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The New Evening Competition Class at Invictus Point Loma

The New Evening Competition Class at Invictus Point Loma Written by Lindsey Johnson Big News Invicti! If you haven’t already heard, Invictus Point Loma just added a competition class at 5:30pm! While our Downtown location is bursting with athletes ready to take on our coveted competition programming, we have not been able to add that class here at Point Loma until now! The class meets at 5:30pm and runs until 7:00pm, Monday through Friday. This is in addition to our 8:00am and 3:00pm competition classes that meet at our Downtown location.  Downtown also offers a 7:00am Saturday competition session as well. Who can participate? Any of

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Does Eating Six Meals A Day Really Increase Your Metabolism?

Does Eating Six Meals A Day Really Increase Your Metabolism? Written by Calvin Sun A common bit of advice you hear in the health and fitness industry is to “eat 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day to boost your metabolism and increase fat loss”. If your desired goal is to lose fat and improve your body composition, you will probably want to do some meal prep each week to make sure you have healthy meals to eat while at work or while you are on the go. But is it really necessary to eat six times a day?

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Matt Shaver, our 5th Place LGFG Challenge Winner!

Matt Shaver, our 5th Place LGFG Challenge Winner! Interview by Nick Hawkes Meet the 5th Place Winner of our 2014 “Look Good, Feel Good Challenge” – Matt Shaver! Nick: What was the incentive for you to join the LGFG challenge? Matt: My incentive: Money and a competition. I like to win, and winning cash is a big motivator.  But now that it’s over, I do love that, at 45 years old, I look and feel better than I ever have. Nick: Did you say 45 years old? Wow, I actually thought you were younger, and  just rocking the George Cloony,

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S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting Written by Nuno Costa We are now three months into 2014 and like most people, you’ve probably set some goals for this year. Perhaps you have some great New Year’s Resolutions that you’re trying to stick to or maybe you recently participated our 2014 “Look Good, Feel Good Challenge”. We’ve posted ideas and suggestions on how to set goals in the past and I wanted to provide an additional method to help you create some goals and action steps around them. This method is called S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting. I’ve used this way of setting goals with my

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CrossFit and Pregnancy : My Journey

CrossFit and Pregnancy: My Journey Written by Ali Jones Over the last couple of months, I have had many people in the gym ask me when I am going to stop lifting. I keep thinking maybe they know something that I don’t. For those of you who don’t know me well, I am 6 months pregnant with my 3rd baby. Yikes! I have trained with the Competition classes for a little over a year and a half now. CrossFit was not part of my life during my first two pregnancies. I started CrossFit when my daughter was about 7 months

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The Good Morning

The Good Morning Written by Zach Erick A strong Posterior Chain (PC) is essential to becoming a great lifter. With the amount of stress we put on our backs, glutes, and hamstrings in CrossFit, we should be exploring all avenues to strengthen these muscles. We regularly program lots of great exercises in our Performance and Fitness sessions to strengthen the PC. This includes Deadlifts, RDLs, and Bent-Over Rows – the list goes on and on. There is one movement I’d like to shed some light on that we don’t do too often, but I feel is a great exercise to

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Tausha Beard, our 4th Place Winner of the 2014 LGFG Challenge!

Tausha Beard, our 4th Place Winner of the 2014 LGFG Challenge! Interview by Heather Hippensteel Tausha Beard, one of our beloved Invictus charter members, was our 4th place winner in our 2014 “Look Good, Feel Good” Challenge. Her journey started long before the challenge kicked off and it has been so much more than just a change in nutrition. Back in October, Tausha committed to making a life change after she found herself on “pause” after a tragic event, which she was brave enough to share with us. I felt honored to be able to talk to Tausha about her

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Three Habits of Great Lifters

Three Habits of Great Lifters Written by Bryan Miller Here are three habits (that are a must!) for those looking to increase general strength, compete in a strength sport, or overall just be a great lifter! 1. Movement Quality vs. Chasing PRs Patience is one of the most noticeable characteristics of an experienced lifter. All too often beginners will chase PR after PR until their progress comes to a screeching halt. Why does this happen? I like to call it the ‘novice effect’. Each person has certain strength/lift potential with poor movement quality. The novice lifter will progress rapidly at

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Our 3rd Place LGFG Winner – Andrew Byrne!

Our 3rd Place LGFG Winner – Andrew Byrne! Interview by Zach Erick Andrew Byrne is a relatively new member at Invictus; after just a few months, he has totally transformed his body. If you saw a before and after photo of Andrew’s progress in the past three months, you would think that the pictures were taken years apart. Andrew is proof that to see results in the gym, you just have to show up consistently and give it all you got. Andrew is a pleasure to coach; he is always motivated when he walks in the gym (even at 6:00

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Running – Pushing vs Pulling

Running – Pushing vs Pulling Written by Nuno Costa It has been awhile since we’ve had a review of proper run mechanics. I was reminded of this by a recent workout that included rowing and running. I recently heard that all there is to running is “putting one foot in front of the other”; in the simplest of terms that could be true, but its also very far from the truth. Let’s cover some of the key concepts of run mechanics so that everyone at Invictus receives some proper coaching. I want to talk about the concept of pulling your

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