First Time Trail Race with CrossFit as My Only Preparation

A couple Saturdays ago I participated in the Xterra Malibu Creek 6K Trail Run at Malibu Creek State Park. It was my first trail race ever so I didn’t know what to expect. It was a fun time and surprisingly I placed 3rd in my age group 35-39 (i’m 39) out of 17 men, 13th out of 108 men, and 15th out of 238 people.

Read moreFirst Time Trail Race with CrossFit as My Only Preparation

How to Export Apple Watch Workouts to Strava, Training Peaks and Other Fitness Tracking Apps

Recently I discovered that you can export your saved Apple Watch Workouts into Strava, Training Peaks, Map My Run and other popular fitness tracking apps. Once imported into these outside apps this allows you to analyze your workouts beyond the default Apple Activity app. This also lets you record your workouts using the default Apple Watch Workouts app and not have to rely on outside apps to get your data into their own app.

Read moreHow to Export Apple Watch Workouts to Strava, Training Peaks and Other Fitness Tracking Apps

Using PRP Treatment to Fix Patellar Tendonitis – My Experience

TLDR

After starting Crossfit I developed patellar tendonitis (also known as patellar tendinopathy or “jumper’s knee”) in my left knee. I ignored the pain until it got to the point where I avoided full depth squatting or jumping as it hurt too much. I tried to rehab it on my own, but with no success. It wasn’t until after getting a PRP injection into the affected knee that it fixed my tendonitis and I was able to move again.

Read moreUsing PRP Treatment to Fix Patellar Tendonitis – My Experience

Hatch Squat Program for Stronger Legs & Getting Better at Crossfit

TLDR

Been doing Crossfit for a few years and realize regular WOD programming is not helping me improve leg strength so I’ve started a leg training program called Hatch. The goal is to increase leg strength which should translate to better performance in WOD’s. I will put this to the test.

Read moreHatch Squat Program for Stronger Legs & Getting Better at Crossfit

How to Measure VO2 Max Using Apple Watch

Did you know the Apple Watch can be used to give you your estimated VO2 max score? I didn’t, but you’ll be happy to know that it can measure it without you having to go through the more troublesome and traditional way of measuring VO2 max by running your ass off on a treadmill.

While not as accurate as the treadmill-oxygen-mask method the Apple Watch gives you a simple way you can start collecting and testing your own VO2 max.

What is VO2 max you may ask, here are FAQs about VO2 Max.

Read moreHow to Measure VO2 Max Using Apple Watch

Testing “Easy Strength” Program to Get Stronger

easy strength program makes gaining strength easy

I first came across the Easy Strength program by listening to an interview with its creator Pavel Tsatsouline on the Tim Ferris show. What drew me to the program was its simple approach to building strength which Dan John (a co-author of the Easy Strength book who has a great post on the easy strength program ) boils down to three core tenants:

Read moreTesting “Easy Strength” Program to Get Stronger