Training, Fat Loss and the Menstrual Cycle

Written by Hannah Dykstra With the continued rise of the CrossFit-ignited fitness revolution, women are becoming more familiarized with performance-based nutrition and fitness. Paleo, Keto, RP,  Zone and even the ever-so-famous “dirty bulk’ are all lifestyles within the realm of strength gains or fat loss. Despite this increasing knowledge, however, many women still carry tendency […]

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Obliques: The Key to a Functional 6-Pack

What does it take to get a stronger midline? More GHD situps? More hollow holds? L-sits? Toes to bar? Well if you’re like me and have tried all of the above and still can’t seem to hold an L-sit for more than 10 seconds, maybe it’s time to change the conversation. Maybe we don’t need […]

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You Are Enough

By Sarah Loogman We live in a culture perpetuated by fear – fear of the future, insecurity of self, a lack of passion for the pursuit we are living. We cover it with hard work, business and an heir of confidence we ride the edge to maintain. We find pride and confidence in our ability to […]

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Confessions of a Gimp

 Written by Hannah Dykstra Northstate CrossFit trainer, Hannah Dykstra, recently incurred a serious injury to her knee while training to be a part of the California Regionals team represented in Del Mar. As unfortunate as this experience has been for her, we asked her to reflect on the experience thus far and what she has […]

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Mastering Double-Unders

Written by Nash Woods Double unders are a source of endless frustration for many people starting CrossFit. The constant stream of cursing and rising welts could probably be described as self mutilation. Although some are able to pick up a rope and string together consecutive reps almost on first try, I was not one of […]

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Sleep, Recover, Repeat

By Sarah Loogman It seems too easy that better, restful sleep can lead to better physical and mental performance, improved physical health and mental well being, and prevent or cure chronic disease of pain. But it’s said that if a thing is simple, it’s more likely to be true. Despite our human tendency to overcomplicate […]

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Beat the Heat: Fit Tips for the Summer

By Hannah Dykstra After a very wet and cool winter, we are now beginning to welcome the joys of the sun that has been in hiding. If you have spent a summer in Redding, chances are that you’re preparing for it like it’s the zombie apocalypse. Kiddie pools, otter pops and personal spray misters for […]

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Finding Your Why When Fitness Isn’t Fun

Written by Nash Woods Sometimes being healthy isn’t fun. Be honest, eating a pint of whatever protein powder based ice cream replacement that is popular that month will never replace the satisfaction that you get from Ben and Jerry. It’s hard to see the payoff when some sadist has their elbow so deep into the […]

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Stop Stretching and Start Mobilizing

  Written by Hannah Dykstra        We’re often instructed to “stretch and mobilize,” but what does this actually mean? Not only for athletes, but for any human function, maintaining mobility is important to human performance and health. For the highest level of competing athletes, this may mean optimizing a competitive edge or for a […]

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Practice Posture: A Gateway to Improved Awareness and Performance

Written by Sarah Loogman         The first world is one of luxury and convenience. The way we live our lives is so intimately woven with the desire for ease and efficiency that aspects of our lost humanity have gone unnoticed, or in the very least the root cause unidentified. Although the conveniences of […]

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