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POST WOD Soreness???

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members, Nutrition on December 1, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

GHD situps can really make you SORE the next couple days after

CrossFit is HARD!!!

CrossFit makes you SORE! Sometimes really SORE!

One of the questions we always get when someone first signs up and understands that they will be sore in the beginning is, “What can I do to help with the SOREness?”

Most of us are pretty conscientious about preparing for an upcoming competition/CrossFit WODs, special athletic event or particularly grueling training session. We build our stamina. We hydrate. We take on extra fuel. We get a little extra rest.

But how much attention do you pay to the hours and days after you finish that century ride, alumni soccer game or 20-mile training run or Wed’s WOD?

Do you collapse on the couch, spent, and indulge in a double cheeseburger with fries to celebrate your achievement and the extra calories you burned?

Well we have a few TOP things to do to help with recovery and SOREness. Here YOU go…

1- Active Recovery: When we say “Rest Days” that does mean sit your *ss the couch and watch TV or go on the internet all day. “Rest Days” now means active recovery.

Under no circumstances “should anyone just stop,” says Lynn Millar, a professor of physical therapy at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Although conventional wisdom calls for stretching muscles while they’re warm, Millar has found that some people need an additional, gentle stretching session later.

“It may be more important to do some of that stretching three hours later,” she says. “That may help better at preventing that tightness or lack of range of motion.”

In a small 2008 study of women rock climbers, French and Belgian researchers found that active recovery – in this case, pedaling a stationary bike – removed lactate more quickly than other methods and led to better performance when the women went back onto the climbing wall 20 minutes later

Items that are MANADATORY for you to have:

Lacrosse ball
Foam Roller
-PVC pipe/broomstick
-Stretch band

2- Ice Baths: Ahhhhh this is HARD to do but gosh darn it, it works!

Nothing feels better on sore muscles after a tough workout than a hot shower or, if you have access to one, a steaming whirlpool. Haven’t we seen pro athletes doing this for years? Unfortunately, it may be the wrong way to go. It seems wherever you go now, someone is touting the benefits of an ice bath or, more technically, cold-water immersion.

It seems intuitive that cold would reduce the inflammation in overworked legs. Distance runners swear by the practice; they’ve been standing in buckets of icy water after races and workouts for years. An ice bath “constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown,” top ultra-marathoner Nikki Kimball wrote in Runner’s World in 2008. (For ultra-wusses like me, Kimball notes that she wears a down jacket, a hat and neoprene booties and drinks hot tea during her 20 minutes in a 50- to 59-degree tub.)

3- FISH OILS:
* Reason #1
* Reason #2

4- Chocolate Milk: It does a body good…actually it does:-)

Nancy Clark, a registered dietitian and author of “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook,” says chocolate milk provides fluid, carbohydrates (sugar) to replenish your body’s supply, protein to promote muscle healing and the sodium that you’ve sweated away. Plus, it gives you that sated feeling that other products may not. A small University of Connecticut study found that fat-free chocolate milk seems to protect muscles better than a carbohydrate recovery drink.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/09/AR2010110903278.html

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Ready or not, feasting season is here…What are you going to do about it???

Posted in Lifestyle, Members on November 26, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

This weekend WODs will get you on the right track for the holiday season

Article found at: medicinenet.com

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It happens every year about this time. The air gets nippier, the days get shorter — and your jeans start getting tighter.

Ready or not, feasting season is here — that seemingly endless time of temptation that starts with Halloween candy and continues with Thanksgiving stuffing and pies, merry-making treats, then New Year’s toasts. Even beyond Jan. 1, there are Super Bowl chips and dips and Valentine’s Day chocolates to contend with.

“We have four months of constant feasting,” says Roger A. Clemens, DrPH, food science expert for the Institute of Food Technologists. “If we do feast, as many people do, without control, then we set ourselves up for bad patterns, ill health, and weight gain.”

Statistics for how much weight Americans tend to gain during the end-of-the-year festivities vary from 1 pound to 10, but it’s undoubtedly a tough time for anyone trying to eat healthfully.

