This is Why CrossFit is Awesome

What’s so important about CrossFit?

 

  1. CrossFit is defining fitness as the world knows know it.

Until now, no one in the fitness industry has been able to define what fitness really is. But after a few decades, and billions of dollars being spent, Crossfit (a workout system developed in 2000) has found the answer: “an increase in work capacity across broad time and modal domains.” What does this mean? It means that people who are fit should be able to do everything, but now be a master of one specific subject.

 

  1. CrossFit workouts tend to be competitive events.

 

Thanks to CrossFit’s dynamic, a person who is working out can have a friendly competition with themselves, or with a friend. The addictive feeling that is provided from reaching a certain goal is amazing, and is a sure fire way to working out more fun.

 

  1. CrossFit is not just a way to get fit, it is also a community to join.

Joining the CrossFit community may seem intimidating at first, but after joining it is easy to find why people are so passionate about CrossFit. It will be easy to bond with fellow CrossFit gym goers, the online community is welcoming and informative, and the coaches are experts at motivation. The environment that CrossFit provides also makes going to the gym more fun, which will encourage consistency, a hard attribute to find in gym programs.

 

  1. CrossFit provides results that are measurable.

 

CrossFit has the ability to provide measurable data so that their participants can see how well they are doing, which is something that other fitness programs do not offer. Workouts can be scored and repeated so that those who are testing themselves can see just how far they have come without needing to look in a mirror.

 

  1. CrossFit prepares their participants for anything that may happen.

Unlike other gym programs, where a person is trained to become proficient in phosphagen, oxidative, or glycolytic activities, CrossFit trains in all three. This is so the body is at its optimum abilities, which allows a person to be able to choose between a variety of tactics to combat any scenario.

 

  1. CrossFit believes that intensity creates results.

 

High intensity exercise allows for greater results. Although everyone has their own intensity level, these boundaries should be pushed, both mentally and physically, so that that the gym goer can get the most out of their workout.

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These Are the Best Juicers to Buy

I’ve been a passionate juicer for a few years now, and I get all my clients into it, sooner or later, whether they’re jumping at the chance, or if I have to bribe them with a blend before they realize they’ve been converted. I basically think juicing is the single best thing you can do for your health from a diet perspective. It’s the only way most of us are going to get as much fresh produce into our diets as we really need, and in my book, it has basically no downside.

So, why do it? That’s a question I get a lot. A fair number of people hear me start talking about juicing and roll their eyes, because they think it’s a fad that’s going to go away as suddenly as it took off. Don’t worry, juicing fans. It’s not going anywhere. There are some very valid reasons why juicing is here to stay.

First off it gives you lots of nutrition at once, like a tasty and drinkable multivitamin. No matter how well you do at cooking, chances are you’re probably not gonna end up fitting 7-9 cups of fresh produce in, which is what’s currently recommended as a minimum. I know I don’t normally get to that in meals, even though I probably have two servings of either fruits of vegetables at each meal. Juicing gets you several servings at once, in one glass. Most of us can’t beat that for efficiency unless you want to spend all afternoon eating a salad.

That’s why juicing is so convenient. It’s a quick way to consume lots of servings of raw and fresh produce. That’s right, it’s raw. Remember, cooked vegetables aren’t nearly as good in terms of nutrition, so you really do have to eat it mostly raw. That’s just not gonna happen, like I said, for most of us, so the convenience factor is a huge selling point for juicing, especially for my clients who work a lot and don’t have time to prep and eat elaborate meals.

And assuming you blend lots of different fruits and veggies like you’re supposed to, you also get a wider range of nutrients in juice than you would in a meal, because you don’t have to think about how different textures work together or things like that.

Ok, so aside from all those factors, juice is just crazy nutritious. It has vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, and lots of other micronutrients. Yeah, you could eat them all in theory, but like I said, most of us don’t. And juicing also gives you everything in a form that’s way easier for your guts to handle, so you end up absorbing more of the nutrients you put into your system. Thanks to all the goodness, it helps you recover from workouts and stay active through the whole session.

Alright, so now that I’ve convinced you to get juicing in the produce section as well as in the weightroom, I have some advice for you about which juicers to get, because I know it gets kind of complicated to figure out where you’re supposed to start. A lot of sites also seem to think you’re going to be an insane nutrition nut and use slow juicers that take hours, so I always send my clients to some juicer reviews for beginners that are more realistic about what actual people have time for.

I like the KitchenAid maximum extraction one for most of my home juicing. It’s a cool hybrid that has features from slow juicers and fast juicers all in one. Basically, it has a blade which makes it fast like a centrifugal juicer, but it also has a squeezing function that makes it really efficient like a slow juicer so you get more from your produce and save money. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to juice lots of different things, so click here to check that out.

If you’re kind of overwhelmed by starting with lots of different juice blends, and you’re not alone, I would say that a citrus juicer is a good place to start with something simple that you can have with breakfast to get in the habit. You can upgrade and start using different produce later on. Cuisinart makes a really good citrus juicer that I keep in my office for morning OJ.
Alright, folks, that’s all for today, but I hope you’re as excited as I am about the difference juicing can make in your health and fitness routine. Click this and go get ‘em!

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How to Become a Vegan

Hey folks,

Today, I want to talk about something I’ve been getting lots of questions about recently, which is veganism. A lot of people are getting into it nowadays for a variety of different reasons, but since it’s so popular, I thought I should talk about it from a trainer’s perspective. I actually don’t have anything against veganism, which is kind of a rare stance in the training world. I think it’s a solid ethical choice for the planet, and it can be really healthy for people, as long as you do it right.

Why’s it a good idea to go vegan? It’s a big thing you can do for the planet, because animals put out more carbon emissions than cars do, which is something i found really surprising when I learned it. It’s also something a lot of people do for their morals because a lot of animal products aren’t made really ethically. Finally, from a nutritional standpoint, and there are exceptions to this, a lot of animal products aren’t great for us.

So, if you want to go vegan, here are the things you need to do to stay healthy and keep up a good diet.

The biggie is to get protein from lots of different plant sources to make up for the fact that you aren’t eating meat or dairy, which is where most of us get our primary protein intake. Lentils are a good source of baseline protein, and so are nuts and kale. Those are all smaller amounts, though, so you’re going to have to find some kind of protein product to use as an alternative primary source. Tempeh and seitan are good block-type proteins that are healthier than soy and have about the same content per weight. I also use this amazing protein powder made by the Garden of Eating company that’s made from ground up raw sprouts.

You also need to find a different source of iron and calcium, which are the big nutrients we get from meat and dairy. I recommend that my clients get some blood work done to see how you’re doing over the first few months, and make sure you adjust based on your levels if anything is deficient. Iron is easy to get from kale or spinach, or if you cook with a cast iron pan. For calcium, you can get special orange juice with it added, but I would really just recommend a supplement.

Those are the big nutritional things to watch out for. As far as other vitamins and minerals, you’ll actually be getting more from a plant-based diet, so I wouldn’t worry too much. Just be sure to juice and make sure you’re getting a good range of different groups, and get a masticating juicer for the best nutrition from your produce. As far as cooking your foods and finding good vegan things to eat, the main advice I’ve heard from vegan friends and clients is don’t try to substitute for animal foods. You’ll always be disappointed. I’m talking about imitation meats and cheeses. Just make something different. Find a good vegan cookbook, like Moosewood, and go from there instead of trying to copy your mother’s turkey dinner with tofu.

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