Most people are aware of overtraining, and we’re all scared of getting injured. But most don’t realize there’s an optimal amount of training, just as there’s an optimal amount of food to eat. Too little, and your progress will be slow. But doing too many workouts has the exact same effect.
It seems everyone these days are seeking the quick fix. In reality, there is no quick fix. There's only hard work, dedication and the results will come. Karen and Jason are examples of a family diving head first into a long term lifestyle. The results speak for themselves.
Samreen began at FirePower ahead of her time. She was the lone teenager in a sea of thirty to forty-something year old athletes. She had no one to relate to. She had never participated in any physical challenge; CrossFit was her introduction. Despite being out of place and over challenged Samreen had a determination and kindness that was unparalleled.
Today we are honoured to bring you the final instalment in our 2019 campaign we called Fitness Is Who I Am. We’ve spent the last 8 months bringing you stories of amazing members who have made fitness part of their lives; beyond classes, beyond squats, thrusters and burpees; beyond the cosmetic or weightloss outer self; and beyond themselves.
Maria joined FirePower 8 years ago when she was 16 years old, way before we had a varsity program. With the soul of a lamb but the heart of a lion, she soon became everyone’s favourite “Little Maria”. Here's her story of how fitness has influenced her life.
After learning that his driver’s license had been suspended for medical reasons and that all of his retirement plans were now on hold, Jon (62 years old) joined FirePower in February 2019. He decided to take advantage of the fact that he was “stranded in Milton”, got his mountain bike tuned up and peddled over to FirePower. His new project was himself!
Fitness isn’t something you do; it’s who you are. It’s the lens of of how you see yourself in the world. For some it’s your lifeline to keep your sanity while for others it’s a health necessity to keep you alive. Here's Andrea's story of how fitness influences her life decisions.
Sometimes life takes you places you never anticipated. A little piece of FirePower will be traveling half way across the globe for a while. Rodd Olmstead, dubbed the "Mayor of 6am", will be heading to Japan for a year. Here's his message to the community.
3719. That’s how many days of FirePower since Day 1. That’s almost four thousand days of cool gym happenings, recollections, and memories. But sometimes, random moments stick in my brain like it was yesterday. There is one moment that has stuck with me for years...
Trying to lose weight on your own? How do you sift through all the clutter of fad diets, friends’ advice, what used to work, aging and more? You get a NUTRITION COACH! Just like a personal trainer, but specifically for nutrition. As we close out our first 4-week challenge of 2016, Christine sent me her eye-opening experience.
When your questioned about where you workout at, what do you say to explain CrossFit? Try some of these the next time someone asks. I train in a box. It has walls…sometimes. Sometimes we go outside. Sometimes we meet elsewhere. Its not the location I value, its the people. I train in an open space, because bars and my training partners fly everywhere.
Swearing you will get into shape is one of the dumbest New Year’s Resolutions ever. Getting into shape isn’t something you, “do” and when you scream to the world that this is the year you will change your life. You will fail…. unless you understand that getting into shape isn’t something that is done, but how you live. Health is a journey, not a destination
“Pressure changes people. If there’s no stress, you don’t adapt, you don’t grow.” Mike McGoldrick –Barbell Shrugged Let’s get you thinking about WHY you CrossFit. Are you here for the training or for exercising? There is a substantial difference between the two and this is a very real subject that might get heated in some areas! Let’s lay some things out
In 100 words, Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO describes how to achieve world-class fitness. Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch.
I’m fortunate to see our athletes at different class times over the day. Most of you are fairly regular with your routines and we, your coaches, pretty much know what’s going on in your lives outside of the gym including how it affects your performance. Most of you who hit the 4:30/5:30/6:30’s have the same struggles.
While I can hardly improve upon Greg Glassman’s brilliant description of the CrossFit methodology (Foundations, here), I nonetheless hope to obliterate a misconception that has sprouted around the practice, one that I would sooner see die. This misconception (and the resulting attack) does not come from a lack of clarity on Greg’s part. Rather, it comes
I ask too many questions. I take too many unnecessary actions. I waste too much energy on procuring the wrong things. And I know I am not alone. Action is the single most necessary ingredient for progress, but in these instances mentioned, progress is out on lunch, and the employee that everyone just sort-of tolerates has taken over. I’m talking about doubt
Sometimes we become too obsessed with being “perfect” in our path to success. NO ONE IS PERFECT! This can cause utmost amounts of stress if a flexible mindset is not present. This stress can be amplified over the holidays as food at events and traffic may be outside of your control.
If you are reading this, chances are you are a fitness addict. Non-fitness addicts don't understand your dedication and may sometimes even call it an obsession. However, even as dedicated as you may be, it is normal to go through slumps or feel unmotivated for small periods of time...
As hard as it is to believe, we are less than 2 months away from 2019 -- The New Year. The new year is the time when we set goals that we want to accomplish in the 12 months ahead of us. These goals are usually related to weight loss, travel, work, getting fit or focusing more on ourselves. These are what we plan to be our next steps in life.
With the leaves fully changing colour with the fall season, you might have already noticed pumpkin spice everything, holiday décor and activities, and an increase in prices for those holiday flight tickets home. Another thing that comes with the change in seasons is a change in our schedules and routines.
Many of us at one point or another have dealt or are dealing with some form of pain in our shoulders. Sometimes we try stretching them, backing off weight in workouts, or massaging shoulders with a lacrosse ball and things never seem to be 100%. That’s because typical soreness in shoulders is a result of something else.
Are someone looking to get into the Firefighting or First Responder line of work? This program will allow you to get loaded up and workout with all of the bunker gear and help you prepare for any test or courses that you might have coming up! Coached by active FireFighters.