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Transformation Thursday!

This is what happens when goals are backed up by a plan and then that plan is put into action, CONSISTENTLY!

Way to go Tati!

Tati is one of the staples in our 6pm class…She shows up 5-6 days a week and is ready to put in work each and every workout!  We have seen her go from not being able to do any strict pull ups to being able to bust and multiple big sets of pull ups! We’ve seen her improve in every area of her fitness simply because she shows up, works hard, and take her nutrition seriously!

~Coach John

Tati always comes in ready to workout! Always has a positive attitude during the entire class. She’s a great person to workout with always motivating and pushing me in workouts!  Her transformation has been amazing!

~Coach Jenn

Tati is a great member to workout with in the gym, she comes in everyday with a great attitude, and isn’t afraid to try new movements. She has improved immensely on her kipping pull ups and toes to bar!

~Coach Tasha

 

The Cost of Getting Lean!

Is it worth it?

Well it depends on what your long term goals are and what you are willing to give up. Let’s figure out our priorities and our goals!

If you don’t know what your priorities are, now is a great time to explore that. Where do we want to be and in what amount of time?

Next, WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SERVE THOSE GOALS AND PRIORITIES? Why? What actions are we going to take?

Whether it’s meal prepping, changing your daily habits, waking up earlier or spending more time in the gym. Think of why we want to do this? What is our Why?

After that, DECIDE FREQUENCY.

How often, how consistently and how precisely are you willing to do those things? Are we willing to implement this into our daily life and daily routine?

Lastly, DECIDE WHAT YOUR NOT WILLING TO DO. What are you unwilling to do? To trade off? Or that you won’t give up?

1. If you want to make further changes to your body, you’ll need to make further changes to your behaviors. 

2. The leaner you want to get, the more of your behaviors you’ll have to change. 

What you decide to change, and how much you decide to change it, is up to you.

What’s most important here is that you understand what it actually takes to do what you want (or think you want).

For example if you’re looking to be in the 6-9 (men) or 16-19 (women) body fat percentage there are benefits and trade offs to consider.

The BENEFITS ARE, you will look extremely lean and may even have a six pack.

Your overall health will probably be very good due to minimally processed foods and a balanced diet.

You also will probably experience less cravings.

The TRADE-OFFS consist struggling at social situations, especially those involving food. You may not have time for social opportunities outside of exercise. You might also have to give up other hobbies and interests outside of the gym.

Now you can make better decisions, leading the body you really want, while living the life you really enjoy!

Coach Jenn

21 Day Challenge Rules

Saturday 

Receive calories and protein numbers

Saturday and Sunday

Learn how to navigate your calorie counting app and do your best to hit your protein and calories

Monday

This is the first official day of the challenge 

You will accrue 1 point for:

Working out

(Crossfit Saved Class, At Home Workout, Run 5k, Row 5k, Bike 10k, Swim 2k)

Sleep

7 hours of sleep minimum-(You count sleep as, I was in bed, lights out, devices off, and trying to fall asleep for 7 hours)

Hitting Calorie Goal

being within 100 calories, you can go 100 over or be 100 under

Hitting Protein Goal

being within 10g of protein, you can go 10g over or be 10g under

Quality Foods From Food List

if its not on the list you can’t have it and if you eat something that is not on the list you will not receive a point for eating the right quality foods.

Here is a list of all the foods you can have. If the food is not on this list you cannot have it.

The challenge will end Saturday, October 5th right before the CrossFit Open starts!

 

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

CFS New Year Challenge Point System

With our new year challenge starting tomorrow here is an in-depth look at how you can accumulate points so you can win!

 

Earn 1 point per day by choosing the right foods to eat everytime you have a meal!

The CrossFit Methodology is 

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar…and that’s exactly what we are going to do!

