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.
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.
While they certainly recommend balance, moderation, and at least some variety, the fitness coaches at ICE NYC all have their own “personal superfood”, you know, that food they reach for almost daily for the purposes of nutrition, convenience, and habit. As an added bonus, their go-to’s are also delicious and easy, they’d have to be for someone living fitness to want to eat them so often. Find out what our coaches are eating on the reg and consider adding them into your own food rotation:
While serious athletes have been reaping the benefits of interval training workouts for years, HIIT- alternating periods of short, intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods- has recently become all the rage in the fitness industry. Since we opened in February of 2016, ICE NYC has offered our version of a HIIT class, called HAIL. Our HAIL class truly embodies our movement philosophy that our bodies are designed to move fluidly by helping our athletes run faster, move quicker, lift heavier, and live more balanced.
While increasing the efficiency of your workout is definitely a major benefit of our HAIL, especially for those athletes trying to do it all, the benefits to your body and mind go way beyond saving time.
ICE NYC at Jumby Bay offers guests an upscale training experience with intuitive instruction. From warm-ups on the dock, to a "WOD" on the beach and burpees or pushups in the sand, guests have access to a wealth of fitness knowledge including training that is functional, intuitive, and easy to take home.
As an instructor, I love that I can tell a story through my music selection in class. The genre doesn’t matter, but the instruments, beats, and lyrics come together to create a soulful experience. I play hip-hop, techno, dance music, old school Motown, Spanish music, instrumental, rock, and songs that don’t neatly fit into one genre. If I hear a song, and it moves or takes me somewhere, I will figure out a way to include it into my class playlist.
ICE NYC and Kettlebells 4 Autism have teamed up for a partner fundraiser and workout on April 29th at ICE NYC 59th Street. So we sat down with ICE NYC member and Cat Cervone for an insider scoop. For tips and information about upcoming events, how to get involved in KettleBells For Autism, and how KB4A started, read on.
Kettlebells 4 Autism was formed with the intention of using kettlebell training and sport as a platform to raise awareness about autism, and to raise funds for not-for-profit organizations supporting autism research and treatment. The organization, launched in February of 2013 has raised over $150,000 since its conception, so it’s clear that their method of combining autism awareness and sweating is helping them reach their goals.
To help you become fluent in CrossFit, we tapped the ICE NYC coaches for the key lingo both first-timers and more advanced athletes need to know. Here, we teach you the basic vocab you can expect to hear during your first CrossFit class or in any situation where the CrossFit-obsessed can be found (Tinder, work parties, paleo restaurants).
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR CLASS? In my class you can expect a good form-focused workout that balances strength and endurance. You can also expect at least 1 core-based circuit. I like to work in time-intervals so that everyone can work at a pace they're comfortable with. You can also expect to hear at least one 90's song that makes you go "Oh man I LOVE this song!!"