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“Open Mindset”

“Open Mindset”

Friday Night What?

“So, are you signed up for Friday Night Lights?”  Have you been asked that question lately, or maybe heard it?  Maybe you went home to Google it thinking you might be missing a cool comet show next Friday.  Or perhaps you have been a part of the event in the past and have been waiting for it since last year.  Either way, I want to talk to you about what Friday Night Lights is and how you can be a part of it.

CrossFit Open

Friday Night Lights is CrossFit Icehouse’s way of using the CrossFit Open workouts as a fun time to get together and workout.  The Open is 5 workouts released over five weeks, starting February 22 and ending March 26th.  The workouts are announced on a Thursday night, and athletes have until the following Monday night to submit their scores.  There is an Rx’d and scaled division (we will also have an “Icehouse division” for Friday Night Lights).  Once scores are submitted, athletes can see how they stack up against athletes worldwide, athletes in their gym, and more importantly, against themselves.

Friday Night Lights

Yes, the Open is the first stage of who will eventually make it to the CrossFit Games, but it is much more than that.  It is a time to come together as a CrossFit community and have a good time.  To make the Open even more exciting, we have Friday Night Lights at CrossFit Icehouse.  Friday Night Lights is a big event where we all come together and perform our version of the workout that was released the day before.  If you are an Rx athlete, go for it!  If you want to go for the scaled version, you sure can!  Also, if you need additional scaling, there is the Icehouse division, where we treat the Open workout just like any other workout on our whiteboard and scale to your ability.  Not only will we all throw down, but everyone who participates will be put into a team.  Teams will be given tasks throughout the week such as “drink your body weight in ounces of water each day.”  Completing these tasks along with the workouts help you gain points towards prizes.  So, there are more ways to compete than just the workouts.  Also, did I mention there is food and drinks on hand for everyone?

It’s About Family and Fun

Friday Night Lights is about having fun with your friends like we do in regular classes throughout the week.  It is also a time to meet someone from a class that you don’t normally attend.  If you are worried about working out in front of a large group of people, that is a normal feeling.  Just remember, those people are your Icehouse family and are there to cheer you on.  If you are still unsure about signing up, grab one of the coaches or someone who has done it before and talk it out.  Remember, you are more capable than you can imagine, so keep an open mind to trying Friday Night Lights this year.

So, let me ask you, are you signed up for Friday Night Lights?  If not, register here.

Coach Jordan

How to Eat Healthy When Traveling for the Holidays

How to Eat Healthy When Traveling for the Holidays

The holiday season is a great time to catch up with family and friends, reflect on the past year and enjoy some holiday foods. This can also be a stressful time of year for those striving to eat healthy because of all the big holiday meals. Traveling and making good food choices can be exceptionally difficult. I hope to ease some of that stress by giving you some ideas for making healthy decisions on road trips and while traveling on airlines.

Have a Plan
The most important step to eating healthy while traveling is having a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you will easily be persuaded by unhealthy food options. Having a plan ensures that you have a decision made before temptation arises. A good plan starts by knowing how much time you will have to eat at each meal, and bringing snacks to cover unforeseen delays or flat tires.

Airport Travel
When traveling through the airlines, good foods to have on hand are bags of mixed nuts, fruit, veggies, protein powder, RX Bars and potentially some hard-boiled eggs (though your neighbor might not like this idea). If you plan to eat at the airport, the best option is somewhere with a salad. Starbucks is everywhere and offers a good salad option. You can request additional protein and maybe sub the salad dressing for olive oil. If salad is not your thing, Starbucks also has pure protein packed options. Also, remember to drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you.

On the Road
For traveling on the road, a cooler is your best friend. Foods that work well in a cooler are eggs, avocados, deli meats, guacamole, salad greens and dressings like lemon juice, olive or avocado oil and mustard. Non-cooler options are fruits and veggies, nut butter, canned or packaged tuna and mixed nuts.
If you find yourself at a hotel, try to book a room with a mini fridge. Knowing you will have a fridge is a great opportunity to stop at a local grocery store and stock up on the foods listed above. A grocery store is a great substitute for a restaurant. Now days, most grocery stores have a deli where you can get some fresh meats and denser carbs like sweet potatoes or rice. Make a quick stop at the fruit and veggie isles and you have a solid meal! Also, keep your eye out for a salad bar, as these are becoming more popular.

Don’t Stress About It
Finally, don’t make eating healthy a huge stressor during your travels. If fast food is your ONLY option, order a cheeseburger and fries. After that meal, plan out your next meal to set up a healthier option. Remember: have a plan, stick to it, and enjoy the holiday season.

Happy Holidays
Coach Jordan