Johnnie WOD

At my CrossFit Level 1 in Santa Cruz in 2008, I remember hearing Dave Castro and Nicole Carroll drop “WOD” into their cornucopia of buzzwords alongside “constantly varied”, “functional movements”, and “high intensity”. Like a gentle breeze, it passed over my head with nary a second thought. [chimpy_form forms="1"]   Then I heard it a few more times throughout the day, like when they mentioned how Brian Chontosh “WOD’d” three times, amidst awe-laden [...]

By |2017-01-18T05:58:37-06:00October 11th, 2016|Johnnie WOD, Talk to Me Johnnie|8 Comments

What CrossFit Football Taught Me

"CrossFit Football was a completely separate, different animal. Here was a CrossFit branded training program with a periodized strength template coupled with short, heavy, hard, and fast conditioning workouts mixed with sprints and change of direction...People fucking ate it up."

By |2016-10-02T14:58:10-05:00October 1st, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|162 Comments

Power Athlete on a Budget

Hi John, Currently I am in college in South Carolina and this August begin a new job. For the first time ever, I will also have to budget my food. How would you recommend I plan my food purchases? For instance, is grass fed beef more important than organic chicken? Where should I go organic? For the Paleo-ish diet, where should I place the priority? I am thinking of budgeting $80-100 per month [...]

By |2016-07-01T16:35:10-05:00July 4th, 2016|Diet, Talk to Me Johnnie|6 Comments

Type 1 & PWO Carbs

The fact you are type 1 and able to get off all exogenous insulin means your beta cells are damaged but LIKELY able to produce a minute enough amount of insulin to keep your basic functions working. A ketogenic diet is often helpful as the ketones are backfilling what glucose was generally providing previously, but largely sparing you the need for exogenous insulin...

By |2016-07-01T15:30:06-05:00July 1st, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|2 Comments

Amortization Phase

This phase of movement refers to the bridge between the eccentric and concentric phases. The amortization phases uses the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) in production of power, as the length of amortization is a vital component in your ability to display your strength. If the amortization phase is slow, the energy stored during the eccentric phase dissipates, thereby reducing the effect and killing power...

By |2016-06-26T09:56:48-05:00June 26th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|6 Comments

Grass-Fed versus Grain-Fed

On one side you have powerhouses like Michael Pollan and Joel Saladin who believe the way cattle are being raised is both inhumane and poisoning us as a nation. On the other, you have a USDA and a vast collection of independent cattle ranchers raising cattle to feed an overpopulated planet. ..

By |2016-04-23T08:02:34-05:00April 22nd, 2016|Diet, Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is involved in processes that affect muscle function including oxygen uptake, energy production and electrolyte balance. When you exercise you lose fluid. The fluid is replaced rapidly by the consuming of water or other fluids. Many times that water does not contain trace minerals that are lost during sweating and excretion of fluid from kidneys...

By |2016-03-29T10:58:28-05:00March 29th, 2016|Supplements, Talk to Me Johnnie|2 Comments

Farewell Well Food Company

Problems arise when you take a company based on firm set of ideals and a mission to create high quality products into the general consumer food business. Foods, like supplements, are commodities. And a commodity is a basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type...

By |2016-03-24T07:59:06-05:00March 23rd, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|6 Comments

FORM Lifting: Use The Force

When I first started training with weights, I was obsessed with the practice of moving a weight or object from point A to point B in as short a period of time as possible. The ability to move an object faster in the weight room translated to football field better than anything short of learning to anticipate the snap count - I defined this as power. Power as you know is found in [...]

By |2016-02-28T10:55:00-06:00February 28th, 2016|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|3 Comments
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