Hey guys! We're excited for July - why?! Because this month we're offering the public a chance to check out what our unique CrossFit Devonport program is all about - for FREE and 'no-strings-attached'! So if you, or your friends, have even been interested in checking us out, but you haven't wanted to commit to anything until you knew it was the right fit for you - well now is your chance! It's also a great opportunity to get off your bum (we know some peeps tend to go into hibernation during the winter) and get moving. You'll find our CrossFit workshops and classes to be educational, challenging, community-based and fun. And best part, the program is completely scalable so almost anyone can give our CrossFit program a go. Don't delay, this offer ends at the end of the month, so hit us up now while the thought is whispering sweet-nothings to your mind ;)
Speaking of CrossFit, our awesome CrossFit coach Jase is opening up spots for Private Coaching. Jase is the real deal. Not only is he a great guy, but he's also extremely dedicated to strength and conditioning training, and very knowledgable in the area. If you're looking for an enthusiastic personal trainer who knows their stuff, Jase is the coach for you! He'll 100% be able to help you with your performance goals. Contact us to get started kicking butt with Jase today!
I'd also like to make mention of the awesome efforts of our strong movers who competed in Round 1 of Tasmania's Strongest Man & Woman Series for 2016. Well done to Ali S, Selina S, Thomas B and Daniel H. It was awesome competing alongside my Strongman training buddies, and a nice little cherry on the top that we qualified for the Australian Strongman Alliance Strongman Nationals 2016! Have you got what it takes to be Tassie's Strongest? Come along to Round 2 of the Tassie Series at CrossFit Agema in Launceston on 27 Aug to test your mettle! You can find out more detailed info about the events here, and you can register for the Series and/or for Round 2 here.
We'd also like to make special mention here of our strong movers who have been with us for two years - Chloe M - and one year - Shaun E and Todd W. Thanks guys for trusting us and for helping make Move Strong what it is today! To show our gratitude, we'd love to give you you $20 credit to spend on our Move Strong apparel :)
If you'd like to learn more about our CrossFit Group Training
, our CrossFit Competition Programming, our FAT-LOSS Private Coaching Program
or our Individualised Programming
, feel free to contact us
Our CrossFit training program is also uploaded daily on our blog. Feel free to play along at home. We also upload CrossFit members' results daily on our blog under the corresponding daily WOD. Check them out!
DIY Chemical-Free Cleaning Workshop
Food as Medicine: Garlic Oxymel
Colds and flus and respiratory infections run rampant during the colder months, so it's super important to keep your immune system strong, especially during winter. While many people grab little white synthetic pills to try and get over their illness, there are so many other natural and simple ways we can support our immune system. Garlic is an amazing food full of antimicrobial properties, and combined with vinegar and raw honey to make a medicinal oxymel, it can induce soothing and healing effects on the mucous membranes, as well as the gastrointestinal tract.
This garlic oxymel is a great medicinal immune booster to take at the first signs of a cold or flu or infection - or take it daily over winter as a preventative. It also makes a great salad dressing, as well as an effective natural medicine. In addition to helping with the immune system, garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, and helps to normalise cholesterol and blood pressure.
• 30gm (about 10 cloves) garlic bulb
• 4gm (1 heaped tsp) fennel seeds
• 4gm (1 heaped tsp) caraway seeds
• 100ml apple cider vinegar
• 40ml (about 2 tbsp) raw honey
1. Gently warm seeds in vinegar without boiling for a few minutes.
2. Remove from heat and then strain.
3. Add honey and warm to combine.
4. Peel and crush garlic and place in jar.
5. Pour the warm honey and vinegar mix over the garlic and steep for between 2 - 4 weeks. The longer you steep the stronger the medicine.
7. Strain the garlic and take 1 tsp - 1 tbsp daily at the first sign of a sore throat, cough, cold, flu, or as a preventative.
*Considering that garlic is an antimicrobial, the oxymel is unlikely to go off. However, best to use within 5 - 7 days.
If you'd like us to help you with your personal nutrition, wellbeing and lifestyle, contact us to book in for a nutrition consultation. We also have a 12-week educational program - the Wellness Nutrition & Lifestyle Program - which will teach you how to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for fat-loss and optimal health. During the program you will have unlimited support from our coaches, as well as daily monitoring of your eating and lifestyle choices. For more info on nutrition, health and lifestyle, check out our Eat Strong blog.
Next Saturday 2 July 7pm, we're running another DIY Chemical-Free Cleaning Workshop at Alchemy Cafe in Forth. In case you haven't read the event description (or didn't get to the end of it...it is rather long, I do like a good ramble!), we're holding a challenge for all workshop participants to put on your Sherlock Caps and go and investigate what exactly is in your cleaning products. If you find that what you're using contains toxic ingredients, bring them along to the workshop and chuck them in the TOXIC BIN. The person who chucks away the most toxic products will win a prize!
But how do you know which chemicals are toxic, and which are ok? I'll be the first person to admit that this can be a daunting task, trying to decipher through the thousands of chemicals that are included in our cleaning products. To make this task easier, I've come up with 10 toxic cleaning ingredients to avoid:
2. Sodium lauryl sulfate
5. Quarternium 15
This, of course, is not an exhaustive-list, but they are some of the more dangerous ingredients around. I've written about the damaging health effects of some of these chemicals in previous posts (go to the links above). I'll also be discussing the adverse effects at the workshop next Saturday night. It's crazy to think that those headaches you've been having, or the asthma you're plagued with, or the infertility or the cancerous tumour or the behavioural problems your child is experiencing may be due to what you spray in the shower or what you wash your dishes with.
It's difficult to pinpoint what exactly has caused your health problems - it could be a combination of poor nutrition, lack of sleep, stress over-load, emotional/spiritual disturbances, toxin-overload (from the environment, medication, additives, preservatives, pesticides, and yes, the chemicals in your cleaning products, furniture, clothes and cosmetics). Some of these things are difficult to change - for example, giving up sugar. It is so addictive and often provides comfort and/or social inclusion, that completely giving it up can seem impossible for many people. Giving up toxic cleaning products, on the other hand, is SO EASY! Seriously, can anyone actually say they're addicted to their Omo washing powder, or their Ajax cleaning spray? There isn't really any pressure, socially speaking, to use a regular supermarket brand cleaning product, is there? Surely you're not going to feel like an outcast at a social gathering if you tell your friends you use something natural like vinegar or borax to clean your dunny? They might think you're a little bit hippy, but whatevs!
So, are you ready to break up your toxic relationship with your dirty cleaning products? Come along to the workshop next Saturday (2 July, 7pm at Alchemy Cafe) to find out just how cheap, quick and easy it can be!
The workshop is $25, which covers the cost of all the ingredients, containers and Young Living essential oils that you will use to make five cleaning products to take home to replace your old toxic ones. We only have a few spaces left, so we would appreciate if you can book in and pay prior to the night. You can purchase your spot for the workshop here, or you can pay cash at the gym (please place money in an envelope with your name on it) or via EFT (contact us for our bank details).
All welcome! Looking forward to seeing you there!
WHEN: Saturday 2 July, 7pm – 9pm
WHERE: The gym is getting quite chilly with winter coming on, so Grada Robertson has kindly offered for us to meet at the cosy Alchemy Cafe on 640 Forth Road, Forth.