The CrossFit Experiment

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I WAS OFFERED TO TRY CROSSFIT AT MY FRIENDS GYM AND HONESTLY I WAS HESITANT TO SAY YES….

at first because I know myself better then anyone and also I heard about CrossFit. Let’s list the things I have heard:

  • It’s really difficult
  • You MUST be an athlete with amazing abdominals
  • You could possibly die
  • You have to be able to lift extremely heavy weights

Maybe you have heard the same things and when you hear these things your brain instantly say “No fricken way!”  I am no athlete, sure I run and work out but my job is a Bank Manager… after reading this blog walk into any bank and look at the staff.

I promise the majority of us bankers are not going to be in any olympic shape nor will we be in any competition. This is unless one day they make networking or cash counting a sport. I just did the everyday type of workout “I picked things up and put them down.” 30 minutes and I was done. I also like I stated before I knew myself and my body, you see I was in a horrific accident where I was hit by a car and this messed my body up really bad (A story for another blog) and my fear was CrossFit is not a workout that allows you to modify.

Then LJ the owner of Roxfire Fitness came into my life and shined a different light on what I thought was CrossFit was all about.

Like for example you don’t have to be an athlete to join CrossFit and abdominals are not mandatory. Lifting heavy weights is not true at all because you start off with little to no weights so that you can learn proper form. As for the difficulty part…well that is true and it makes sense if it was as easy as picking things up and putting them down we’d all be super models. So it is difficult but you will learn to embrace it. And you could die part… well you could also die texting and walking and what sounds cooler “He died but broke that record and gave it his all” or “he was sending a funny cat meme and was hit by a bus.” Point made!

So after our little talk I decided that I will give CrossFit in Fort Lauderdale a try… and I will hope you will follow me through my trials and tribulations. Each day I do this I will tell you about it briefly and really give you my honest thoughts.

CrossFit in Fort Lauderdale
CrossFit in Fort Lauderdale

Day 1

Name of the workout “Chain Reaction.” I was a bit nervous because it was my first time and even though it was only three people I wondered if they have worked out here before. I could tell one guy has because his muscles were bulging out of his shirt and I felt like he talked in CrossFit code. The other guy was like me… not sure about what he was getting himself into but we locked eyes and I could tell he was happy I was not bulging with muscles.

Like any workout it started with a warmup and LJ was great because he explained it perfectly on how we are going to do it and what it should look like.

When he said go he was NOT working out because he wanted to make sure we were all doing it the right way. Well the two of us… bulging muscles was in his own world. The warmups were kicking my ass and I closed my eyes and thought wtf am I doing. Then I remembered “CrossFit was difficult” this I found out in the fricken warmups but right when I thought I was going to stop the time was up. We stretched and the official CrossFit would begin.

I loved the workout because LJ modified it for me and made it so it was not impossible but still remained difficult. LJ kept telling us we are only competing with time… you want to get through it as fast as you can remembering safety. Once he said go I was all in and was pushing myself to the max. I finished with what I thought was a good time but what I loved was the feeling I had. I was shaking and I was tired but I felt good. To hear LJ say things like awesome job or that was impressive made you feel great. He was getting motivated with every push and with every grunt he cheered you on more.

I Also Wanted to Mention One Other Thing and I Feel That This Is the Most Important Part of Crossfit.

While I was working out bulging muscles took time to help out and also cheered me on and I could tell that we were motivating each other. Yes he was lifting heavier weights but it did not matter we were a group of people coming together to get the best out of this workout. It was amazing and at the end we finished with a high five and honestly it made you want to come back for more. So day one was impressive… but it was still day 1. I will keep you posted on how Day 2 goes!

 

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What Is a Fitness Coach?

I’ve been asked many times by clients what I want to do. It’s an interesting question and one that always saddens me of the reputation our industry holds. You see, I’ve been an operations manager, an administrative manager, and a regional sales manager. I’ve worked in the construction industry, the credit card industry, the tech industry, in marketing; oh and of course the fitness industry. When someone asks me what I want to do, I always answer, be a coach. Nothing else I’ve ever done has felt right or made me as happy. However, being asked what it is I want to do, truly reveals the problems with the gyms in scottsdale az, and why Pulse Fitness is different.

What is a fitness coach? At Pulse, we call our trainers, coaches. Why and what’s the difference? Personal Trainers have a bad rap. When most people think of personal trainers, they think of a young college kid who has a physique of a Greek God or Goddess, but who is probably just working their way through school before they move on to a “real career.” At Pulse, we’re different… well except for the physique of a Greek God or Goddess part. That obviously still applies! A Fitness Coach is a professional! They didn’t get their certification over a three day weekend in the Yucca Room at a Holiday Inn Express. A Fitness coach is a highly trained and highly educated expert, with vast amounts of knowledge on the human body, exercise, nutrition, and psychology. Not to mention, that being a coach is their career.

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gyms in scottsdale az

Let me give you a brief example, a Nurse is a highly respected career. In order to become a Registered Nurse, you must go receive a college education in the field of Nursing and then take the National Council Licensure Examination. After becoming a RN, they must then renew their license every few years, depending on State requirements. A true fitness coach is no different. After they receive a degree in the field of exercise science, they must then go on to take an exam in order to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Their certification must then be renewed every few years, depending on their certifying board’s requirements. Good coaches, the kind you want to work with, are required to continue their education and professional growth in order to renew their certification.

