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Beyond (perceived) limits

By Eric Bookman I just started CrossFit a few months ago, why would I even consider the Open?  I’m not striving to be a “super athlete”. These were my initial reactions to participating in the Open.  Ultimately, I succumbed to peer pressure as everyone in the box continued to tell me how great it was and how I should…

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Competition Against Myself

The Open – 1.0 By Chip Hankinson There was nothing gentle about my first time – it hurt; it broke me. My lungs burned and my legs ached, my chest was bruised and my hands were shredded. I tried to sign my name to the scorecard after 19.5 and couldn’t hold the pen, let alone make something resembling a…

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I Didn’t Want To

By Todd Stanley I didn’t want to do it. I was determined not to let anyone talk me into competing in the CrossFit Open. I can remember the year before, there were all sorts of announcements of what was to come and people who were participating were always talking about it. I didn’t sound like fun to me. My…

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Beat the heat this summer

By Kayleigh Caito Summer is a wonderful time of the year! The grass is green, sky is blue, and sun is HOT. And since we enjoy spending more time outside, it is important to get plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. With the warm weather, come cravings for a refreshing cool beverage or big scoop of ice cream! I…

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Protein to Build Muscle, Not Fuel Exercise

By Kayleigh Caito You just finished with an intense weightlifting session. You can barely walk or maybe you can barely lift your arms. You think, “I am really going to feel this tomorrow!” Recovery is a very important part of working out that is sometimes overlooked. Stretching, foam rolling, drinking water, and EATING FOOD are all necessary parts of…

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Most Popular Fad Diets, Explained, Part 3

By Kayleigh Caito Whole 30: The Whole 30 diet is a 30-day diet challenge to “eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days,” (Knappenberger, 2018). The Whole 30 diet claims, “The next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food. It will…

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Most popular fad diets, explained, part 2

By Kayleigh Caito Here we go!  Two more popular diets, broken down. Paleo diet: The Paleolithic diet, aka Paleo diet, is set up to mimic the food habits of humans from the Paleolithic Era (45,000 to 10,000 BC)(Seema & Hafiz, 2017). This diet claims to be “designed by mother nature’s wisdom acting through evolution and natural selection” (Knappenberger, 2018)….

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Most popular fad diets explained, part 1

By Kayleigh Caito As promised, we will be discussing some popular fad diets. This will be a three-part series, discussing six of the most popular fad diets, especially in the CrossFit community. This week, we will talk about the two of the most trending fad diets right now, the Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting. This blog series uses scientific…

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Four reasons to stick with CrossFit when you’re not feeling it

By Krista Janeczko One of my favorite things about being a CrossFit coach is having the opportunity to work with new athletes. I love their hesitation and seeing the nervousness so clearly etched into every line on their face. It makes me smile so hard when they say, “I can’t do that” but then 10 minutes later they DO…

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The importance of carbohydrates

By Kayleigh Caito Let’s start with a simple quiz question. True or false: Carbs are bad. If you said false, then you are correct! But do you know why? Carbohydrates are found in many different foods. They are in your vegetables, fruits, grains (rice, wheat, barley), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), baked goods (breads, bagels, cakes, cookies), and sweets (chocolate,…

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