Food should make you healthy: Robb Wolf in review

“You can’t weigh, measure or proportion your way out of sh*tty food.”  -Robb Wolf Dallas and I spent last Sunday with our friend Robb Wolf… and about a hundred nutrition-minded exercise enthusiasts, gym owners, and athletic coaches.  We were all there for the inaugural Paleolithic Solutions Seminar, and to hear Robb’s fresh spin on the old CrossFit Nutrition “Certification”.   We were hoping for plenty of new, relevant, practical material – everything from cortisol to cancer, insulin to … [Read more...]

Release your e-brake

by Melissa Urban, creator of the famous Urban Approach To Squatting Heavier™ We are literally still on the plane, returning from our whirlwind fitness tour of northern California. We were able to cram a ton of good stuff into just two and a half days, hitting both Kelly Starrett’s Movement and Mobility seminar and Robb Wolf’s Paleolithic Solution seminar over the weekend. We’ll catch you up with all things Robb later this week, but as I sit here on the plane all crammed into an awkward typing … [Read more...]

Robb Wolf, new and improved

We're off to the Left Coast this morning, to get a sneak peek of Robb Wolf's new Paleolithic Solution Seminar. He's doing his first "invite only" gig at his Chico, CA gym (NorCal S&C) on Sunday, and we're heading out to preview his new material, expand our base of science-y nutrition goodness and review the event for our readers. Last time we spoke, we asked Robb what kind of stuff he planned to cover in his new-and-improved seminar. He replied, "It's going to be a significant departure from … [Read more...]

Whole30 Recipe Book: Mexi-salad with fresh guacamole

We've been on the road a ton, and that means making extra efforts when it comes to Eating Good Food.  When we travel, we pre-package travel meals in glass storage containers, pack coolers full of ice to keep foods fresh, shop for lunch at the nearest healthy food market, and order the best available meats, oils and vegetables for dinner.  It also means that when we get home, we put EXTRA effort into cooking high quality, high variety, fresh and balanced meals.  Hitting the grocery store as on … [Read more...]

Whole9 hits the road

We're back from our Whole9 Nutrition Workshop at CrossFit Stamford this past Saturday, and we are ridiculously excited about how ridiculously excited THEY are about the Whole30 program!  We had about 25 people at the workshop, and spent almost four hours presenting our material and answering participants' individual questions.   In response, they group has committed to the full "Whole30" program, and even created a nutrition blog to post questions, comments, share good information and offer … [Read more...]

The 603 PTP Program, all in one place

We've been making an awful lot of references to our gym's strength bias in programming, and to our unwavering dedication to form and technique. During recent posts, we've specifically mentioned the 603 PTP program several times.  For those of you who weren't following our strength & conditioning stuff, our facility (formerly called C******* 603) programmed a five week "Power to the People" style cycle, focusing on deadlifts and presses. The program was designed to do one thing - make you … [Read more...]

Would you rather be my client, or my patient?

smarter harder

by Dallas Hartwig, PT, MS client (klī'ənt) –noun 1. A person or group that uses professional advice or services 2. A person who is receiving benefits, services, etc;  a customer patient (pā-shənt) –noun 1. A person who receives medical attention, care, or treatment While treating physical therapy patients and training fitness clients, I find myself using similar approaches to teach people how to move. In the PT clinic, performing a movement, exercise, or stretch with correct technique … [Read more...]

Relax, CrossFit Stamford…

...we promise, this won't hurt. We're heading out to CrossFit Stamford (in Stamford, CT) on January 23rd for a Whole9 Nutrition Workshop, and to help them kick off their first 30 day nutrition challenge. And, it appears, they're a little nervous about our visit. From their blog: Take a Deep Breath Future Paleo Participants Friday, January 8, 2010 at 6:40PM Melissa Urban & Dallas Hartwig are coming to town in a few weeks to get us started on a Paleo Challenge and many of us are already … [Read more...]

Cranky on the platform

by Melissa "anyone seen my third pull lying around?" Urban I have, it appears, completely forgotten how to clean. The clean - power, especially - used to be my favorite Olympic lift. My squat clean PR is 115#. My power clean PR is... 115#. Weird, I know, but I've always had a good pull and a comparatively weak front squat, and dropping underneath a heavy barbell seems so much harder than simply standing up and catching it. Those pulls were back in July, however. Between then and now, I … [Read more...]

Ice Rink Reckoning

by Melissa "I refuse your helmet" Urban There’s been a lot of talk in recent posts about “training so you can do cool things in real life” versus just "trying to be really good at exercising”. I like to think the stuff I’ve been doing in the gym has been preparing me for challenges I may face in the real world, or athletic adventures I choose to pursue outside of the gym. At least, that's been my working theory. This weekend, that theory was put to the test, and money met mouth in a very … [Read more...]