My (Fitness) Christmas Wish List

Posted: December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


This season, I have been thinking about all the things I am thankful for.  I certainly have a lot of great things in my life, both personally and professionally, and don’t need anything.  But for the holidays it always fun to put together a wish list of the things you want no matter how unrealistic.  Plus everyone likes lists.  So without further ado, here is my list of fitness/crossfit/weightlifting-related things I would (selfishly) like for Christmas:

I wish that people would be careful when buying into fitness marketing hype

I admit it, I am guilty of this at times.  I think we all are.  It is why companies like Lululemon can sell what amount to spandex pants at ridiculous prices.  If someone can tell me how their workout pants are different than say, Champion C9 at Target I would love to hear it.  Well, besides the fact that I can see your asses when you workout in the see-through Lululemons and not in the Champions.  But other than that they seem to do the same thing.  Ok, Ok, I know that Lululemon is very popular and one of the “it” brands in fitness right now and I can understand that.  Everyone wants to feel good and look good while they work out so I get it.

What bothers me more is the somewhat cult following the “Crossfit approved” brands seem to get.  The biggest example of this is the seemingly ubiquitous workout recovery drink Progenex.  They sponsor a lot of very high-profile Crossfit athletes and you can’t go to any high-level competition without seeing the logo everywhere.  To Progenex’s credit, they have done an amazing job of marketing their product through the world’s fastest growing fitness system.

But when you look beyond the logo and read the label, Progenex is nothing more than hydrolosized whey protein and some sugars in the form of fructose and sucralose.  Yep, that’s it.  No magic additive that mimics steroids and no super secret supplement that no one else has in their product.  Just some good old whey protein and a few sweeteners.  And for all this they charge you $60 for a bag of 30 servings which amounts to $2 per serving.

A quick Google search of “hydrolosized whey protein” will bring you to the store which includes all of the products they sell that have this version of whey.  Even more convenient is that lists them by brand and includes a line that tells you how much the product costs per serving.  I quickly found a protein from Dymatize called “ISO-100” that comes in a 5 lb. jug.  It gives me 25g of protein per serving (Progenex has 23g) and 5.5g of BCAAs (Progenex has none from what I can see.)  But the best part is the price.   Where Progenex costs $2 per serving, ISO-100 is only $.88.  That is less than half the cost of Progenex and you get the BCAAs.  There are a couple of ingredients that the Paleo purists might not find desirable because they are not “natural” but then again if you are truly following a Paleo diet you shouldn’t be using whey protein anyway.  Oh, and if this rudimentary comparison I did here doesn’t work for you, read this.

Look, at the end of the day it’s your money and you can spend it on whatever you want.  I just hate seeing people get ripped off due to marketing and groupthink.  My advice is to just do your research before jumping in with both feet

Obsessed... with overcharging you

Obsessed… with overcharging you

I wish people would stop skipping reps during their workouts

Between sets in my weightlifting workouts, I have a good amount of time to fill.  I normally spend that time planning my next set and singing.  But more recently I have been watching the Crossfit class workout.  When you are not actually doing it, it is quite amusing to watch your peers put on their best struggle face while panting through a WOD.  Then I decided to add another element to my voyeuristic ways and I started counting reps. Call it old habit from when the box was located down the alley or call it sinister curiosity but it just seemed like the natural thing to do.  And what did I see?  I saw a few people consistently skipping reps during the workouts.  And if I noticed it there is a good chance others have noticed it too.  Santa is not happy.

I know the argument.  “Who cares if I skip reps, I am just here to work out and if I want to skip reps, I will”.  Fair enough.  But I would hope that there is a little more integrity in our community than that, especially if you put your name on the board as if you did the whole workout.  We are better than that, right?

Listen, if you can’t control yourself and absolutely feel like you must cheat at something I have some ideas for you:

  • You can always cheat on your diet.  This one is cheap, easy and feels so good.  Head on over to Wegmans and pile the cookies in your cart.  Plus no one will see you doing it if you don’t want them to.  You can do it in the privacy of your home.  It’s a win-win!
  • Better yet, you could cheat on your spouse or significant other.  This is infinitely more interesting than cheating on your diet because of all the side stories it can create.  Fair warning though, the repercussions of cheating on your significant other are likely much higher than the ones that come with cheating on your diet.  Well, depending on how narcissistic you are.

So maybe this is a little dramatic but you get the point.  Again, it is your life and you can skip reps of you want to but please don’t forget to notate it on the board next to your name.  It’s only fair to everyone else.

See, even CrossFit HQ agrees with me

See, even Reebok agrees with me

I wish for an injury free year

This one applies to all of us.  After speaking to most of you, I think you all agree.  I hope this can be our reality.  No one likes to be injured because it means we have to take time off.  The effects of this are both physical and mental.  For most of us, it is very hard to take the proper time to let injuries heal because it feels like we are throwing away all the hard work we put into ourselves to that point.

So lets all be smarter about our training this year.  Set a goal for yourself and train to meet that goal, even if it means taking weight off the bar to make sure your form is correct.  Don’t treat everyday as its own goal or you are bound to get caught in the competitive wash and end up injured.  Set a timeframe for your goal but don’t be too upset if you can’t achieve your goal by that date.  PRs are a product of structured and systematic programming, not trying to go as heavy as you can every workout.  If you PRed every time you touched a bar you would be an Olympic champ.

Plan the work, work the plan.

safety sign

I wish for a new pair of lifting shoes

Seriously, I think I like lifting shoes as much as most women like their heels.  It is mildly embarrassing but hey, we all have our embarrassing things.  How do I know?  I have seen all of your Facebook pages.  So Santa, can I please get a new pair of Pendlays?



So there it is.  My 2013 Christmas wish list.  Is it realistic?  Who knows but it was fun to write.  What do you have on your list?  Comment below or respond on the Facebook post.  Hopefully we can all have some fun with this.

  1. It’s hard tto come by experienced people about this topic, however, you
    sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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