And then there’s exercise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, most Americans — 59% in 2003 — do not engage in vigorous, leisure-time physical activity. Add in the time demands of the holidays and the urge to stay inside because of the weather, and you have a recipe for even more inactivity.

With all this working against us, just how can we keep from overeating and underexercising during the Halloween-through-Valentine’s Day season? WebMD asked some health and fitness experts for advice.
Dietary Downfalls

First, it’s important to understand why it’s so hard to keep up healthful habits this time of year. During the fall and winter seasons, the experts say, many factors combine to increase the urge to overeat. They include:

Food-focused celebrations.
We normally socialize with friends and family using food and drink, says Clemens. And on special occasions, such as holidays, the availability and quantity of social fare increases — raising the temptation to overindulge. The pressure to give in can be great, as we don’t want to put a damper on the merrymaking or disappoint loved ones who have toiled to present good eats. The alcohol served at many social events can also destroy our resolve to eat in moderation.

Stress.
As if there weren’t enough stress in everyday life, holiday obligations and expectations add to the strain. “In an effort to ensure that you have the perfect holiday, you’re doing all these extra things, like making sure you have the right decorations out and making sure your cards are done,” says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “All that extra work can be overwhelming. It can add to the stress, and the stress can lead to the overeating.”

Exhaustion.
The demands of fall/winter festivities can leave people feeling sluggish and sleep-deprived. And when people are tired, they’re more likely to overeat, says Amy Schmid, MA, RD, program director of nutrition communication for the Dairy Council of Nebraska.

Emotional eating.
Schmid says some people use food to soothe sadness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, or loss. Others simply use any celebration as an excuse to overindulge, says Janet R. Laubgross, PhD, a clinical psychologist specializing in weight management in Fairfax, Va. They think, “‘Oh, I get to indulge because it’s Halloween’ or ‘I get to indulge because it’s Thanksgiving,'” she says, noting that holiday marketing of food and consumerism contributes to the excess as well. Also, Thayer notes, when people who are trying hard to eat healthfully fall off the wagon, many get frustrated and give up on healthy eating.

Cold weather.
Some people crave high-calorie comfort food and drink when the mercury dips. “It’s comforting to eat stuffing, pumpkin pie, or your grandmother’s high-calorie salad,” says Schmid. “It makes you feel good. It makes you remember the good days.”

The same factors that contribute to overeating can also lead to physical inactivity.

“The No. 1 reason people report for not exercising is lack of time,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise.

And, of course, overfull stomachs from all that holiday feasting, as well as stress, exhaustion, and cold weather, can dampen the best of workout intentions.

3 Keys to Survival
To make the feasting season a healthier one, experts say, it’s important to do three things: Practice awareness, manage your stress and emotions, and plan in advance.

1. Practice Awareness
•Be conscious of what you eat and how much, says Karmeen Kulkarni, MS,RD, BC-ADM, CDE, president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. Allow yourself some special treats on the holidays but have moderate servings. When there’s a lot of food available, try an appetizer-sized helping of each dish instead of dishing up a full serving.
•”‘Tis the season to be realistic,” says Schmid, noting this is not the best time for weight loss. She recommends trying to maintain weight instead of lose it.
•Be sure to keep it all in perspective, the experts say. “Even though it’s the holiday season, it doesn’t mean for the next three months, you can do whatever it is you want,” says Thayer. “Allow [some treats] for the special days, but then get back into your healthy routine the next day.”
•Always look for opportunities to move, says Bryant. For example, take a brisk walk whenever you get a few minutes; stand up and move around while you’re on the phone call; and walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing him or her.

2. Manage Stress and Emotions
•One way to keep stress at a minimum is to lower your expectations about holidays. Ask for help to lighten your holiday schedule. Host a potluck holiday meal instead of cooking dinner. Or serve it buffet style instead of having a sit-down meal.
•Learn to say “no,” in a courteous manner, to activities and food that aren’t in your best interest. “People may grow to respect it, and may even emulate it,” Clemens says.
•If you’re sad about a loss, turn to people for comfort instead of food. “Invite a new member to your holiday table,” says Schmid. “Maybe it’s not the same without a loved one, but think of new traditions.”
•At social events, don’t fill silence with food. “Many people will eat and drink any beverage because they don’t know what to say or how to act,” says Clemens. Instead, he recommends making an effort to really get to know people, beyond superficial small talk: “When we do that, we actually have the tendency to eat less,” he says.
•Another way to deal with emotions is to make sure exercise remains a priority in your life. Exercise can be a great stress reliever.

