Fafa is all smiles (as she should be) in this post-17.4 photo with her coach, Kirsten.

Meet Fafa – 10 HSPU and a Boatload of Fun
Written by Michele Vieux

Congratulations to Fabiola Aviles, aka Fafa, on her performance on 17.4. She’s one of the strongest ladies I know and been working super hard in the gym on attacking her “weaknesses” which really paid off during the Open’s repeat workout from last year. Up until she got off the rower in 17.4, she had never hit a handstand push-up but managed to bang out 10 over the course of this workout –

How to Prevent Hand Tearing & What to do if it Happens to You
Written by Michele Vieux

Please be mindful of NOT tearing your hands because 1) it’s not cool and 2) you might need them for something more important than exercising for time.

You need your hands to wash your hair without strands getting caught in the wounds, to touch other people’s hands without grossing them out or spreading the MRSA you are more likely to catch by placing them all over the gym and hand rails at the mall,

How to Blast Through Burpees as Quickly as Humanly Possible
Written by Michele Vieux

There is no more appropriate time than CrossFit Open season to talk about how to speed up your burpees. AMRAP of Burpees in 7 minutes anyone? To go along with that, let’s start with a quote from my most favorite coach of all time regarding this hated-by-many movement to help give you a new perspective.

“Yay Burpees!” – Coach Mike Burgener

Why People Hate Burpees

Well, number one is that they are hard.

How to Blast Through Burpees as Quickly as Humanly Possible
Written by Michele Vieux

There is no more appropriate time than CrossFit Open season to talk about how to speed up your burpees. AMRAP of Burpees in 7 minutes anyone? To go along with that, let’s start with a quote from my most favorite coach of all time regarding this hated-by-many movement to help give you a new perspective.

“Yay Burpees!” – Coach Mike Burgener

Why People Hate Burpees

Well, number one is that they are hard.

Girl Scout Rejection Strategies
Written by Michele Vieux
(Originally Published March 3, 2016)

Rejection is a part of life and at this time of year, it is especially important for everyone to embrace. It is important for you, as the consumer with a body composition goal, to learn to comfortably reject the temptation to purchase and eat Girl Scout cookies so you don’t blow your diet (and your pocket book now that the price is over $5 per box).

And, it is important to teach the girls selling the cookies that being young and cute doesn’t mean you get everything you want.