CrossFit | Essentials


The CrossFit stimulus—constantly varied high-intensity functional movement coupled with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar—prepares you for the demands of a healthy, functional, independent life and provides a hedge against chronic disease and incapacity. This stimulus is elegant in the mathematical sense of being marked by simplicity and efficacy. The proven elements of this broad, general, and inclusive fitness, in terms of both movement and nutrition, are what we term our CrossFit Essentials.

Shaun Tieman of Hoosier CrossFit coached two-time gold medalist Lilly King (Team USA) and returning Olympian Blake Pieroni (Team USA) as well as rookies Zach Apple (Team USA) and Bailey Andison (Team Canada) on their road to Tokyo. “It's really fun for me to be able to train a variety of athletes (and) to show that the CrossFit methodology and what we're doing inside the gym works for a brand-new person who's never done this before all the way through the highest-level athletes," Tieman said.

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For many, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced just how important mental health is for overall wellness. Rather than some intangible aside, it’s a critical element of physical health. You might even call it fitness. Referring to mental-health care as mental fitness creates a powerful mindset shift. It puts us in a proactive state and gives us the autonomy to improve it. And just as we build and preserve muscle with physical training, we can develop and sustain mental fitness by regularly training our brains. Start with these 12 steps.

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When it comes to diet, most people’s concerns involve weight loss, fitness, cardiac health, and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. Recent studies have shown that diet can have a profound impact on mental health conditions ranging from ADHD to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia, and beyond. In This Is Your Brain on Food, Dr. Uma Naidoo draws on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health and shows how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues.

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Bex Kenton was a physically active, competitive kid, and her visual impairment did nothing to slow her down. But after losing her motivation and struggling to find an accessible and supportive gym environment as an adult, Kenton needed a change if she was going to stay healthy and recover that athletic spark. Kenton needed the CrossFit community, and CrossFit Uckfield was ready for her.

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