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What is CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret and Can It Really Kill You?

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Since its inception CrossFit has either been loved or hated. Is it the new wave in fitness or just another trend? Whatever the case may be CrossFit is here and its becoming even more popular.

CrossFit, the brain child of Greg Glassman, the self-proclaimed “Rabid Libertarian”. Somewhat of a non-conformist, Glassman created these “workouts of the day” also known as “WODs” while acting as a personal trainer in Southern California. He was known for his whacky routines. The same routines that got him kicked out of many gyms and eventually lead him to Santa Cruz where he began training programs with the Sheriff’s department. Upon settling down in Santa Cruz, CrossFit was born.

A mixture of gymnastics, weightlifting, calisthenics, and all together randomness. Glassman believes this method of training best resembled our more primitive states. However deeply embedded in the bowels of CrossFit is the philosophy that exercises should be for time, or for reps in a given time, so that no one slacked off.

Is this philosophy CrossFit’s greatest downfall?

CrossFit Workouts and Human Nature’s Natural Competitiveness

By nature CrossFit workouts are designed to be intense. They mimic “real world” events and boast the claim that CrossFit builds functional strength. Seems legit. In CrossFit’s pure adulterated form it seems like the perfect combination. Until we throw people into the mix.

Humanity thrives on competition. Outdoing and overachieving. Thats what makes us unique. And quite frankly thats what brings us together in many cases. Sports are some of the top industries. Fans are fanatical about their teams and their players. Athletes want to be the best always. Even dating back to ancient times, competition is heavily engrained in our lives.

Which brings me back to CrossFit. Albeit there is some merit in Glassman’s way of thinking. Adding humanity’s competitiveness and ego, I believe, is partly what causes such a negative connotation towards CrossFit. Things tend to be taken to far. Trainees work past breaking points in an effort to outdo another competitor opening the door for serious injuries. Injuries that potentially can become life threatening if not taken seriously.

In Walks “Uncle Rhabdo” and His Dirty Little Secret

uncle_RhabdoWhat has been known around CrossFit circles for some time is now breaking light for us commoners. CrossFit has a dirty little secret and it goes by the name “Uncle Rhabdo”, a fictional clown character dis-embowled and hooked up to a dialysis machine. Uncle Rhabdo portrays the more serious side-effects of CrossFits dirty little secret, Rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis is uncool and potentially fatal condition. In short, under extreme circumstances your muscles explode. Protein leaches in your blood stream. Your kidneys are left to take up the job of clearing the dangerous myoglobin proteins. Which can easily overload the kidneys, cause severe injury to all or parts of the kidneys in short amounts of time, and leave your the muscles damaged.

The most extreme cases of Rhabdomyolysis can consist of the loss of a limb unless a procedure called fasciotomy is performed. The cutting open of the connective tissue to release swelling.

Cases of Rhabdo that have been reported in CrossFit date back to 2005. In the CrossFit Journal there was even an article discussing the fact that Rhado exists and it gave 5 examples of such situations. Since 2005 there is no telling how many more cases of Rhabdo have been added to the list. Or even their severity. What can be said in each of the cases reported the individual recovered and returned to their CrossFit workouts.

While in my opinion it is truly unfair to blame CrossFit solely for this dirty little secret and its potential dangers. But, something has to be said about CrossFit’s culture. Yes the lifter is solely responsible for his/her body. However when you have coaches yelling at you to “giddy up” and Johnny Rockets over there blowing through his “WOD” in no time, the point where one should stop becomes the point where they keep going.

The Lighter Side of CrossFit Training

I can see how the style of workouts created initially could be a great benefit. It seems that most people are looking for an easy way to get fit. Now by no means am I saying that CrossFit is an easy way to get fit, we all know that based on what we see and hear its ‘hard”. What I mean is that any Tom, Dick, and Harry can sign up for a class and get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Most people don’t want to spend hours in a gym and then even more time doing cardio. Hell even the people that want to spend hours in the gym don’t want to spend time doing cardio.

CrossFit has managed to find a way that can encompass multiple aspects of fitness together in one neat little package. As a whole CrossFit workouts can be very beneficial for people that want to just be generally fit. I just don’t agree with how the workouts are done. Form should always be a lifters main focus over weight. Once form is learned and controlled strength is increased overtime thus allowing for more weight to be used gradually. I think that people who want to do CrossFit style lifts could benefit immensely if they ixnayed the whole time constraint hoopla.

With that being said CrossFit isn’t really anything new. Circuit training has existed for quite sometime. Either way in retrospect, CrossFit itself cannot kill you. But it sure can try. If your going to participate in CrossFit be aware of the risks. Like any exercise program there are always risks. Learn to listen to your body. If you have worked to the max take sometime off and rest. Avoid getting hurt by making good decisions.

