Everyone cheering on Aubry as she finishes the WOD! Great community encouragement in our classes.
Everyone cheering on Aubry as she finishes the WOD! Great community encouragement in our classes.
We are considering offering a regularly scheduled yoga class at Paramount. To help gauge interest we are offering a FREE class open to everyone – you don’t have to be a member of the gym – to come try it out. An experienced yoga instructor will be teaching the class: Alissa Steep from Deep Kinnections. This will be a mixed level class so anyone can participate. Hope to see you here!
WHEN: Thursday, July 14 at 8 – 9 PM
by Dr. Francis Collins
We all know that exercise is important for a strong and healthy body. Less appreciated is that exercise also seems to be important for a strong and healthy mind, boosting memory and learning, while possibly delaying age-related cognitive decline. How is this so? Researchers have assembled a growing body of evidence that suggests skeletal muscle cells secrete proteins and other factors into the blood during exercise that have a regenerative effect on the brain.
Keep reading on the NIH Director’s Blog.
Stacy Geisler, a former basketball player seeking new ways to keep fit, was unsure about CrossFit after attending her first class at CrossFit Big D in Dallas, Texas. She was sore and—worse—afraid of the barbells.
Though she wanted to quit, she decided to stick it out for another week—and she started to see big changes that kept her coming back.
Now Geisler’s training sessions at Big D are a family affair. Her teenage daughter Annie has joined and says she can’t imagine her life without CrossFit.
Their coach, Chase Ingraham, says the two push each other. Instead of dropping Annie off at soccer practice or watching her from the sidelines, Stacy works out with her daughter—or her daughter comes in and tries to beat her mother’s scores.
“It’s something that they can share together, and not just on a personal level, but on an athletic level,” Ingraham says.
Video by Lindsay Schrock and Elliot Schlock.
“I’m not going to feel sorry for him, even though he’s been through hell and back. That’s not going to do him any good. I’d rather give him new goals, new expectations and a new life.”
Coach Mike Suhadolnik works with Peter Glatz, a dentist and food and music enthusiast, at CrossFit Instinct in Springfield, Illinois. After losing his wife, Glatz turned to CrossFit to change his lifestyle.
More and more seniors are using CrossFit to ensure their golden years are rich with vitality. Your age doesn’t limit you—it’s never too late to get fit! For more information on the benefits of Senior CrossFit, download this ebook, Older, Wiser, Fitter.
Nationwide, women are fighting the stigma associated with working out through their pregnancy and postpartum. For previous generations, staying active while pregnant was often frowned upon, states Kirk Kreifels, who graduated with an exercise science degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. “It’s not only safe, but it actually helps women in their pregnancy,” he says. That’s not to say women don’t adjust their routines as their bellies grow. Instead of box jumps, they do step-ups. Instead of running or jump rope, they row. Instead of sit-ups, they do planks.
Read the entire story here.
Source: Article by Shelby Reynolds of the Naples Daily News
Paramount Teen Sports Performance is a strength and conditioning program, combining age-appropriate weightlifting with high intensity training to deliver optimal fitness and performance, as well as establishing a lifetime love of fitness. Proper weightlifting techniques are taught, under the watchful eye of our CrossFit certified trainers, to enhance strength and power, while also focusing on increasing agility, mobility and flexibility. Our Teen Sports Performance Class is designed to prep athletes for long term success. We focus on not just lifting weights but quality movement and safety.
What you can expect in class:
We also offer one on one training for athletes needing more direct coaching from our staff.
Here at Paramount Strength & Conditioning, our coaches strive to deliver the best programming, top notch coaching, and scalability appropriate for each and every member. Following are a few good words from Coach Jaime about choosing a CrossFit gym—something we aim to embody!
I was asked yesterday during a session with my Sport Performance coach how I truly feel about CrossFit and its methods.
I had to think a bit because I did want to get the message across that I do believe in CF and its approach to fitness.
The challenge lies within the coaching and programming.
In short, the program must have intent (the programmer must have an end goal and some knowledge behind what the athlete is doing) this could mean volume/time training/movements/rest/nutrition/rehab.
The coach coaching the program must also understand the intent and how to approach each athlete for the appropriate modifications. Coaching isn’t just reading the workout and saying this is what you do. It’s adaptable, it’s teaching the movements in a way an athlete can understand and all its variances. Getting to know your athlete and how they learn is one of the most important tactics I’ve learned. It’s believing that your athlete can achieve whatever they desire and encouraging that.
The key is to choose a good gym, a good program and a good coach—stay patient and learn.
