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Christmas Abbott: Finding Her Purpose with CrossFit

Christmas Abbott: Finding Her Purpose with CrossFit

Are you living the life you meant to live?  Are you doing the thing that makes you happy?  Are you having a positive impact on others? A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Christmas Abbott, owner and coach at CrossFit Invoke in downtown Raleigh, and I am 100% confident her answers to the […]

Jan 11, 2012 6:21

Review

Compression Socks: Are They Effective?

Compression Socks:  Are They Effective?

Walk in any CrossFit gym in the country and you are sure to see quite a few people wearing knee-high compression socks.  These socks, also popular in the running and triathlon communities, are sold with the promise of  improved athletic performance and quicker recovery. Certainly compression socks have shown great benefit as a means to […]

Nov 7, 2012 10:20

Training

Active Recovery

Active Recovery

If you are a runner, a cyclist, or a regular at a CrossFit gym, you have probably heard the term “Active Recovery.”  The phrase itself seems a bit oxymoronic, but the concept appears to have some basis in science (More on that later). Active recovery is the use of low-intensity exercise to resupply nutrients to […]

Oct 24, 2012 11:15

Health

What is Health?

What is Health?

What is health?  According to a 1948 definition by the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Ok, I like the broad definition which includes physical, mental, and social, but I am not so sure about the word, “complete.”  […]

Oct 17, 2012 16:22

Recent Articles

I’m Talking Dirty

I’m Talking Dirty

Everyone’s doing it these days, some 1.5 million in 2012 with no shortage of new people joining the party this year.   Some do it alone, but most think it as an experience best shared with close friends.   And bragging about it after the fact is also part of the appeal. What am I talking about?  […]

Steve Prefontaine Quotes

Steve Prefontaine Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite Steve Prefontaine quotes: “A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.” “Some people create with words or with music or […]

Jerry Springer and Manufactured Drama

Jerry Springer and Manufactured Drama

I have to tip my hat to Richard Nicoley at Free the Animal.  From Richard’s disciplined and well documented self-experimentation, I was exposed to the myths regarding saturated fat and cholesterol.  His blog was a starting point leading me to Mark’s Daily Apple (The Primal Blueprint) and Robb Wolf (The Paleo Solution).  For this I […]

Plyometric Boxes – Build a Pair for $40

Plyometric Boxes – Build a Pair for $40

If you spend any time in a CrossFit gym, you will workout using plyometric boxes.   Since I am incorporating more plyo work into my sprint training, I decided to add a pair to my home garage. I found a pair of boxes at Rogue Fitness – however each 20 inch box costs $85.  No THANKS! […]

Lauren Fleshman: It’s Freaking Science Dude

Lauren Fleshman:  It’s Freaking Science Dude

Lauren Fleshman is a feisty, world-class, super fast middle and long distance runner competing as a member of the Oregon Track Club Elite team.  She is also a “smarty pants.” Yep, she has a BA from Stanford in Biology with a bonus MA in Education. But Lauren isn’t simply “book smart.”   She has combined what […]