Nate Dixon

Workouts: Are You Determined To Be A CrossFitter?

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Coaches are CrossFitters who do WODs in their box. This is CrossFit lingo for trainers are workout gurus who do a workout of the day in their gym. A CrossFit program is built as multiple functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity. CrossFit strives to hit every move across the board:
   - Cardio
   - Stamina
   - Strength
   - Flexibility
   - Power
   - Speed
   - Coordination
   - Agility
   - Balance
   - Accuracy
As you can see, CrossFit was developed to create movement through all physical tasks. These type of fitness movements are needed in areas such as: Military, Police, Firefighters, and Sports of course. CrossFit is based on a team environment with everyone starting and ending the workouts together. CrossFit is always a trainer-led program and is essentially thoughtless which is perfect for some, but what if the trainer is not paying attention? What if the trainer is not passionate about their job and they are not looking at you for that one fast tired overhead lift? Although CrossFit as an organization tries to weed those people out, sometimes there are situations in which you should not be dependent on a Coach teaching more than 5 people at a time with over-head lifts. We have listed some things to look for when finding your gym (box).
   - Make sure the trainer (coach) knows how to teach perfect form
   - Ask about their certifications and experience
   - Ask to watch or try a workout before committing
   - Aim for balance in all things, do not consume yourself within a WOD everyday
   - Always compete against yourself, never anyone else. Competition breeds injury
   - Going fast every single day is not necessary. REST is necessary.

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Nate Dixon

Weight Loss: Fat Weight vs. Muscle Weight

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       Scale Weight, numbers, and pound goals, none of them matter! When it comes to weight loss, there is a huge difference between a pound of muscle and a pound of fat. Yes, they have to weigh the same, that is an obvious statement, but do they look the same? Muscle is denser than fat, therefore even though two people may be the same height and weight, the person with a higher fat percentage will wear bigger size in clothing. Now does this mean you have to be a muscle man in order to look and feel good? Absolutely not, anyone can gain muscle while still having the figure they have dreamed of. Women need to stop worrying about “getting bulky” it is not going to happen unless there are many supplements added.

Benefits of Increasing Muscle Mass:
1. Boosts Metabolism (Burning calories at a faster pace and throughout the day)
2. Increases blood flow throughout the body
3. Gaining muscle = Losing fat (It happens at the same time)
4. Decreases the symptoms of sarcopenia (Muscle loss with aging)

We recommend a personal trainer to design a balanced routine and a full body workout daily. Building muscle mass is a good thing, so stop saying you want to get “toned” and start saying you are going to get “strong”!

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