Depression is epidemic, right along with diabetes type 2. We can make educated guesses as to why, but that’s not the point of this post. My oldest son (16 years old) was diagnosed with depressive disorder this past year. First thing the doctor did was put him on daily medication. He also had us consult a dietitian who wanted him to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. My son took the meds for aContinue Reading


Crossfit open 2019 is done. Were you there? If not, plan for October! It’s a terrific opportunity to test your fitness, find your weaknesses, be part of a team, and make your teen kids do things with you. I’m really proud to have completed every workout in CrossFit Open 2019. The scoring is nearly final although a few video reviews may still change the numbers a bit. The work outs were as varied as youContinue Reading


We wrapped up our third Crossfit Open 2019 work out this Saturday, 19.3. This was such a tough work out that even the scaled version was impossible for many people to do. We had a third option at our box. 19.3 Was Ridiculous This work out was a significant jump in ability from the first two. It wasn’t just a next step, challenging us to improve or gut it out. This was more of aContinue Reading

I feel lucky to have one of my sons joining me at my local Crossfit box. This is the first Open for each of us. He’s in the 14-15 boys, and I’m in the 18-54 Women. This will be my first and last year in the main division. Next Open, I’ll be in Women Masters 55+, and many of the exercises, loads, and/or reps will be altered. So it means a lot to do theContinue Reading

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I started at my current Crossfit affiliate last year in March. It was the middle of the Open, so I watched the fun but wasn’t part of it. I did the programmed metcons during the week but not the weekend Open metcons. I’m now coming up on a year at Exodus Crossfit Coralville and I registered for the 2019 Open. I’m excited to be a part of the Open this year. Here’s the thing. TheContinue Reading

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At 54 I know myself pretty well. I’ve gone from having been obese and unfit and eating a standard American diet to turning my lifestyle completely around. I did it mainly over two years, then tweaked it for the next eight. Additionally, as a personal trainer for the past seven years, I have seen what works and what doesn’t work for many people. I’ve seen the gung ho, the big spenders, and the desperate allContinue Reading