Couple Minute Clinic - Wallballs
How I Found CrossFit and Why I Stick With it (Crystal M)
Welcome to the Couple Minute Clinic - a quick real-time clinic on a specific movement that will help you improve your technique and get you moving better.
In this episode Coach Nick helps Mike improve his wall ball technique. Nick helps Mike fix his breathing, air squat, the way he holds the wallball, and how he receives the wall ball on the way down.
Nutrition Is About Meeting You Where You're At
I have always been athletic and enjoyed competitive sports. One of my staff members Ashley, was a CrossFitter and kept telling me I should come check it out. I kept telling her that CrossFit was for crazy people, plus it was expensive. She was a school teacher, a couple years older than me, and waited tables part-time. She looked great and I could tell she really loved going to the box. One day she came into work and told me that there was a Groupon deal for her box. I decided to try it. Why the hell not?
Why Do So Many Veterans Find Their Way to CrossFit?
We believe that eating healthy and moving your body is the best way to prevent illness and improve your quality of life. Focusing on eating quality whole foods can greatly improve your health and wellness. Fast, cheap, and easy foods have become a staple in the diet of our culture and it's creating an epidemic of preventable diseases. Regular physical activity combined with a diet filled with lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can help you to feel better and look better, too. Avoiding items that are packed with added sugar and learning to cook some staple meals can be life-changing.
Your Best Competition is Yourself
I have my theories. I can speak to my personal experience and the experiences of the veterans I know. I have veteran friends who are CEOs of large companies. I have veteran friends who work in comfortable 9-5 jobs. I have veteran friends who have been in and out of jail since they got out. I have (many) veteran friends who took their own lives before they were 30.
When I started CrossFit, I was intimidated and confused. There were muscular people all around me throwing weights around, grunting, completely aware of everything going on around them, and most of them didn’t even look tired, they just looked badass. Even after taking two beginners courses, one in Spanish and one in English, it still took me well over a year to remember the names of the lifts and what all the CrossFit acronyms meant.
How Does Your Greatness Burn?
Over the past month or so, I found myself in some sketchy situations.
One of these times, I was jump roping, and I whacked someone with my jump rope. I’d sort of lost track of where my jump rope was going, and how far I was hopping, and I caught someone else in the shin. Sorry Mike!
Couple Minute Clinic - Double Unders
Greatness and success are subjective concepts. What’s not subjective, is that when you’re killing it at something, you glow. Whether it’s working out, doing your profession, playing a sport, parenting, whatever you choose to do with your time, when you’re doing it well you’re burning hot.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do?
Welcome to the Couple Minute Clinic - a quick real time clinic on a specific movement that will help you improve your technique and get you moving better. In this episode Coach Nick helps Mike critique his double unders. Nick helps Mike fix his jump, the width of his arms, and goes over common issues with the feet.
5 Facts About Losing Fat That You Need To Know
So if I saw her smoking, after she’d told us how bad smoking was, or if I noticed she was putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher without rinsing them first (after berating me for doing the same thing), or any other non-important issue that seemed all-encompassing when I was 13, she would hit me with that line. “Do as I say, not as I do.”
I Have Knee Problems, Should I Still Do CrossFit?
When you are in a calorie surplus, you store fat. When you're trying to lose weight, you need to be eating less calories than you are burning. Seems simple enough, right? However, it takes time and consistency, which can be frustrating. We live in a world of instant gratification and when we don't see the numbers dropping in relation to our efforts it's easy to feel like it's not working. To be cliche - you've got to trust the process.
Save the Newbies!
Back in 2014 when I began researching CrossFit, I had one big fear. Could I do it? Or, more importantly should I? As a lifelong athlete, the workouts weren’t necessarily what scared me. I was looking forward to getting my ass handed to me. My concern was the fact that I had already had 5 knee surgeries in my lifetime and a diagnosis of advanced osteoarthritis in both knees. From what I learned on Google and could see about CrossFit, it was a high intensity workout that forces your body to move in all kinds of ways, including a lot of squatting and heavy lifting. I immediately thought this fact, and my knees, took me out of the CrossFit game.
What To Do When You're Sore After a Workout
Try to think back to your first day at CrossFit. It might’ve been years ago, but go down memory lane for a minute. You walked into the gym, the music was loud, there was some dude with a bunch of abs putting a barbell above his head, the rig was shaking from pull ups, Carrie was yelling at her partner to go faster, and it wasn’t even a partner WOD. It was a super intimidating experience. For every single one of us. And honestly, if you think it wasn’t, you’re misremembering.
How I Found Crossfit, and Why I Stick with it (Shanen)
Do you feel sore after your workouts? Well, good! That means you’re normal! But do you wonder what you can do to help ease that soreness? We can help with that. When we exercise, there are a couple key things happening to our muscles.
THE OPEN IS OVER!!
I originally found out about Crossfit back in 2008 while serving a tour in Iraq. My intention was to use a unique workout program to help me better prepare physically for the rigors of the Ranger Indoctrination Program that I was scheduled to attend shortly after the deployment. Unfortunately we didn’t have much in the way of equipment, plus I didn’t know what the heck a power clean was.
Thank You and Congratulations Firefighter Moel
For 5 weeks we've tested and competed instead of trained. We've pushed ourselves to new limits, cheered on (and even cried for) our friends, and put in some serious social hours at the gym.
We aren't machines and it's time to recover.
To try and build something great, you have to have a vision, but far more importantly, you have to have GREAT people on your team who can make that vision a reality. We’re gonna be losing Coach Crystal (the quieter one. haha) for the next 8ish weeks, and while it makes me sad, I couldn’t be happier for her. As a gym and as a community, we believe that it’s our absolute duty to help people achieve their goals and their dreams. That doesn’t just apply to the members.
Are you looking to help change people’s lives?
Do you wonder if what you’re doing matters?
At your job, do people run up to you, hug you, and thank you for helping them?
I’m sorry. At CrossFit Cape Coral, we’ve been lucky enough to get the chance to help a LOT of people and we feel that our passionate coaches and our programs have helped to improve the quality of life for many people. But this letter is specifically to any one of you who DIDN’T have a great experience.