General Life Preparedness

Written by Sarah Loogman According to the concept of GPP modeled by CrossFit, or General Physical Preparedness, there are 10 essential skills to consider when testing or training for physical competence. These measures are – endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.    CrossFit fundamentals teach that any deficit in one […]

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Intentional Mobility

Written by Hannah Dykstra A key element of the CrossFit definition is “functional fitness,’’ but what does the word “functional” pertain to? A body that moves strong though end ranges of motion is a truly functional mobile body. Mobility is often misconstrued as grabbing a foam roller or death smashing your glutes with a lacrosse […]

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Live Your Fitness

Written by Sarah Loogman How you do anything is how you’ll do everything. The approach we take to improving our fitness and lifestyle of health is usually mirror to how we relate to the story of success in our everyday life. Follow some of these simple habits to succeed not only in your fitness routine, […]

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Tips to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle with Food

Written by Hannah Dykstra Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gain or overall health, a sure answer to reaching that goal is to understand the difference between “diet” and “lifestyle.” A diet usually has a start date and an end date and is associated with a feeling of restriction whereas a lifestyle change is […]

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Creating Confidence

Written by Sarah Loogman How you respond to your workout is much like how we respond to life. If you miss a lift, do you throw a fit? Do you hunch over with hands on your knees or walk away from the barbell as you try to catch your breath? Do you cringe when you’re […]

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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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