March Member of the Month - Chasity Smith and Lydia Trott

Chasity Smith and Lydia Trott

Chasity Smith and Lydia Trott

We love all of our athletes. Once a month we like to honor just one. This is a special month, as evident by our snowstorm April 1st, and so we are honoring two.

This month we are honoring Chasity Smith and Lydia Trott.

Chas has been coming to the 6AM Strength and Conditioning, and Endurance classes since January of 2017. When we started the barbell club she began attending that 2 nights a week. Always striving to be better Chas is a hard worker that is always encouraging her fellow athletes. She has made huge gains in the last year. Even though her life outside of the gym is incredibly busy she always makes the time to workout.

Lydia has been a member since 2016. Lydia also comes to the 6AM class. Outside of the gym she works in the Purdue Vet School and is also an accomplished competitive cyclist. Always smiling she is an indefatigable force to be reckoned with. She won’t hesitate to add more weight or get in one more rep.

Never the kind of people to say no to a challenge Lydia and Chas decided to take on the 2018 CrossFit open. Every Tuesday morning for 5 weeks they came in and did each new WOD. Taking only a short break they jumped in on the last part of the endurance workout for the day.

They are both amazing women and amazing athletes and we are thrilled to have them as out athletes of the month!

5 Smart Strategies For Your 2018 Goals

Hey there fitness pals!

With a quarter way through the New Year, we want to give you five fitness tips to help you stay on track and accomplish your New Year's Resolutions.

1) Drink Plenty of Water - Start and end the day with a full, cool glass of water. Make sure you are drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces of water throughout the day (ex. 160 lbs body weight equals 80 ounces of water).

2) Low Stress and Plenty of Rest - Try for at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Research has shown that every hour you sleep before midnight is worth 2-3 hours of sleep after midnight. As well as it’s very hard to get leaner and lose body fat without proper rest and recovery.

3) Working Out and Training - Focus on full body, complex exercises that use the most muscle groups and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for cardio. These are exactly the type of training workouts that you will find at Impact Zone.

4) Community and Encouragement - Join a group, community and team that will encourage you, keep you motivated and equip you with the resources and inspiration to continue working out and making it a lifestyle.

5) Food and Nutrition - Eat with your goals in mind. Food is fuel, so focus on fueling yourself with the proper portion sizes, caloric intake and Macro nutrients to fit your goals. We have Nutrition workshops and coaching available at Impact Zone to teach you of great ways to lose fat, gain energy and get leaner and more toned! Come in and let us help you build the right program for your goals.

Stay motivated and keep putting one foot forward toward your goals!

CrossFit

CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over several decades. Glassman, CrossFit's Founder and CEO, was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. He then created a program specifically designed to improve fitness and health.

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

The community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective, and it gave birth to a global network of CrossFit affiliates that number over 13,000. Harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.

The CrossFit program is driven by data. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.

Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable, too. Our specialty is not specializing.

While CrossFit challenges the world's fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

For more information we suggest reading What is Fitness, The Garage Gym, and Foundations.