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18 Gift Ideas for your Favorite CrossFitter

18 Gift Ideas for your Favorite CrossFitter Written by Kim McLaughlin The holiday season is in full swing and many of us are still looking for the perfect gift ideas for our loved ones. In order to help some of you either spice up your own personal Christmas list or find the perfect present for someone else in the CrossFit community, here’s a list of a few items that would make any CrossFitter’s holiday special. 1. CrossFit Apparel – We all love the gear and Invictus has plenty of it for purchase. Anything from headbands, t-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts to

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Learn To Love Your Fear

Learn To Love Your Fear Written by Bryce Smith What Is Fear? For some people, fear is a muscular sensation of adrenaline that moves through the vascular system, which gives us a fight or flight response. For others, fear is like a deer in headlights, which can be described as being immobile or having a dissociation of consciousness. In modern day society we often associate fear with too much instability or uncertainty. Fear typically occurs when we do not know the outcome, fear of the unknown, fear of a known threat, or fear of pain. Our body is always striving

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Farmers Market Cauliflower Mash

Farmers Market Cauliflower Mash Written by Michele Vieux Whether you’re looking for produce, fresh meat and seafood, eggs, specialty foods, health and beauty products, crafts, flowers or food trucks – there’s no better place to shop than the farmers market! Besides getting the freshest and best deals around, you’re supporting local farmers and craftsmen. Basically, you’re a sustainable-eating ninja! Sustainable eating is good for you, and pretty much everyone involved in the process, as well as the environment and economy. The practices used in the farming process are safe for workers and consumers – i.e. no unfair conditions for workers

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Why Do You Train?

Why Do You Train? Written by Bryce Smith Why Do You Train? A friend of my posed this question to me the other day, so I thought I’d touch on the subject a bit and share my thoughts as to why it is important to train. It seems like a simple question at first. You might say you want to be healthy or you want to be better at your sport – there are so many possible responses. The bottom line is that training is a metaphor for life. The squat is the perfect analogy to life; it’s about standing

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Still or Sparkling?

Still or Sparkling? Written by Lindsey Johnson Ok I’ll admit it – I’m addicted. And by addicted, I mean obsessed! It’s been going on for a long time and I can’t seem to stop. I guess regular water for me just doesn’t have that “spark”. I got tired of drinking just water all the time and eating “clean” took away all my delicious drink options. I need more. I’m talking about my huge obsession with sparkling water.  I won’t name names, but there are other coaches who have reached equal levels of shall we say ‘reliance’ on the same product. I’ll go

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Where is my Psoas and why is it important?

Where is my Psoas and why is it important? Written by Melissa Hurley The Psoas is the primary connector between the torso and the leg. This deep, hidden muscle is very important; it affects posture, helps stabilize the spine, and, if it’s out of balance, can be a significant contributor to low back and pelvic pain. The psoas major is the biggest and strongest player in a group of muscles called the hip flexors; together, they contract to pull the thigh and the torso toward each other. The hip flexors can become short and tight if you spend most of

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Invictus Performance Nutrition Presentation

Invictus Performance Nutrition Presentation Written by CJ Martin The 2015 CrossFit Games season is just around the corner. Are you eating for optimal performance? If your goals for 2015 include performing well in the sport of CrossFit, now is a good time to assess your nutrition habits and dial in changes before the first of the year. But what do good habits look like when you’re fueling for performance? It depends. As with any goal, we cannot lay out a road map to success without knowing where you are starting from. So, let’s create the road map! Eating for performance is

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The SAID Principle

The SAID Principle Written by Bryan Miller The SAID principle (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands) is one of the foundations of Sport Science. The first part of the principle simply states: If you want to get better at something, you must do that something over and over until you are better at it. If you want to play baseball like Derek Jeter, you need to play baseball – a lot. If you want to be CrossFit’s next Rich Froning Jr., you have to put in as much time in the gym as he has. The second part of the principle states: If

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Get Started Now with Pete’s Paleo

Get Started Now with Pete’s Paleo Written by Peter Servold, Founder of Pete’s Paleo – with Introduction by C.J. Martin (C.J.’s Note – A couple of weeks ago I told Pete that I needed 10 meals per week for the entire month of December. My reasoning was simple…December is a crazy month with the holidays – and the overwhelming presence of sugary foods. I KNOW there will be nights that I need to do things other than cook and eat a nice meal – like shop for gifts or entertain out of town guests. I also KNOW that I am

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My CrossFit Experience at Invictus

My CrossFit Experience at Invictus Written by New Invictus Member Mitch Perlman Prologue… I signed up for the Invictus Fundamentals course last week, which consists of six private lessons before they’d allow me to attend a group CrossFit class. With my payment made, I couldn’t wait to see the results. I immediately went home and ripped off my clothes, expecting my body fat to have decreased proportionate to the decrease in my wallet. Boy, was I surprised! Nada! Note to self: Exercise patience! Look again after Day 6. The Saga Begins – Day 1 at Invictus, Monday, with Coach Bryan

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