A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 08/05

Happy Sunday!  Who’s ready for a new week ahead!?  Monday’s aren’t scary…they’re simply an opportunity to start fresh, a clean slate, a new week, lots of promise, and a chance to work on those goals!  Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, it all starts between your ears.  So start speaking positivity over your week!!

Brandon and I are in the middle of moving and I need to share one thing that has saved our butts this past week (and will continue to do so this week as we finally move)…our Fit Fresh Kitchen meals!!!  Meal prep time is slim in between packing and it’s super hard to meal prep once you’ve packed away your kitchen!!  We roasted broccoli and fries on plain tin foil tonight because all the pans are packed away!  LOL…Brandon will pick up our meals from the gym Monday morning and that will probably be our lunch and dinner for the next days (again!) as we finally get moved!  So thank goodness for yummy meals that fit our macros, are delish, and EASY!

Order as little as one meal or 20+ meals each week by Thursday at 1pm and have them delivered straight to CFP the following Monday!  Sometimes, you just need to press the easy button and Fit Fresh Kitchen is worth it!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!!  Sets of 8 may set your legs on fire!  Then, a fun triplet of thrusters, burpees and chest to bar pull-ups.  Happy Monday!

Tuesday – All the push presses this Tuesday!  First up, building to a heavy 2 rep.  After, a little chipper of running, push presses and running.

Wednesday – Starting off with some accessory work…some single leg deadlifts, barbell glute bridges, and reverse snow angels.  Afterwards, 12 minutes of bar muscle ups, dumbbell hang clean and jerks, and goblet squats.

Thursday – Today we’ll metcon first…doubles, t2b, and kb swings!  We’ll finish off with some midline conditioning…ring rows, plank work, and hollow holds!

Friday – Long metcon Friday.  All the gymnastic work, scale as needed!

Saturday – Partner WOD Saturday!  Grab a friend and let’s get sweaty!

Sunday – Just a reminder, open gym is now from 11am – 12 pm and Oly starts at 12 noon!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Strength Day!!  Shoulder focus!

Tuesday – Glycolytic Interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Wednesday – Spartanish Training – 40 sec on/20 sec off

Thursday – AMRAP kind of day 😉

Friday – Strength day!  Legs & core, baby!

Saturday – Glycolytic Interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

What goals are you working towards this week!?  We’ll see you at the box!

The Fuel Method Coaching Collective Winners!!!

We shared the exciting group results from our very first Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective with The Fuel Method this past week – 9 athletes, 8 weeks, and a whopping 70 inches and 50.5 pounds lost!!!  Really incredible!  Mostly because each of these athletes was already a member of our gym and participating in workouts!  They weren’t new to exercise, to CrossFit or RISE, just learning how FUEL their bodies in order to achieve better performance, to find better balance, and to achieve their aesthetic goals!

Not everyone that works with Alex and The Fuel Method is looking to lose weight.  Sometimes its more about overall health, a healthy relationship with food, and sometimes the non-scale victories are an even bigger deal!!  So be sure to read up on our winners and all their successes!

Today, we highlight our top 3 winners!!!  Without further adieu…

In FIRST PLACE – CASSIE STECK

Weight: -5 lbs
Inches: -7.5 inches
Non-scale victories reported: improved sleep, increased energy levels, increased self-confidence, improved workouts and recovery, clothes fitting better, self-monitoring portion sizes / alcohol while on vacation, decreased cravings, paying closer attention to habits and triggers, paying attention to hunger/fullness cues, friends noticing, inspiring others too!
“I have tried fad diets and would lose some weight but it was never maintainable. I went into this challenge not expecting result right away but once I started working with Alex, it all became so easy! I feel satisfied throughout my day (and I can actually eat more than what I was having before!) and still eating all my normal foods with a few tweaks to make it healthier. I work nights and my energy level has been great, I’ve noticed a huge difference after my night shifts! My sleep has improved dramatically, I wake up feeling more rested. After 5 years of Crossfit, I feel stronger in my workouts and that I’m recovering better. This is definitely something I can see myself doing long-term!!!”

SECOND PLACE – ELIZABETH PATTERSON

Weight: -10 lbs
Inches: -12 inches
Non-scale victories reported: improved energy levels and strength in the gym, decreased cravings, self-control / self-monitoring, paying closer attention to triggers and healthy/unhealthy habits, paying closer attention to hunger/fullness cues

THIRD PLACE – KIM DEJESUS

Weight: -8.5 lbs
Inches: -7.5 inches

Congratulations to our top 3 winners and to all those that participated!!  We’re excited for you to achieve all your goals, in and outside the gym, and to support you on your journey to a better relationship with food!

