Friday, July 11, 2014

Athlete Profile-John W

Everyone at CrossFit LifeSport knows John W. He has the fastest WOD times, highest reps and RX's every WOD. People are in awe of how fast he completes workouts. We watch him practice, successfully, muscle up, after muscle up. Most of you know he was a gymnast. Everyone can see he is a natural athlete. But, unfortunately many of you may not have had the pleasure of seeing/hearing how funny he is.

John is hilarious!!!! He has a dry, off-center sense of humor that makes you think about what he just said, then laugh hysterically. He is clever (just read his paleo challenge food posts)!!! He's the quiet guy who says funny stuff under his breath. Shares his funny commentary with just one or two people at a time.

When I asked him what he felt he contributed to LifeSport, he replied: "Drama. I like to spread gossip and rumors so that everyone is always mad at each other, just like on a good reality TV show."

In addition to being funny, athletic and smart, John is also a really great guy. He is intelligent, thoughtful and when he asks you a question he truly wants to hear your response. John is a valuable member here at CrossFit LifeSport.

Just the Facts~

Name:  John W.
Birthday:  November 15
Hometown:  Chicago
Favorite Color:  Clear
Favorite Band:  Rubber
Favorite WOD:  I love/hate all of them.  I probably love/hate Fran the most.

Degree/Education/Major:  B.A. in Psychology from Princeton, J.D. from University of Southern California
Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:   Wherever you go, there you are.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Athlete Profile-Alice Parisi

      Alice joined the LifeSport family in 2011. "I didn't want to think about to about what workout to do.  I liked the thought of walking in the gym, having the workout laid out for me and being coached." 

    And, "I like to lift weights and have been doing so since my college days when I was the only girl in the gym.  In those days it took some guts just to walk in the gym and endure unsolicited advice from a bunch of boys who knew less than I did about weightlifting.  They also never unloaded their bars, but of course, I called them out on that!" 

     Alice brings quick wit, tenacity and a good work ethic to the gym every time she walks through the doors.

      When I asked what she feels she contributes to CrossFit LifeSport, Alice replied: "Not speed.  And I am definitely not the strongest.  So by process of elimination, I contribute consistency and persistence.  I have watched folks come to the gym and want to accomplish aggressive goals to lose weight, get stronger, etc. in a very short and usually unrealistic period of time.  It is made more difficult when someone gets sick, work/school over loads you, kids need attending too, or there are other changes in life.  Know that there will be set-backs.  Therefore, I hope I contribute to our LifeSport family by modeling that it takes consistency and persistence to reach and keep your health goals."

    Alice is a great role model for all of us here at the gym, as well as for her children. She is determined, strong and damn funny!

"I stay at CrossFit LifeSport because Todd offers encouraging and knowledgeable coaching.... and everyone puts away their equipment."


Just The Facts~

Name:  Alice Parisi

Birthday:  March 9

Hometown:  Rossford, OH

Favorite Color:  Red

Favorite Band/Artist:  Elton John

Favorite WOD:  I don’t have one!  I mean, I like the variety of them all.

Degree/Education/Major:  Masters in Scientific and Technical Communication, specializing in non-profit management from BGSU.  My undergrad is from BGSU, too.

Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:  “Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”  Anonymous

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Paleo challenge rules

Hi folks! :) Paleo challenge rules are posted below. A few of the important things: - Entry fee: $20

- 2 categories of peeps: RX male/female  Scaled male/female

- winnings are split evenly between winners in each category

- first day of logging is Monday June 23
- Final day of logging is Friday July 18th


