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The Dirty Dozen

With January quickly approaching with it often comes a new outlook on your diet. Most people know that they should avoid over consumption of pesticides or other harmful chemicals, however, eating only organic foods can be cost prohibitive. I want to help by highlighting the “Dirty Dozen” which are the 12 most contaminated and the 12 least contaminated fruits and vegetables. While I won’t say that having an organic apple versus non-organic will have a direct impact on the way you look; over time it will reduce the number of chemicals you are needlessly exposing yourself to and the potential health benefits of that are fairly obvious. In a perfect world most LGCF and CF12866 members would buy organic everything. However, for most this isn’t realistic so this list can be used when deciding between two common organic foods. I understand the holiday season is very difficult to eat well during; do your best but start making your plan for the new year so you can hit the ground running! 12 Most Contaminated Peaches Apples Sweet Bell Peppers Celery Nectarines Strawberries Cherries Pears Grapes (imported) Spinach Lettuce Potatoes 12 Least Contaminated Onions Avocado Sweet Corn (frozen) Pineapples Mango Asparagus Sweet Peas (frozen) Kiwi Bananas Cabbage Broccoli Papaya If an “organic lifestyle” is important to you please educate yourself on what organic is and is not. What does organic mean? Does organic mean pesticide free? List of allowed and prohibited substances in organic foods

World Weightlifting Championships

Olympic lifting is a staple of our programming and I don’t see that changing. Clean and jerks and snatches improve your speed, strength, power, coordination, mobility, agility, endurance, balance, and accuracy. I’m sure I can come up with more but you get the point. While the people in the gym that really love these lifts probably already know this but the Weightlifting World Championships are this week and they are being held in Anaheim, California. The event being held in the US is a nice perk because the pacific time zone makes the action much easier to follow than when the event is held on the other side of the world. While I understand that watching this event is like watching Lebron James play basketball or Serena Williams play tennis and that our skill sets don’t exactly translate to what we are seeing. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the sport and the lifts. I know every time I watch a live event streamed I pick up at least one thing I didn’t know from the announcing team.  The links below bring you to a couple websites so you can stream the event live, get an official start list for anyone you may want to follow, and a list of the USA Weightlifting team members there participating STREAM THE EVENT START LIST USA TEAM MEMBERS

Improving your rope climbs

A quick technique note on improving your rope climbs! To improve your rope climbs consider the following tip to get a more secure hold with your feet and therefore take the onus off of your arms. When scooping your bottom foot to create a foot lock simply continue the bottom foot over the top and step on the forefoot of the other foot. The first picture shows the very common but not as secure foot lock used in the gym. However, the second picture shows the foothold with the scoop foot over the top and on the other foot. This foothold is more secure and will not require more time on your part. After getting used to the change you should expect rope climbs to be less fatiguing on your upper body. Also check out this short video from CrossFit games competitors, Matt Chan and Spencer Hendel, explaining how to properly secure this foothold.

Thanksgiving week schedule

Just a reminder that there are changes to our normal schedule this week, please see below: CrossFit12866 Monday: normal classes Tuesday: normal classes Wednesday: 5:30, 6:30am, and 9:30am Thursday: gym closed, Happy Thanksgiving Friday: 8am and 9am Saturday: 8am and 9am open gym Sunday: 9am CrossFit only

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