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Stop “Shoulding” All Over Yourself!

Posted by Sarah Polacco on


Back in college I used a life coach to help me get over some of my anxiety issues. This was a sentence that she used over and over and over again and I never forget this sentiment as it can relate to all parts of our life.

As coaches, we see so many people “Shoulding” all over themselves when it comes to fitness and nutrition.  

  • Should I use X product?
  • Should I eat ____?
  • Should I be on [enter new fad diet here] diet?
  • Should I have that goal?
  • Should I be farther along in my progress? 
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Food Choices

Posted by Ted Andrews on

The food you eat matters. This isn’t new information at all. Balancing your diet can be a huge step towards optimizing health, wellbeing, and fitness. Some good news about balancing your diet is that there are many delicious, wholesome, and nutritious foods available! However, once you have a handle on balance the next step towards enhancing your diet may be dialing in food choices to help propel you more efficiently towards your goals!

Calories may be created equal. However, calorie sources are not. Let me explain this idea further. Eating 100 calories of butter versus 100 calories of broccoli are very different experiences. At about 1tbsp volume, 100 calories of butter is a single ambitious bite on top of a baked potato. However, 100 calories of broccoli is just short of 3.5 cups of chopped raw broccoli. That amount of broccoli would take a lot of chewing and even more digesting, and chances are good that you’d be pretty full from the broccoli alone. Even thought they had the same calorie content it would be a very different dietary experience with the broccoli and the butter.

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Automatic vs. Conscious Thought: Stop Overthinking and Trust Yourself!

Posted by Maureen Harris on

We talk about mindfulness and deliberate practice quite frequently (and for good reason!). When initially learning a movement pattern or rehabbing from injury, precise and methodical thinking can be necessary. And when refining a skill, it is essential to think through the steps in our process, identify development areas, and consciously address technique flaws to move efficiently, safely, and strongly. Getting better at weightlifting or kettlebell skills or similarly complex physical pursuits are often as cognitively demanding and draining as they are physically. Going through the motions mindlessly will not help you improve, and progress will plateau.
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Posted by Sarah Polacco on


There are a lot of mixed opinions and studies done on alcohol. Is it healthy? Is it harmful? Is it a good post workout beverage? Let’s sort through some of these ideas on how alcohol affects your nutrition, your performance, and also your recovery and mindset. I’ll let you in on a hint… the answer to most of the questions are, it depends.

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What Supp?

Posted by Ted Andrews on

Supplements are a hot topic item in training and nutrition. There are literally thousands of supplements available on the market, most of them making rather lofty claims regarding their effect on health and performance. With so much information, marketing, and advertisements surrounding this industry it can be rather overwhelming to know where to start. So what supplements work and do you need them?? This blog will focus on supplements and training performance, and how they might fit into your nutritional plan.
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