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CrossFit Open

Brief Summary:

Fun, Community Ass-Kicking... These would be the three things that come to my mind when I think of CrossFit and its never more true than the Opens. CrossFit Opens, I would say is the right of passage for someone who is doing CrossFit and is something that everyone should definitely do once in their lives.

The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the worldwide Open competition. Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. Last year, more than 26,000 athletes competed in the Open. With the community's rapid growth, this year has been substantially larger with approx. 52,000 athletes competing in all divisions combined.

Every Open workout needs to be validated to count. Competitors will have two options to validate their performances. They can workout at a local affiliate, where they will be judged in person, or they can submit video evidence of their performance to the entire community. There is no limit to the number of attempts an athlete can make, provided the score submitted prior to the close of each week.

Competitors will be ranked both worldwide and by region. The 60 fittest individual athletes and 30 fittest teams from each region will earn invitations to one of 17 Regionals. This is the first chance athletes will have in 2012 to establish their international standings.

Then come the Regionals

Over the course of three days, athletes will perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of their capabilities....

And then the GAMES

After two qualifying steps, the 2012 season culminates in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, held July 13-15 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. At the Games, thousands of participants will have been whittled down to around a 100 of the fittest men and women in the world. The stakes could not be higher; athletes will be battling for $1 million prize purse and the title Fittest on Earth™.

The Open – February 22 to March 25

The Regionals – April 27 to May 27

The Games – July 13 to July 15

Top 3 things I love about the Open

1. Fun --  I feel ALIVE when I am doing CrossFit. I was one of those folks who always said that why do I want to raise my heart rate that much when all I want is to cruise through a workout. What's the need I thought. Now I can't disagree more.

2. Community -- The community and the encouragement, even when you are the last one struggling

3. Ass- Kicking --  It challenges you and takes you places  in terms of your limits, you either didn't knew existed or were too scared to go


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Anatomy... (Of a Sandwich)

I know.. I know.. the caption picture has nothing to do with anatomy of a sandwich, but  I think this is probably how I look when thinking about nutrition and trying to do the right thing.

Just recently me and R found this 'hole in the wall' sandwich place close to Union Square (Numpang). They have excellent reviews and we have rated them THE BEST SANDWICH IN NYC! Not kidding. Here's the lineup...

1. Batali Pang (Specialty item created by Mario Batali as part of monthly charity event at this shop)

2. Five spiced - glazed pork belly

3. Peppercorn Catfish

4. Coconut Tiger shrimp

All we could think can we do this PALEO!!! To do this, first we need to take a look at their version.

I thought it would be nice to show what all is going into this sandwich and for you to make a health(ier) choice what would it really take?

Coconut Tiger Shrimp (Deconstructed) -- No other pictures could be made available since the speed of consumption was faster that the shutter speed on my phone (Not proud of it. Just saying)

Now to make this option healthier, in my opinion all you have to do is:

1. Eat one half of the bread and

2. Get dressing on the side.

3. Don't consume more than one in one sitting.

'scrumtrulescent'-- Used to describe something that is so great, it will temporarily impair your motor skills; so great that any other word employed would be woefully insufficient, and would serve only to limit the sheer magnitude of the greatness intended as a descriptor.

No need to be confused and driving yourself crazy counting calories and fat, just make sure your sandwich has a healthy dose of vegetables (50% at least) and good portion of protein, to reduce the instant carbohydrate footprint that sugars/bread cause.

If you follow the above, then below will follow (what I call the aha moment in bub bubs way)

Stay curious!

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Vacation Eh?

Now when it comes to vacationing, the first question you probably ask yourself is how am I going to look ridiculously hot/cool at the same time with my fantastic bod?

We have realized by now that anywhere we travel our biggest expenses are food and transportation, just to go from one place to another (assuming that you don't rent a car). So, on our recent trip to St Thomas, this time we were prepared with our paleo sans granola recipe, small backpacks for hiking, and a hotel as close to downtown as possible.

Our essential list for travel:

1. Snack food (Paleo if possible)


Ingredients --

2 Boxes of Almonds

2 Boxes of dried blueberries

1 Jar of Justins Hazlenut/Almond butter

Preparation --

Take one cup of Almonds, one cup of dried blueberries and two heaping table spoons of hazlenut butter and pulse in a blender, when coarsly chopped and hazlenut have somewhat coated the nuts and berries. Transfer into a separate large mixing bowl. Repeat the same process one cup of each at a time until all the buts and berries are used (Don't try to finish the hazlenut butter).

Once you have put everything together in one large mixing bowl, take a fork and try to break out the large clumps that might have formed to make a uniform mix. Put the mix back in the original almond and berry boxes (consume the leaftovers).

You are ready to take this 100% paleo mix on the road for either a quick snack in the airport or for breakfast at hotel (saving ~$20 every breakfast)

Consume responsibly :)

2. Small Backpacks (For those unknown hikes/boat rides/natural disaster situations. Always Prepared)

3. Water proof shoes (Flip flops work but come on now, one pair of water proof shoes can be a great asset)

4. Itinerary (What I have learnt, that before going if you ask your ex boss/current colleague for an Itinerary (If they have ever been to that place/grew up there) that lends itself well with planning and making the most of your time anywhere)

5. Jump rope (His and Her), Gymboss (Love thy gymboss), workout clothes (You never know when a 300lb barbell might be sitting in the middle of street for you to save the day) and a few handful ideas on some body weight workouts.

Our hotel (Bluebeard's Castle) was on a hill which made for a great view, but also for a kicker of a climb (45/60 degree incline) (p.s. didn't plan on the hotel to be on a hill, but was one of the closer ones to downtown).

First day we got there, rested, scoped out the area, took two trips up and down the hill.. One to check the area and the other one to get some cheap groceries (since we had a kitchenette in the room). We got some sausages, eggs, milk (Almond milk, bugged out when saw this in the grocery store in USVI), some green peppers, one onion. and hauled this all up the hill.


That just started us on the right footing and the rest of the trip was a breeze, beach and ocean....
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Shoulder Mobility Part II

Shoulder mobility work can be done anytime before or after upper body workouts.  Anu likes to do them first thing in the morning and sometimes before going to bed.  If shoulder mobility or stiffness is an issue for you, it should be part of your daily mobility plan.  Below is the current plan Anu is following to improve shoulder mobility and his ridiculously poor range of motion.

Before/After Workouts:

5-10 Minutes foam roller on lower and upper shoulder blades. (Shoulder dislocates are great too)

(hold for 21 deep breathes each)

Bridge Pose

Downward Facing Dog

Cow Face Pose

Very relaxing:)


Also, we cannot do a shoulder mobility post without mentioning Awesome site!

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Dream Racing

We love travel and occasionally splurge on ridiculous excursions and experiences.  I have always wanted to drive a race car.  So if ever we make it to Vegas, the Dream Racing Experience will be top of the list.  Rates are $499 all inclusive and you get to drive this:

Check them out at

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