References
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-robertson/crossfit-rhabdomyolysis_b_3977598.html
http://www.crossfitreality.com/?p=381
http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/cult-crossfit/page/4
http://www.crossfitsantacruz.com/crossfit_santa_cruz/my-rhabdomyolysis-story.html
http://www.endofthreefitness.com/rhabdomyolysis-know-thyself/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhabdomyolysis
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201307/burt-helm/crossfit-empire.html
http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/what-is-crossfit.html

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The Cutest Workout Clothes For All Your Fitness Fun

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Let’s face it ladies, you love looking cute wherever you go. The grocery store, out to dinner, work, and even the gym. So why not look hot to trot in some of these trendy outfits. Take a look at some of the cutest work out clothes and get them for yourself!

1. This Beauty Trains Like A Beast

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Show them you mean business with this outfit. Your a beauty but you sure train like a beast!

Grab the gear here:

This Beauty Trains Like A Beast Tank Top, $20.30

Adidas Women’s Climacool Supernova Racer Bra, $29.98

ASICS Women’s Inner Muscle Tight, Black, $71.99

ASICS Women’s Gel-Noosa Tri 7 Running Shoe, $125.00

 Adidas Digital Watch, $99.00

Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphone (Light Blue), $179.95

ASICS Women’s Hydrology Low Cut Socks, $14.75

glubbs Weightlifting Gloves, $24.99

 

2. Fierce, Fabulous, and Fun!

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Fierce, fabulous, and fun. Show off your true colors in this hot and stylish gym outfit!

Grab the gear here:

Adidas Women’s Response Warm-Up Jacket, $49.95

Jockey Women’s Activewear Seamless Tank Top w/ Removable Cups, $34.0o

Women’s Cotton Spandex Leggings, $19.95

Nike Dual Fusion Run 2 Women’s Running Shoe, $72.90

Adidas Women’s Squad Duffel Bag, $40.00

Nike Feather Light Cap, $34.88

Casio Women’s Baby-G Digital Sport Watch, $60.96

 

3. The Fit Mermaid

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Too cute! This little mermaid is fit and fabulous. Rock this cool outfit next time your in the gym.

Grab the gear here:

Moving Comfort Women’s Fiona Bra, $45.99

Jofit Thumbs Up Jacket, $100.00

Solilor Mermaid Print Leggings, $18.59

Adidas Court Attitude, $82.90

NoiseHush Handsfree Stereo Sound Headset, $14.23

 

4. Ready, Set, Go!

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Your classy, you work hard and you wanna look good. Show off your hard work in the powerful outfit.

Grab the gear here:

Champion 100% Cotton V-Neck Women’s T Shirt, $13.60

Moving Comfort Women’s Fiona Bra, $45.99

Women’s Sports Compression, Ankle Length Pant, $40.00

Nike Women’s Dual Fusion Run 2, $79.90

Nike Golf 2012 Tour Visor, $26.00

Casio Women’s Quartz Digital Watch, $17.66

Gym Armband Case for iPhone 5, $5.53

 

5. Going Green

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Focused and driven. Look cute in this green-alicious outfit.

Grab the gear here:

Women’s UA ColdGear® Longsleeve Compression Mock Tops, $44.98

Women’s Sports Compression, Ankle Length Pant, $40.00

ASICS Ladies Gel-Excel33 Running Shoes, $152.23

Sugoi Women’s RSR Visor, $20.00

Adidas Women’s Climalite II No Show Socks, $6.59

Adidas Sport Digital Duramo Black Dial Women’s Watch, $76.50

Adidas Team Speed Small Duffel Bag, $30.57

 

Working out doesn’t have to be boring. Get some of these cute outfits and jazz up your daily routine with a little flair.

Happy lifting.

 

 

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What’s In My Tape Deck—Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

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After a some internal debate I finally broke down and decided to get Jay-Z’s latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Having been a fan of Jay’s music for some time I figured I would give it a shot.

Is Magna Carta Holy Grail All Its Cracked Up To Be?

I guess it depends on who you ask but, all in all it’s a decent album. I personally don’t think it was Jay’s best by any means. Who cares. What I can say is that the beats are awesome for the most part. And they should especially when he had some of the industries best on the tracks.
The best part about Jay’s lyrics is there is always an underlying message. He has always been a great wordsmith even on his whackiest tracks. Either way I enjoyed Magna Carta Holy Grail for what it was, just another album.

Add These Tracks To Your Playlist From Magna Carta Holy Grail

If your looking for some new tunes to bump in your headphones while you workout I would totally add a few.

Holy Grail – feat. Justin Timberlake
http://youtu.be/2YcIgow6TDk

Picasso Baby

Heaven
http://youtu.be/vZlrjBBixEs

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My First Weightlifting Shoe

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My participation in the sport of bodybuilding has grown to the point that I have seriously considered training and preparing for a competition. And like anything I feel if your going to do something you have to do it right.

Puma Benecio CanvasFor a while I was squatting and lifting in a shoe similar to a Converse Chuck Taylor. The version I had was actually Puma’s Benecio Canvas. I found great success in this shoe and highly recommend any shoe of that style.