Our next small group nutrition coaching collective will begin Monday, July 15th.  If you’re interested in participating, be sure to let us know!  More details to come on info sessions and how to get signed up!  Here’s to fueling our bodies and enjoying this thing called LIFE!

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 06/10

SO many exciting announcements coming up!!!  Ok, actually, just 2 major announcements…but they’re both SUPER exciting!!  So check them out…

First up, our fABtastic – Core & Buns class begins this Wednesday at 5:30pm!!!  That’s right, we’re adding a fun 30 minute burn session to target those problem areas – those abs and that booty – to our roster!  Alex Bladek will be our fearless booty-ful leader and will help us chisel out some more defined abs, develop an overall stronger core, and a better butt!  This class is of course included in your membership and open to all CF and RISE members, so meet us on the turf.  Due to space, we are capping the class at 12 people.  So if you’re planning to come, sign in ASAP!  And if you love the class and there seems to be some demand, we will look into adding more class times 🙂

Second, you may be wondering what the new fridge is for over by the couches?!?  Well wonder no more, starting next Monday, June 17th, you can pick up your Fit Fresh Kitchen meals right at CFP!!!  We are so excited to be a pick up location for Fit Fresh Kitchen meal prep service!  Their food is so delicious, the best of all the meal prep services, in our opinion!  We hope that by being a pick up location we can help make life a little easier for YOU, our athletes!!  Fit Fresh Kitchen offers 25 meals with 70 customization options each week (all the macros listed out, can be low carb, gluten free, extra protein, etc) and always comes fresh, not frozen.  They can take away a little bit of the stress of meal planning, grocery shopping, prepping, etc. and keep you on track and eating healthy all week long!  We are now live on their website which means you can place an order for your meals each week (Monday – Thursday at 1pm), select CFP as your pick up location, and get your meals the following Monday!  Can’t wait to get our meals starting next week!

That’s it for all the exciting announcements, unless you forgot that CrossFit Kids starts back this week!!  Still enrolling (especially Big Kids!), so check out all the details here!  And did you hear about our 6 year anniversary pool party at the Blount’s!!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 29th and be sure to RSVP in our private FB page!  Ok, that’s really it for the announcements, I promise.

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Some barbell work to start the week out…barbell bridges and bent over row.  Then, a sprint chipper of deadlifts and running!

Tuesday – Today consists of a 30 minute alternating EMOM…biking, burpee box jump overs, chest to bar, front rack reverse lunges, and strict handstand pushups.  Sounds sweaty!

Wednesday – Bench press up first, working up throughs some percentages and finishing off with a burner set of 8.  Afterwards, 12 minutes of ring dips, push press, and burpees over the bar.  See ya triceps!

Thursday – A little hang clean + clean complex to start off, followed by 10 minutes of doubles, t2b, and power cleans.

Friday – Back squat day!  3 sets of 4 between 80 and 85%.  Then, 3 sets of biking, running and dumbbell overhead walking lunges every 8 minutes.

Saturday – Lots of burpees, rowing and ground to overhead, so grab a partner & come WOD with us!!

Sunday Oly with Becca is on!  Come lift!

RISE Look Ahead 

Monday – Glycolytic Interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Tuesday – Strength Day!!  All the shoulders!

Wednesday – It’s an EMOM kind of day…burpees kbs, hollow holds, biking, squats, and sprints!

Thursday – Spartanish Training – 40 sec on/20 sec off

Friday – Glycolytic Interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Saturday – Strength Day!!

See you at the box!!

The Fuel Method + Small Group Coaching Collective

Ok, so by now you’ve heard about our exciting partnership with The Fuel Method in order to offer our athletes incredible nutrition coaching!  And hopefully you’ve heard about our Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective that we’re launching in just a few weeks!  I know many of you are ready to get started, and some of you may still have questions.  So here are all the details…

More on The Fuel Method…

“First, we form habits. Then, they form us.”  Your habits, thoughts and actions shape who you are.  The Fuel Method helps you become aware of your current habits and provides education and guidance on how you can improve, adapt and grow beyond them to achieve who you want to become!

Also, this is habit-based… You will also learn how to fuel your body for your goals, how to meal prep like a champ, what the deal is with current fads (like does celery juice actually cure all the things?) and so much more!

