CrossFit

What are Bright Spots?

What are Bright Spots?

What are Bright Spots and why you should have them?

At CrossFit Erie, we post a bright spot each week.  As a gym, we select one person to highlight.  We find: a PR, something that clicked, or someone who broke through a barrier that week and highlight it publicly.  As humans, we have become so accustomed to downplaying our accomplishments.  We tear ourselves down.  At CrossFit Erie, we want you to see the good you have done.  You work hard.  Celebrate it!  Sounds pretty basic, but let’s take a step backward.  :)

Did You PR This Open?

Did You PR This Open?

The open is such a fun time for us CrossFitters.  We wait each week, in eager anticipation for what we will endure in the coming days.  You singed up and paid your $20. There is no backing out now!  

Each week during the open we have a decision to make.  Scaled or RX.  Regardless of which you choose, there is the possibility of an exercise you can’t do, or thought you couldn’t do, or have never tried.  For some of us not getting that movement or being able to clean that weight will be fuel for the fire.  We will channel that and work on any necessary skills required to have it the next time.  For others, it is a huge milestone

Feeling Motivated?

Feeling Motivated?

When you start a new nutrition or exercise plan it’s exciting!  You looking forward to the changes you're going to see in your body, how much better you’re going to feel, and the strength, endurance or energy you’re going to have.  This excitement can keep you motivated for some time, especially if you see some of the quick weight drops or energy gains that are possible at the beginning of new nutrition or workout plan. Most people can ride this kind of excitement for quite a few weeks and maybe even months.  But what happens when that motivation wanes,  when the weight loss has slowed, and you’re hitting less PRs. 

But, I Don't Want to Get Bulky!

But, I Don't Want to Get Bulky!

“I don’t want to get bulky”- most women who don’t do CrossFit

I have to admit.  I said this very sentence, and I was currently doing CrossFit.  It is hard to believe, as those who know me know I would rather lift heavy any day of the week!  CrossFit has done so much for women in the area of self confidence.  However sometimes social media portrays us all as ripped women with biceps that would rival most men!  

Does What You Drink Affect Your Health?

Does What You Drink Affect Your Health?

When we think about improving our nutrition habits, we often think about food. However, what we drink can be just as important, and sometimes it can even be what’s holding us back from losing weight or just becoming healthier overall. Paying attention to what we’re drinking every day can help us with finally achieving the body composition changes we want, or even just speed up our progress.

Good Sleep for Better Health

Good Sleep for Better Health

For a lot of us, making sleep a priority is not something we think about much.  We are so busy with our lives, we tend to try to pack our days as full as possible and let sleep take a back seat.  However, sleep is not only important in helping us think and focus throughout or day, it is also extremely important for a healthy and fit body.  Sleep helps us recover from our workouts and work harder the next day and it helps regulate our metabolism to help us keep a healthy weight and body composition.  And maybe most importantly, sleep makes us happier!  Lack of sleep has been associated with depression and seasonal affective disorder. 

Water and Hydration

Water and Hydration

We are mostly made up of water.  About 55 to 60% of our body is water.  In fact, our body composition determines how much water is in our body since different types of cells contain different amounts of water.  For example, fat tissue is about 25% water, whereas muscle tissue is closer to 75% water.  

Getting enough water for your body is important for many reasons, including bringing nutrients to our cells and removing waste, lubricating our joints, and regulating our body temperature.  In order to keep our body functioning well, we need to make sure we properly hydrate and maintain our fluid balance, which is the relationship between the water going into your body and the water going out.