Ego truly is the enemy

When I started CrossFit back in 2008, I loved everything about it.  I also thought it was about moving as much weight as you can and focused on numbers on the barbell, and wanting to get stronger to do workouts “RX” than things which actually made you stronger like technique and movement efficiency.  I also had …

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Embrace your own winter hygge! 

What is hygge? (pounced “hoo-ga)  It’s a Danish concept of feeling cozy and peaceful, as well as enhancing one’s wellbeing by enjoying the simple things in life.  The act of hygge might be a reason why Denmark is commonly ranked one of the world’s happiest countries, even though their citizens endure brutal winters.  This New …

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Dining Out- BBQ

Many people think that in order to have good nutrition they are not able to go out to eat, or, they think that since they are out to eat, they need to abandon any nutrition principles they have adopted in order to adjust.  Both of these mindsets are incorrect. I have always been of the …

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The cause of the Thanksgiving snooze. Does turkey really make you sleepy?

This myth started to circulate because turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is an element of serotonin and ultimately gets converted into melatonin.  Tryptophan can be found in protein-based foods like poultry, meat, eggs, fish, dairy, and more. When comparing equally weighted portions, other foods like cheddar cheese contains more tryptophan than turkey.  Do …

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How To Optimize Your Warmup And Cooldown Routines

Warmups and cooldowns are an essential part of training and should be given as much thought and effort as the workout itself. In fact if you’re short on time you are better off going through a proper warmup, mobilization, and stretching session than to try to get a quick workout in while skipping those other …

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Feeling Full on Fiber in the Fall (and all year round!)

Dietary fiber is found in a variety of complex carbohydrates and from numerous plant sources.  Sources of fiber don’t get digested unlike other food components such as simple carbs, fat, or protein.  There are numerous health benefits associated with a high-fiber diet.  Here are some quick fiber facts! 1)       Typically lacking in the …

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The Hard Hat

Two weeks ago, I was given an assignment in my Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses program that stumped me.  I was asked to bring in an item which represented the culture of our business.  The business side and the gym community side really overlap more so than other businesses, so I was indecisive of what …

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Is Sleep Affecting Your Weight

Is Sleep Affecting Your Weight?  Did you know that sleep affects your metabolism AND ability to lose weight? Sleep allows our bodies to recover from stressors such as work, working out, emotional stress, and so much more. Starting your day without enough recovery encourages a cycle of high-stress levels and bad behaviors, keeping you in …

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3 Considerations During the “Long Haul”

Many of us are focusing on taking a long-term approach to our health and fitness, as well as working on sustainable healthy habit formation. Awesome. Way to go!! When it comes to staying focused on the goal of taking a long-term approach to your nutrition, here are 3 thoughts to munch on: Inner Monologue:  This …

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