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The Great Kettlebell Swing Debate

The Great Kettlebell Swing Debate (Originally posted on August 14, 2012) Written by C.J. Martin Quite a few folks following our Competition programming have been wondering whether kettlebell swings should be performed as American Swings, Russian Swings or a hybrid. I have procrastinated an answer for long enough, so here it comes . . . IT DEPENDS. (I know, the least satisfying answer ever . . . but almost always the most accurate and best.) Let’s take a look at the traditional American and Russian swings first, and then talk about how to determine which of those is best for

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Five Tips to Comeback from Surgery Stronger

Five Tips to Comeback from Surgery Stronger

Five Tips to Comeback from Surgery Stronger Written by Michele Vieux Now you’ve done it – you’ve injured yourself badly enough to need surgery. It’s a tough position that many athletes find themselves in – and sometimes multiple times – throughout their careers. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In fact, it is possible to come back stronger if you follow these five tips. PREHAB – If you have the benefit of knowing you need surgery that isn’t emergency surgery, then you have the benefit of time and the opportunity to prehab your injured area

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The Zen Master: Coach Nick Hawkes

The Zen Master: Coach Nick Hawkes

The Zen Master: Coach Nick Hawkes Interview by Invictus Member Ilya Signayevsky For those of you who do not know or have never seen Coach Nick Hawkes, you may recognize him as the morning and noon trainer with tattoos and the occasional beard and beanie. While Nick’s exterior appearance may be intimidating for those of you who are new to Invictus, rest assured he is an easily approachable, knowledgeable, and friendly trainer who loves helping any member at the gym. For both long time and new members who do not know Nick, I have attempted to demystify the man, the myth, and the legend

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How To Get More Gains At Chipotle

How To Get More Gains At Chipotle

How To Get More Gains At Chipotle Written by Bryan Miller Are you interested in getting more food for your money at Chipotle? Then keep reading, as this post is for you. In “Are You Sabotaging Your Gains?”, I discussed the pitfall of not eating enough calories as a competitive athlete. I try to meal prep whenever I can (see General Miller’s Chicken), but sometimes life tries to sabotage my gains. In these moments, one of my favorite restaurants to acquire extra calories is Chipotle. Here are some tips to get you the most gains: 1. Get A Burrito Bowl

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How To Make Bone Broth

How To Make Bone Broth

How To Make Bone Broth Written by Amy Tran Bone broth. So simple, so delicious, and so easy to make. Not only is it beneficial for good gut health, digestion, inflammation, and healthy joints, this nice warm elixir can also really assist you to relax and wind down from your long day. There’s nothing complicated about making your own bone broth. All it requires is a pot (stock pot, crock pot, or pressure cooker), a few ingredients, and a healthy dose of patience (which never hurt anyone). Here’s how I made mine using a pressure cooker. 1 white onion, peeled

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Defending the Cup

Defending the Cup

Defending the Cup Written by C.J. Martin The CrossFit Games are just one month away. From July 22-26 Team Invictus will have the opportunity to defend the CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup and their title as the world’s fittest affiliate team. The deadline to submit our final team roster has passed, and it is likely that we will send six CrossFit Games veterans onto the competition floor in Carson – Nuno Costa, Bryan Miller, Rasmus Wisbech Andersen, Heather Hippensteel, Melissa Hurley and Lauren Fisher. Each of them have competed previously as members of Team Invictus at the CrossFit Games, and each

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Forearm Care

Forearm Care

Forearm Care Written by Gaje McDaniel Sometimes we neglect areas of our body that may be vital to take care of; for example, the forearms, wrist, ankles and calves. If you’re anything like me, you may try and focus on more superficial things like the hamstrings, quads, back and t-spine, or shoulders. I want you to take a little time out of your schedule to spend some time focussing on your forearms. Gripping kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, and pull-up bars builds up a lot of tension over time that we don’t ever release. Today I want to improve your range of

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A Year From Now You’ll Wish You Started Today

A Year From Now You’ll Wish You Started Today

A Year From Now You’ll Wish You Started Today Written by Invictus Member Teena Travis I struggled for some time on whether or not to share these photos, (and not just because so much of my butt is hanging out in the before pictures!) but rather, because I was truly ashamed. When I look at these pictures I really can’t remember when or how it all went wrong. I had no idea how truly unhealthy both physically and emotionally I had really become. When my husband and I joined Invictus in January of 2014 all I knew was that I

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Michele “MGoodSoGood” Vieux

Michele “MGoodSoGood” Vieux

Michele “MGoodSoGood” Vieux Co-Interviewed by Invictus Members Amanda Bloom, Katie Hess, and Edith Moreno The Ladies: Tell us about the first time you met (Invictus owner) CJ, and what did you think? Give us all the weird details.  Michele: Back in 2007, CJ and I used to do the 6:00 a.m. class together at another gym in town; we were the members and not the coaches. Nick and George were in that class too and there were about six of us regulars, so we all got to know each other pretty well. One day, not too long after I started,

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Are You Sabotaging Your Gains?

Are You Sabotaging Your Gains?

Are You Sabotaging Your Gains? Written by Bryan Miller Are you trying to get stronger, leaner or achieve a specific goal? Then keep reading as this blog is for you. I have seen too many people work incredibly hard for the 1-2 hours that they are in the gym, yet they sabotage all their hard work for the other 22 hours of the day. I was just having a conversation with my buddy and we were debating which was more important: sleep or nutrition? The answer? BOTH! Especially when you’re talking about athletic performance! Sleep You should be getting 8-10

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