The Air Is Rare

A big congratulations to coaches Kayla and Britt on their participation in the Fittest of the Sierras competition in Tahoe this last weekend. Kayla earned 2nd overall, and Britt placed 32nd out of the field of 59 women. It’s sure not easy going from sea level to 6,200 feet and competing in anything, much less CrossFit. Both Kayla (she got …

4th Schedule

Classes on the 4th of July will be held at 9 and 10am only. Come get your training done before you party like it’s 1776.

  Summer 2014 Boot Camp on the River Levee with Trainers from: Join us this summer – for 6 Saturdays of beginner-friendly, CrossFit-style, Outdoor Boot Camp on the San Lorenzo River Levee in downtown Santa Cruz starting July. This event is being put-together by the San Lorenzo River Alliance, a county-wide coalition focused on revitalizing the health of the San Lorenzo River …

Fight Club Is On!

Fight Club is on for tomorrow (Saturday, the 28th) at 11am. This is an individual comp. $5 gets you in. Get there early and warm up as heats will start promptly and the whole thing will be over before noon so you can hit the beach for some bronzin’. And don’t forget to bring your A game if you want what’s …

Full Service

Nutrition? Check? Injury rehab? Check. Mobility help? Lifting technique? Shopping advice? Check, check, check. Gotta watch the World Cup on your phone? Check! Whatever you need, CrossFit West has you covered.

Kayla’s Costco Favorites part 1

Costco Run! Part I (of 3): Protein Has anyone been to Costco lately?! First of all, Santa Cruz has the best Costco I’ve ever stepped foot into. Seriously. Sometimes I forget to fill my ginormous cart with other groceries besides protein packed items. If you have been contemplating getting a membership, do yourself a favor and just get one already. …

River Levee Boot Camp

    Summer 2014 Boot Camp on the River Levee with Trainers from: Join us this summer – for 6 Saturdays of beginner-friendly, CrossFit-style, Outdoor Boot Camp on the San Lorenzo River Levee in downtown Santa Cruz. This event is being put-together by the San Lorenzo River Alliance, a county-wide coalition focused on revitalizing the health of the San Lorenzo River and …

Summer Sports Series 2

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, …

Get Big

Once, when I was making a try to be on the US national water polo B team, a former national team goalie gave me a bit of advice. He said that when I take a shot on goal, no matter if it is in a game, scrimmage, practice, or just fooling around, I should always get up big (as high …

Fight Club

The next Fight Club is Saturday, June 28th, at 11am, at CrossFit West. This will be an individual competition. As always, entry is a mere $5 and to the victors go the spoils-fame, fortune, and glory. See you there.

Coach K’s Got Your Back

“Six-packs are made in the kitchen.”             “Ha! Yeah they are! Toss me a cold one would ya?!” Ha! Haven’t heard that one before…and since none of us are laughing we have come to realize the first statement is a valid one. In the grand scheme of things, food is not hard to understand. It’s understanding why we like a certain foods …

Summer Sports Series 1 – Get Outside the Box!

SUPERHERO 5K & 10K ENDURANCE.  LET’S RACE!   Benefits the Sheriff’s Activity League of Santa Cruz County. www.fleetfeetaptos.com/racing/superhero-5k-10k Packet Pickup:  Packets and shirts can be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports located at 26 Rancho Del Mar in Aptos on Friday June 13th 3pm-6pm & June14th 10am til 5pm.  Limited race day pick up of bibs  and shirts. Schwag bags will …

Westside

Yeah, that’s CrossFit Watsonville coach Britt B with the man himself, Louie Simmons. Britt is out at the Westside Barbell Club in Columbus, Ohio, training with Louie for a week. It’s not often one gets to spend time with a modern legend at one of the most famous gyms in the world.

The Weak Side

How’s your weak hand? Sure, you can snatch a dumbbell equally well with both hands, but can you brush your teeth with your weak hand? How about use chopsticks? A computer mouse? Laptop trackpad? Cut your food? Whisk eggs? Training yourself to use your weak hand is an important aspect of coordination and dexterity. It opens pathways in your brain …