“Harder Faster Better”

Photo Credit: Carlos Tapia

Discover CrossFit, an innovative program that combines fitness and nutrition to help participants be themselves – that is, a very improved version of themselves.  There are no unrealistic expectations, and everyone is responsible for both personal and communal achievements.  Yes, the stakes are high, but you’ll never be alone in the process.  Are you in?

CrossFit is a fitness program that is designed around the mastery of functional human movement and optimal physical health. It increases the average person’s ability to perform in real life situations – professional or recreational sports, first responder and military or even simply being a mom or dad – harder, faster, better and for longer periods of time than ever before. Doing CrossFit the right way will increase your strength, endurance, speed, coordination, balance and confidence.  For the average person who participates in CrossFit, there is a level of achievement, accomplishment and community

that simply isn’t available in any other part of their lives, let alone in a standard gym routine. Training is fun, challenging, exciting, and it brings a level of sport and play back into people’s daily lives.

One of the most unique and exciting things about CrossFit is that each and every person who participates, whether they are a family guy, full time mom, weekend warrior, gym rat or a competitor at the international level, does the exact same things. Everyone who participates earns the feeling of being a champion. CrossFit’s training and movement philosophy, combined with passionate, committed and sound coaching, increases people’s wellness both inside and out, enhances performance, promotes self-esteem and amps their ability to squeeze the juice out of life.

The Whole Life Challenge was inspired by the idea that having next level results in your life takes daily commitment and accountability for your actions and how these relate to what you want. Every day we fight the same battle with what we envision for ourselves and the reality of daily life, which is full of demands and routines. The Whole Life Challenge is a community game that breaks the routine and puts you and your friends in the battle between your vision and your reasons. It acknowledges that those reasons are very real, and giving them structure will enable you to achieve your goals by taking single steps each day.

To begin, participants spend over 56 days training to become more aware of the way that they are about their body and their health. With real, daily tracking of what they do and don’t do and actual physical and performance measurements, they understand how they get the results that they get (or don’t get!). It empowers the participants to create an environment of support as well as information about their local community and what it has to offer that supports healthy living. The Whole Life Challenge is a tool that brings people to an awareness that their choices have actual consequences that they may not have been noticing. It is a health and wellness community building experience like no other – people learn about themselves and learn to cause the success of the people around them as well as theirs. Like a team, people struggle and win together.

One of the most important steps to follow to succeed in the Whole Life Challenge is to identify what actions you can take right now, today, that will point you towards your vision. No one gets from here to there in a day, and taking the daily view gives people an opportunity to succeed all along the way. Like being in a river, just stepping in will carry them downstream before they even know they are moving. Another critical step is to not be alone. Interacting with the community to get support, share successes and breakdowns, contribute information and experiences, and to witness the transformations that are possible and are taking place all around you gives you far more power than you would have on your isolated island of one. Finally, doing what you said you were going to do even though you might not feel like it at the moment is the most important motivation. Everyone faces distractions and temptations that draw them away from long term fulfillment in exchange for short term gratification. This challenge gives you the tools you need: if you use them, you see what is possible if you are true to yourself and your vision. – Michael Stanwyck

Photo Credit: Carlos Tapia

Can you share a positive experience you’ve had with a client lately?

I was completing all of the registrations for the beginning of our current Whole Life Challenge and I had to get on the phone with a friend of one of my members at CrossFit LA. One of the best improvements we’ve recently made to the game is that we allow our clients to enroll their friends and family members in the game to play with them. It not only puts them in the position of being a leader, it also allows them to start transforming their whole environment. They get not only to contribute to the well-being of others, but to build health and well being into the space around them, something that helps to guarantee their long term success.

I needed to call this woman because her payment hadn’t gone through. I hadn’t ever met her before and we started talking about her excitement and anxiety about the challenge – this was day 1. She said that she was really worried because she had a thyroid problem and was already very thin. She didn’t do any cardio workouts and mostly lifted weights. She was less than 10% bodyfat, with for a woman is extremely lean. She told me that she was already really hungry trying to adhere to the particulars of the nutrition guidelines of the challenge. As I listened to her tell me about herself, I realized that the particulars that we have decided are most appropriate for our clients probably weren’t for her. So I told her that. I told her that she probably shouldn’t adhere strictly to our nutrition rules, and should focus on what was important to her.

This isn’t about any particular nutrition or workout. This is about accountability and practice. She was so relieved. She told me she was so happy I had called, even though it was about something completely unrelated, and had a whole new vision for how this could work for her. She got that there is no one-size-fits-all program and that she didn’t have to do what worked for her friends. This was an opportunity to find the best possible fit for her. Opening people up to the idea that their world is theirs to create, that they are responsible for the results, giving them the freedom to do it and watching them take it on fully is one of the most gratifying experiences in my daily life.

In terms of nutrition, what works and what doesn’t?

In my experience, eating real, whole food works. Eating animal protein, whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, fish or eggs, combined with fresh produce – mostly vegetables and some fruit, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, and olive oil gives the best results. I’ve seen it over and over. From weight loss and strength gain, to improvement in all of the medical markers of health like cholesterol and triglycerides this type of nutrition gives the greatest levels of improvement I’ve seen. Does this mean it’s appropriate for everyone? Not at all. I’ve also seen people be vibrant and healthy as vegans – but the ones that I’ve seen succeed most as vegans were brutally honest with themselves about what works and what doesn’t even inside a political, nutritional or environmental philosophy. But as a general rule, what I’ve described seems to work best for the greatest number of people. What doesn’t really work? Counting calories and not paying attention to the quality of your food. The calories in / calories out method of dieting isn’t sustainable, doesn’t work, and it tends to drive people nuts. A diet that people can’t follow doesn’t work. Processed “health” foods, grains, sugar, and even dairy are also all culprits in thedegradation of people’s health.

How do you spread good karma in your daily life?

I make sure that people know that as a coach I support their vision for their life, not one that I think is best. I am here to fulfill on what is most important to every individual who enlists my help. I also spread karma by being completely honest with people about their actions and their results. I refuse to empower the reason maker. I speak to people’s true self, the creator of the vision, not the complaining, whining, excuse making self that oppresses their most vibrant possibilities.

 

 

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