3. Plan in Advance
•Eat a little before you go to a holiday gathering; hunger can undo the best intentions.
•Also, avoid sources of temptation whenever you can, says Thayer. After visiting a buffet, leave the room that’s filled with food. If there are sweets in the office break room, don’t go there. If you’re given unhealthy food as a gift, bring it to the office to share.
•If you’re traveling for the holidays, pick up some healthy, portable snacks at the grocery store before you leave so you’re less likely to be tempted by unhealthy options.
•Think about what really matters during this busy time of year, and plan accordingly. “Figure out what you absolutely have to do, because there always are some obligations,” says Laubgross. Then let go of the rest.
•Also, schedule a brisk walk or hike after a holiday party or meal. “Five minutes of exercise is better than 20 minutes of nothing,” says Schmid.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line, the experts say, is to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle both in and outside of the fall/winter feasting season. Constant weight gains and losses can be harmful to your health and your psyche.

The best way to survive the feasting season? Keep in mind that celebrations are really about family and friends — not food.
“We need to instill in our social events that balance, moderation, and variety are key to better health,” Clemens says.
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Anything to add?

What “used” to be your downfalls?

What are your solutions for this holiday season???

A Paleo Thanksgiving!!!

Posted in Lifestyle, Members, Nutrition on November 23, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Pre WOD Mobility at its finest

This blog was taken from Robb Wolf’s website:
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Thanksgiving is only days away

I love Thanksgiving. A grand excuse to spend the day in the kitchen creating delicious food for the people I love is a holiday I can get behind. Thankfully, staying Paleo at Thanksgiving is easy enough. Most of the dishes traditionally served are naturally Paleo with a few easy modifications. The big culprits to watch out for? Bread, stuffing, mashed potatoes (maybe) and desserts.
Bread: just skip the dinner rolls. Most of the time, these are an afterthought anyhow. Who wants to eat a store-bought, over-processed gluten bomb when there are countless other great dishes to fill your belly? Don’t even bring them to the table. And if you’re at a relative’s house just stick the package of rolls under a nearby throw pillow. No one will even miss them.

Stuffing: this one can be a little more tricky. Everyone wants stuffing. Or is it dressing? I grew up in south Georgia and it was only ever called stuffing in my house, although not once was it actually stuffed inside anything. I love the idea of stuffing inside the turkey, soaking up all that juicy goodness, but if we’re not using bread or grains of some kind, that technique is hard to do justice. So we’ll stick with the stuffing-on-the-side concept of my youth. A super yummy grain-free, dairy-free recipe is below!

Mashed potatoes: if you’re avoiding nightshades or just trying to keep it low-carb/dairy-free, mashed potatoes can be a booger. I’d like to propose an alternative: mashed sweet potatoes! Yams and sweet potatoes are another traditional thanksgiving food (although in my youth they were always smothered with corn syrup and toasted marshmallows), and one that can be made into a delicious Paleo-friendly dish. Bake (or microwave) sweet potatoes, peel and mash them, mix with coconut oil or grass-fed butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a touch of maple syrup and you have one delicious side dish (or main dish, if you’re visiting my plate).

Desserts: if you enjoy pumpkin pie for dessert at Thanksgiving, you’re in luck. It’s super easy to make a really satisfying Paleo version. Sarah from Everyday Paleo has a great recipe plus a demo video on her version of pumpkin pie. I made something similar recently and for the crust, used almond flour and coconut oil. Yummmm. My husband couldn’t even tell it wasn’t a graham cracker crust.

A delicious, foolproof Paleo Thanksgiving
I’ve taken the traditional Thanksgiving menu from my youth and made a few tweaks. Here are some great, tried and true recipes from around the Web.

