I was joking with Laura B. that she should be careful not to drop anything for the next couple of months because "pregnant women shouldn't deadlift." [Pick things up.] At which point her physician workout partner chimed in, "Because if there's one thing that's good in pregnancy, it's a weak, inflexible back." We love people who get it! #strongmomma … [Read more...] about People who “get it”.
http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/the-biggest-loser-the-most-damaging-show-on-tv YES! YES! A thousand times... YES! The Biggest Loser makes for really good TV; but it's a horrible example for both the public and aspiring trainers. The methods used range from unsustainable to downright dangerous. This article does a good job of discussing the nutritional aspects of the show. When one throws in the fact that a good portion of our clients come to us with disordered eating, the kind of extreme … [Read more...] about “The Biggest Loser: The Most Damaging Show on TV?”
Honestly, we don't believe there is an age limit on fitness. And Chuck is showing us the answer certainly isn't his tender age of 76! When Chuck started in March we used depth-scaled Air Squats in his program. When a proper range of motion was attained, we started loading with Goblet Squats. Yesterday marked the advent of the Back Squat in Chuck's programming; something he couldn't have even attempted at the beginning of the year! Way to go Chuck!!!! … [Read more...] about How old is too old?
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLNmLuBGO5U&feature=youtu.be]Erly came in as a veteran CrossFitter with several years of training at another affiliate under his belt. He's obviously a strong and accomplished athlete who can lift a lot more than what you see here. But without the benefit of personalized instruction there were some obvious errors in his lifts. These small imperfections in the foundation have more far-reaching consequences as the "building" of ones' fitness rises higher … [Read more...] about Why personalize?
Hmm... it's kinda like running, or softball, or just about any physical activity in that the answer depends a lot on the question: how competitive do you want to be? We have friends that put in a few miles of running a couple of times of week. They aren't as likely to be injured as someone hammering out dozens of miles per week to compete. We also have friends that "play softball" a couple of times a week; and by "play softball" we mean "drink beer". They'll probably never get hurt from the … [Read more...] about Isn’t CrossFit dangerous? [Part 2]
The value of CrossFit for student athletes cannot be overstated. Young athletes are in need of a fitness program that develops a well-rounded performer who is strong, flexible, and optimally conditioned. Gateway CrossFit provides all of these, while teaching young athletes the correct form on complex movements; all in a safe, motivating environment. Our instruction will provide your student athletes with a skill set they can use throughout their athletic career, and the rest of their lives. … [Read more...] about Building the Student Athlete
Our dear friend Johnny H has started joining us at Gateway CrossFit! Like lots of guys in their 40's he hasn't kept up with exercise as much as he'd like, and he brings his fair share of aches, pains, and prior injuries. Which is to say CrossFit, and Gateway CrossFit in particular, are perfect for him! CrossFit has been in the spotlight lately for its partnership with Reebok and the CrossFit games. And yes, the extreme side of CrossFit is definitely one aspect. But just like running goes … [Read more...] about Johnny H in the house!
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t913HeuwXE] Olympic lifts are a perfect example of why Gateway CrossFit is a Personal Training-only facility. While they are fantastic for building almost every one of the 10 General Fitness Skills, they are also very complex movements. As such, it is best to have expert tutelage and extensive practice and skill development before they are safe and completely productive for use in metabolic conditioning workouts. Note that Tom's Clean & Jerks … [Read more...] about Why Personal Training only?
When is worth it to jump from cost-consciousness to value-consciousness? Answer: when quality is the foremost concern. Things like tires, brakes, men's suits, and whiskey come immediately to mind. But what about your health and fitness? In this arena, "good enough" may be okay for some people; not us. CrossFit is the pinnacle of well-rounded fitness development, but the moves are complex. So Gateway CrossFit runs a Personal Training-only model. Consquently, we cost a little more than some. In … [Read more...] about Cost or Value?
So wifey ran into one of the trainers I (John) used to work with at a local globo-gym. ...He mentioned he had run into a couple of CrossFitters in their mid-40's. "CF is a young man's game... It's too hard on the joints... I saw a couple of people at [globo-gym] get hurt trying CrossFit..." The sad part is he's actually a really intelligent guy; he's simply failed to do the critical thinking. We've quoted it before but it bears repeating: "people’s needs differ by degree, not kind. Olympic … [Read more...] about When smart people say foolish things…