At Pulse, we pride ourselves on being experts in our field. Your coaches have Bachelor and/or Master’s Degrees. They’ve done internships with professional sports teams or top training facilities, they’re Muscle Therapists, Nutrition Coaches, Corrective Exercise Specialists, Golf or TPI Specialists, Flexibility Specialists, etc… More importantly, THEY CARE. They care enough about YOU to continue to learn and grow as professionals so that they can help you achieve your goals. It’s rare to find a client with goals, or special modalities that our team hasn’t seen or can’t help.

When someone asks me what I want to do. I take pride in saying, “Be a Coach.” Great Coaches have the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better and it’s their job to get you to be the best you possible; physically and mentally. One of my favorite coaches of all time is the great Bobby Knight who said, “To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.” A Great Coach is a part of you and you are a part of them. Yes, they have the expertise to help; that’s important, but your successes are their successes and your failures are their failures. To me there is nothing I’d rather do, and that’s what you get from your Coaches at Pulse!

 

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BE STRONG, BE HEALTHY

It is a tale as old as time, women who believe they are exercising and gaining results and benefits using those pretty pink and purple 2-pound weights. Well… I hate to break up this fairy-tale, but that’s not doing anything. You are not working toward toning up or avoiding being “bulky”. The reality is, you are doing nothing except for maybe socializing or giving yourself the ability to say well I went to the gyms in Scottsdale, so I deserve this Starbucks.

We all know that exercise is important. We know that nutrition is a major part of living a healthy lifestyle, and a key part of reaching desired goals. This article is not about the benefits of exercise. This is strictly about why women need to strength train, perhaps even more so than men do.

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Women get put in a hard place almost from the get go in life. Seemingly, no matter what time period we are in, body image issues seem to be part of every generation. I have witnessed it with family, friends, and clients. Women often tend to go to extremes when it comes to losing weight. They go on extremely low-calorie diets, they do cardio everyday for an hour a day, they step on a scale every day and freak out if the scale has not dropped by 10 pounds every day. And then – the cycle starts over again. Diet, cardio, scale and repeat.

We need to stop that cycle. Juice Cleanse, HCG Diet, Apple Cider Vinegar Diet and Grapefruit Diet, just to name a few, are all examples of crash diets that put extreme stress on the body and often can be more harmful than good. Sure, you will lose weight. It’s almost impossiblenot to lose weight on these diets. But, the question we need to ask is, “what weight are we losing?”

If your goal was to drop 20 pounds, and you hit that goal, but you lost 15 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of body fat is that really good? Your Body Fat % would not have changed, and in-fact, may have even gone up due to the drop-in muscle.

It is a known fact that the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn during an exercise program. So, why are you working on getting rid of that calorie burning powerhouse? Strength training helps in so many areas and weight loss is, of course, one of them. But, it is not always the most important one – especially for women.

The reason I stated earlier that strength training is more important for women than men has nothing to do with your weight or your body fat percentage. It has more to do with your long-term health and safety. More specifically, your bone density. As we age, it is inevitable that we will also lose bone density. This is just the way of the world. Women; however, are far more at risk of losing bone density than men are. And in return; become much more at risk of breaking a bone than men are.

Osteoporosis is a disease that attacks one’s bone density and one’s ability to make bone, thus causing a person to start losing too much bone over time. This results in leaving them very susceptible to injuries likes fractures and breaks. Now, going back to what we started talking about with those diets – why those diets can be so harmful is because when a diet is extremely low-calorie, it is often low in nutrients. This, coupled with no real strength training can start you down the road to osteoporosis.

A drop-in bone density is something that can be slowed and, in some cases, even reversed. It is possible to start to see an increase in bone density, with proper diet and a strength training program that taxes the body. Picking up 5-pound weights for every movement, every training session will do nothing beneficial for you. It will not help you lose that body fat mass, and it certainly will not help you gain muscle or bone density. While men run around lifting heavy things and putting them down, and then look in the mirror to see how big their biceps look, women lifting heavier weights has much more value and, in the end, much more importance.

Performing a safe exercise routine, with appropriate weight, and challenging yourself in a safe manner, knowing when to try and push heavier can make all the difference when it comes to protecting yourself down the road. So, put down those pretty pink weights and go push yourself to new limits and once you reach those limits push for a new limit.

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PERSONAL TRAINING AND WELLNESS ADVICE FROM CRUX FITNESS RICHMOND – FIBRE

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Adequate intake of fibre leads to several undeniable health benefits. Firstly, it aids in weight loss by improving satiety, or the feeling of being “full”. Secondly, fibre can be fermented by healthy bacteria in the gut. The presence of a healthy microbiome has been scientifically proven to improve mood, reduce inflammation, and even quell chronic pain in some instances. In other words, fibre makes you feel good on top of looking good. Finally, fibre helps the body to maintain proper blood sugar and blood lipid levels; so break out the fruits and vegetables if you don’t have insulin pump or statin use planned for your future. With all these health benefits in mind, it would be silly to turn a blind eye to fibre.

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Thankfully, increasing dietary fibre intake is actually quite simple. Below, I’ve listed my top 3 nutrition hacks for attaining that 38 and 25 gram/day fibre goal for men and women, respectively.

1) Eat the recommended >7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. No exceptions. If not for the vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient benefits, then do it for the fibre!

2) Swap out regular wheat products for the whole wheat, or (even better) whole grain alternatives.

3) Mix beans and lentils into pasta sauces, soups, and stews. This is, in my opinion, the most
flavourful way to increase fibre consumption.

If you’d like to know more about, and start taking responsibility for your own health, fitness, and wellness, please reach out to Crux Fitness in Richmond Fitness Centre, Cloverdale, and Walnut Grove for any of your personal training needs.

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