Thursday, October 25, 2007

O-zone review

WOD: the 400m is run together and everyone is working in pairs, only one athlete works at a time each athlete does all 50 reps
Run 400m
50 wallball
50 KB swings
50 pushups
50 box jumps
run 400 m

The Ozone is a organic fast food place located @ 1426 fanshawe park rd close to fanshawe park rd and hyde park rd.

Their logo is real food fast. Upon entering the store there is natural wood tables and cabinets, with bright orange accent on the wall, the free standing chairs were transparent orange as well.. I found this quite distracting, and also plastic just goes against the feel of what I think they are trying to create. The feel of the crowd in the restaurant was that of the star bucks yuppie crowd. I am very anti-starbucks because A) I dont drink coffee and B) I think its a big giant corporation that makes passive moves to appear to be earth friendly to attract the un-educated donations and gain patronage of the customer that has more money than brains.

The only reason I went was because I saw a $2 of a combo coupon in the house and thought i would try, also curious as to how expensive it could be that they can knock $2 of the price.

the order: $6.99 1/4lb burger combo
1/4lbs burger
with spinach salad
and juice box to drink (250ml)

the burger gets dressed the way you like it, but the toppings were a little meager and the "organic" Hienz catchup made me laugh. 1/4 lbs cooked is the right portion but not enough protein when weighed raw for 4 blocks. you do get your choice of whole wheat or white bun though... flavor of the burger was not bad... i would rather a hand made patty if i have to wait for it.
they had 2 or three types of fries and 3 types of salad ( ceasar, greek, spinach)
the had 4-5 types of dressing which all looked to me to be sugar shots. The spinach salad i had was so sad, it was just leaves with maybe 1 1/2 mushrooms cut on top of it. so the sweet salad dressing made up for lack of content.
then we get to drink options... fountain pop or organic drink box.... i don't do pop, so i goto the drink boxes to find no less than 26grams of sugar in one box (I think I would rather have a kitkat at 22grams of sugar)

they took the order correctly and had a clean shop, but going to a "fast food" place I expect my food to be near instantly ready not to take my name and have a seat and then be called up when its ready... I consider this un-acceptable in this type of industry, I'm already sacrificing my health (shortening my life) why do I have to give you my time too!

Basically I think its sad that people would come to a place like this and think that it would be possibly a weight loss option, or that this will change their life in some significant way. Although I do beleive in organic products I don't beleive in organic pricing. When you buy organics at a farmers market they are usually equal prices, because its coming direct from the farmer. when it has this mass market name attached to it, people hold false value in the product. This is similar to paying more money to live closer to your neighbor. The fact is, that most food in the grocery store today, when tested would meet organic testing requirements, but the farmer has simply not paid to have the "organic certification" put on his food. Most farmer don't make more money selling organics, and haven't used the bad pesticides in years anyways. 10yrs pesticide free is organic.

Overall rating 2.5/5
they did have some healthy options, but the foods flavor was pretty weak overall. Doesn't organic culture boast better flavor? Sugars are available in almost all products given from them. and they make no real effort to be part of the healthy earth lifestyle that I would attach the word organic to. salad portion was small and lacked in vegetable variety. over priced!

remember organic just means pesticide free not necessarily healthy!

Meats and vegetables
Nuts and Seeds
Some fruit
Little Starch

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Olympic lifting with Mike Burgner

Coach Mike Bergner:
I had a great day of training with Mike. Even though I know the lifts I learned a lot about them. different words and drills create a deeper understanding. Being that I don't have any coach thats tough on me, I really liked getting back to the aching and sweating that I hesitate in doing to myself.

Olympic lifting is just the Clean and Jerk, and the Snatch... both movements start from the ground and end with the weight overhead and you standing straight up and down.

Monday, October 22, 2007

more on the kip (gymnastics)

there is an absolute translation to an efficient gymnastics kip and crossfit kip. Being that a girl that cant to 5 pullups (strict) but can kip, when shown a crossfit kip was able to do 12-15 pulls before she was out of breath and stopped, not out of power.

I think the best description is gaining speed in a horizontal plane, where its cheap and easy and then redirecting it upwards.

now for the gymnastics kip you need to have your toes by your hands for 1/4 of the swing and then kick out to redirect that force of the swing up.

Training this: starting off with a knees to elbow and then extend the legs up until toes touch the bar, then slowly lower to L sit and beyond and repeat... negatives will give the power need to hold.

alternate movement: hold L sit while swinging on the bar, this can be done on parallel bars as well, try to maintain the l sit as you swing, or even full pike.

happy kipping!

More from the community

just a great video from a good guy. Jason from Crossfit Philly is a great guy and knows his KB's.
and remember if Bruce Lee did it, then maybe you should too. If you don't think so, watch Enter The Dragon! A great drill for anyone that even has the slightest possibility of ever throwing a punch.