Ideally you will want to squat in a shoe that is flat and allows your foot to be flat on the ground. A shoe like the Chuck Taylor or the Benecio allows you to fully ground your feet.

Why Consider a Weightlifting Shoe?

I began to consider a weightlifting shoe on the premise that I would begin to take my training to the next level. I had reached a squat of 315lbs and wanted to continue my progression. One main problem I started to notice was that my foot began to start slipping in my other shoes and I felt that I was losing strength in fighting for stabilization.

I didn’t just jump into a pair of weightlifting shoes. I did a little research. I read what others had written about them. I looked at what athletes in powerlifting and strength training were doing. I began to notice a trend. And that trend was that for the most part they were wearing a weightlifting shoe.

Since my dedication to training had grown, naturally it made sense to follow suit get one.

Why the Adipower Weightlifting Shoe?

adidas adipower weightlifting shoeI must admit I bought the Adipower out of pure vanity and personal brand preference. Plus I figured that since many Olympic Weightlifters donned them it would be a good fit. In my talking and looking online they did come as a highly recommended shoe and that for the most part others who had purchased them prior were happy. Not to mention the bright red is snazzy!

All in all I am very happy with my gift and choice of weightlifting shoe. I plan on sharing my experience while wearing these shoes with others so that they can make a judgement for themselves. Fitness is a journey through mountains and plains. It’s all about discovering new knowledge, applying that knowledge and kicking some ass in the gym!

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Fat, Sick, Damn Near Death

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Lying on your back, thoughts rushing through your head. Faster than light each spark of emotion triggers a reaction inside of you. It’s this very moment that you question yourself and the only thing you can say is why. What have I done. How did I get here?

Never paying much mind to what others have said in the past. Hindsight 20/20.

It’s too late now. What’s done is done. Your best guess is to just move on from here. Without having a choice. Making better decisions and setting goals for yourself is all you have left. Your only hope. Scary as it may seem, frightened shitless. Knowing, this is what I have to do.

Miss A Good Thing When It’s Gone

Each day at any given time, on any channel there is a fitness related advertisement. Seems like someone somewhere is coming up with the next hot trend. Even though its all around us, most people just tend to ignore the message.

Your health is the most important thing you have. Next to your loved ones. Without good health how can you enjoy all the many splendors that life has to offer. There are more and more stories about someone fighting for their life in the hospital because they were obese. Their heart was pumping so hard to carry the extra weight.

It’s not uncommon to see more obese children these days. Which is frustrating to say the least. I cannot fathom why someone would lack so much regard for their body.

I guess when something is taken away from us then and only then do we learn to appreciate it for what it was and what it is. Hearing stories of friends lying in the hospital having just been diagnosed with diabetes because of their choices and now fighting for their life makes me shake my head.

Be The Best You

healthy_and_fitThere is a world of self-help books, tapes, cds, programs, websites, and more. There is an entire industry devoted to the betterment of one’s being. Let me ask you something. If you were a web developer and you needed to learn a specific code to finish a task wouldn’t you research it?

Well then, if you’re having trouble with your life or your weight why wouldn’t you research a solution?

Sloth, A Deadly Sin

PEOPLE ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT IN THE WORK THAT IS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE WHAT IT IS THEY WANT!

As straight as it gets. And you and I both know its so true. Every week, day in and day out. Millions of people line up to buy lottery tickets, dreaming they would win. But not a single one of them is putting in any effort to realize their full potential and just get the money that they dream about themselves.

It goes hand in hand with physical fitness. First off I find that once again people dream of a better body and wish they were in better shape but never freakin take action towards it. And if things don’t happen right away, thats it, they give up.

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An amazing and inspirational read from author Napoleon Hill.

I enjoy reading self help books. A great book that inspired me was Three Feet From Gold. The book talks about quitting at the very near sight of failure just moments away from achievement. I love it. It relates immensely with fitness.

Be Like Nike and Just Do It

Things cannot be any simpler. Just do it. Whatever it is. Its really that simple. In this case you’re concerned about your health. You know you’re not living right and eating shit. Then fix that. Don’t say you’re going to do it. Really do it.

Making a change to your body means making a change to your lifestyle. You have to commit. Just like an athlete trains for an event. Or a musician trains for a concert. Practice makes perfect. Build good habits and repeat them.

Have some regard for your body. Be concerned about what goes in it. Not obsessed. Eat a balanced diet consisting of meats, whole foods, fruits, and of course veggies. Avoid processed foods at all costs. Really. Get your own food and cook it at home.

No More Excuses

HappinessThat’s it my friend. There’s no more room for excuses. So let’s get to it. Grab your Converse All-Stars, a pair of sweats, some tunes, Barbell Academy’s Building Strength guide and off to the gym you go! Build the basic fundamentals of strength which will take you on a journey to a new you.

L’Chaim! To Health! To Happiness!