Yin and Yang….

CrossFit and Yoga – Yin and Yang


CrossFit AllStarKC Stallsmith, owner CrossFit AllStar

“Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system.” – Wikipedia

Prior to starting CrossFit, I practiced yoga for four years.  I finally gave it up as I wanted to find an exercise program that was a bit more strength oriented – enter CrossFit.   CrossFit has certainly provided strength, but I have been wondering if it might make more sense to try and combine the two disciplines.

To help me explore this, I sought out the advice of my friends Megan Combies and KC Stallsmith.  Megan is a CrossFit and Yoga coach in Santa Cruz, CA, and KC is the owner and a coach at CrossFit AllStar in Hawaii

Question to MeganI would characterize CrossFit as “Loud and Intense” which is pretty much the opposite of how I view yoga (peaceful, mindful, and centered) – How can you integrate the two worlds?

At first glance Yoga and CrossFit are incredibly different. Just as you stated, CrossFit is loud, intense, and aggressive. Yoga on the other hand is about finding peace, being mindful and opening your heart. But when you look deeper at both of these disciplines you will find some commonalities and ways in which they complement each other. Being completely present, staying with your breath, being non-judgmental, being supportive, staying calm and focused, clear, balanced, strong, determined. The list goes on and as you may have noticed, the only real differences are the ego and competition. In yoga we try and release our ego and try not to compete with anyone whereas CrossFit builds the ego and creates competition. This is where I believe the two balance each other out the best. Yoga keeps you humble and grateful, CrossFit keeps you continually pushing your own limits, yoga teaches you to understand and honor your boundaries, and both build confidence to do what you may have never dreamed to be possible.

Question to KC:  Why did you decide to combine CrossFit and Yoga?

I was working as a CrossFit coach and surprised at the lack of mobility and stretching offered in most of the workouts I was asked to deliver. I started adding small bits of yoga and mobility at the end of my classes. Feeling that this was an important, and often neglected aspect of many CrossFit classes, I eventually did 100 hours of yoga teacher training in Hatha Yoga and a 100 hour Anusara Yoga Immersion. This was a gift I gave to myself to help myself understand more about my body and how I can give myself the gift of Yoga. Now as a Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified CrossFit Trainer and Affiliate owner, I am thrilled to humbly share the gift of yoga with others, especially CrossFitters who will experience the profound benefits of Yoga, that even go beyond the physical.

Question to Megan:  If CrossFit is your primary mode of exercise, how would you suggest adding in a yoga practice?

I am a firm believer that you cannot have one without the either. Research shows that the two types of individuals most prone to injury are individuals who are too flexible and individuals that are too tight. The first causes laxity in the joint, the latter causes problems such as loss of range of motion and pulling of the musculature on the skeletal structure causing improper alignment. With that said, I would recommend an individual supplement CrossFit with a yoga practice about twice a week. More for those who are naturally more rigid and tight as these individuals are more prone to injury.

Seeing as how most CrossFit box’s run their program as 3 days on and 1 day off, the rest days would be perfect for the yoga practice. Another option would be post WOD to help alleviate the tightness and soreness that occurs after. I would NOT recommend a yoga practice right before a WOD as research shows that after an intense session of stretching, you lose the ability to produce maximum force in your musculature for about an hour or so.

“Yoga is just plain good medicine for the CrossFit athlete, and you might even find it good for the soul.  Meditation and yoga WILL help your CrossFit performance along with all areas of your life.” – KC

What about you?  Do you combine yoga with another exercise program?

Read more: http://myathleticlife.com/2011/12/crossfit-yoga-definition-yin-yang/#ixzz1kHw0xKQi


Simple Truth #1….Quality Nutrition


If you plant tomato seeds in your garden you are going to get tomatoes.  You are NEVER going to get an oak tree.  You cannot change the tomatoes GENETICS.  But, if you water the tomatoes with pure clean water, feed the tomato organic compost and mulch as they grow and plant the seeds where they will get the most sunlight, you are going to grow AMAZING TOMATOES!  Genetics you cannot change, it’s water under the bridge, but a healthy environment will have a HUGE IMPACT on your RESULTS.

We cannot change our genetics.  What is done is done.  But YOU can change your ENVIRONMENT and  your LIFESTYLE, and this will DRAMATICALLY CHANGE your level of HEALTH and your resistance to disease.

If you feed yourself more pure water and fresh juices instead of soda and beer, if you feed yourself more healthy, nutritious food instead of junk food and candy and if you create a healthier lifestyle and environment, YOU WILL PREVENT DISEASES, PREVENT YOUR GENETIC FLAWS AND LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE!

Biggest Loser and CrossFit…



CrossFit: The Biggest Loser or the Biggest Winner in 2012


CrossFit and The Biggest Loser

Without a doubt, CrossFit has been on a tear.  In less than a decade, over 2500 gyms have been certified and affiliated with CrossFit, and the number of people who participate in CrossFit workouts is on the order of 500,000.

