Just a reminder that the good doctor Metz will be holding an event coming up in a few weeks. Anyone interested in attending or donating, please feel free to contact CJ directly, or I will be happy to pass on any questions.
You may have noticed that we’ve pulled down the photos in the front room. We have so many new faces running around, not to mention the changing faces (and bodies) of our current members, that we’ve decided to just start from scratch.
So, over the next week or so I’d like to get a shot of everyone. If you have a photo you’d like to use, feel free to email it to me. Otherwise, I need to get a photo of you the next time you’re in the gym. Feel free to get fixed up beforehand.
Ever feel like you need a little extra? Something to get you over the top? Have we got the product for you! Just wear it next to your skin, and 100% pure AWESOME soaks right into your pores. Yes! You, too, could effortless crush MetCons and laugh at high rep pullups. All while smirking (just a little) at the mere mortals you work out with.
Hello World! Allow me to introduce you to:
The Reuben Shirt.
Created by Lisa
Modeled by Patrick
Inspired by Greatness.
Just a quick one for today, trying to get off of the evolutionary fitness theme for a bit. I came across both of these articles in the last few days, after having discussions in the gym with people about these topics. These are both more ‘how-to’ articles, and may not be terribly exciting. But, I figured we could turn it into a ‘learning moment’.
The second discussing pressing movements, and specifically why not to have internal rotation of the shoulder while performing them. You know, the pushups where your elbows end up way up there next to your ears. It’s bad. Stop doing that.
Hoping to be able to sit down this weekend and put finger to keyboard for some posts I’ve been thinking about. Stay tuned…
Kind of following up on the ideas from the previous post, this link is to an article from the Starting Strength website. The author (a physician and researcher) discusses various causes of cellular death in the body, and about forestalling that degeneration through strength training. There’s more to it than that, obviously, but in lieu of me copying large chunks, take the time to read it for yourself.
The concept is an interesting one, and has relevance from both a personal and professional perspective. As someone who qualifies as a “Masters” athlete in most sports (and soon to bid farewell to my 30s), I want to be able to do the things I love and continue to be a functioning member of society. Plus, I have an 8-year old daughter—I need to be the scary Dad for at least another 12 years or so.
Professionally, people constantly come to me wanting to look better, and feel better, and just generally be healthier and live a full and long life. You want to feel better, look better and live better? Eat food, not crap. Meat, and as much vegetation as you can stand. Pick up something heavy. Frequently. Get off your couch and remember when moving was fun—rediscover the joy of play. It’s not that hard, people.
Or don’t. Makes me look more athletic by comparison, and you’ll be easier to use as a diversion during the Zombie Apocalypse.
A few of us are going to be headed up to Flagstaff for the AC² Competition. Probably head up Friday night, come back Sunday morning. If you’d like to compete, or are interested in just coming up to hang out and cheer for the weekend, let me know ASAP so I can get working on the housing.
Came across this article and was intrigued. His basic gist is that we are not allowing our bodies to fully express what we are capable of being and becoming, due to an incomplete concept of what health (and fitness) really is. Health is merely the absence of detectable disease, whereas fitness prevents the onset of disease. Thus, someone would be considered ‘healthy’ even with conditions ripe for the onset of Type II Diabetes, right up until the point where symptoms become apparent.
He also lays out the case for a holistic approach to diet and exercise (or, as some people call it, “Living”). All things in balance.
In any case, he lays out a detailed (if not mainstream) argument. It’s worth taking a look at regardless of whether you agree or disagree.
Any thoughts? Please feel free to discuss in comments.
Coming out of Hibernation... (announcements and links)
Been a crazy month or so! But (hopefully) we’ll get back on the horse as far as blog posts go.
First off, I wanted to extend a welcome to several new faces that you’ve been seeing around the gym. In no particular order (and I’m sure that I’ve missed a few), welcome aboard Aimee, Austin, Natalie, Whitney, Akshat, Taylor, Moses, Jill, Matthew, Jessica, Katie, Alesha, Cali, Allan, Julee, Tyler , John, Harrison and Christine! And apologies to everyone I missed! Now you know why blogging has taken a backseat.
On a related note, I’d like to get updated photos of everyone for a new “What’s their name again” board. Whether it’s physically in the front room, or something digital, enough people have made their opinions known that I’d like to begin a new board. Any volunteers for this massive undertaking?? Bueller…? Ok, I’ll get something going before the end of the month.
A programming note: for the Power Hour Classes, we are wrapping up the 5x5 programming this week, and we’re going to take a few weeks of active recovery before embarking on an Olympic Weightlifting emphasis. Those who are interested in doing so, a few of us will be doing some max testing along about Halloween, and then we’ll transition to the O-lifts on the 31st/1st. And remember, Power Hour programming is not restricted only to those actively training for the CrossFit Games. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join us. If you have any questions about whether this would be a good idea, I would be happy to discuss things with you individually.
And T-shirts are (finally) here! They’re among my favorites so far. I really like both of the shirts we got (‘Dri-Fit’-type and regular T), and the blue looks awesome. Come check them out!
Just a reminder that the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride is coming to Phoenix next weekend (10/22). If you’re interested, go to SoldierRide.org, click on ‘find a ride’, and find Phoenix. Easy as that!
Received a letter from the Wounded Warrior Project about an upcoming event here in Phoenix. It’s called Soldier Ride, and details can be viewed here. Basically, there’s a $25 registration fee, and $150 fundraising commitment.