Things we like
Whole Life Challenge – If you need some motivation to change your lifestyle and nutrition for the better, check out this site.
Wildfire Farms – If you are looking for beef or pork that has been raised in the way nature intended, drop Meaghan a line.
Links to various farmer’s markets in Manitoba
Local produce and farm shares (http://godsacres.ca/csa/).
Taking care of your body
It’s great to work and play hard, but you have to prep your body for workouts and life, and also help it recover properly. Part of that process is working on mobility issues, and dealing with small issues before they become bigger problems. Here are some places to start looking:
Mobility WOD – This site is a great resource for many movement issues that you may need to work on. Do a search on the site for your issue (e.g. squat mobility, tight shoulders, etc.). We also have Mobility WOD posters in the gym that show lots of good stretches and mobilization drills to help with various issues. Tweaked your back somehow? Here’s a great place to start getting those muscles calmed down.
Ido Portal – Ido is first and foremost a movement guy, but his 30/30 Squat Challenge, and 30 day hanging challenge (7 minutes per day) are great places to start to work on your squat mobility and shoulder issues.
ROMWOD – ROM stands for Range Of Motion, and this website provides you with a daily mobility video to help you take care of your body.
The Movement Fix – Great tips on how to better understand your body and how to get it moving better.
Want to learn more about lifting and fitness in general? BarBend is a great resource for many things fitness-related.
Olympic weightlifting videos
One of the ways you can improve your Olympic weightlifting technique (besides just putting in some practice time with a good coach) is to watch some videos of the pros. Hookgrip is a great source of videos of high level lifters. Check out their YouTube channel here.
Here’s a great list of articles and videos on what to expect when starting CrossFit.
We can certainly help you with your physical activity output, but the other critical aspect of health and fitness is nutrition, i.e. what you put into your body. I’ve come across figures from several sources that suggest that 80 percent of your body composition is due to nutrition, and the other 20 percent is due to your physical activity.
Some other websites to check out:
CrossFit Journal – nutrition
Gary Taubes – nutrition writer and journalist
Thinking about taking some supplements? Check here first: ConsumerLab.com.
Don’t lose your fitness gains just because you’re on the road! There are lots of workouts you can do with little to no equipment. Here’s a good start.
Shoes for foot health – We often get asked the question, “What shoes should I wear for CrossFit?”. The better question is, “What shoes should I wear for life in general?” This article is a great summary of basic shoe function, and what you should look for when buying shoes for fitness and/or life. I like the fact that the article isn’t overtly biased towards “barefoot” style shoes, but instead recognizes that there has to be a slow progression towards shoes that let your feet move more freely. If all you’ve ever worn are restrictive shoes with a significant heel-to-toe drop, it will take a while for your feet to adapt to the new positions and sensations. As with anything else, a gradual progression is the smart way to go about it.
The basic summary is: get shoes that let your feet and ankles work as they should.