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Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 13 July 2017  

BLT BITES

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip:

After your weekly food preparation cook up, be sure to let your cooked food temperature drop before placing in the fridge. Even with a good container it will drop the temperature of the fridge which promotes mold.... Yuck!

 

Training Tip: Place one weakness into your warm ups everyday. You can even work on the same movement everyday for a week. For instance if handstand push ups were your weakness you could do; 1 set of max strict handstand push ups everyday for a week...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 6 July 2017  

Kickin' BBQ Shredded Chicken

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Raw buckwheat kernels are a great alternative to oats , dates and other highly carb dense foods. Try swapping your oats in your smoothie for some buckwheat kernels. It adds an extra crunch and a new flavour to the final product.

Training Tip: When deadlifting, if you get a pain in you...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 29 June 2017  

Prosciutto & Apple Crusted Salmon with Whittled Asparagus

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Use cooked quinoa in your smoothies! It thickens the smoothie and is a great carbohydrate to accompany fruit and protein flavours.

Training Tip: Does your back round in heavy squats and deadlifts? This is generally from a weak trunk and lats! ...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 22 June 2017  

Garlic Ginger Chicken

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Add chunks of fresh ginger to your tea. The fresh ginger adds a spice/kick to the tea as well as having loads of health benefits. It has many medicinal benefits, can decrease nausea, reduce muscle soreness, decrease inflammation, can lower blood sugars and in turn can improve heart disease risk factors, can help with indigestion, reduce menstrual pain, help to lower bad cholesterol levels, improve brain function and fight infect...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 15 June 2017  

Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: To remove the bitterness of certain greens such as kale, let them sit in a bowl of ice cold water. Let them sit for about an hour before removing for the best outcome!

Training Tip: If you don't already place stretching post workout. Stretching is a great first step to recovery. Stretch the relevant muscles to workout that has jus...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 8 June 2017  

Bang Bang Shrimp

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: When sautéing onions, add a pinch of baking soda. It will bring the browning on faster and literally half the cooking time. On a side note, baking soda is also great for neutralising stomach acids. We recommend adding into your cooking especially if you suffer from heart burn.

Training Tip: Take your hand wider when back squatting. This will take the pressure off the rotator cuff muscles, allow you to pull your elbows further forward, which allows your c...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 1 June 2017  

Crispy Vegetable Cakes

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Massage kale before using it in your salads. Massaging the kale leaf before eating it gives it a rich,full taste. It also softens the leaves up making them less rubbery and nicer to have in the salad.

Training Tip: Scale workouts where needed. It's important to look at the stimulus of a work out and make sure you are trying to achieve that stimulus. For instance a 62.5/42.5kg bar shouldn't be a heavy bar when placed in a workout. If you have a look at Grac...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 18 May 2017  

 

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Store fresh herbs as you would a bunch of flowers. Place in a vase on the bench. Replace the water daily and prune any dying leaves/strands. This will make your fresh herbs last 2-3 times longer then if left in the fridge. Plus it keeps them fresh for optimal taste!

Training Tip: Work one mobility peice a day until problem is fixed before working on another peice. We find that too many athletes over commit to mobility each day and build up a list of stretches and exercises they have to hit daily. Th...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 12 May 2017  

Italian Meatballs Food Recipe

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Avoid making a purple sticky, stained, mess when trying to separate the fruit from the skin with a pomegranate. Simply cut the fruit in half and leave it to soak in a bowl of water. The fruit will rise while the skin sinks. This will either free the fruit or loosen in for removal!

Training Tip: Getting Shoulder Pain? Shoulder pain is a common injury/niggle that we see throughout gyms. By simply strengthening your chest and lats you can help reduce this pain. Finding movem...


Author: Juli Bauer   Date Posted: 4 May 2017  

Say what?? I want to eat this all day. No seriously. I almost did yesterday.

After the boyfriend and I found out we couldn’t come to a conclusion (on buying a couch), we headed to brunch. Around 3. I was starving. Hangry. After a couple mimosas, I felt decent for them not being as strong as needed on a sunny Sunday. But I knew I wanted to make this recipe. So we bolted home for him to take an afternoon snooze and for me to bake. And I baked. And failed. I put this recipe into a too small baking dish and it pretty much went every where. All over th...


Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 20 April 2017  

Chicken and Leek Pie with Cauliflower and Crust

CHIEF TIPS


Cooking Tip: Start your day off with a large glass of filtered water with half a lemon and a pinch of Himalayan rock salt. This will alkalise your body and help to reduce inflammation.

