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Today the world of functional fitness became a bit more disfuctional. Beastmodaldomains went offline today under pressure from crossfit HQ, who apparently saw merit to the posts on .

The good news – T-Shirts are still availible through the weekend. Check out

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I got me a new one cause I couldn’t resist!

Food Porn Friday

Chicken Salad with Real Mayonaise, Tarragon, Blueberries and Pecans with Avocado Garnish. Inspired by Twitter.

Weight Vest Training

One month prior to the GORUCK Challenge, I began training with a weight vest to prepare myself for carrying a heavy ruck over a long distance. My weight vest loads up to 40 lbs by inserting small sandbags into the pockets. I began at  20lbs and did all of my WODs at crossfit with the vest, increasing the weight each week until I was at 35lbs. Here’s what I got out of it:

My Stregth Increased 

My Stamina Increased 

Everything I Did, From Pullups to Push Ups to Running Became Easy Without the Vest

The downside to vest training is that prolonged use of the vest while running, box jumping and other impact work can take a tool on the joints. That being said, I had no issues with that during my month of training.

In the future, I plan to throw in the vest maybe for 2 weeks every 2 months and see if I experience continued benefits. I’ll let you know.





This weekend I downloaded Whole9’s new book and read through it. Dallas and Melissa have done an excellent job at presenting the paleo diet to the average person who doesn’t want to get super sciency,  while at the same time giving them damn good reasons to get on board.    I really like the way that they laid the book out explaining the mental aspects of eating first.  The book is filled with Whole9’s no-nonsense approach and humor such as “Sex With Your Pants On”.  They take no excuses and except no bullshit. I like that. 

It’s user-friendly, available on kindle and in print and they make FREE downloads available on their website that make it easy for anyone to follow their Whole30 program. I’ve been paleo for almost two years now, with a few exceptions here and there …wine, tequila, corn tortillas, and paleoish sweets. Reading this inspired me to go strict and do a whole30. I’ll post about this when I’m done. 
Bottom line – If you want to see what a paleo diet can so for you, buy this book and try the Whole30. It’s just 30 days of your life. What have you got to lose?