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Oh, so you guys are like CrossFit?

Posted by Jason Pak on

We get this question quite often from people that aren't familiar with our gym. We've tried to stay away from this polarizing topic for quite a while now - especially considering the volume of blogs and articles already written on the topic. This post isn't meant to sway anyone's opinion in any direction - we really just want to have a definitive answer to how we are NOT CrossFit, and why we do things differently. That's the key point here, we're not saying CrossFit is good or bad; the way we do things at Achieve Fitness is just different.
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Weight Off Your Shoulders

Posted by Ted Andrews on

As a coach it is awesome to see when Achieve members and athletes want to go hard and push themselves at the gym! Seeing people test their limits and accomplish feats of strength, movement, and fitness they never knew possible is inspiring, humbling, and invigorating. In short, it’s why most coaches get into, and continue with, the profession. However, there are times and scenarios when we want to pull back, take it “easy,” and NOT push for a PR or the max weight manageable on a given day. Some of these situations I’ll discuss include the first time (or two) going through a new program, when already excessively stressed/injured/ill, after a particularly exhaustive training program or cycle, or prior to an athletic event.
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That's A Bit Of A Stretch...

Posted by Sarah Polacco on

We often receive questions about a specific stretch to help with either a sore muscle or a problem area. However, a stretch is not always the answer to your problem. While proper stretching can feel really good and help with flexibility, it may not be the cause of the problem you are facing.

My first piece of advice is to always talk to a coach about what the exact issue is. Simply asking about what a stretch for your quad would be, does not paint a full picture of what is going on. If possible, talking face to face is best because we can discuss in more detail and try things out. We want to know things like, was there a certain incident that occurred or has this been a slow-moving issue? What movements bother the area? How long has this been an issue? Is this a chronic or an acute issue? What have you tried before?  

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Aligned To The 9s!

Posted by Emily Beinecke on

At one point during my undergraduate career as a softball player, lifting heavy weights felt like a chore. The question perpetually floating in my mind was, “how can I survive a team lift without hurting myself? And how can I still manage to hit those higher weights in my lifts?” In learning how to develop proper movement patterns, and promote those patterns by establishing proper alignment and bracing, this is no longer a question that resonates with me as it once did. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what a dead lift, or bench press should look like, the problem was that I didn’t fully conceptualize the proper mechanics of my long levers or understand how the right alignment should feel in leveraging weights. In short, I allowed numbers to take precedence over learning good mechanics (and putting my body in a position to learn those mechanics). So I want to address some of the common ways in which we lose leverage in our movement patterns, and explore tools of conceptualizing the technical components of those movements in order to better generate force.
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Wake up! Spend Energy to Make Energy

Posted by Maureen Harris on

Ever read the Phantom Tollbooth (or see the movie) as a kid?  Remember the scene in which the main characters are eating soup, getting hungrier and hungrier with each bowl?  How can this be?  Well, the magic of fiction, mostly.  But, there is something to this.  Ever had the experience where you're not really hungry, but you have a 15 minute break and you're not going to have another chance to eat for five hours minimum, so you eat?  And 10 minutes later, you're ravenous?  What the heck, right?!

The seemingly paradoxical relationship between eating a small snack and elevating hunger is similar to that between expending energy and diminishing fatigue. Spend energy, become more energetic?  You bet!

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