Are CrossFitters juvenile?

As a box owner, I get forwarded a lot of the anti-CrossFit articles, etc. that are out there. Most focus in on YouTube videos of poorly trained athletes with poor mechanics are pushing themselves to perform at levels that they are not prepared for. Many aren’t even doing CrossFit.  Like the third lady (HERE) who is apparently participating in a power lifting event in this CrossFit Fail compilation.  CrossFit is just an easy target

Although, statistically you are less likely to suffer a serious injury than playing most contact sports (Reference:National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health). This syncs up with my anecdotal evidence. The majority of injuries I see with our athletes come from sport: basketball, volleyball, softball, etc. This makes some sense as in the gym environment the majority of factors and vectors are set and predictable. Whereas in sport shear forces on joints and contact with another object or person moving in unpredictable directions pose a greater opportunity for injury.

I am not the first, nor will I be the last (or the most eloquent) defender of CrossFit training efficacy, safety and efficiency. However, there is another criticism that we probably have earned.

That we are juvenile. Continue reading

No more vegetables, please!

“Eat your vegetables!” This was the advise of our mothers and grandmothers alike. Amazing what good advice it was. It is common knowledge that veggies are nutritionally dense yet sparse in calories, which it great if you are trying to lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight as you age. Mathematically, it is nearly impossible to out work your diet.

However, much like it was when I was a kid there are times when it is difficult to consume enough vegetables and if you are eating “clean” or following a plan like Paleo or Primal where vegetables are your primary source of carbohydrates you may find it challenging to consume enough of them.

So what is a person to do? I have had success with folks Continue reading

Can CrossFit prepare you for an Ultra Marathon?

How many training hours or miles do you need to prepare for an Ultra-Marathon?  Well I just completed the Cowtown Ultra in Ft Worth, Texas.  I prepared using CrossFit and an occasional long run on Sunday.  In fact in the three months leading up to the Cowtown, I only Continue reading

CrossFit FerVor Assists City of Mansfield Employees

CrossFit FerVor is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the City of Mansfield’s 2013 Health and Wellness fair.  We will be giving away FREE one month of unlimited training sessions!

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It is our honor to be a part of Mansfield’s effort to Continue reading

Bob Harper achieves CrossFit Level 1

Anyone who is familiar with “The Biggest Loser” knows Personal Trainer Bob Harper.  Those of you who are unfamiliar with CrossFit may not know that he has embraced CrossFit as his training method.  He and his own personal trainer, Sam Upton, recently went to get their CrossFit Level 1 Cert.

Now he is as qualified as Coach Mel and Coach Chuck to help you achieve your goals. Fortunately, CrossFit FerVor here in Mansfield Texas is much more cost effective!

Come Check us out.

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Beauty in Strength

There is a fair amount of misconception among the general public that lifting weights will make women look bulky like the body builders or like a man.  The Fact is Women were made to be strong and athletic.  They were designed to be able to lift and carry things and when they lift they look like women.  Curvy and beautiful.  Women who are huge bulky “body builders” have had to supplement their training with substances that have them grow in unnatural ways.  This WILL NEVER happen by accident.  Lift hard, work hard, train hard and display the natural beauty that is aching to reveal itself to you.

At CrossFit FerVor, here in Mansfield Texas, we see Continue reading

Are you too far gone?

A common misconception around fitness and weight loss is that you can be too far gone.  I know a mother of four who thought she was too fat for CrossFit.  That was a couple of years ago and now she is the target that the newer ladies are chasing here at CrossFit FerVor in Mansfield, Texas.

 

So how far overweight or out of shape is too far?  I would say Continue reading

Nutrition and Body Recomposition

As we are introducing a number of new members of the FerVor Family to a different way to view food, in light of the way it impacts our bodies, it seemed fitting to write a brief (hopefully) post on the role of nutrition and body recomposition.

There are numerous examples of the effectiveness of CrossFit and it’s impact on Continue reading

The 90 day challenge results – Truston Baba

Truston before CrossFit FerVor

I would like to introduce you to Truston Baba.  He is the Assistant Pastor at Living Church (www.livingchurch.com) in Mansfield, Texas.  He is active building his church as well as an ambassador with the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce (www.mansfieldchamber.org). Which is where we met.  He was part of the group Continue reading

Five Questions to ask before choosing a Coach / Fitness Trainer

Recently, one of the athletes here at CrossFit FerVor in Mansfield was talking about his experience with personal training in the big box setting.  “The first guy they tried to put me with was fatter than me.”  So he requested another trainer.  “I was spending 450 bucks a month and each month I thought Continue reading