- Friday, October 29th, 2010
- by Carol
Here is a super-easy recipe that can be prepared in advance and left to slow cook in the oven or crockpot. We have used a variety of ground meats but our favorite has to be the pork/beef combination. You can season the meat mixture however you like. Here is our version...
2 or 3 large bell peppers, halved (from top of stem to bottom of pepper) and seeded - we use a combo of red, yellow and orange just for kicks...
2 lbs. ground meat (beef, pork, lamb, etc)
2 cups clean beef broth or broth of choice (no MSG or additives...)
Veggies chopped finely (we use the food processor - onions, cabbage, celery, carrot, spinach - be creative)
1/2 can plain tomato paste
Minced garlic - 2 or 3 cloves
Spices of your choice (oregano, thyme, sage, etc)
Slop all of the ingredients together (except peppers and broth) and stuff each pepper until it is overflowing with the meat mixture. Slow cook in a covered cast-iron pan in the oven set at 200 degrees for about 4 hours or in a crockpot for the day - add broth for liquid either way. Or, just bake for about an hour at 350 degrees. A great fall or winter dish...enjoy!
- Thursday, October 28th, 2010
- by neil
Tomorrow is our CrossFit Halloween extravaganza! Do you have your costume picked out yet, or can you throw something together real quick? We'll be taking pictures throughout the day, then showing them on the wall Friday night at the social. The party kicks off at 6:30pm. Look for some traditional - and not so traditional - games. Best costumes will win a prize - and while we would prefer you were there for the party, your picture can accept for you.
We'll have some munchies - bring your favorite beverage! See you tomorrow.
Tuck rocking round 2 of the baseline - with sandbag squats!
- Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
- by amy
From Brickhouse CrossFit
Barbell for Boobs
Join us on Saturday, October 30th at 2pm for the Barbells for Boobs “Amazing Grace” fundraiser to benefit Mammograms in Action, a non-profit organization that provides funding for qualified women who need screening and/or diagnostic procedures in the prevention of breast cancer. Our goal is to help low-income and uninsured women receive vital care. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Mammograms in Action. Got boobs? or just LOVE boobs? Then register and help save a pair!
What next? Visit Barbells for Boobs on the web and register.
Choose Individual registration and in the Additional Information section select “Brickhouse Crossfit” as your “CrossFit Affiliate”.
* You will need to register by October 15th in order for us to get you a t-shirt in time for the event.
We’d also love it if you could help us spread the word! Click here to see/print our flyer.
What is “Amazing Grace”? Many Crossfit workouts have names and this fundraiser centers around the one called “Grace” – 30 Clean and Jerks for time. Men typically use 135 lbs, women 95 lbs. During the Amazing Grace fundraiser, we will modify the weight to accommodate the physical abilities of any participant. If you can lift a piece of plastic PVC pipe over your head, then you can do this workout. We’ll teach you the rest on site, the day of the event.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. IF YOU CAN LIFT A PIECE OF PLASTIC PVC PIPE ABOVE YOUR HEAD, THEN COME ON DOWN. WE’LL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
- Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
- by neil
Every so often, someone asks "When does this get easier?" Our friend Andy over at CFLA also recently posted a blog about this.
Not in CrossFit, or in any other sport - if you're pushing yourself! Yesterday's baseline WOD is a good example. The way to a faster time is learning how to push yourself through the pain (especially during those squats after the row!). I took 9 seconds off my time, and the row was the same as last time I did the Baseline. Amy used to say it all the time when she was racing mountain bikes - the winner's going to be the one who can stand the suffering the longest. Pushing through the pain on those squats will knock many seconds off your time.
Yes, you will be getting naturally faster as you get stronger and build your work capacity. But at some point, you have to take shorter breaks (or no breaks), and get back to it! Push yourself to the edge of the cliff - and see how long you can stay there!
The 9AM class- at 10:20 - after the basline...
- Monday, October 25th, 2010
- by neil
Halloween is coming up this weekend...so it's time to WOD in your costume!! Friday, Oct 29 is the date - wear your costume to your workout - just be able to do a workout in it! Then come for the Halloween social at 6:30 pm. Costume judging will be at 7:30. We will take pictures through out the day, so you don't have to be present to win - but we would rather you were.
There will be games, munchies and lots of laughs. Bring your favorite beverage and hang out for some fun!
To win the costume contest, you have to have worked out in your costume!
Get back to work...
