.) How will I know my heat time and when I am supposed to workout?

Heat times will be posted on the white board in the Flux Space. It is up to you to come in on Friday Night and sign up for a heat.  The doors will be open at 3:30, first come first serve for heat times.  Please arrive early as you will be responsible for warming yourself up and being ready to go at your heat time!

6.) Will you be coaching a warm-up before each heat?

We will have a posted warm-up in the Flux room.  We will not be running a formal warm-up before each heat.

7.) Is there open gym on Friday Night Lights?

No.  We will use all the space available for Friday Nights.  Please plan accordingly, we will have normal class times on Saturday and Sunday during FNL.

8.) I don’t plan on actively participating in Friday Night Lights, but is there something else I can do to help the gym?

We rely heavily on our members to help us judge workouts so that each person can have the same awesome experience.  We will also never say no to anyone who can stay late and help us clean up after the competition is completed for the night 🙂  Please email sara@crossfiticehouse.com if you would like to help out on the judging or cleaning front.

9.) Will you be running The Open workout during regular class times before Friday Night Lights?

No.  The only time you can hit the Open workout is during FNL.  You would have the option of doing the workout during an open gym time.  If you want to have a judge you should do FNL or you will have to find your own (not a coach) for open gym.

10.) Why do you guys host Friday Night Lights?

Great question.  We host Friday Night Lights because it’s a great way for our community to showcase their support for one another.  There is something special about a room full of people cheering for you as you chip away at a metcon in an effort to see you succeed.  Over the years we have seen that people have accomplished things they did not know they were capable of.

 

The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

As I get older, one of the things I appreciate more and more is sleep. Yes, sleep. Not just for the ability to completely relax and shut off my brain, although those are the primary reasons that I enjoy it. Sleep performs multiple other functions that lead to a more productive and fulfilling life.

Sleep helps with concentration. This is a no-brainer. If you’re at your desk during the day and you start to lose focus, daydream, or do the recognizable head-nod, it’s probably because you didn’t get enough good sleep during the night. Just like a fatigued body doesn’t perform as well as a rested one, a tired mind doesn’t think as well as a rested one. Getting enough quality sleep sharpens the mind so that daily tasks, even the tedious ones, stay crystal clear.

Sleep speeds up recovery after workouts and makes you a better athlete. That downtime of 8 hours at night requires nothing of the muscles. This means that blood full of oxygen and nutrients can flow uninhibited into worn out tissues. Sleep is shown to reduce inflammation and cool down an over-worked body. It’s a paradox, but as long as you’re sleeping, you’re working to repair and re-energize so that you can take on the next day. If you miss sleep, you’ll likely feel even more sore and tired after a hard day at the gym.

Sleep regulates your metabolism. Interestingly enough, the area of the brain that controls sleep also controls your metabolism. When a person doesn’t get enough sleep, (Coach Emily is a good example), they tend to make unhealthy food choices. It’s kind of linked to the grumpy-tired mentality of, “Screw it, this is yummy.” Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, if the body doesn’t get enough rest, the metabolism gets wonky. It doesn’t burn at as high a rate as it could if the body was well rested. Just like tired muscles, a worn-out metabolism won’t perform. If you’re trying to lose those last 5 pounds that just keep hanging on, make it a priority to get quality sleep at night. Chances are, that weight will disappear more quickly than living on a treadmill.

Sleep makes you more creative. A refreshed mind is capable of more complex thought and critical thinking. Everyone has heard the wisdom of, “Go to bed. You’ll have an answer in the morning.” This isn’t just for advice or decision-making. Getting sleep allows a person to see problems from different angles, and thus makes them more capable of problem-solving instead of problem-dwelling. And let’s not forget dreams. Some of the most creative phenomena for mankind are dreams. A whole artistic movement was founded on the impact of dreams (surrealism).

Sleep reduces stress. Not just in the fact that everything is shut down when you’re sleeping. After taking that power nap, or even sleeping on something, a person is generally more willing to look at a situation with a level head instead of being overloaded with emotion. Stress is emotional and, as humans, we are slaves to our emotions whether we like it or not. Allowing ourselves a break from our emotions via sleeping calms us down, letting us see things more clearly.

With all these benefits of sleep combined, sleep can be credited with lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, and can reduce your risk of depression. Just to name a few. Sleep is the most basic natural-healing regimen.

To make the most out of a night of sleep, set up your bedroom specifically for sleep. Make sure it’s dark and quiet. If you need white noise, try a fan or sound-machine. Ensure that you will be comfortable. Get a good mattress, supportive pillows, maybe even weighted blankets. Stay away from screens for at least 30 minutes before sleepy-time. TV and cell phone usage immediately before bed stimulates brain activity, making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Train your body to learn that your bed is for sleeping. When you hit the bed, you are going to sleep.

Sleep is the one thing that requires zero work but gives 100% return on investment. Get ready. Set. SLEEP!