The prize money for the first CF Games in 2007 was $500 compared to the staggering $250,000 for the top male and female finishers at the 2011 Games – Thank you Reebok (source – Social WOD)

But what will the future bring?  Can CrossFit continue to attract new gyms and will those gyms be able to grow as profitable businesses?

One interesting twist will be to see what the combination of CrossFit and The Biggest Loser provides.

What am I talking about?  Check out this series of tweets about CrossFit and The Biggest Loser from trainer Bob Harper:

CrossFit and The Biggest Loser

Luckily, the season premiere of CrossFit and The Biggest Loser is Tuesday, January 3rd.  Will this be a positive or a negative for CrossFit and their affiliates?

Any predictions

Read more: http://myathleticlife.com/2012/01/crossfit-biggest-loser-biggest-winner-2012/#ixzz1iSNHXEWR

The 15 Most Inspiring Health & Fitness Images of 2011

by Jordan Shakeshaft · 10 days ago · Fitness

From medical miracles to courageous feats of strength, 2011 was a year filled with awe-inspiring events, individuals, and inventions. The Greatist Team looks back on this extraordinary year in health and fitness through the images that most inspired us.

15. UC Irvine Holds the World’s Largest Dodgeball Game

Duck, dive, dodge! On September 21, UC Irvine earned their second dodgeball world record with 4,488 participants getting in on the action. Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times

14. The First Lady Jumps Around

As part of her Let’s Move! Campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama hit the South Lawn of the White House with local school kids in attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. Cardio never looked so fun! Photo: Olivier Douliery/ABACA

 13. 91-Year-Old Yoga Teacher Refuses to Quit

At it since 1960, 91-year-old Bernice Bates is officially the world’s oldest yoga instructor. Talk about practice! Photo: Matt May/Guinness World Records

12. Medical Breakthrough: New Mirror Monitors Health

Named one of Popular Science magazine’s top inventions of 2011, this no-touch system tracks and displays users’ heart rates in real time without the need for external sensors. Healthy see, healthy do!Photo: photos.siggraph.org

11. Oldest Man to Swim the English Channel

Forget the lap pool. On August 30, 70-year-old Roger Allsopp became the oldest man to swim the English Channel. The journey from Dover, England, to Calais, France took him 17 hours and 51 minutes. Photo: Gareth Fuller, PA/Landov

10. U.S. Women Beat Out Brazil

Brandi Chastain’s famous sports bra celebration was so 1999. After an unbelievable comeback, the U.S. Women’s National Team celebrated their advancement to the 2011 World Cup semifinals, beating Brazil 5-3 in a penalty shootout. Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

9. World Population Reaches 7 Billion

Danica Mae Camacho got more than the usual welcome wagon. The Philippines’ symbolic 7 billionth baby, little Danica was delivered in Manila on October 31st. Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

8. Food Day Feeds the World

“Food Prices — From Crisis to Stability.” That was the theme for World Food Day 2011, a worldwide event dedicated to increasing awareness of world hunger and bringing meals to those in need, including the children of the Turkana Region of Kenya (pictured above). Photo: blog.childfund.org

7. The World’s Oldest Man: Jirouemon Kimura

The oldest man alive might also be the most serene. On April 19th, Jiroemon Kimura quietly celebrated his 114th birthday at his home near Kyoto, Japan. Photo: AP/Kyotango City Office

6. Uganda Welcomes the Digital Drum

Knowledge is power! Chosen as one of Time magazine’s best innovations of 2011, UNICEF’s Digital Drum may not make music, but the sustainable, solar-powered kiosks are making information more accessible with selections relating to health, education, and protection from violence and abuse. Over the next two years, UNICEF Uganda aims to install more than 100 additional kiosks throughout the country. Photo: UNICEF Uganda/Jeremy Green

5. Deaf Woman Hears Voice for the First Time

Sloan Churman was born deaf and for 29 years relied on hearing aids and reading lips. But all that changed when she received a hearing implant. Watch the sheer joy she experiences after turning it on for the first time. Photo: YouTube.com

4. Marathon Mom Runs 9 Months Pregnant

Amber Miller ran the Chicago Marathon days before her due date, then gave birth to her baby just hours later. This was her third time running a marathon while pregnant, and her second marathon during this pregnancy. Crazy? Maybe. Totally inspirational? Absolutely. Photo: Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune

3. Blind Weightlifter Competes in World Championships

Australian weightlifter Malek Chamoun trains in his garage for the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships in Paris. The most remarkable part: Chamoun was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of seven and was declared legally blind by 15. Photo: Brett Costello/The Daily Telegraph

2. Bladerunner Makes IAAF World Championship Semifinals

Earning every inch of his nickname, South Africa’s “Bladerunner” Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, competed in the men’s 400m semifinal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters

1. Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Washington

After what can only be described as a miraculous recovery, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to Washington on October 6th to attend a Navy retirement ceremony for her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. This was Giffords’ second visit to the Capitol since she was shot through the head in a Tuscon shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 12 others. Photo: David Lienemann/AP/The White House