Small Group Coaching Collective

  • Mon April 8 – Sunday Jun 2 – 8 week commitment
  • 8 week individual and group nutrition coaching with Alex
  • Focus on changing and adapting old habits and adding new habits to create maintainable and sustainable long term change!
  • Private group page to share info, recipes, etc
  • Daily newsletters to provide guidance, recipes, tips, and education to learn how to fuel your body and mind to thrive!
  • Weekly Check-Ins
  • Weekly Challenges
  • Prizes!!!  Did someone say Lululemon?  What about an additional month of nutrition coaching?

If you’re on the fence or wondering if this could be for you, just think…where could you be sitting in 8 weeks if you decide to join?  At the end of this first 8 week cycle it will be June and warm weather will be here to stay.  You could be feeling more confident in your skin, in your clothes, in your bathing suit!  You could be feeling less guilt when eating your favorite foods and more equipped to tackle those summer BBQs!  You could be hitting the goals in the gym that seemed like they just weren’t going to happen despite your constant training!

Alex will be working with you 1-on-1 and using her background in counseling to help you develop a better relationship with food and establish what fueling method is best for you!  Macros, food journal, intermittent fasting, paleo, vegetarian, etc.  No two people are the same, no two bodies are alike, and no one fueling method fits all.

It’s not about giving up your favorite foods, it’s not about overhauling your diet or never eating out again.  It’s about building habits that will create lasting results.

If you’re ready to get signed up, let us know!  Alex is setting up consults this week and next with athletes that want to join!  If not now… when?

A Look Ahead : Programming Week of 03/25

What a good looking crew!  Thanks to all those who came out for our Friday Night Lights Open celebration!!  19.5 was killer and you all crushed it!!!  Now back to our regularly scheduled programming (thank goodness 😉 )

In case you missed it, we are super excited to announce our partnership with Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method!!  CFP and RISE were looking for a way to offer our athletes proper nutrition coaching and felt we were coming up short.  Enter Alex!  She uses her background of sport psychology and counseling to effectively coach her clients on changing eating habits for the better and help them create lasting change in order to fuel themselves for health, wellness, and life!

We’re kicking off our partnership with The Fuel Method by launching a Small Group Nutrition Coaching Collective!  Our Collective starts Monday, April 8th and will run for 8 weeks.  Alex will be working with this small group providing intensive nutrition coaching!  She’ll only be taking on 10 clients for this Collective, so if you’re looking to make a change, tired of not seeing the results you’ve been wanting in the gym, or struggling with what and how to eat…this is for you!!!  And yes, there will be some fun perks and prizes involved!  More details to come tomorrow!

And finally, we’re 3 weeks away from Battle of the Ages!!!  We are looking for our last 2 judges!  If you are available to help out, sign up here ASAP!  It’s going to be an EPIC day, we cannot wait!!!

Here’s your look ahead…

Monday – Back squat day!  Who’s looking for a gold star today?  We’re getting heavy!  Then, a little chipper of cardio and barbell, fun times!

Tuesday – Starting off with some push press today, working up to a heavy single.  After, an AMRAP of some strict hspu, strict pull-ups and some pistols.  All the shoulders!

Wednesday – Today we snatch!  Working up to a 1 rep max for the day, then using 75-80% of today’s 1 rep for an alternating EMOM of rowing and snatches!

Thursday – Some gymnastic accessory work up first, then a scary looking couplet of running and devil’s press!

Friday – Overhead squats today!!  Then, grab some dumbbells for overhead lunges and front squats!

Saturday – Partner WODs are back!!  Grab a friend and come get sweaty 🙂

Sunday Oly with Becca at noon!  Be there!

RISE Look Ahead

Monday – Shoulders & Cardio – 45 sec on/15 sec off

Tuesday – All of the things 😉 – 1:20 on/30 sec off

Wednesday – Strength Day!!  Shoulder focus!

Thursday – Tabata!  20 sec on/10 sec off – alllll the rounds!

Friday – Legs & Core!  45 sec on/15 sec off!

Saturday – Glycolytic interval – 1:05 on/25 sec off

Calling it now, it’s going to be an awesome week!  As always, we’ll see you at the box!

Announcing : CFP/RISE Partnership with The Fuel Method

At CrossFit Pineville and RISE Charlotte, we strive to offer the very best service!  We specialize in group fitness, offer programs for all ages and fitness levels, and two different training programs: CrossFit methodology as well as high intensity interval training.  We aim to please each individual athlete and offer add on programming, individual program design, and personal training.  We offer specialty classes and skill classes.  We also have a Physical Therapist in house, Dr. Amy Bullock of Fortress Physical Therapy, to offer support for your musculoskeletal system and help you train smart and pain free.

