Sarah Van Leuven: Here's My Story

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition where hormone imbalances create cysts on a female’s ovaries. Some of the symptoms include weight gain, and even diabetes due to the insulin resistance that comes along with the condition.

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Tadzia Toote: Here's My Story

I 122% drank all the kool aide Crossfit had to offer. I didn’t (and still don’t) care what others said about Crossfit being a high risk of injury. I also forget about wanting “killer legs”. I dove into push ups, burpees, air squats, 400/800 m runs, slam balls, wallballs, kettle bell swings, box jumps, double unders, pull ups, sit ups and thrusters – wholeheartedly. I loved crossfit, I still do, probably always will.

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Counter Balance Technique

To maintain the vertical integrity of the CCGS, the forward trunk inclination is counterbalanced by the rearward movement of the pelvis/butt.   The authors suggest that the most effective mechanics for the half squat involve the continuum of counterbalance of the COG shift between forward movement of upper trunk and rearward movement of the pelvis/butt.  

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KATE WEHR: Here's My Story

I cried the entire night even though my parents wanted to take me out to dinner for my birthday and I had been cutting weight for that meet. As many people can relate, this bomb out motivated me to train harder for youth nationals that year to make the Youth Pan-Am team. 

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“BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” LOVING OURSELVES 101

We hear a lot about body image these days and there is what I would call a trend towards young girls being more inclined to look and feel athletic, as opposed to being skinny and wanting to look like, oh I don’t know, an underfed underwear model?? This was not the case when I was growing up and although in a perfect world we would all take the difficulties of our teen years and forget about them, some things are harder to shake off than others and they become a part of who we are as we grow into women.

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