Proprioception: A Sense of Self

Written by Hannah Dykstra Have you ever wondered how gymnasts and dancers move so gracefully and seemingly effortless? The nature of both of these sports is all about positions. These athletes spend a significant amount of time in proper positions, thus developing proprioception or the unconscious ability to perform routines within these patterns. Proprioception or […]

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A Worthy Pursuit

In setting goals, if we’re setting them large enough, we acknowledge that to accomplish them we will need to change the very state of who we are. We understand that we will have to be fitter or smarter or any other state of “better” to be more than what we currently are. The goal itself […]

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Barefoot or Bust

Written by Hannah Dykstra I am asked all the time why I walk barefoot or why I purchased a pair of such minimalist shoes from Vivo Barefoot. Our feet are the foundation by which every single pattern of movement begins, full engagement of every single muscle in our foundation leads to full engagement of every […]

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Inflammation: The Slow Death

Written by Sarah Loogman Inflammation of the body can be caused by many factors, both chronic and acute, and is a natural immune response to foreign invasion. In the case of an acute injury, such as a sprained wrist, inflammation is localized to the area and is a natural protection and healing response of the […]

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What Your “Tight Hip Flexors” Aren’t Telling You

Written by Hannah Dykstra   The awareness of the negative effects caused by sitting on the human body and pain is becoming greater, which is by all means fantastic. This awareness forces a consciousness which allows people to want to spend time in the couch stretch “stretching” those hip flexors in hopes that their hips will […]

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Setting Goals with Purpose

Written by Sarah Loogman   As we approach years end, you may be considering your New Years goals. For many, this is an exciting opportunity to “start fresh” and kick off grand endeavors. In the fitness community, this is often a long “PR wishlist” marked by numbers and times. We know exactly what we want […]

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Refuel and Recover

Written by Hannah Dykstra As an athlete or fitness enthusiast, food is one of the most important factors when it comes to performance and health. Most athletes believe we eat to prepare for our workouts, games, races or events, which is true to the extent that we need fuel for energy, but when is the […]

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Healthy, Happy Holidays

Written by Sarah Loogman Kick the pumpkins to the curb, Christmas is here! Okay, maybe it’s too soon yet for Michael Bible Holiday Radio on Pandora, but a trip to any suburban outlet will not-so-subtly remind you that the holidays are near. As you navigate yourself through the woes and wonders of the years end […]

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Knock Out Knee Pain

Written by Nash Woods Knee pain is no fun. Knee pain deriving from CrossFit training is generally a result of hip tightness or dysfunction. Luckily, there are a few mobilizations and movements that can be a catch-all for general knee pain. This is by no means an exhaustive list and doesn’t address things like arthritis […]

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Breathe Like a Lion: Inhale Performance

Written by Sarah Loogman As thoughtless of an act it may seem, the mechanics of breathing have a profound affect on our physical health and even mental or emotional wellness. A gateway “hack” into the nervous system, a mindful breath practice can help improve athletic performance and decrease the risk or impacts of chronic disease. […]

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