The area we truly have felt we are lacking : Nutrition.  Our coaches have a great knowledge of nutrition, however none specialize in this area, nor have extensive training in it.  We can discuss the topic with our athletes, make recommendations on small changes they can make in regards to food choices and habits, recommend supplements, etc.  However, we haven’t been able to provide the one on one nutrition coaching that many athletes are looking for and need.

Enter Alex Bladek and The Fuel Method.

Brandon and Michelle actually met Alex a few years ago through Brandon’s best friend, Paul.  Paul has a CrossFit gym in Michigan where (small world!) Alex would train when visiting home.  After circumstances changed, Alex and her fiance Hannes became members of CrossFit Pineville last year and thus began a conversation of how we can better serve you, our members!

A little more about Alex and The Fuel Method : Alex has her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in sport and health psychology.  She has completed her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification and is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.  Alex grew up an athlete, but once she stopped playing organized sports, unhealthy habits started to emerge and the weight started to creep on.  At the end of her senior year of college, she decided to make a change not only for her health, but her self-confidence as well.  She started taking control of her fitness and diet again.  It took years for her to discover something that was not restrictive and could be maintained long-term.

Through her school studies, working with mentors, and studying the field, she developed The Fuel Method.  Using The Fuel Method, Alex aims to assist others in navigating through the excess of information so they can achieve and maintain their goals!  The Fuel Method is a habit-based approach to health and nutrition, tailored to the individual, counseling you to a healthy relationship with food.  The Fuel Method takes all aspects of YOU into account – from your lifestyle to your food preferences to your body type, it all plays a role in achieving your goals.  The Fuel Method provides one-on-one accountability and guidance, goal setting, newsletters loaded with recipes, resources and tips, progress metrics (like measurements and weekly check-ins) and access to an ‘Active Members’ Facebook group.  After working with Alex and The Fuel Method, you will walk away with the tools, skills and knowledge to fuel your body and mind, for life!

We are so excited to partner with Alex and looking forward to all she will bring to the table!  If you are interested in a consult with Alex, don’t hesitate, contact her ASAP!  We are working with Alex to plan a nutrition challenge open to any CFP or RISE athletes starting in just a few weeks!  Details are being finalized now, so stay tuned for more info!!!

Welcome Alex and The Fuel Method to CFP and RISE!!

Tasty Tuesday – Chipotle Chicken Zucchini Soup

It seems Instant Pots are all the rage these days!  I got one last Christmas and was intimidated by it for quite a few months, but finally feel I have a better handle on it now.  Ya know, a year later 😉  I know lots of athletes at the gym have these at home too, so hoping to share more Instant Pot recipes in 2019!  This recipe below is from SkinnyTaste and she has IP or slow cooker directions in the original recipe!  So have no fear, if you haven’t hopped on the IP train yet, you can still make this recipe in your slow cooker, but the IP directions are below.

I made a few switches from the original recipe based on what I had at home, so that is what is below.  This recipe was really tasty, low carb, and a great way to get some veggies in!  Hope you enjoy!!

Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Zucchini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I cut into chunks so they shred better)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 4 c reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • zucchini noodles (I bought pre-spiralized from the store & used all 16oz!)

Optional Toppings

  • avocado
  • pecorino romano cheese

 

Directions

  1. Press saute button on Instant Pot, add oil, onion and garlic and saute until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, chicken, salt and pepper, chipotle chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cilantro.
  3. Cover and cook high pressure 20 minutes. Quick or natural release.
  4. If you didn’t buy pre-spiralized zucchini, spiralize now using a spiralizer with the thinnest noodle setting. Cut the zucchini (pre cut or not) into 6-inch strips.
  5. When the pressure releases, open the Instant Pot, remove the chicken, shred with 2 forks and place back in the pot along with the zucchini.
  6. Press saute and cook until the zucchini is tender, but still crisp, about 2 to 4 minutes.  (I made it ahead of dinner time, so I just left it on keep warm with the zucchini in there til we were ready to eat and it was still tender, yet crisp!)
  7. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with avocado and cheese, if desired.
  8. Enjoy!

