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The “New” Normal. It’s a catch phrase that started going around late April of this year. It’s in reference to some of the new recommendations and in some instances requirements when it comes to living in 2020.

Some of the new normal is – well, actually what most of us should be doing anyway. Washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, keeping a respectful distance, and staying away from others when we are sick.

Others are “uncomfortable” and a change from our regular day to day. Homeschooling kids, wearing masks, shortened business hours, closed businesses, and more – can cause frustration and a lack of patience in a lot of us.

Will it ever end? Thats a topic for another blog…

This entire “new normal” phase of 2020 is wrapped around a virus. A virus that doesn’t appear to have a very negative impact on the majority of our healthy population. 

The healthiest of us seem to shrug it off like a cold.

The immune compromised and the unhealthy stand the biggest challenges when facing this virus.

It stands to reason that a healthy immune system is a huge benefit to anyone in a situation like this. Many folks decided long before this virus to live healthy active lifestyles and their risk during this time is quite low.

Some folks however – have had their eyes opened by the spread of this virus. Their lives before the virus hit may have been less than healthy. And let’s face it:  Life can consume us pretty quick if we don’t make active decisions to prioritize our health. Overworked parents, super stressful jobs, poor eating habits, lack of proper rest, little to no physical activity – leaving many people very vulnerable during this time.

Maybe this is you. Maybe you’ve wished you made better choices before this virus hit. 

Take a deep breath. I have great news – you too can have a healthy, strong immune system! It’s not too late! I want to help.

 

But I caution you – my suggestions are not products or pills. My suggestion is also not to just slap on a mask and hope someone fixes the problem so you can go back to being a danger to yourself and others.

Nope, I’m suggesting 5 ways – 5 Radical Ways – to Live in the New Normal.

 

How does one strengthen their immune systems? I’m not a scientist, but I’ve been around a lot of healthy people in my life. Here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Start eating like an adult. No fad diets, no shake programs, no sodas. Stop skipping meals. Dump the fried food.

 Food was never meant to be difficult. People make it difficult to make a buck. 

Stick with lean meats, naturally occurring fats and green leafy vegetables. 

Or – just google: “Whole Food Nutrition”. 

If you need help from there shoot me an email. Put the diet coke down. 

2. Go outside. Get some sun. Walk around your neighborhood or take a walk outside while you are at work. 

If you can be alone with your thoughts – do that. If you’d rather involve your family or friends – do that, but get some time outside – in the sun and fresh air, everyday.

3. Drink enough water for you. Water is key first thing in the morning – your brain needs it, your muscles need it. 

Water is also important for flushing out the negative effects of your old life before the new normal began. 

Homework: google: “how much water should I drink for my gender, weight and activity level”. Then get a container and make it happen. Every day. 

Put all the diet cokes in the trash.

4. Rest – you’ve got to get 6-8 hours of rest per day. Rest meaning sleep.  I can’t emphasize this enough. Your body cannot heal itself or fight off anything unless you are well rested.

5. Exercise – find something you enjoy. Don’t just jump on a quick gym membership because it’s “cheap” or “close”. 

You should be looking forward to your workouts and training everyday. If your workouts are drudgery it’s time to change it up. 

There are so many things out there to help us stay active. Find a program that intrigues you – maybe one that makes you nervous and sounds like a challenge. 

Step outside of your comfort zone and go for it. It’s the New Normal after all!

And there you have it. 5 Radical Ways to live in the New Normal! Any one of these done with consistency will help. I’m asking that you do ALL 5 with consistency and make them a part of your New Normal – forever. 

Let’s make the New Normal exactly what it should be. An opportunity to make a few changes that could very well save your life. 

“New” means – well, new. As in – not the same as before – a drastic change in your lifestyle.

What do you have to lose? 

If you need help or guidance on any of these, I’m here to help. Hit me back and I’ll help you get where you want to go.

Coach Ted

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Warning!!!!!!!! I fear that many of you will fall off of the fitness wagon during this storm recovery. Some of you are still dealing with it, Stacey. Despite still being out of power and managing her horse farm, she is still getting into the gym. I love that kind of Motivation and it is pretty typical of her work ethics. For the rest of you I want you to commit to a day and get in here. Better yet, get your asses in here today!!!! This break in routine is a dangerous thing when trying to stay fit. As the big Kahuna Ted Dreaver, stated yesterday in the coaches meeting, we need to get the message out there to all of you. As coached we totally dedicate ourselves to your fitness lif, many of us work off of the clock because you all mean so much to us, BUT, we need you to commit to yourselves otherwise it doesn’t work. THAT IS THE DEAL, let’s get er’ done together.

