The Power of Shifting Perspective
Written By Bryce Smith

Life is a roller coaster ride. There are highs and there are lows, and then there is of course the middle ground, where we spend the majority of our time. We wouldn’t want it to be any other kind of way because in the medical world, a flat line means you are dead. Do you see what I did there? I shifted the perspective of what could be viewed as a chaotic and inconsistent life like a roller coaster, to a perspective of gratitude showing how the ups and downs of life are a good thing.

Matt Beals: Different Approach, Same Result
Written by Michele Vieux

The result is the same, Invictus Masters Athlete, Matt Beals, made it to another Masters Qualifier. At 51 years old, he has competed in 7 CrossFit Opens and 3 CrossFit Games. What’s different this year was his approach to the Open, and to competing in general.

When I interviewed him for this piece, Matt was getting ready to head out on a kayaking paddle adventure with a group of friends, for fun. He lives in Hawaii, and enjoys spending time outside and especially on the water.

Finding Balance
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

Have you ever been stand-up paddle boarding? Or gone out for spin in a canoe, kayak or any other small boat? What is the first thing you notice? It’s not steady. Right? You have to find the middle to get balanced and sometimes that’s not an easy task. There are hundreds of examples of this principle: tightrope walking, skiing, skateboarding, slacklining, cycling, and the list goes on. The point is, each of these things requires balance – no different than life.

Balance is one of those things that is hard to get and even harder to hold on to.

Finding Balance
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

Have you ever been stand-up paddle boarding? Or gone out for spin in a canoe, kayak or any other small boat? What is the first thing you notice? It’s not steady. Right? You have to find the middle to get balanced and sometimes that’s not an easy task. There are hundreds of examples of this principle: tightrope walking, skiing, skateboarding, slacklining, cycling, and the list goes on. The point is, each of these things requires balance – no different than life.

Balance is one of those things that is hard to get and even harder to hold on to.


Above the Commotion: Preparing Mentally for the Open

Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

The beginning of the year is always an exciting and busy time in the fitness industry. Dozens of new athletes learning the ropes, getting excited about every new movement they learn, and being highly motivated to achieve their goals. This is certainly one of the most exciting times of the year for coaches, gym owners, and all members of the community. This excitement is certainly true in the CrossFit community, and to added icing to the cake the CrossFit Open is upon us.