  1. Eat Meat-eat any and all meats.  
  2. Eat as many different kinds of vegetables as you can! A good way to do this is pick a different 2-3 each week!
  3. Nuts and Seeds-just like vegetables try to vary these each week to get a different variety of nutrients
  4. Some Fruit-choose any and all fruits but try to limit to 2-3 fruits per day
  5. Little Starch-as it says little starch we are going to put a limit here for the kinds of starches and how much per day.  POTATOES and RICE ONLY
  6. NO SUGAR-you heard that right! No sugar of any kind.  This not only means no sugar in your coffee but also it means you must check your labels to see if their is any added sugar in anything you buy.  It is amazing how many different foods have sugar in them.  Be watchful!

Here is a great shopping list: Whole 30 Shopping List

 

Earn 1 point per day by eating in the right amount of foods each day

As well as eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar

You must keep intake levels that support exercise but not body fat.  

What this means is we need to measure how much we eat. And there are a few ways we can do that for this challenge.

 

 

OPTION 1-Eye/Hand Method

3 Meals Per Day

1 Palm Size Protein

2 Handfuls Vegetables

1 Handful Fruit or Starch

1 Closed Fist of Nuts or 1/2-full Avocado or 1-2 Tablespoons Healthy Oil

 

Option 2-Zone Diet or Macros Diet

You will need a food scale, tablespoon, and measuring cup

Here is a great link to learn more about the Zone Diet

Zone Diet Article

If you are interested in learning more about each of these diets…consult with the coach assigned to you for the challenge for help.

 

Earn 1 point by working out 5-6 days per week

You must workout at minimum at 3 CrossFit Saved Classes, the rest can be done using our at home workout list.

At Home Workout List

 

Supplements Allowed During Challenge

All Driven Nutrition Products

All Protein Shakes

All BCAAS

All Creatines

All PreWorkouts

Every supplement can only be taken before or after your workouts.

 

FOR ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS CONSULT YOUR COACH ASSIGNED TO YOU!

 

 

Macro Challenge!!!

This time of year is especially tough with all the parties and foods available. So with that being said we are putting together a challenge like we have never done before!

We are doing an IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS CHALLENGE (IIFYM)!

 

 

Here’s how it works:

Step 1-You will select a goal

-Lose Weight

-Maintain Weight

-Gain Weight

 

Step 2-Based on your goal you will be given a specific number of grams of protein, carbs, and fat to hit each day.

 

Step 3-Eat whatever foods you like but just make sure you hit your numbers.

And that’s how the challenge works!

Now with that said…

It is always best to choose lean meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy starches and fats as often as you can.

However, you will not be docked any points if you decide to have that cookie at the holiday party as long as you hit your prescribed grams of protein, carbs, and fat.

 

 

What do I do if I don’t understand IIFYM?

This is totally understandable because it can be a confusing thing if you have never been taught. With a little bit of teaching and some effort on your part you will find that it’s not too hard at all!

 

IIFYM Seminar

Saturday, November 10th at 10am

You will learn how to calculate your macros

How to track your macros

Q&A for specific questions

To further help you, the first week of the challenge will be a trial week for you to figure out how to work the app and hit your macro numbers exactly!

 

Trial Week

November 12th-18th

 

Start Date

November 19th

 

End Date

December 22nd

 

Buy in

$10

 

Point System

1 Point for within 10g of Protein

1 Point for within 10g of Carbs

1 Point for within 5g of Fat

1 Point for a Any Workout

 

Prizes

Anyone who scores over a 124 will receive a Custom Challenge T-Shirt for their efforts!

 

For more details be sure to be at the seminar this Saturday!

Step 1-Discover the Whole30!

What is the Whole30?

Think of it as a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.

Whole30 Benefits 

We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion.

Results

More than 95% of participants lose weight and improve their body composition, without counting or restricting calories. Also commonly reported: consistently high energy levels, improved athletic performance, better sleep, improved focus and mental clarity, and a sunnier disposition.

 

 

This was all taken from Step 1 of the Whole 30 website.  And are the highlights of this article called Step 1-Discover The Whole30

I cannot stress enough how important it is to give this challenge all you got.  The relationship we have with food in America is a bad one. And to get on the right track you have to take a complete u-turn from what is normal.  

WE WILL EAT REAL FOOD

And that is the crux of this program.  It is what will get you exactly what it is you are looking for. Whether it be weight loss, improved performance, or elite health.