CFP/RISE Fall 2018 Nutrition Challenge

Big news athletes!!  Mark your calendars – we’re back with another nutrition challenge!  Our 8 Week Fall 2018 Nutrition Challenge starts Monday, September 17th!!! Coaches Michelle, Amy & Sarah are excited to head this up and share their knowledge of nutrition, how to properly fuel your body, & help you achieve those health & fitness goals you’ve been wanting to hit!

These 3 ladies have been working on their nutrition to achieve their own goals and are absolutely confident that they can help you do the same over our 8 week Fall Nutrition Challenge!!

Here are all the details you need to know to join the Fall Nutrition Challenge:

  • It is highly encouraged (but totally optional!) to sign up for the most accurate body fat testing, coming to CFP/RISE NEXT SAT, SEPT 1st!!!  See all the details here and follow this link to get signed up!
  • This is NOT a paleo/whole 30 challenge – this is a nutritional rebalancing, flexible dieting challenge!  No foods are “off limits”.
  • The challenge will run from Mon, Sept 17th through Sun, Nov 11th setting you up for a successful Holiday season!
  • We will have 2 informational sessions the first week of September!  Lots of great info will be shared (what are macros, what is cleansing/intermittent fasting, what you should be eating) so do all you can to make it to an info session!!  Wed 9/5 at 7:30pm & Sat 9/8 at 10:30am  **If you absolutely cannot make it to one, let one of us know & we will do what we can to get you the info needed to participate!
  • You will be assigned a coach – either Michelle, Amy or Sarah – who will guide you the entire challenge & who you will check in with weekly.
  • You will take measurements pre & post challenge to track your progress including your weight, body measurements as well as 2 benchmark workouts!
  • You will complete your pre measurements, metcon and weight lift by Mon, Sept 17th.  Post measurements and retesting of the metcon & wight lift must be completed by Sun, Nov. 18th.
  • You will take progress photos throughout the challenge and share them with your coach.
  • There are AWESOME prizes up for grabs!!!  Make it to an info session to learn what sweet prizes you could win!
  • A buy in is required to be eligible for prizes.

We are SO excited to see you guys take control of fueling your bodies and all the amazing results you’ll get out of it!!  We can’t wait to see you at the info sessions!  Email Coach Michelle at info@pinevillecrossfit.com with any questions!

Tasty Tuesday – Pesto Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

This tasty recipe hails from Wholesome Yum blog and is an awesome week night dinner option, or prep ahead for a few lunches during the week!  CFP member Shannon brought us this dinner recently and we ate the entire pan!  If you’re looking for some lower carb options to change things up, this will definitely fit the bill.  It’s gluten free, only has 6 ingredients and doesn’t require a ton of prep!

Enjoy!

Pesto Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb shredded chicken (cooked, packed tightly to measure)
  • 3/4 c basil pesto
  • 1/4 c heavy cream (or coconut cream)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded, divided)
  • salt & pepper to taste

*For any recipes calling for shredded chicken, I typically cook mine ahead of time in the slow cooker or instant pot & then shred.  If you’re pressed for time, you can always buy already cut cauliflower and a rotisserie chicken to pick apart for your shredded chicken.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish.
  3. Add cauliflower and olive oil to dish, sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper and toss to coat.
  4. Roast cauliflower for 15-20 minutes until crisp-tender.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. Remove cauliflower from oven and mix in the shredded chicken and half of the shredded mozzarella.
  7. Stir together the basil pesto and cream and pour evenly over the casserole.  Toss until everything is coated evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  8. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

**This could also be tasty with a broccoli/cauliflower mixture!  Some parmesan could be super delish in this recipe as well.  Try it out and let us know what you think!

Tasty Tuesday – Honey Lime Chicken Marinade

Now that the warm weather is here to stay, it officially feels like grilling season (although we pretty much grill year round 😉 )!!  Plain ol’ grilled chicken gets boring, so I love a good marinade to liven things up without adding a ton of calories!

This delish Honey Lime Chicken Marinade from The Enchanted Cook blog is an old favorite that I just rediscovered!  Simply make the marinade the night before, let your chicken marinate overnight, grill that chicken up and you’ll have delicious, juicy, flavorful chicken for dinner!  Yum!

Honey Lime Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c EVOO
  • juice of 2 limes (about 1/4 c)
  • zest of both limes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients for the marinade to a ziplock baggie and combine well.
  2. Add chicken to the baggie and turn several times to coat.
  3. Store in fridge overnight.
  4. Heat grill to medium high heat and grill about 6-7 minutes each side or until juices run clear (adjust time as needed depending on thickness of the chicken breasts).
  5. Serve up with your favorite summer veggie & enjoy!!