Blackberry Blast

Blackberry SmoothieBlackberries are in full force right now so to celebrate I picked tubs-full and have been adding them to everything. As a firm believer in all things smoothie, I created an antioxidant-blast to kick off my busy day.

Blackberry Blast

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 cups greens (spinach, kale, chard)
  • Banana (optional)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Tbps chia seeds
  • Honey, maple syrup or agave (optional)
  • Almond milk (until smooth)

CrossFit Craze

Ahhh, CrossFit, a potentially excellent form of fitness that had been butchered by inexperienced people looking for a magic bullet. For many it has become (in my opinion) another fad way to get lean quickly but not a sustainable form of exercise – I have yet to meet someone who has been doing CrossFit for more than two years. Before you berate my judgement, I would like to point out that I support most forms of exercise so long as it provides physical, mental and health benefits. To each his own, as I am fond of saying, but only if it doesn’t leave you injured, or worse (check out this NYT article).

So what is CrossFit? Developed by Greg Glassman, CrossFit is “a fitness regimen… which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity)” as well as a “community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together”. According to the official CrossFit site it is “a regimen of constantly varied (CV), functional movements (FM) performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment”. Certainly sounds cool. So why am I hating? Rather than offer a long-winded discourse on the pros and cons (because I could go on and on), I have listed my opinion in point-form and included additional sites for you to do your own research.

ProsXfit Team

  • Community
  • Physical activity
  • Pushing body to physical limitations
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Structure and commitment
  • Coaching
  • Focus on diet (Paleo)

ConsCrossFit

  • Cult mentality
  • High potential for injury
  • Pushing body beyond physical limitations
  • Structure and commitment vs. enjoyment
  • Violation of training principles
  • Inexperienced coaching
  • Not functional fitness (muscle ups?)
  • Obsession with dieting

As with any form of training, especially that which involves repetitive high intensity Olympic-type lifts, you should consult a certified trainer (in this case a CrossFit coach) to give you guidance and watch your form. This is NOT an exercise modality to be taken lightly as it can lead to injury when the movements are performed incorrectly. 

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