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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Iceland Annie Thorisdottir featured in Vogue Magazine

A very nice article with some great photos!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Is The Crossfit Opens Broken??

I came across a series of articles written on this subject. I'm not sure I agree with all of his hypotheses but it did give me some things to think about. Below please find the beginning of the articles:

"The growth of our sport has exploded exponentially. In 2011 when the concept of the CrossFit Games Open was first introduced, approximately 26,000 people signed up to participate. The following year, that number nearly tripled, and in 2013, almost 140,000 people participated in the Open. In 2014, those numbers will likely exceed 200,000 people.

Over the next four weeks, my articles will take an honest look at the CrossFit Open. How it works, how it doesn’t work, and ultimately, some suggestions as to how it can be fixed.

An Overview

crossfit games, crossfit, crossfit games open, crossfit open is brokenThe Open, as we now know it, began in 2011. The explosive growth of CrossFit saw the Games go from 2007 where literally anyone who wanted to compete in the CrossFit Games could simply sign up and compete, (much like any weekend box throwdown you may participate in now) to 2011, where an online qualifier allowed sixty individuals and thirty teams to advance to their respective regional competitions. (And twenty Masters in each bracket went straight to the Games.)

Why Is There a Problem?

There is a problem, essentially, because the CrossFit Open doesn’t know what it wants to be. It wants to be the first qualifying step in finding the fittest on earth, but it also wants to be a world-wide community play date, where anyone and everyone, from Rich Froning to your 80-year-old grandfather can participate.

It’s the latter, that all-inclusive worldwide funfest that has forced the Open workouts into a lowest-common-denominator corner. This necessarily compels CrossFit to serve up a limited pool of movements requiring a low skill level to make significant strides. The immense size and scope of the Open leads to judging accuracy issues, and there are multiple additional issues that I will discuss in the coming weeks, such as video standards, leaderboard shenanigans, do-overs, and a little something I like to call “inbreeding.”"


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crossfit Opens!!! Ready for Tonight's Announcement?? 3-20-2014

5pm PDT 


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kevin Ogar Speaks About His Accident....

He wants to tell people how he is doing and to Thank Everyone for their generosity:

To Donate to Kevin's Fund
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

How Many Carbohydrates Are Too Many Carbohydrates??? Fruit, Rice,Sweet Potatoes,etc????

Great Post on Robb Wolf's site discussing women, carbohydrates, and our hormones. It is definitely worth a look if you are experiencing lost cycles, poor recovery, difficulty losing body fat, etc...

an exerpt:
"When you may need more:

  • If you are active, especially with a focus on frequent, high-intensity based workouts
  • If you start having trouble recovering from your workouts
  • If your thyroid is underactive, even with a clean diet and support from medications
  • If you have adrenal fatigue
  • If you start to lose your period or have irregular cycles (pre-menopause)
  • If you’ve been very low carb for an extended period of time
  • During pregnancy and while breastfeeding

When you may need less:
  • If you have a condition such as PCOS, fibroids or endometriosis
  • If you are dealing with small intestine bacterial or yeast overgrowth
  • If you are insulin resistant or have diabetes
  • If you have a neurodegenerative disease
  • If you have certain forms of cancer                                                               

The aticle ends with this summary:
"In summary:
  • Lower is not always better when it comes to carbohydrates for females.
  • Experimentation and individualizing your diet to your specific needs is key!
  • If you’re a female and you’ve been doing very low carb for an extended period of time, you may find benefit with the health of your thyroid, adrenals, liver, and ovaries by bumping them up a bit.
  • Carb cycling may be a great tool if you’re not ready for a daily increase in carbs.
  • Changes in your cycle may not be related to exercise intensity or body fatness per se, but to inadequate energy intake (including carbohydrates levels) to meet the demands of the exercise.
  • Sleep, toxins, stress levels (both physiologic and psychological), and the health of your thyroid (which can also be negatively affected by a lower carb approach), among a multitude of other factors also play a role in regulating your hormones, so make sure to work with a practitioner to get these things sorted out instead of covering the symptoms with medications and upping your carbohydrate intake alone."

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Body Fat Percentage!

From the internet: "Age – The pictures in this post assume ages of around 25-35 years old. Most body fat measurement devices will reflect higher body fat levels as the age increases. For example, a 20 year old man and a 50 year old man may have the same subcutaneous body fat measurement (fat under the skin), but the 20 year old may be 15% and the 50 year old will be at 20%. As we age, fat around the organs (visceral) and within muscle (intramuscular) tends to increase and most formulas take this into account."



Now don't get me wrong, I am under no illusions that I am at 15% body fat. I totally accept that I am probably between 20-25%. It may not be what I would wish for in a perfect world but I am in the healthy to fit range so I will take it.

But, there have been a few occasions when another athlete with a similar body composition to mine, but 10-15 years younger, receives a much lower body fat result.  The excerpt above, from this article, does help explain why this happens. While the fact that it is assumed that I have more fat around my organs because I am older isn't exactly the best news, I'll take it and embrace it. It helps explain why the younger athletes get better readings. Let's be honest, it just makes me feel better.

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