Good Afternoon CFTP,
First of all... Congratulations to Nathan McArthur on his competition yesterday at the Masters Classic! JoAnn assured me that he killed it. Thank you for representing The Point!
Today I want to talk a little bit about something that I think is misunderstood. Supplements. Who needs them? Do they work? Are they necessary? Should you be taking them? If so, what should you be taking?
Now days there are more supplement companies than I could ever count. I think Sheri Gustafson said it well when she said this in our CSE Nutrition Challenge feed earlier today:
"As a side note, and to back up what Dan said, I used to work for NuSkin. (The corporate side). They have a division called Pharmanex that does supplements. I learned a TON while working there for 9 years, and I can honestly say this. You absolutely NEED to know what is going into your supplements. It's a necessity! Anyone can start a supplement company and put whatever they want on the bottles and then whatever they want into the pills just to make a little money. And they get away with it all. the. time. So, when I found XR Nutrition and started taking their supplements and actually could FEEL a difference, I knew they were legit. (As my 13 year old says). I know the difference guys, and the supplements JJ and Dan are talking about and that they are taking are real stuff that actually works. I know this too because I wasn't consistent in the gym in the last few months, but I WAS super consistent with the XR supplements JJ had recommended to me after having blood work, and when I got my last DEXA scan, I had made some progress. Not a lot, but enough for me to know its working. And I feel them working. Like they've all said, its not magic, but it works. Definitely getting my blood checked has helped. And like I said, they're legit."
Before I put anything on the shelves, I take them myself and test them to see if they are something that works for me and that they are something that are affordable. I know that taking supplements can seem like something overly expensive and a waste of money. I was under that impression for years. I figured as long as I ate the right foods I could get what I needed for my workouts and recovery. While this is an essential part of recovery, sometimes it's just not enough.
When we WOD, we push ourselves to the limit. The high intensity workouts that we put our bodies through work because they push us past what we thought was possible but this can come at a cost. When we put in these high intense workouts we deplete some of the key nutrients that we need and with our food choices available these days it creates a deficit that we can't overcome on our own.
I usually avoid this subject because I didn't ever want to be sales pitchy... But that isn't my goal here. Yes, we carry supplements at the gym that I believe work and have worked for me but I don't care where you get them, I just want to see you all recover better and faster. The reason I share this is because of a recent experience from one of our members. Jared Dinerstein. He has been a member at The Point for 3 years and the other day he said this to me, "I wish I would have known how much better I could be performing had I been taking these supplements."
Jared has been inconsistently coming over the past few years and a big reason is because he felt like every time he came back he was so sore that he didn't want to come in the next day... And then the next day, and then before he knew it 2 weeks went by before he made his way back into the gym. If this sounds like you then I hope that this information will help. Today I shared this photo with the CSE group (which, by the way, is a group anyone can join... We talk about eating healthy and keep each other accountable. If you want to join the group let me know)
Yep... That's my health stack... I don't take these all everyday... I cycle them through. A little excessive? Maybe, but this is what I take and I feel better than I can ever remember. A really cool thing that has helped me learn what my body needs is blood testing run by JJ and his team. This is where I would start if I were you. They look at your individual blood and can see what your body is lacking.
From day 1, my goal for opening up CrossFit The Point is to create a place where people came to get fitter and healthier. That's the whole purpose of my programming and the whole purpose of why we do what we do. I know that we can't be our best selves without the proper nutrients and I believe after 5 years I have figured out what works for me and hopefully I can help you figure out what works for you.
If you ever have questions about clean eating, proper nutrition, and what supplements would best suit you, please don't hesitate to ask myself, Erika Peterson, the creator of Clean Simple Eats or JJ Peterson, fitness and supplement geek. Also, any of our awesome trainers would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Today's member spotlight is going to be from our recent female winner of the Fat loss/ Muscle gain challenge: Michelle Twilley!
Photo Credit: Steve Arnoldus
1. How long have you been at The Point?
Just over a year and a half
2. What do you do for a living?
My number one job is a mom to my four kids. Ages 14, 12, 11, 9. They keep me busy. Outside of being the maid, cook, and chauffeur I also help out with our family janitorial business.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
I never really did physical exercise until my youngest was about 3, then I joined a gym with friends and would take the classes offered there. I have run some 5k's and 10k's and one half marathon. Then I figured out how to use the machines at a normal gym and started lifting weights.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
Well I recently just did my first bar muscle up and then went on and did 8 more the same day!! I have been trying since I started crossfit which was about 3 years ago. So for me that was a huge accomplishment!! Now to learn a ring muscle up!!
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Leave your pride at the door and don't get discouraged because you can't do as much as someone else. When I first started I used the 35lbs bar to learn the movements correctly. Then when I felt comfortable I would move up in weight. I had to learn that we are all on a different fitness journeys and some have been doing it longer then others and it is ok. It is ok to do less weight and scaled movements. More then anything it is amazing to celebrate with others in their accomplishments and have them celebrate with you in yours. We are all here to be and do better and that is why I love crossfit.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Hmm...well I have been told a few times that my butterfly pull ups are pretty good. I do love butterfly pull ups but I also love power cleans.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
I don't think I really have a favorite one. I like any WOD that I don't die doing. LOL. Even though Hero WODs are hard I do like how they push me to my limits.
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Ring muscle up for sure. I moved here from AZ a year and a half ago and my fitness journey has been hard. Moving to a new place, finding a new crossfit box, and making new friends is depressing. I fractured my thumb last year also and was out for about 4 months. I am barely getting back to my max weights and would like to be where I was before I moved and then even better. I think doing a competition would be fun too but we will see.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
Well, I told myself I would never jump on the crossfit train and that it was a fad and would die off. Kinda like Jazzercise (does that still exists??)
Then I had a friend convince me to buy a Groupon and try it with her. She was pretty convincing and I gave in. My first crossfit experience was Jackie and I remember leaving and saying, "where has this been all my life?" and I never looked back.
My opinion changed and I understood after one workout why people do crossfit. I was so amazed at all the women who lifted so heavy and could do all the gymnastic movements with such ease and all at the same time motivating others. I thought I would be more judge going to crossfit then being at the normal gym but man was I wrong. I feel so awkward at a normal gym now! More then anything words cannot express how grateful I am for the amazing friends I have made in crossfit. Life long friends in AZ and amazing brand new ones here in Utah.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
My journey has been life changing. I have learned so much about myself and my limits. I never in a million years thought I could deadlift as much as I do or even be able to do a strict pull up. I have learned about nutrition and how food really does fuel your body when you feed it right. I have also learned the opposite of that. The journey has had its ups and downs and I think that is how I have learned the most about myself. Learning your limits but also learning the limits aren't set and that they can be broken but they may take longer then we like. Hard work pays off.
Trainers Thoughts of Michelle:
Coach Dan: When Michelle first came to The Point, I was really excited because of the great foundation she had come from. Not too long after she joined she hurt her wrist and I thought that this may be the end of Michelle at The Point. She proved me wrong and has worked hard to get back to where she was and has now progressed past her previous fitness level.
Coach JoAnn: If I could only butterfly pull ups like Michelle Twilley! She is someone who I look forward to seeing at the box. She comes in, works hard, and always is cheering on whoever is next to her! So glad she came to The Point!
Coach Leslie: Michelle's gymnastics are so great, she just got her bar muscle ups and they are already amazing! Michelle is great example of a comeback, she had a hard road coming back after an injury and has proved everyday since that she'll work hard to get back to where she wants to be. She has a great attitude and is a joy to coach!
Thank you all for being part of the CFTP family. We'll see you in the box!