There is no perfect or ideal way to be before showing up to practice mobility, start with where you are and through consistency and commitment, be open to some powerful shifts happening for (and to) you.
It’s Pride Month (!), and we couldn't go through June without doing something to celebrate this month of love. ICE NYC is partnering with OUTWOD to host events at BOTH GYMS on Saturday June 24th at 11:30am! It will be a big team WOD-based event. OUTWOD has grown into the largest national initiative for bringing together LGBTQ athletes and their allies to sweat together in a safe, inclusive group fitness environment and to raise funds for local LGBTQ charitable organizations. We interviewed Will Lanier, the founder of OUTWOD to get the backstory of this amazing organization.
First off, how the heck are you feeling now that Regionals is over and you're on your way to The Frickin’ CrossFit Games!?
It feels so surreal. We really didn't expect to make it. We were just there for the experience. It's been about 2 weeks now and slowly finally sinking in and I feel ready. Plus, my body is only now starting to feel back to normal after Regionals.
First off, how the heck are you feeling now that Regionals is over?
I feel really good. It's been really nice to turn down the intensity and take some time off to chill. This was my third year competing as an individual and I walked away on Sunday the best I've ever been mentally; it was really cool to be able to see that growth. I still have gaps that I need to keep working on but I'm really excited to get back to work.
Meet the May 2017 Members of The Month: Chris Chandler, Katie White, and Alex Grecco.
You may have heard the term, “Plant-based” but are you confused about what it exactly it means? I asked Jen to clear up some common misconceptions about the lifestyle, and to explain exactly what the label “plant-based” means. “‘Plant-based’ is often thought of as synonymous with ‘vegan’” says Jen, “But in reality, it’s both a little more, and a little less, than veganism. A plant based diet is what is sounds - a diet focused primarily on foods derived from plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds) but more importantly, it focuses on the WHOLE form of foods. So while, yes, Oreos are void of animal products and therefore vegan, they are nowhere near plant based.
Fun little fact: I may have been an athlete for-, well, -ever, but I didn’t buy my first pair of leggings until age 22… 3 months ago. Through my marathon training, rugby career, and olympic lifting days you’d be hard-pressed to catch me in anything other than soccer (or scrum) shorts. And truthfully, I would have been just fine rocking my fading athletic shorts for the rest of eternity… had I not started CrossFit. Suddenly I was demanding A LOT of my workout gear: I needed bottoms that wouldn’t wiggle around on the rowing machine, sag after a running WOD, fall down when I did burpees, suffocated my legs on a lifting day, or bare my crack during deadlifts. After my first week CrossFitting I knew I needed some new gear… and ASAP.
Check out this awesome mobility and recovery move, "The Trap Smash", demonstrated by Coach CJ and Creator of Cool Stuff, Allison Zerkle.
"When Desbrisay & Smith Architects designed I.C.E., a Crossfit gym, they wanted it to evoke Manhattan architecture. As a result, clean lines and brass details hide the robust acoustic and technical systems needed to buffer the sound of the weight rooms in a multi-use building".
Meet March 2017 members of the month: Brad Gerick, Noelle Safar, and Rose Wang.