- Friday, October 22nd, 2010
- by Carol
Here is a recipe for pizza that we really love to make on the weekends! It requires a bit of time- mostly chopping veggies and preparing the crust. But, it is worth the effort!
1 Cup Almond Flour (make your own in a food processor by grinding plain almonds to a coarse 'flour' like texture - store-bought is super-expensive!)
~1 TBSP Olive Oil
optional dash salt
(double this recipe if you are feeding more than two people or if you want to eat a lot or have leftovers!)
~1/2 can tomato paste (plain - no additives!)
Sprinkle of oregano or basil
Cooked bacon, pork, chicken - chopped; use any meat that you like...we put lots of meat on ours!
Veggies galore - chopped
Some we use are: spinach, mushrooms, peppers, olives, artichoke hearts, asparagus, broccoli, onion, roasted garlic, fresh tomato, jalapenos, etc
We have been enjoying this dairy-free lately but cheese could certainly be optional...
Mix crust ingredients in a bowl until you have a 'doughy' consistency and roll out onto an oiled cookie sheet to about 3/16" thickness (use parchment paper to avoid sticking to the roller). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the oven.
Spread a layer of tomato paste onto the crust, sprinkle with oregano and start adding toppings. The pizza looks like a mountain by the time all of the toppings have been added. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Pure goodness...make some this weekend!
- Thursday, October 21st, 2010
- by neil
As our CrossFit box and community continue to grow, we need everybody to help keep the space clean, so those who follow your class have as good an experience as you did. Sweat angels are cool, and make a good picture - but they can linger around for a while, and the next class doesn't want to work out on it - much less a sweat and chalk pool! The mop and sprayer will be out for easy access to make quick work of your area. Also, please take a minute to wipe down your bar after your workout. If you are a "big sweater", bring a gym towel to use during the WOD, and to wipe things down afterwards. Then there's the chalk. Chalk is very useful, and most of us use it to keep our hands dry. And that's where it belongs - either on your hands or in the bucket! In other words - Don't Lebron the chalk! Take some care when you're chalking up, and keep your hands in the bucket!
Our goal is to make sure each of you have a clean, safe and enjoyable space to work out in. The box gets a thorough cleaning three times a week, so we all need to work together to keep it as clean as possible in between those times. Thanks for your help, and ask for help or direction when you need to.
The costume contest is next week Chris!
- Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
- by neil
If you have been around us for a while, you probably know that there is only one supplement we encourage everyone to take. If you're new, you're about to find out - fish oil!
Our friends over at Whole 9 have put together a great blog and FAQ on fish oil and the importance of Omega-3's. It's very informative, as are all of their blog posts. Spend some time going through the site and learning more about why we eat the way we do.
And while you're there, sign up for the workshop they are doing right here at CrossFit Blacksburg on January 30th. It's an all day event, and we know of people coming from Roanoke, Ohio and Florida to attend. These guys know their stuff, and you will regret it if you miss it. It's only $100, and it could be the most important $100 you ever spend. Space is limited to 50 people - so sooner is better!
The box jump claims another shin - or 2!
- Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
- by amy
While still lacking in details, Jax Hilmandolar came in to this world sometime yesterday afternoon, October 18! Who knows when we'll see Jesse again. But quite honestly, I just want to snuggle that baby!! While Jesse and Meredith have no idea what's in store for them for the next few weeks/months/years/decades, I'm sure they'll do a spectacular job!
I'll do some snooping and see if there's a meal-preparing plan going on, and if so, I'll let everyone know in case you're interested in helping out. I never quite got that whole deal until, of course, after Erin was born. Preparing a really easy supper can be very challenging to a new mom with a little baby. The smallest things really do help out!
- Monday, October 18th, 2010
- by neil
Saturday was a big day for us. First it was Amy's birthday - and a landmark one at that! We were able to get away for a family weekend to Wintergreen for some R&R. Amy & the girls showed their gymnastic skills on the bungee trampoline!
Saturday was also CrossFit Blacksburg's birthday. Two years ago on, Amy's birthday, we made the decision to become a CrossFit Affiliate. We started with a few clients in our garage - and we still can't believe where we are a mere two years later! Thanks to all of you for being a part of our ever growing CrossFit family. We really appreciate the opportunity to work and train with each of you. And it's really exciting developing our Kids Programn. Just think where we would all be if we had started this really young!
Year three begins with a newly expanded box - and the next 12 months should provide all knds of excitement!
Flippin' & forty!