Roy's senior photo? Solid 'stache!
Tuesday class times: 530am, 430pm, and 530pm
Elements class: 630pm
Strength: Tabata Deadlifts @ 225/135
WOD: 5 Rounds for time:
15 Weighted Sit-ups 45/25
Great job yesterday all! Max reps were all legit! Hope to see everyone again today for another good ole time!
Reminder: Elements classes start tonight at 630pm! Already have plans? You can spare 9 hours to make these classes a priority. It with be greatly worth your while. Hope to see you there!
I've had a lot of questions about footwear lately so here is a brief review of the New Balance Minumus shoe that a lot of us have:
I’m not gonna lie. For the first few days of using them, my calves and feet hurt more than usual, since my muscles weren’t used to that kind of strain during CrossFit WOD’s. After that short period, my feet have adjusted to using such a light shoe. Now I CANNOT see myself using anything else…although, I do have my sights on a pair of Olympic lifting shoes soon for those Oly movements.
There’s probably a high chance that you’re using your normal pair of running or athletic shoes. Starting out, that’s alright. The problem is most of the "running" shoes have huge "supports" in the heel making your stance already unbalanced. We talk a lot about weight in the heels and flat footed but it's hard to achieve that when you are cantilevered forward to begin with. As you start to progress in CrossFit and are really hitting heavier weights, you’re going to NEED the right shoe to provide you with the right support and protection.
I always felt unstable during barbell workouts with my running shoes. So once I switched to the New Balance Minimus my performances changed drastically.
The first time I noticed this was during some heavy sets of front squats. Okay, not BEAST level, but repping heavy for me. My front squats have never felt so stable. Ever. And what about the other movements?
Well, landing on the ground from the pull up bar feels safe and solid. Burpees are light and secure. Despite seeming like a light a fragile shoe, the toes hold up. Double unders? The close-to barefoot feeling has helped keep my jump rhythm more consistent. Like mentioned before, they’re not the best for long distance running, but for the short runs and sprints, the Minimus makes me a very happy guy.
For me, the biggest test was with thrusters. Most running shoes have a tendency to make you rock forward and backward during the movement. Due to the Minimus’ stability, you DON’T experience any of that nonsense. That’s when I knew I was sold.
There are many brands and styles of shoes. Go with good support and low heel to toe ratio and you should be set. Will grabbed a new pair of CrossFit Nano 2.0's so we will see what he thinks about those.