Will it be easy? No

Will you learn a lot? Yes

And most importantly you will begin to develop habits that will set your health and fitness apart from what is plaguing our culture and that is 70% of Americans are suffering from chronic disease.


Workout of the Day

AMRAP 12

30 Double Unders

30 Air Squats

30 Knees to Elbows

SLEEP and Recovery

On Monday we talked about Nutrition and getting the right foods, in the right amounts into our body to help us recover from tough workouts and the demands of life.

Today it’s about SLEEP for your recovery.

 

Why Sleep is important?

Here are10 reasons for sleep and the list could go on for quite some time.

  1. Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
  2. Reduces Stress
  3. Reduces Inflammation
  4. Improves Short Term and Long Term Memory
  5. Improves Weight Loss
  6. Musculoskeletal Growth and Repair
  7. Improves Mood
  8. Improves Endocrine Balance
  9. Improves Neurological Performance
  10. Improves Immune System Function

If you would like more science behind this or more information you can check the links at the end of this article and they will have more in-depth information about sleep. My focus here today is to give you an action plan of how you can start getting more sleep today!

 

How Much Do You Need?

Average Joe’s Between 7-8 Hours

Athlete’s and High Performers 8-10 Hours

-Require more sleep due to more physical stress or mental stress

 

Tiffany

 

What’s My Plan of Attack?

“if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Just like with nutrition you have to have a plan in place with sleep to make it happen…then you have to stick to that plan.

SO HERE IS OUR ACTION PLAN:

Step 1-What time do you have to go to bed and wake up?

Lets say we have to be up by 6am so we have time to get the kids ready, get ready for work, prepare some breakfast, etc.

If we start with the bare minimum sleep needed then we would need to be asleep by 11pm and that would give us 7 hours of sleep.

Alright that’s the easy part.

Step 2-Sleep Needs Preparation.

If you life is a war zone before heading to bed, chances are you will not be able to fall right to sleep.

We want to begin getting ready for bed A FULL HOUR before we plan to be asleep.

So in our example above at 10pm (one hour before being asleep) we want:

To start turning off our Phones, Tablets, TVs and begin to lower the lighting to have a more relaxed environment.

Find something calming to do to fill in that dead space between work/life and sleep.

This could be things like enjoying a conversation with a family member, reading a book, prayer, or meditation. Customize this time to whatever it is that brings you back down and relaxes you before bed.

Lastly, leave the bedroom for sleep and sleep alone. Your bedroom should be dark (the darker the better), on the cooler side, and free of any distractions.

Sleep is an important function to our lives and if you can get on the right end of 7 hours you will be happier and healthier well into your 90s!

 

Sleeping for Performance

Sleep and Body Composition

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

4 Ways to Sleep Like A Champion


Workout of the Day

AMRAP 20

500m Row

15s L-Sit

10 Strict Pull Ups

Recovery Part 1-Nutrition

The CrossFit program is amazing and it requires a lot of your body. So recovery plays a big role in getting our body back to where it needs to be so we can train the next day and God willing for many years to come.

In this 3 part series on recovery we are going to cover the 3 most important ways to speed up recovery and keep us happy, healthy, and fit well into our 90s!

Tylor

First up in this series is…NUTRITION (No surprise huh?!)

The food that we eat can either build us up and closer to our goals or they tear us down and slow recovery.

Think of food as our building block for everything physical that we do here and in life.

So what do we do with nutrition to speed up recovery?

 

Step 1 we have to start getting the right foods on our plate.

 

Meats-fish, chicken, turkey, beef, etc

Vegetables-broccoli, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, spinach, kale, etc.

Fruits-apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, etc

Healthy Starches-sweet potato, brown rice, potato, roots, carrots, etc

Nuts and Seeds-almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, etc

 

What these foods do is provide your body with the proper micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that produce enzymes, hormones, and much more for growth and development.

Without these micronutrients our cells and organs cannot operate at their fullest potential. And we need them operating to their fullest because each day our body gives it all it has through our work day, workouts, and time at home.

Greg D.

Step 2 we need to eat the right amount of food for our goals.