•Pre-dinner munchies: Italian sausage skewers, Bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates, Deviled Eggs (Fat Guacamole Devils would also be welcome), shrimp cocktail, olives, nuts
•Alton Brown’s roast turkey (video)
•Cranberry sauce
•Holiday yams
•Tarragon green beans
•Pumpkin pie
•And finally, stuffing!

Savory Sweet Potato Stuffing
Serves: 8
Time: about 2 hours (40 minutes hands-on time)

This has all the savory depth of flavor you’d expect from a traditional bread stuffing, and you’ll recognize familiar fall flavors in there, but get ready for some unexpected notes: the burst of sweetness from the raisins and the crunch from the pecans.

Ingredients
•4-5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
•4 tablespoons olive oil
•salt & freshly ground pepper
•4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
•2 medium onions, chopped
•1/2 cup dry white wine
•8 oz. country style (not in a casing) pork sausage
•2 large eggs, beaten
•1/2 cup chicken broth
•4 tablespoons golden raisins
•3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage•1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 400° F. On a baking sheet, toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tbsp oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stick the baking sheet in the oven and roast potatoes until just tender, about 20 minutes.
2.Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the sausage and cook through until thoroughly browned. Add the wine and cook until it evaporates, 2 to 4 minutes.
3.Transfer the mixture to a large bowl along with the roast sweet potatoes and let everything cool for 10 minutes or so. Turn oven down to 375.
4.Add the beaten eggs, sweet potatoes, broth, pecans, raisins and sage to the veggie mixture and combine well. Use olive oil to grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until browned, 20 to 30 minutes more.

Inside the Mind of our Women’s Paleo Champ

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on November 18, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Paleo Eating + CFSF is the winning combo for KS

Post Challenge Letter

This has been more than a 7 week challenge for me. When thinking about what to write, I realize that this has been a yearlong challenge.

It started in October of 2009 when I bought the first Paleo Diet book. It was foreign to me. No breads, no dairy, no sugar!

What would I eat??

I remember telling Chris that I wouldn’t get past breakfast. I put the Paleo book away for some time. I kept coming to CFSF and was dedicated to working out. However, I kept filling my body with garbage.

Why would I take two steps forward with working out and then one step back by eating poorly???

I finally decided that if I wanted to see improvements in my workouts and in my body, I needed to make changes in my diet. It was a slow change for me. It started by eating better on the days that I knew I was coming to the box. I knew I couldn’t complete a WOD with my stomach full of tacos, pizza, chips, etc. From there I focused on one meal at a time. I started with breakfast and realized that there is more than just cereal and milk. Then I eliminated milk and decreased the amount of bread I was eating. I kept reading the Paleo book and educating myself.

My goals were to lose belly fat and increase my energy.

But could I make it through 49 days??

I tried a mini Paleo challenge in July and quit after 2 weeks.

Did I have enough time to prepare foods?

Did I have enough willpower to stay away from Coke and sweets?

What would my friends and family say?

By the time the 7 week challenge started I was focused, determined, and ready to expand my Paleo eating.

For this challenge, there were no excuses. I was the one putting food in my mouth. I spent time on Sundays getting food ready for the week. I went from eating out at lunch everyday to packing my lunch. I knew I needed to stay away from fast food restaurants, especially the ones with Coke. I also needed healthy snacks so I wouldn’t be tempted by peanut butter M&Ms. I left the house every morning with one bag for lunch, one bag filled with snacks, and a big bottle of water. One point that I want to make clear… I ate FOOD. This was not a diet of deprivation. I ate real food, lots of food, and it tasted good.

What kept me going?

There were some ‘nay-sayers’ during this challenge that thought I was crazy. Their comments just gave me the motivation to work harder. There were also many cheerleaders such as my husband, my two boys, CFSF coaches, and CFSF members. I carried a 3-ring binder with me everywhere. I filled it with recipes, wrote down everything that went into my mouth, and also wrote down a daily devotional. If I wanted to reach for candy or a pop, I got out my binder and read my devotional or looked at recipes. It was a very powerful 49 days in which I saw changes in my body, mind, and spirit.