For more information on how to choose a good coach, check out How To Choose Your Coach by Justin Lind.
What would Paramount Strength and Conditioning be without our unique and wonderful members? Our Member Spotlight Series allows us to highlight members of our amazing community and share what makes them special.
This month, we are shining the spotlight on Aubry Zajac.
Q: Date you joined Paramount?
A: October 2015
Q: What inspired you to start?
A: I have a background in Roller Derby and running, I started CrossFit a few years ago, then I had thyroid surgery and had to stop for recovery. Once my life permitted it, I jumped in whole heartedly.
Q: What are your goals?
A: I’m a huge fan of the power lifts (squats, deadlifts), I actually have attended a few meets. When I was running and doing Derby, I was in fantastic shape. I’d love to be able to lift heavy and maybe lean out a bit.
Q: What do you most enjoy about our gym?
A: I love our trainers, Vanessa and Olivia are my primary coaches and they always make working out fun! They aren’t CrossFit Barbies, they are average, non-threatening girls. I love the strong ladies community in the 9am class, I’ve made some great friends! We always have a great time we challenge and motivate each other.
Q: Any advice for new members?
A: The first month sucks, you will feel like you’re always last, that you don’t know how to do anything, but it gets better and better!
Freda Burnette is a 65-year-old grandmother of 11. She trains at CrossFit Grace in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Check out her story, it warms the heart! Come see us if you want to be like Freda!
by Robert Camacho, Coach
Movement disorders and motor programming are all the rage in the physio-world these days and that’s a great thing. We’re stepping back and opening our eyes to the entire body as a system, trying to understand the positions and habits that lead to problems, rather than simply treating the joint as a joint and the muscle as a muscle.
The hip is one of the most powerful joints in your body and as such plays a pivotal role in many athletic movements. Dysfunctions of the hip musculature can rob you of your athletic performance and lead to a vast and painful array of injuries. The squat is one of the most basic movement patterns of the hip and yet it is often something people struggle to perform with perfect technique. We’re going to take a look at the two most common dysfunctions at the hip, how they affect your squat, and what you can do to fix them.
Just wanted to check-in with you really quick today…
This weekend, thousands of athletes will be hitting “Murph” in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy and in observance of Memorial Day (U.S. Holiday).
1 Mile Run
1 Mile Run
This workout was Lt. Murphy’s favorite. He called it “Body Armor” because he always did it wearing his vest. In fact, here are the details according to the CrossFit HQ website:
“In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.
Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.”
Regardless of your nationality, please take a moment to acknowledge the selflessness and valor displayed by this hero. If you’ve never done this workout, I invite you to try it this weekend with a couple friends. Or join us at Paramount Strength & Conditioning Monday, May 30th at 10am!
Remember: getting “RX” or hitting a huge “PR” isn’t the focus of this workout. It’s all about giving EVERYTHING and putting forth your best effort regardless of your ability level.
If you get a chance, leave a comment and let me know your results. I may not respond to every comment, but I really appreciate it when I hear from you.
by Coach Chris Douglas
Here’s a great footwork drill. It’s called the tall med ball clean. Have your Athletes stand into full extension, the idea is to trick them into the bottom position as fast as they can (in other words move the feet and fast elbows). Happy coaching!
Workin’ that midline stability!
What a great weekend and experience! Glad to be back at Regionals as a Coach for the third time. Had the pleasure of coaching Eric for the last 6 months. He worked hard and put his best effort into this weekend at CrossFit Games Regionals West. Congratulations on your 11th place finish Eric!!! After some rest he starts training for some off season comps and next years Open.
Some of the Paramount ladies squatting doubles and moving weight! Nice work team!
For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.
Let me repeat that finding: one minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating.
I have been writing for some time about the potential benefits of high-intensity interval training, a type of workout that consists of an extremely draining but brief burst of exercise — essentially, a sprint — followed by light exercise such as jogging or resting, then another sprint, more rest, and so on.
Athletes rely on intervals to improve their speed and power, but generally as part of a broader, weekly training program that also includes prolonged, less-intense workouts, such as long runs.
But in the past few years, exercise scientists and many of the rest of us have become intrigued by the idea of exercising exclusively with intervals, ditching long workouts altogether.
The allure of this approach is obvious. Interval sessions can be short, making them a boon for anyone who feels that he or she never has enough time to exercise.
Read the entire article: “One Minute of All-Out Exercise May Have Benefits of 45 Minutes of Moderate Exertion”
by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, April 27, 2016
Our first parents and kids WOD had a great turnout!