January is the time for new year’s resolution, but a resolution without a plan is just a good idea. CrossFit Iron Legion is teaming up with Lurong Living once again for the Resolution Challenge! The Resolution Challenge provides what you need to not only make healthy new year’s resolutions, but it gives you the community, accountability, structure, motivation, competitive atmosphere, and education you need to making your resolutions become your reality.
 
Real change starts here at Iron Legion.
 
The Challenge allows for individuals to compete simultaneously as an individual and for Team CrossFit Iron Legion. This 5 week Challenge tracks your diet, progress in achieving your New Year’s Resolutions, body composition, weight, personal goals, workout performance, and improvements. Whether your resolution is to lose a few lbs. from the holidays, improve your diet, or prepare for the Open, the Resolution Challenge is built for you.
 
Registration is open now and the challenge starts in January!
 
Here is a great overview of the challenge:

http://vimeo.com/113092254

Downtown Ocala has been invaded!

 

Iron Legion has relocated to our new location!!

 

We are in our new spot and loving it!! Construction is finished, the paint is dry and the dust has settled. We are now located just off the Square in downtown Ocala! We are walking distance from restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. The lights for Light Up Ocala are up and we are right in the middle of it!

 

We have added a few things to make your life and schedule easier! First off – the showers are complete and ready for you! Yes, showers – get that WOD in and rinse off before you head out to work or walk downtown for a night out.

 

Kids Care is available at the 4pm and 5pm classes. $4 per head 6 months up to 12 years old (unlimited visits passes can also be bought for a discount). Let us know if you need different times and we will accommodate.

 

The CrossFit Kids program is back on the schedule. Check out these awesome additions to our CrossFit classes:

 

The CrossFit Experience:
A two week program designed specifically with the novice beginner in mind. This class will give anyone the answer to what exactly is CrossFit and is it for me?

 

CrossFit Lite
CrossFit Lite utilizes all of the functional movements of CrossFit with less complexity and little to no weight. These classes are challenging and fun with more emphasis on cardio and high intensity body movements.

 

Crossfit Endurance
This is the TRUE cardio class. No weights. Only your body. Taught by our CFEndurance certified Coach and long time Endurance athlete Steve Wingo this class is designed to enhance your endurance and stamina. Is your desire a faster Fran time or a faster 5K or marathon time? You are in the right place. This class utilizes running, rowing, cycling and cardio conditioning to get you to your fitness goals faster!

 

PIYOFit
PIYOFit combines Pilates, Yoga and High Intensity Interval Training targeted at increasing your mobility and flexibility set at a pace that gives a great workout at the same time!

 

SeniorFit
SeniorFit is a functional movement based class designed specifically for Seniors or those rehabilitating back from an injury. The class will be designed and ran by our own staff member Physical Therapist Kelli Davis, DPT. Kelli has her Geriatric Specialist Certification (GCS) and she is also a Certified Exercise Expert of the Aging Adult (CEEAA through APTA). Kelli has programs designed specifically with Seniors in mind that are engaging, energizing, safe and fun. All those who are interested in the classes will receive an introductory Physical Therapy assessment to allow for specific programming for all participants.

 

LunchFit
LunchFit is designed with your lunch break in mind! Warm up, work out with our high intensity work out of the day. These are set to start every 30 minutes beginning at 11:30. Grab a shower and be back at work ready to take on the rest of the afternoon!

 

Olympic Weightlifting / Barbell Club
Our Olympic Weightlifting classes are designed to teach you how to move efficiently under a barbell. These classes dig in and focus on the techniques of lifting. Our coaches have been USAW certified and competed (and podiumed) in various Olympic weightlifting events.

 

RuckFit
RuckFit is designed and coached by members of the 3-20th Special Forces Group. Expect equipment training, military style physical training and lots of rucking – or marching and strength and conditioning while under load. This class emphasizes teamwork and comradery as you learn how to train as a Team.

 

Team Training
Give your Sports Team the edge it needs in competition. Our coaches will meet with you to custom design programs to enhance your Team’s athletic ability. Baseball, volleyball, swimming, football – you name it we can give your Team the edge it needs!

 

Corporate Training
Let us help you get those insurance premiums down by giving your employees a healthier lifestyle with our Corporate programs. We would love to have you here, but we can come to you if your employees are crunched for time! Healthy employees are better employees!

 

Personal Training
Personal one on one training designed and customized for you. Our coaches will take the time create a personal training regimen specifically targeted at achieving your goals – whatever they may be.

 

Check the schedule on our website for class start times. Holiday hours for Thanksgiving are also updated.

 

We are open downtown and ready for you! Come and be a part of an awesome community that holds themselves to a higher standard! We will see you at the gym!

 

Lift Heavy, Go Fast, and Take Risks!!