Our family is heading out for Spring Break next week as I know many of you are also. It's a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the warm spring weather. Many of you use CrossFit to be better prepared for playing outside in your chosen sport. Now is a great time to test your strength, stamina, and endurance on the trails, rivers, and mountains that are a big reason why many of us live here. Enjoy starting the season on stronger legs, a more solid core, and better aerobic/anaerobic capacity for those long climbs. You have done the work; now reap the benefits.
We have some exciting news to share with you. Many of you have noticed and commented that we are outgrowing our cozy little gym. Keeping our classes small has been fundamental to our philosophy from Day 1. It helps us coach every athlete and every class while getting you better results and keeping you safe. The down side though is that our limited class sizes have sometimes made it hard to get into certain class times. We have been constrained in the additional programs we can offer to teens, seniors, and specialty groups because our group classes have priority on the space. Sometimes we have had to say "no" when we wanted to say "yes". While the plan was never to grow this big or this fast, the vision was always to reach our community with the message that high intensity fitness in the right atmosphere with committed coaches can change not just your health but your life. You have helped make this dream a reality.
As we are rounding the corner on the CrossFit Open, we wanted to share some thoughts with you around the "competition factor". In our experience, the most effective way to move the dial in your fitness is through combining functional movements like running, lifting, and body weight gymnastic movements. We routinely see a measurable increase in work capacity, speed, and strength. These results get supercharged when we add the element of intensity; usually by timing workouts. We talk a lot with new athletes about finding the balance between solid technique and high intensity. In the sweet spot, we both maximize results and avoid injury.
came across this article in the New York Times this weekend connecting weight gain and stress:
Stress Can Make the Pounds Accumulate. It is recap of a study published in the journal, Obesity. I'm not going to weigh in on the science here, as that isn't my area of expertise, but my initial response was a sarcastic "no kidding". Of course stress is linked to weight gain!
As we near the finish line on the current Whole Life Challenge, many of us are ready to take a break from the stringent rules to which we have been committed. While we hope that all participants take some lasting changes away from this challenge, we understand and condone the desire to relax the rules a little bit. The biggest and perhaps most beneficial change revolves around eliminating sugar from our diets. I know you have all heard me rail on this in the past, as it is a hot button and perhaps the single most valuable change you can make with regards to nutrition.