My workouts included CrossFit 3 to 4 times a week. I tried to do prescribed workouts as much as possible. I pushed myself to lift more weight and to complete an exercise without resting. I usually picked out someone in the workout to be my ‘rabbit’ and I would try to stay with that person or sometimes pass them. I also ran on the days away from CrossFit, usually with my two boys on their bikes. I made parallettes to have at home to work on L-sits and bought a jump rope to do countless double unders in the driveway.

What’s next for me??

I remember saying to Chris last fall that I didn’t need to make friends. I was only worried about getting a good workout and burning as many calories as I could. I was so wrong. I could not have succeeded in this challenge without the friends I have made at CFSF. I want to continue to make friends and to ‘pay it forward’ by encouraging those who are new to Paleo and CrossFit.

Kris aka ‘KS’

CFSF Consistency…Why do YOU work and others DONT???

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on November 16, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Pregos stick together, J is pregnant now, Roach is just post pregnancy, both doing CF

Every time someone steps foot in the box and signs up for CrossFit they are: motivated, excited, anxious, intimidated, ready to make a change, etc…

One of the things we talk about every time with everyone is to make sure you show up (3x a week at a minimum) and be CONSISTENT! If you do the results will happen. And the proof is all of the current CFSF students.

-You signed up just like “everyone else did
-You started with your 1st WOD just like “everyone else did
-You were (and still are) SORE just like “everyone else was

But the “X” factor is you CONTINUED to show up and work HARD and be CONSISTENT! And that leads to where you are at today and were you will be tomorrow and into the future.

Everyone one you that stays consistent have overcome all the excuses: money, family, no time, “too hard”, etc…

So the question is; “Why do YOU work, and other DONT?”

What makes you stay consistent and continue to stay consistent?

And why do you see others not?

Recent Related Blog: “Whats the Difference”

Another CFSF’er is Level 1 Certified!

Posted in In the News, Lifestyle on November 15, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

FTS is in the far left rockin the CFSF shirt...say cheez:)

We are pushing back the AOW this week, but for good reason…

A very significant event has happened this last weekend! Matty B aka FTS received his Level 1 certification in Omaha.

CrossFit Sioux Falls is very proud of you for this great accomplishment. You raise each and everyone’s athletic and personal game to a HIGHER level at CFSF. Your intensity, encouragement, personality and character is such a positive influence on all of us. We couldn’t be happier for you on this accomplishment coming along with bringing you on board this month as our next great coach at the box.

As FTS begins his coaching this month at CFSF, he brings more to the table than you would think…He has played collegiate and post collegiate soccer, coached athletes from young to adult. As a CrossFitter, he is also more than just your average athlete, when someone has the ability to Overhead Squat their BW 15x, do Handstand Ring Pushups, and a host of other movements that mir-mortals don’t have the capacity to do, people will listen. You may see him tearing it up at the sectionals next year.

We have had the pleasure of watching your progress and improvement since the 1st day you walked into CFSF. We are so excited to have you take this next leap as a coach at CFSF.

Thank you for all that you do!

The VOTE…Be There!

Posted in Events, Lifestyle, Members, Nutrition on November 12, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Super Ffast Squatting by Kimmy G

Tomorrow (Saturday at 1030a) marks the Paleo Challenge II Vote. This is were the participants of the Paleo Challenge decides who will take the PLC II Crown for the Men and the Women.

Details:

When: Saturday Novemeber 13th
Time: 1030a-1115a
Where: CFSF

The top 3 men and top 3 women will be posted Saturday at 1030am. Each Paleo participant (you don’t have to finish to vote anyone who started the challenge) will have the opportunity to vote on the winner for the top male and female. The male and female winner will win $800 CASH EACH and a free UNLIMITED month membership.

We encourage all of CFSF’ers to come and join in on the fun.

You must be at “The Vote” to vote. Sorry if you are not in attendance you are not able to vote.

Any questions contact Chris or Annie.

THANKS!