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My Favorite Picture

This is one of my favorite pictures ever taken at my gym. It’s from 2013 and Open workout 13.1. It’s my friend Melvin TheMaverick Hubbard achieving something that was previously impossible to him. And the moment stopped the world from turning for a brief moment in time. Korey, Travis, Matt, Tyler, and myself couldn’t help but take notice and honor him for his effort.
 
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I’m doing the CrossFit Games Open this year for the 6th time.
 
Why?
 
Because I do CrossFit.
 
My wrist is jacked up and I’m out of shape, but I’m still doing the Open. If I were still a runner, I’d do the Derby Triple Crown. But I’m a CrossFitter, so I’m doing the Open.
 
I do it because this is the one time every year, that the entire CrossFit world is united around the same thing. All across the globe, we all do these 5 workouts with the same expectations and standards. We all experience the high’s and low’s of anticipation when Dave Castro drops the announcement every Thursday night. We all tend to do better than we should have and yet never seem to do as good as we wanted.
 
After 7 years of doing it, I’m convinced that CrossFit is the best fitness routine in the world, and the Open is my opportunity to participate in the annual celebration of that reality.
 
You should join me.

2 Habits to Start Today

A lot of you guys have been asking me about 2 of my recent nutrition habits. So, here’s the scoop.

First:
I drink a green smoothie Every. Single. Day. Every day. And I feel fantastic. It happens in one of two ways.

Best Option: 6-10 Oz Spinach, 2-3 Oz Kale, 8 Strawberries, 2 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate, 1 Scoop vanilla Whey Protein powder, and a banana, all blended. I freeze everything but the banana, and the protein. And I drink it throughout the day. (Usually at night, I share a little. Just ask Robin Berry) Also, ever so slowly, I’m planning on removing the sweets from it.

Alternative Option: Powder green supplement. Currently, I’m using Athletic Greens, but in years past have just gone with Amazing Grass.

I started the powders about 5 years ago when Moira C Fauth gave me a baggy filled with green powder (sketch…). My allergies are almost completely gone, and I’ve been legitimately sick only 2 times. I just added the smoothies within the last 8 months, and it’s upgraded my morning energy levels, and ability to focus.

Second:
I still struggle with eating right. I can totally relate to the struggle that many of you deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes, it feels like my self control button is broken. So I have been experimenting with purchasing pre-made meals. Still getting the timing down so that I don’t ever run out, but it’s working, and relatively affordable.

I’m using a service called www.Bitemeals.com.

The meals are yummy, have a constant variety (just like CrossFitters like), and fit nicely into a solid nutrition program. I’ll have some for sale here at the gym for $10 bucks if you want to give one a try.

Do this. Experiment with stuff. Report back.

The Cascade Effect

The Cascade Effect

Charlie Sims

A few weeks ago, I posted a question inside the CrossFit Regeneration private facebook group asking our members why they do CrossFit instead of other fitness routines. Out of that conversation came an incredible depth of insight into the lives of the people who trust me with their fitness.

People come here for reasons far beyond merely fitness.

This post is about something my friends call “The Cascade Effect”. Nothing in our lives exist in a vacuum. Everything cascades into everything else just like a giant tangled ball of string. 

If you or I have a “problem” in one area of our life, it’s effects aren’t restricted to that one area. For example, if you abuse your body with inappropriate uses of drugs and alcohol, it won’t just hurt your body. It will produce pain throughout the balance of your relationships. Your spouse and kids will suffer due to you abusing yourself. Your ability to connect with God and hear his voice in your life will be stifled. And finally, it will bleed out into your ability to do your job well and provide for yourself. That single pain cascading all throughout the entirety of your life.

Alternatively, If you’re making positive deposits into one area of your life, there will be a cascading benefit that will rejuvenate your whole self. Contrasted to drug and alcohol abuse, investing in your health with CrossFit, and proper nutrition will bring benefits into your relationships, and into your ability to hear God’s voice, and even in your ability to thrive in the workplace.

If you don’t believe me, put it to the test. Where’s your pain? And how has it cascaded out into the rest of your life? What about your thriving? Is it bringing benefits across the spectrum?

What is one thing you can do today to start making positive deposits? If you would like some help with this, we offer a FREE No-Sweat Intro where you can schedule a half hour with one of our experts.  Don’t wait until the pain cascading over your life swallows you whole.