 

This can range greatly depending on what you want or need but here is a good way to look at it.

General Health and Fitness-Eye/Hand Method

Elite Fitness-Zone Diet, and Counting Your Macros comes in.

If you are here for your general fitness (which is 99% of us) then we can use the Eye/Hand Method to get us the right amount of food to fuel us through our day.

Everyone must eat

3 Meals Per Day

1 Palm of Protein

2 Handfuls Vegetables

1 Handful Fruit/Starch

1 Closed Fist Nuts or 1 Thumb Oil

If you are looking to dial it in more and increase recovery because you want to operate at your fullest each day or you want to be an elite athlete, then you are looking more down the road of Zone Diet or Count Your Macros.

Those two options dial everything in down to the exact gram of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that you need to get your body back to where you want it to be so you can bring everything you have to tomorrows workout, board meeting, and spending time with family and friends.

In part 2 we will be covering sleep as the next step to recovery. Sleep is an essential part of your recovery each day and many, many people across America and depriving themselves of this important part of life.


Workout of the Day

3-3-3-3-3

Shoulder Press

CrossFit Saved Takes on Spartan Race!

At the end of fitness in 100 words put out by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman he says, “Regularly play and learn new sports.”

Hannah

We spend anywhere between 3-6 hours a week building our fitness and one of the best things about doing that is you get to express that fitness in many different ways…

Playing with your kids

Going on hikes

Playing in recreational sporting leagues

Fighting sabretooth tigers

Etc.

With that being said we are going to take on the Socal Beast and Sprint weekend presented by Big Bear Lake on May 19 and 20th!

BEAST

Saturday, May 19th

12-14 Miles

30-35 Obstacles

 

SPRINT

Sunday, May 20th

3-5 Miles

20-23 Obstacles

 

If you are interested in getting signed up the sooner you sign up the cheaper it is for your registration.

Here is a link to check it all out!

https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/3456/overview

We will be doing the afternoon sessions!

We will also be doing some extra training on every other Saturday at 10am for those who will be doing the race!


Workout of the Day

Every Minute on the Minute X 14 Minutes

Even-15 DB Power Clean + Push Press

Odd-15 Calorie Row

Knowledge + Action = Results

Each and every one of us has a reason for why we come to CrossFit Saved each day…

Some its to lose weight, others to see how far you can take your body in performance, and probably most importantly, increase fitness so that we can be happy and healthy into our 90s.

Marie

In our quest to get the results that we want it is easy to find ourselves in a rut.

Here is the reason I think it happens and what you can do about it.

To reach a desired result you have to first have the knowledge of how to achieve that result and set realistic goals on how you are going to achieve it.

If it is too lose 20lbs…what diet am I going to follow? How many days a week am I going to train my body with exercise?

If you don’t have the right knowledge your answers to those questions will not lead you in the direction that you want to go.

So first and foremost having accurate knowledge is needed to get you to build the right action steps to get you your desired result.

Once you have the right information its now time to make a plan on how you are going to execute.

This is where the magic happens. This is where people lose 100lbs. this is where people make it passed the CrossFit Open and get invited to Regionals.

ACTION, EXECUTION, these are what get people what they want.

This is why we set goals. WE SET GOALS SO WE CAN TAKE ACTION!

Morgan

So as we head into the weekend stick to the plan YOU set.

The weekend is one of the toughest times for people when they are trying to achieve weight loss goals and performance goals.

It is too easy on the weekend to let every thing slip….to undue everything we just accomplished Monday through Friday.

If you planned for only one cheat meal during the weekend but have been having 3…ONLY HAVE ONE!

If your weight loss has slowed…TRY HAVING NO CHEAT MEALS THIS WEEKEND!

If you need help setting up a plan…Come talk to us. Its what we love to do. We love helping people become the best versions of themselves.

And a lot of times its just about getting the right knowledge into peoples hands so they can put together an action plan that will give them the results they have always wanted!

Have a great weekend!

Jonathan


Workout of the Day

Partner Workout

5 Rounds Each For Time

20/15 Calorie Bike

15 Russian Kettlebell Swings

30s Hollow Hold

Alternate Rounds