Are Pepper Supplements Hot or Hype?
Written by Calvin Sun

I recently received some questions regarding a new product on the market called “Burn” produced by supplement company Progenex. “Burn” comes in an interesting form factor, essentially a version of “pop rocks” candy, and features an active ingredient derived from peppers that you have likely never heard of known as dihydrocapsiate. The product is billed as both a weight loss supplement and a sports performance supplement by the manufacturer. In today’s article, I’ll provide a full breakdown of the supplement, discuss the validity of the product claims,

Top 3 Supplements To Improve Your Engine
Written by Calvin Sun

When it comes to supplements for improving athletic performance, there tends to be a focus on muscle building, testosterone boosting, and strength gains. While some of these supplements are certainly worth incorporating for any athlete looking to optimize their performance, there is one area that often seems to be poorly understood and altogether neglected by both coaches and athletes when it comes to supplementation. Conditioning, or your “engine” as it’s commonly referred to in the CrossFit world, is indisputably an essential component of athletic development.

Top 3 Supplements To Improve Your Engine
Written by Calvin Sun

When it comes to supplements for improving athletic performance, there tends to be a focus on muscle building, testosterone boosting, and strength gains. While some of these supplements are certainly worth incorporating for any athlete looking to optimize their performance, there is one area that often seems to be poorly understood and altogether neglected by both coaches and athletes when it comes to supplementation. Conditioning, or your “engine” as it’s commonly referred to in the CrossFit world, is indisputably an essential component of athletic development.

Begin with the End in Mind
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

The CrossFit community is always an interesting mix of people with individual goals, perspectives, and ways of approaching health and fitness. It can be easy to categorize each other and ourselves into boxes that identify each of us within the community. There is the mom of four, running back and forth between commitments trying to be as healthy as possible. The guy (or girl) who has always been an athlete looking for a competitive outlet. You could have jumped into the gym to shed a few pounds and start a healthy lifestyle.

Begin with the End in Mind
Written by Invictus Athlete Josh Littauer

The CrossFit community is always an interesting mix of people with individual goals, perspectives, and ways of approaching health and fitness. It can be easy to categorize each other and ourselves into boxes that identify each of us within the community. There is the mom of four, running back and forth between commitments trying to be as healthy as possible. The guy (or girl) who has always been an athlete looking for a competitive outlet. You could have jumped into the gym to shed a few pounds and start a healthy lifestyle.

The Kettlebell Swing Isn’t a Low Back Exercise
Written by Sarah Loogman

The kettlebell swing is one of the fundamental movements known to CrossFit. The kettlebell, along with the dumbbell, jump ropes, and bumper plates, are the grassroots cornerstone of CrossFit garage gyms before the Mecca of the CrossFit Games ever began or rose to global popularity. At some point, however, the vast majority of the community has come to the “acceptance” of kettlebell swings as a low-back exercise and burner. But this doesn’t have to, and should not, be the case. By understanding the proper bodily rotation and forces of performing a kettlebell swing,

The Kettlebell Swing Isn’t a Low Back Exercise
Written by Sarah Loogman

The kettlebell swing is one of the fundamental movements known to CrossFit. The kettlebell, along with the dumbbell, jump ropes, and bumper plates, are the grassroots cornerstone of CrossFit garage gyms before the Mecca of the CrossFit Games ever began or rose to global popularity. At some point, however, the vast majority of the community has come to the “acceptance” of kettlebell swings as a low-back exercise and burner. But this doesn’t have to, and should not, be the case. By understanding the proper bodily rotation and forces of performing a kettlebell swing,

A Fantastic Resource for Our Community: the Invictus Post-Workout Supplementation Book
(Foreword from the book)
Written by C.J. Martin

As a coach and business owner, two concepts have been instrumental in my professional growth:

1. I surround myself with individuals who are smarter than I am – and who have strengths and expertise in areas in which I am less comfortable.

2. I am open to learning and trying new concepts, but generally skeptical of their claims of success until we have experienced them first hand.

A Fantastic Resource for Our Community: the Invictus Post-Workout Supplementation Book
(Foreword from the book)
Written by C.J. Martin

As a coach and business owner, two concepts have been instrumental in my professional growth:

1. I surround myself with individuals who are smarter than I am – and who have strengths and expertise in areas in which I am less comfortable.

2. I am open to learning and trying new concepts, but generally skeptical of their claims of success until we have experienced them first hand.

The Complete List of Recommended Supplements
From Our Post-Workout Supplementation Guide
Written by Calvin Sun

If you’ve read our guide on post-workout supplementation, you know that I cover a variety of protocols to help optimize repletion, repair, and recovery for a variety of goals. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of all the products I suggest taking for any of the given protocols in the book. Bookmark this page as we’ll update it in the future with new product recommendations and additional supplements we think might help you perform your best.

How To Stop A Cold Dead In Its Tracks
Written by Calvin Sun

You know the usual symptoms: that tickle in the back of your throat, that first sniffle of the nose, or maybe your joints start to feel a little achy and you suddenly feel tired for no reason. You feel a cold coming on and you have no idea how to stop it. Most of my clients are either busy professionals or competitive athletes, and both groups are composed of high-performers who can’t afford to get sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

How To Stop A Cold Dead In Its Tracks
Written by Calvin Sun

You know the usual symptoms: that tickle in the back of your throat, that first sniffle of the nose, or maybe your joints start to feel a little achy and you suddenly feel tired for no reason. You feel a cold coming on and you have no idea how to stop it. Most of my clients are either busy professionals or competitive athletes, and both groups are composed of high-performers who can’t afford to get sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Our Top 3 Supplements For Joint Pain
Written by Calvin Sun

Is your training program taking a toll on your joints? Or perhaps the ravages of time have begun to catch up to your orthopedic health? If you’re experiencing joint pain or soreness, you might be tempted to reach for a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin, ibuprofen (known on the street as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (aka Aleve).

In a previous blog post titled, “The Case Against NSAIDs”, I discussed why ibuprofen, aspirin, and other similar drugs might not be ideal when it comes to managing inflammation in a health-conscious athlete.

Our Top 3 Supplements For Joint Pain
Written by Calvin Sun

Is your training program taking a toll on your joints? Or perhaps the ravages of time have begun to catch up to your orthopedic health? If you’re experiencing joint pain or soreness, you might be tempted to reach for a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin, ibuprofen (known on the street as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (aka Aleve).

In a previous blog post titled, “The Case Against NSAIDs”, I discussed why ibuprofen, aspirin, and other similar drugs might not be ideal when it comes to managing inflammation in a health-conscious athlete.