Whole30 Magic – CrossFit Full Circle

Whole30 Magic – CrossFit Full Circle

By Lori Medford I did a Whole30, and magic happened. After 10 days, I could suddenly reach the top shelf in my kitchen without standing on my tippy toes. After 20 days, I was answering every Jeopardy question correctly. And on the 30th day, strangers began handing me money in the streets. The Whole30 made me taller, wiser, and richer. It was amazing! Okay, no, none of that happened, but I did lose a bunch of weight and learn a lot about how my body works. Why did I do the Whole30? Some people I really admire (shout out to StrongMa’am’s Shayna Kaplan and Mariah Parker!) had completed the Whole30 with great results. I was so impressed by their discipline and how good they felt afterwards, that I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t think I could do it. My daily habits included putting Splenda in my coffee, drinking my weight in Coke Zero, and shoving chocolate in my face every day at 2 p.m. I’m also no stranger to bourbon and pizza. For this to work, some of my habits would have to change, and for a person who finds comfort in food, that’s a scary thought. I want to stop taking blood pressure medicine. I had a good six months of being medicine free. I can’t think of anything that changed about my diet or lifestyle in those months that I can attribute to my blood pressure going back up, but it did. I had been working with Coach Jason on macros and nutrition and making slow progress over the last 10 months. Science (and...
“But, where do you get your protein?”

“But, where do you get your protein?”

By Andrew Saylor Until you tell someone that you are vegan or vegetarian, no one will ever care about your protein intake. The moment you let on that you might be thinking about going vegan, the first question you will inevitably get is, “Where will you get your protein from?” Disclaimer: The point of this article is not meant to persuade anyone one way or another, but rather to share my journey of figuring out what the fuck to eat. Also, I’m not a doctor, so consult one if you want to make changes to your diet. However, don’t be afraid to question them if you don’t agree with some of their suggestions; many doctors prescribe drugs to treat symptoms rather than exploring lifestyle changes that can help to solve the problem. For the first 28 years of my life, I ate an omnivorous diet and it could be safely stated that for 18 of them, I had absolutely no clue about nutrition. I understood the basics that fast food was probably bad for you and that vegetables were good for you, but that’s where it ended. Due to a pretty fast metabolism and a competitive swimming schedule, I ate pretty much whatever I wanted with no consideration to quantity. Once I started college, I assumed the standard American collegiate diet consisting of gross amounts of dining hall grub, copious amounts of alcohol, and an unfortunately gratuitous amount of tobacco and caffeine (I’m talking at least six cups a day, and probably close to a pack of smokes). Unsurprisingly, my body did not respond in a very positive way. I...
Cutting Through the Body Image Bullshit

Cutting Through the Body Image Bullshit

By Erin Ehrlich Shed two sizes!* 28 Flat Belly Tricks!* Tighten Your Abs, Butt, and Thighs! Supereasy Fitness Plans!* *Actual magazine articles in women’s health-related magazines trying to promote positive body image. I can’t even begin to count the number of magazines and online articles I used to read in hopes of finding the quickest, easiest way to that summer-ready bod. I scoured the Cosmopolitan’s, Seventeen Magazine’s, and Women’s Health issues at the grocery store checkout aisles while I stood by as the cashier scanned celery stalks, hummus, and tomatoes. I was lazy. So, unimaginably lazy. Funny enough, I never got that body. Six-pack abs didn’t pop up with the 2-minute core workout that was supposed to burn hundreds of calories. Somehow, going to the gym once a month and eating rabbit food never got me a modeling contract. I never looked like this. After I graduated college, I tried several other diets. I tried the Fat Smash Diet. I tried being a vegetarian (for like 5 seconds – I’m too much of a carnivore to even pretend like that was an option.) I tried no carbs, I tried no sugar, yada yada yada. Then I tried the Paleo Diet, eating lots of proteins, fruits and veggies, and healthy fats. My dad has had immense success with this program, which is really more of a lifestyle. At 57, my dad is in the best shape of his life having followed a strict paleo regimen for the last 7 years, along with his intense CrossFit training schedule for the same number of years. (Sidenote: he’s a huge inspiration and is really the...
Focusing on Strength (And Snatches)

Focusing on Strength (And Snatches)

By Whitney Kailos I’ve always been goal driven and interested in how hard you can push the body. On the morning of my 21st birthday, I ran 18 miles and then went out to celebrate being able to legally drink. I practiced my swagger walk that night, so sore, and spoke of no training; only my best friend knew about the marathon I was about to tackle.  And the marathon was just the beginning. In between the long runs and sprint workouts, I ended up fracturing my pelvis. The doctor told me I needed to start weightlifting to build bone mass and to consider other options for exercise. “What about running? When can I start again?” I’m a girl – we do cardio. Did I consider picking up a barbell? Nope, not once. I sat there pitying myself that I couldn’t exercise. Enter triathlons; swim, bike, run. I could swim and bike at the time due to my injury, and weightlifting just wasn’t an option to me, so the pool and stationary bike it was. Once I healed from multiple injuries, I attempted my first sprint triathlon (400 m swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run). I completed a few but needed more of a rush, so I took on training for the Olympic distance (750 m swim, 24.5 mile bike, 6.2 mile run). I podium’d  at my first Olympic because I was the only one in my age group, but of course winning confirmed I was hooked on this sport. Then came the CrossFit Full Circle Groupon. I’ll try anything once, but I was extremely terrified because I didn’t think I’d get through fundamentals without hurting myself or...
The Best Medicine Is No Medicine At All

The Best Medicine Is No Medicine At All

These stories are coming to you from Lori and Mike, two hardworking and inspiring members of the Full Circle family. At one point, each has been on some kind of drug to correct a basic health marker, whether it’s blood pressure, lipids, or something else. Then, after training and nutritional interventions, they were able to either lower their dosages, or discontinue taking medications altogether! We are beyond proud of them and their dedication to bettering their health. “It wasn’t even borderline.” By Lori Medford Blood pressure medication was not the graduation present I was expecting in the fall of 2004. My doctor explained that the problem was likely hereditary, and that my blood pressure had probably been elevated since childhood. My diet of McDonald’s and an exercise program that consisted of walking from my couch to the refrigerator probably didn’t help the situation. After filling my prescription, I tried to eat more salad and joined a gym so I could run on a treadmill. That commitment lasted approximately two weeks before I was back in the drive-thru. In my thirties, though, something changed. I suddenly realized that I wanted to live a really long time and made it a goal to be the healthiest person I could be. That was when things started changing in ways I hadn’t expected. I joined Full Circle in January 2013. The WODs were a gateway drug to my current Strongman programming, and I have consistently been in the gym 3-4 days a week for the last two years. For me, that is just crazy talk! I also started to care about what I was eating. Our gym...