Training Tip: Plateauing with your lifts? Try using different bars and objects to increase your strength and smash your plateau in the face. There are multiple bar des...


Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 6 April 2017  

Tomato Sauce and Poached Egg Tapas Style

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Fire up the fry pan to a medium heat & with no oil throw your dry herbs in (obviously one flavour at a time). This wakes the dry herbs up and releases there natural oils. In short it makes your paprika taste more paprika-y. Be sure to keep a close eye on the pan as you don't want to burn the herbs/spices. Cook until the herbs/spices are fragrant. Place on a pan and let cool before using.

Training Tip: Dont take things so seriousl...


Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 23 March 2017  

Balsamic Braised Lamp Shank

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tip: Fire up the fry pan to a medium heat & with no oil throw your dry herbs in (obviously one flavour at a time). This wakes the dry herbs up and releases there natural oils. In short it makes your paprika taste more paprika-y. Be sure to keep a close eye on the pan as you don't want to burn the herbs/spices. Cook until the herbs/spices are fragrant. Place on a pan and let cool before using.

Training Tip: Dont take things so seriously. If you're enjoying training and hav...


Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 16 March 2017  

Paleo Pizza

CHIEF TIPS
Cooking Tips: To get the most out of your kiwi fruit, chop the end with the stem off (Only chop as far as you need to as you don't want to lose too much flesh. Take a teaspoon and push it down the side of the kiwi, between the skin and the flesh. Once you have pushed it to the bottom of the fruit, spin the fruit around a full rotation. Remove the spoon and squeeze the bottom of the kiwi and the flesh will pop out!

Training Tip: Try to create internal torque in your hips when you set up for a squat. You can do this by...


Author: Stacy and Macy   Date Posted: 9 March 2017  

BEEF BONE BROTH

CHIEF TIPS
Cooking Tips: Stock up on cheap cuts of meat and bones and create your own bone broth. Turkey and chicken necks and boney beef cuts are perfect! Roast and freeze then use as and when needed!

Training Tip: Strengthen your obliques! These are the muscles at the side of your torso that stop your spine from snapping. That alone should be enough of an incentive! However the obliques are also your main torso rotating muscle. Having strong obliques can help to prevent lower back pain.

How Do I Strengthen My ...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 2 March 2017  

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Marshmallow Puffs

CHIEF TIPS
Cooking Tips: Make peeling boiled eggs 100x easier by adding salt to the water before you boil them.1 tsp is all you need for the magic to happen. HAPPY PEELING!

Training Tip: Try new sports, new skills, new apparatus, new stimulus regularly. If you only ever use a barbell you'll only be great with it. Use odd objects like sand bags, stones, kegs and different style barbells. Rotate your torso and move laterally. Ever tried to lunge sideways? Sign...


Author: Again Faster AU/NZ   Date Posted: 22 February 2017  

 

The CrossFit Open is one of the largest community sporting events in the world, almost 325,000 people participated in 2016, with even more expected in 2017. Australians and New Zealanders have continued to punch above the...


Author: Stacey and Matty   Date Posted: 16 February 2017  

 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

SEARED DUCK BREASTS WITH BLOOD ORANGES

 

Cooking Tip: Place your salad greens in a resealable plastic bag with paper towel in the fridge. The paper towel will soak up excess moisture and will keep the greens crisp and delicious.

Training Tip: Spend 5 mins a day activating muscle through body building style posing. Learning to flare your lats, activate your pecs and the short head of your...


Author: Again Faster   Date Posted: 15 February 2017  

kettlebells

Over the years, Kettlebells have turned out to be well known in sports clubs, CrossFit boxes, and training studios. Unlike conventional weights, or machines found in commercial gyms, kettlebells will give you a workout different from more traditional equipment.

 

The use of kettlebells started way back in the 18th century, in Russia. At that time, they were called “Girya” which according to the Russian Dictionary, meant a weight to measure grains. Kettlebells have long been a symbol of ...


Author: Matty and Stace   Date Posted: 26 January 2017  

CHIEF TIPS

Cooking Tips: Lay your pans with baking paper every time you use the oven. This allows for a super quick clean up. No more soaking or scrubbing for hours!

Training Tip: Injuries come from imbalances in the body. Fix your imbalances and you'll stay injury free... Seems straight forward right

You need to work closely with your coaches and your physio/osteo/muscular skeletal/masseuse/therapist. Film your movement and look for irregular patterns. for instance; valgus knees or knees collapsing in as yo...