Top Five Paleo Fall Soup and Chili Recommendations

When the temperature suddenly drops in Texas, there is a direct correlation to the immediate lack of coveted chili and tortilla soup ingredients at the grocery store. Households across the state simultaneously share the same comforting dinner thoughts “how about a nice warm bowl of chili?” or a “hot bowl of soup?” If you are looking up to serve up some delicious bowls of goodness this fall, check out our top five recommendations for homemade soup and chili.

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Improving Movement, Strength and Self-Esteem

Will is 12 years old. He joined the CrossFit Teens program at CrossFit Central Burnet Road in March of 2018. He loves metal and rock n’roll music, riding his bike, and working hard. Since joining the program he has seen some dramatic changes in his strength, confidence and self esteem.

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Five Delicious Lunch Ideas

You like the idea of saving money and packing your lunch for your busy day ahead, but when push comes to shove, brown bags are sooooo boring. You can’t stomach the idea of another dry salad with leftover chicken or turkey sandwich. Apparently you haven’t tried one of these 5 Delicious Lunch Ideas in your brown bag (no boring salads included):

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Leading a Healthy Lifestyle

As a busy Mom of two, Stephanie was finding it challenging to carve out time for herself and focus on her personal heath goals. In August of 2017 she walked through the doors of CrossFit Central Burnet Road and everything changed for the better! Since then Stephanie has lost 30 lbs. and 16% body fat! “I feel strong and nimble—like a kid again—when I’m in the gym.”

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Proper Hydration is Key

Most commercial sports drinks and powders sold on shelves contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, food coloring and chemical additives with a long list of side effects, from bloating to brain fog, blood sugar imbalances and headaches. So what are the alternative electrolytes options? And why do you need electrolytes anyhow?!

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The Best Austin Paleo Restaurants: Your Ultimate Food Guide

Although we are deep in the heart of Texas where a love for beer, barbecue and breakfast tacos runs deep, Austin’s progressive, booming foodie scene and health conscious culture make finding Austin Paleo restaurants a breeze—at least finding restaurants with plenty of Paleo-friendly options, and waiters who are happy to accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, canola-oil-free requests. (Hey, you have standards). While this list is not exhaustive, here are our top 10 Austin Paleo restaurant picks—plus our top recommended menu options on tap.

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Let’s Go!

Coach Lisa Bender Thiel has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years. When she moved to Austin in 2003 she became an avid Sprint and Olympic distance triathlete, and was introduced to CrossFit (and her husband, Jeremy Thiel!) in 2007. She has since earned four trips to the Reebok CrossFit Games. In the 2018 CrossFit Games Open Lisa competed in the Masters 40-44 Division for the first time. She placed 33rd out of over 19,000 women in the world, earning her a chance to compete in the Masters Online Qualifier. The top 20 women from the Qualifier will advance to the 2018 CrossFit Games. But first, a Q & A with Coach Lisa!

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10 Spices to Eliminate Healthy Eating Boredom

The spices and herbs in your cabinet, and in the produce section at the grocery store can take your homemade dishes from boring and bland, to exciting and delicious (while still being simple and easy to make). In addition, many spices and herbs have natural medicinal and antioxidant properties to turn your food into “medicine.”

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What’s On Your Plate: The Coach Edition

We strongly believe that tracking your food and drink consumption can be key to getting on track and learning how to eat for the results you want. Oftentimes it can be eye opening to realize exactly what you are consuming, and at what times. Our team asks all of our athletes to track their food, and now we’re turning the tables and asking our coaches to share their food log!

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Ballet to Barbells

Melissa Gatto is one of our newest coaches at CrossFit Central Downtown. She has just recently moved to Austin from New York City where she was a professional ballet/ contemporary dancer. Melissa found and fell in love with CrossFit in 2013 (after never lifting a barbell before!) and decided to get her Level 1 Certification a couple years later. She has a passion for helping people achieve their goals and encourages clients to challenge themselves everyday and we are excited to have her on the CrossFit Central coaching staff!

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Let’s do this, In the Zone.

Being “in the zone” is important for anyone who wants to excel at what they do. We aren’t talking about anything that extreme. And right now we are talking about food you are happy to eat in the right proportions for you! Being in the zone can simply mean being in the state of relaxation because you have the tools at hand to make the right choices for all the situations you encounter involving food. Being prepared is 80 percent of the battle when it comes to being in the zone.

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Are You Ready?

In the world of fitness there are thousands of movements to perform. Some movements ask for little effort, where others ask for much greater effort. We are the prescribers of these movements; we prescribe movements that should lead to our client’s goals and stay in range of their abilities.

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Investing in Your Health

I’d say my motivation for CrossFit is simply that it works for me. It is the only fitness program I’ve been able to stick with, and integrate into my life with long term success. It is varied and so it never becomes a dull routine, it is structured which helps with self discipline, and has a group camaraderie dynamic that helps push me forward and motivates me to put in that extra effort when I am reaching my mental or physical limit.

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Pull-up Progressions for Beginners

Let’s be honest. We’re a lot heavier now than we were as kids. Back then we didn’t even think about doing things like pull-ups or burpees or even muscle-ups. We would see a tree and pull our way up that thing in a heartbeat. But now? Another story. Good news for you, it doesn’t have to be that way forever. Let’s reverse time and get back to the days when you moved like a little ninja.

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The Stoklosa Sisters – SUCCESS!

When Cassandra moved to Austin in the spring of 2015 she was looking for a gym that had a strong community. After a quick search decided the CrossFit Central was the place for her. Cassandra joined the gym and started getting RESULTS. To date she has lost 20 lbs., 4 dress sizes, and added up to 75 lbs. on her PRs. Her sister Rebecca noticed Cassandra’s results, and was intrigued, but didn’t think she would physically be able to CrossFit. Rebecca had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that had stopped her from working out, and she didn’t think CrossFit was an option

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Coming Back After Baby

Congratulations, on your new baby and your incredibly healthy and FIT pregnancy! You did it! You ate well – slept as much as possible – took your vitamins – and worked out! For 9 months you stayed patient, gave yourself grace, took it easy. Now it’s GO time. Wait…no one told you about the postpartum stage?

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Powerful. Strong. Beautiful.

When you focus on strength training, you get more calorie-torching bang for your buck. Working with weight keeps your body burning calories long after you stop lifting. To achieve maximal health, women need to get stronger. Get under some weights and lift!

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