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Thoughts on Plyometrics and Your Approach to the CrossFit Open

February 25, 2014

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Reebok Crossfit Nano Speed Shoe Review

January 28, 2014

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The New Supplement on the Block

November 08, 2013

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 3.0 Review

October 18, 2013

     The beautiful thing about CrossFit is its ever-changing nature. During the 2013 Reebok® CrossFit Games we were able to see the world’s best crossfitters power through a hellish weekend filled with not only familiar movements, but a whole batch of new ones we can start to hate and dread (legless rope climbs anyone?). And as our sport continues to change and evolve, so does the equipment we use and rely on.

     Reebok® like they’ve done so well in the past has risen to the occasion with the release of the brand new Reebok® CrossFit Nano 3.0. After over a year of research and development that has resulted in a number of improvements and changes, the Nano 3.0 is set to become the premier shoe among crossfitters. Here are some of the new features of the Nano 3.0:

  • RopePro: Designed to be super durable, the RopePro wraps around both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe keep it one piece no matter which rope climbing technique you use.
  • Dual Density Midsole: This gives you a more versatile and stable base well suited for any type of WOD. The harder and denser heel is perfect for performing lifts or other movements like squats and pistols by keeping your weight stable and back in your heels. The softer and more flexible forefoot is more responsive, offers less resistance and more shock absorption for high impact movements like double unders, box jumps, and running.
  • Redesigned Last: The natural last of the Nano 3.0 helps to mimic, support, and strengthen natural movement through the most difficult met cons and heavy strength days. The wider toe box and Metasplit outsole allow for full flexion and foot expansion giving you more natural stability and traction.
  • New Lining: If you’re anything like me your feet can get pretty toasty during a WOD. A very convenient feature of the Nano 3.0 is it’s increased level of breathability. The new lining does an excellent job in reducing the build up of heat, friction, and abrasion making for a more comfortable fit over a longer period of time.

     All in all, the Nano 3.0’s extremely durable design and high level of comfort and function make it the go-to shoe for any crossfitter. This lighter, softer, and stronger addition to the Reebok® CrossFit Nano line is sure to meet all of the demands and more of the crossfit athlete.

Click here to order from our HUGE selection of Reebok Crossfit Nano 3.0s!

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RTG Glove Review

October 02, 2013

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Veggie Talk: Mama Knows Best

July 17, 2013

 

“Eat your vegetables!”. It’s something we’ve all heard our mom tell us as we were growing up. It turns out she wasn’t just nagging, but she actually had a really good point and our health in mind. For most of us during childhood vegetables probably weren’t our favorite food. When it came to pizza, hamburgers, soda, and candy it was always yes, yes, yes, and yes. But when the green stuff from the ground was put on our plate our appetites and enthusiasm were likely lost. I can’t tell you why this was often the case, but I can tell you why we should no longer avoid some of the world’s best sources of life giving and supporting nutrients.

Let’s go green; and by this I don’t mean go and buy a hybrid (though they are great on gas mileage and very environmentally friendly). What I mean is go and eat green vegetables. Many green vegetables are nutritional powerhouses that offer a high number of health benefits; and with so many to choose from you should never get bored.

Within the last few years a kale craze has swept the country, and this once overlooked green leafy vegetable has now taken center stage. Kale has been a common staple in the diets of cultures spanning from Europe to Africa and to Asia. Besides offering a nice strong flavor, kale is an excellent source of Vitamin C which is a highly effective antioxidant that helps with inflammation and has an impact on cardiovascular disease through lowering cholesterol. Kale is also chock full of Vitamin K which is essential for human bone growth and density. Calcium is another nutrient found in Kale that’s linked to bone growth/density and preventing diseases like osteoporosis. Calcium is an important component of a healthy diet and is crucial to maintaining cartilage and joint flexibility. Strong bones and joints mean a stronger you who is able to do more with less risk of injury. Studies have also shown that the molecule sulforaphane which is present in kale exhibits anti-cancer properties.

Kale may be the hot and trendy vegetable right now, but how can we forget the longtime favorite spinach. If Popeye’s forearms are any indicator of the benefits of eating spinach, then pile it up on my plate! Spinach is another vegetable that is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining our immune system and the health and integrity of our vision. It’s also responsible for skin and cellular health. Some studies have shown that proper levels of Vitamin E intake help to prevent and delay heart disease. Magnesium (treats magnesium deficiency which can cause muscle cramps, fatigue, and weakness), Potassium (reduces risk of hypertension), Omega 3 fatty acids (manages inflammation, fights against arthritis, asthma, and other autoimmune disorders), Iron, and Zinc are all found in spinach as well. 

Some other green vegetables worth noting include collard greens (soluble fiber and another good source of Vitamin C), chard (contains good amounts of Vitamins A, K, and C; and also rich in nutrients and protein), broccoli (Vitamin C and contains multiple nutrients with powerful anti cancer properties), and asparagus (full of folate which helps reduce the risk of hearth disease and is great for pregnant women). 

With so many great green options it’s almost impossible to not heed the words of your mom. Your best bet is to start by finding a few vegetables you like, figure out a way to prepare them in a way you enjoy, then eat them every day. Listen to your mom and start to live a healthier and better life.

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Gear 101: The Guide

April 29, 2013

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My Take on Mofongo (Paleo Style!!)

April 10, 2013

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How to Measure Your Jump Rope

March 24, 2013

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Paleo Banana Bread Pudding

March 19, 2013

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Product Review: CW-X Performance Conditioning Wear

March 09, 2013

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10 Reasons Why You Should Do the 2013 CrossFit Open

February 20, 2013

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