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How to Detox Your Body Without Looking Foolish

I’m so confused. Not confused because I don’t know the truth, but confused as to why people who sell “detoxes” pretend that the term has anything to do with what they’re selling. And confused at why the general public buys these products without asking a few basic questions. Basic questions …

Crossfit: Emancipator or Home-Wrecker?

by CrossfitterMama When I first began Crossfit, I was like a woman having an affair. I would wait until my husband was on his way to work, then I would lace up my minimalist shoes and get out the door quickly–but not too quickly, in case he came back for something, or in case I...

It Is Never OK to Pee Your Pants

As I’ve started to learn more about the culture of Crossfit, it seems to be an ‘anything goes’ sport. And don’t get me wrong, I like that, but one thing that should never be OK is wetting yourself while you’re working out…or ever. In the past few years, I’ve seen pictures and video from the...

Homeostasis of Physiologic Headroom

I recently watched a presentation from 2010 given by Dr. Doug McDuff, an Emergency Medicine physician from South Carolina titled “Paleo Diet & Strength Training Biochemistry”. I found it on YouTube and in the bottom corner of the screen I noticed the words, “21Conference.com”. After listening to him speak for a …

Turning Ordinary Joes into Super Heroes.

In a small island of 166sq miles lies a place called Barbados and in even smaller space of 3000sq feet host a young and upcoming affiliate CrossFit 246. But what they lack in size they make up in stature. Being the first Affiliate on the island, CrossFit 246 has begun to turn simple exercise into...

The cadence of moving mountains: Finding work and meaning in CrossFit

There is a place there. Some kind of nameless inspiration descends upon you and it’s telling you GO. Maybe you’re running 800-meter negative splits – 2:58. 2:57. 2:54. 2:50. The track gets small in the palm of your hands. Maybe you’re doing 30-inch box jumps when your prescribed height is 24. Getting air but …
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Natural Energy Boosters

Ditch the Red Bull, Rockstar and other energy drinks. These highly caffeinated beverages will provide you with a quick boost and wicked crash soon after. If you want to boost your energy and keep it lasting all day long, these natural energy boosters will do just that. How To Boost Your Energy Naturally: 1. Get...

I Think a Brodown is Abropriate

So with this year just beginning, I began to really think about what motivates me, and even more so what motivates others. Some of us step into the box to just be generally healthy. Others want to go to competitions and to push toward the goal of making it to the Games or to Regionals....

Look Towards Community in 2014

Last Christmas, the pastor of my church, Father Dale, opened his homily by recounting an episode of The West Wing in which Leo sits up all night for Josh, who has spent hours meeting with a psychotherapist. Josh is surprised to find his boss and asks, “Did you wait around for me?” Leo tells him...

An eleventh domain – Rest and Recovery

The goal of any physical training program is to produce long term changes and improvements in one’s bodily functions. The idea of Crossfit encompasses the optimal competence in each of ten fitness domains as stated in the Crossfit website. The fitness domains being cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina …

16 Reasons NOT to Crossfit

by CrossfitterMama 1) Crossfit is hard. Why be uncomfortable? 2) You’ll look stupid. Even if you perform a move correctly, who wants to be outdone by someone twice their age and half their size? 3) Crossfitting is extreme. It’s only for pro athletes and former Olympians. 4) You’ll start using …

Are You a Loser?

There are plenty lists and quotes about how to be a winner, and positive thinking is good. But so is critical thinking and sometimes you need a reality check to see if you are headed down the path that will make you the kind of athlete, and person, you want to be. The points below...

Slow and Steady . . .

I am 15 months in. I am good enough to know that I have a long way to go in the Crossfit world. I am strong and flexible so I can lift more weight than most girls at our box, but running over a mile still kills me. I go to the box enough to...

Olympic Lifting and the benefit to all athletes

Olympic lifts can often be seen by amateur athletes as something only used by professional weight lifters or professional athletes in power sports such as rugby, and so called ‘trainers’ that don’t see the true benefit preferring to use exercises that isolate individual muscles. This isn’t helped …

The Squat – Common Problems and corrections

The squat is is one of the most effective and functional lower body exercises there is. However it is also an exercise that many people struggle with, a lot of the time without event realising. Stand in a gym or and observe people carrying out the exercise, or even people sitting down and standing back...

The Kettle Bell and Spinal Stability

By: Justin E. Creech, Hardstyle Kettlebell Instructor, Boot Camp Instructor at Carolina Strong, in Wilmington, NC  www.facebook.com/carolinastrongtraining Most of you have heard about kettle bells or even used them before, especially cross-fitters or any of the new age fitness crowds who have moved away from traditional …
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