Olympic Lifting: Building to a Strong Snatch

My first exposure to Olympic lifting came through CrossFit and I was immediately hooked.  Regarding the two Olympic lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk, I quickly became obsessed with the snatch.  The snatch is a slow yet explosive multi-component movement; the marriage of movement science and physics.  When executed properly, its complexities give... Continue Reading →

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrate: Carbohydrates are a form of macronutrient that chemically consist of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Essentially, carbohydrates represent sugar which the body can digest and then use for energy. They include the sugars, starches, and fibers of fruit, grains, vegetables and dairy. Carbohydrates are important because they can be quickly turned into energy and can... Continue Reading →

Is subscription programming worth it?

In a word:  YES!  Thus far, in my experience I believe subscription programming to be worth it.  If you are on social media like Instagram, and you are plugged into the CrossFit and fitness world it seems like subscription programming is everywhere because, well it is!  Want nutritional programing to follow?  Subscribe to Working Against... Continue Reading →

My Nutrition Odyssey

After I had my first kid, I was about 30 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight.  Through a combination of running and Watch Watchers I lost about 20 of those 30 pounds.  I ate a lot of fruit and vegetables and I remember the pounds coming off fairly easily.  Things were different after my second pregnancy. ... Continue Reading →

What is the Keto diet?

“What is the Keto diet?  Should I try it?”  These are two questions I have heard numerous times while at the gym and have been asked directly several times recently by family members.  To understand the Keto diet, it helps to understand the basic energy system our bodies run on.  Carbohydrates, protein and fats are... Continue Reading →

CrossFit Open Workout 19.5 Recap

Historically, the final Open workout contains thrusters and this year did not disappoint.  Open Workout 19.5 consisted of thrusters (65lb for women and 95 lb for men) and chest to bars (not a surprise really) with a rep scheme of 33-27-21-15-9 (a TOTAL surprise)!  The scaled version replaced jumping pull-ups for chest to bars.  That’s... Continue Reading →

CrossFit Open Workout 19.4 Recap

  CrossFit Open Workout 19.4 consisted of 3 rounds of 10 snatches plus 12 bar facing burpees followed by a 3 minute rest.  Athletes then moved onto 3 rounds of 10 bar muscle ups plus 12 bar facing burpees with a 12 minute time cap.  Men Rx snatched 95 lbs. and women snatched 65 lbs. ... Continue Reading →

CrossFit Open Workout 19.3 Recap

CrossFit Open workout 19.3 was seemingly designed to separate the wheat from the chaff and that elicited a mixed reaction around the community and in my box.   Workout 19.3 was a chipper consisting of 200 feet of overhead dumb bell lunges, 50 box step ups, 50 strict hand stand push-ups and 200 feet of handstand... Continue Reading →

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