Functional Bodybuilding

For the past few months, you’ve seen quite a few variations DB/KB work (Click here to read my blog post about “Unilateral Training”). There’s a name for these controlled tempo movements: “Functional Bodybuilding,” and they serve a purpose!

Unilateral Training

You have a dominant side. A side you write with and pick things up with. A side that always pushes off starting the run or is a little stronger on the barbell.

A great way to fight the over development of this dominant side is to train unilaterally, or train exercises that use one side of the body or one limb at a time (i.e. single arm, single leg).

Will CrossFit Make Me Bulky?

One of the most common questions we hear from ladies at the gym is, “Will CrossFit make me bulky?”

We’ve all thought it at some point. Some of us (including me) have wondered, or worried, what our friends and significant other would think if we started looking too burly in our fancy dresses.

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 45 – Coach Heidi Gets Real

In this episode, Hale coach Heidi shares her journey from athlete to overweight to CrossFit coach. Coach Heidi Gets Real Coach Heidi has been an athlete all her life: Dance. Biking. Baseball. Football. Rugby. Swimming. Volleyball. Basketball. Skiing. Snowboarding. But that doesn’t mean she’s never struggled with her fitness. Shortly before joining Hale in 2013, […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 44 – Becoming Coach Dave

In this episode, Hale coach Dave shares how he went from member to coach and what he’s learned along the way. Becoming Coach Dave You’ve seen him at the front of class. Maybe he’s cued you through a technical lift or high-fived you after a PR. Or maybe you’ve watched him overhead squat and wished […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 43 – Ann Mary’s Metamorphosis

In this episode, Hale member Ann Mary shares how she prioritized her nutrition and fitness to lose almost 100 lb. while also balancing a busy career as a lawyer. Ann Mary’s Metamorphosis Before starting CrossFit at Hale about a year ago, Ann Mary had been inactive for years. Though she was a distance runner in […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 42 – Coach Larry, Man of Mystery

In this episode, Hale coach Larry shares how he found CrossFit, why he loves coaching and what he’s working on outside the gym.  Man of Mystery You know him as Coach Larry, one of your Hale trainers dedicated to making you better one cue, one no-rep, one high-five at a time. Coach Jay calls him […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 41 – Steph’s First Steps

In this episode, we get to know new Hale athlete and staff member Steph. Steph’s First Steps Have you met Steph yet?  She joined the Hale family a few weeks ago, both as an athlete and a staff member working the front desk at the gym. Though she played soccer as a kid and young […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 40 – Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.”

In this episode, Dee shares how CrossFit helped her get mentally and physically stronger after her mother’s death. Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.” Dee had been a cardio fanatic all her life, but when her mother passed away in 2013, she needed something different to distract her and help her process the loss.  […]

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 39 – Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut

How Kenny lost 35 lb., gained a 450-lb. deadlift and stopped running from the camera. Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut Kenny had been in great shape all of his life. He played football in high school and baseball in college. But once he joined the working world, his fitness took a turn for the worse. […]