Please submit your daily points by clicking on the link on the top right. All 14 aspects are worth 1 point. You can earn up to 14 points a day. The challenge officially begins Monday June 23, 2014. The cost to enter the Challenge is $20. Please refer to the list below for specifics regarding the diet.
1) No Sugar ( This includes, but not limited to honey, agave, xylitol, stevia, xantham gum, dextrose, maltodextrin, ALCOHOL, white potatoes, etc)
2) No Grains (Corn, rice, gluten, wheat, etc)
3) No Dairy (except clarified butter or ghee)
4) No legumes (except : green beans)
5) Protein with every meal
6) 3 servings of vegetables a day
7) Consuming healthy fats ( tree nuts, avocado cooking in olive oil, coconut oil, etc)
8) 1 serving of fruit
9) Minimally processed food ( No sulfates, MSG, carrageenan)
10) Half of your body weight in water
11) Sleep 7.5 hours plus
12) Fish oil or consuming fish and Vitamin D
13) Workout or health and health and wellness related reading
14) Points for logging
What to eat, as outlined.
Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
· Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read labels because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
· Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
· Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
· Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
· Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee.
· Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
· Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices! This means no “Paleo-fying” desserts or junk food – no Paleo pancakes, pizza, brownies or ice cream. Trying to replicate junk food with “technically approved” ingredients misses the point of the Challenge. If you have any questions please respond to this post.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June Paleo Demo/Cookout

Join us Saturday,  June 28, 1pm-2pm at CrossFit LifeSport for delicious,  healthy, paleo meal!!!!

$10 for members,  $15 for guests

Get great new recipes for the paleo challenge!!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Athlete Profile-Kim Kurek Maloney

     Kim has been working out at CrossFit LifeSport for almost 5 years, now. She "wanted to lose the baby weight that I had gained after three children. My youngest (Jameson) was just 9 months old when I started at the gym." 

Kim has definitely achieved her initial goal, and then some. She is a woman that others, in the gym, strive to keep up with. Her consistency in training over the 5 years shows in her form, technique and physique. While she believes she only contributes "some laughs here and there", the fact is Kim is a great motivator, inspiration and friend to everyone who comes to the box. The healthy competition you feel when working out side-by-side with her is contagious...she makes people try harder.

CrossFit LifeSport is a part of the Maloney family-her husband Dan works out here , too. "My very good friend Ericka Parker told me about the gym and how she had great results, so I didn't second guess it. I just showed up one day and the rest is history. It is now part of my life." And, you can see Kim here 3 days a week, setting new PR's and encouraging her fellow athletes.

Just the Facts~

Name:  Kimberly (Kim) Kurek  Maloney

Birthday: June 2

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Favorite Color: Teal Blue

Favorite Band: I don't have one. 

Favorite WOD: None of them:) But I do like "Angie" or "Cindy" (same movements) because no weights are involved.

Degree/Education/Major: Bachelor in Arts & Communication from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Toledo Law School. 

Inspirational quote/favorite mantra: "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming." -Dory from “Finding Nemo”.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Athlete Profile-Janet Snider

Janet Snider started training with Todd Ovall back in 2007, at the YMCA. She is the longest-standing member of CrossFit LifeSport. "I wanted to be stronger and able to take care of myself", she says. Janet has accomplished that, for sure! She is in the gym, working out, 2-3 mornings a week. 

Education, through reading, was her career for a long Janet teaches by example, in the fitness arena instead of the library.

Janet exemplifies what we can do, both physically and mentally, if we have the drive. She is proud to be doing things many people her age can't. At 68 years young, Janet is healthy and strong. She wants to"be an example/role model for younger women that we can be strong and active through-out all our life".

Always smiling, always friendly...Janet is a joy to work out with.

Just the Facts ~

Name: Janet Snider

Birthday: 06/14/1945

Favorite Color: Ocean Blue

Favorite Band: The Beatles

Favorite WOD: "Glass City Special"

Hometown: Thor, Iowa

Degree/Education/Major: Master Library Science

Inspirational quote/favorite mantra:    From The Little Engine That Could:    "I think I can, I think I can, I knew I could".

Miss T’s progress

The pics inadequately convey how much more skilled, stronger and fitter she became in that time nor can they describe what a great, smart young lady she is. Going to  be a great lawyer someday!

   Congrats on the engagement, T!

 Body Change