Wes Piatt

What it takes to be ‘Games’ material: An Interview with Wes Piatt

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What it takes to be ‘Games’ material: An Interview with Wes Piatt

At Rhode Blocks we sat down with Wes Piatt, and asked him a few questions about his career and what it takes to be Games material.

RB: So Wes, I want to go to the games. What’s it going to take?

WP: I get that question all the time, more than anyone should. I’ve competed in CrossFit since 2011 on teams and as an individual. Now that I own my own gym Coast Range CrossFit and work on CrossFit HQ’s Level 1 staff I hear that
question even more so, and my answer is always the same…. Zone Paleo… YES I KNOW!!!! Before you even say it “no athletes at the games eat Zone Paleo!” And I don’t either… Anymore, but I did for over a year and can honestly say it’s hands down what took me from being a competitor to being a games athlete.
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5 ways CrossFit will extend your life…

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Life extension was the main reason I bought into the CrossFit methodology. At their Level 1 seminar, Pat Sherwood was one of the instructors and discussed how teaching his grandmother proper squatting mechanics has kept her out of the “old folks home.” Pat’s lessons allowed her to enjoy her golden years free of disastrous falls and avoid needing the use of canes or other assistive devices.
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Snatch Techniqe

You’ve got a dirty snatch: 6 reasons you’re doing it wrong…

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Once upon a time in the CrossFit universe, the Olympic lifts were treated like just another movement in the scheme of fitness. Athletes looked at it the same way they did pull ups and kettlebell swings in that a few days of practice (maxing out) a month would net them progress. Over time CrossFit has evolved and Olympic lifting proficiency has become a huge factor for success in the sport. So much so, that the snatch is probably one of the lifts I see the most posted on the interwebz. As a weightlifting coach, I also get to see the mistakes some CrossFitters make in their approach to the lift and here I’ll offer some tips to fix it.

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Paleo Diet

Just because you think it’s “paleo” doesn’t make it healthy…

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WHAT is Paleo?

The Paleolithic method is a set of nutritional guidelines that mimics the way of life from the caveman era.Think of the hunter-gatherers who ate whatever animal they could catch thru hunting and by gathering wild plants for their sustenance.

Some basic guidelines:

The guys over at www.thepaleoplan.com give a really good, simple list of guidelines to follow for someone who is brand new to the idea of going Paleo.

For starters, …. eating Paleo means eating veggies, fruits, meats, fish, certain fats, nuts, and seeds. And it means removing grains (breads, pastas, rice, etc.), beans, soy, dairy, certain vegetable oils, and refined sugar from your diet. [1]

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Iron Dome

Israel, Hamas, and CrossFit: A Community Coming Together

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Editor’s Note:

As we work on bringing the community relevant content that has to do with the the lifting community, we work around the clock to find people that have something to say of worth in the world. People who have a passion for what they do in the adversity of their surroundings. The stories you’re about to read a real. Both are by former Israeli Defense Force soldiers and they currently live in Tel Aviv, Israel. Rhode Blocks stands behind Israel, and we pray for the Peace of Israel, and pray for safety for Oren and Avi… Shalom.

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Wrong Amount of Protein

You’re Eating the Wrong Amount of Protein and at the Wrong Time…

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To begin, this is not for you elite level athletes out there. Each and every one of you have special dietary requirements that far exceed the needs of 99% of the CrossFit community. You probably already have a nutritionist on retainer, or minimally have an understanding of your individual needs. Sorry guys, this one is for the majority that are faced with countless opinions and feel lost in the myriad of available information.

Background: We’re going to go down the rabbit hole here a bit, just try to stick with it. Everyone has heard of the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), the dietary reference intakes (DRIs) and the acceptable macronutrient distribution range (AMDRs) whether or not they realize it. The DRIs and AMDRs are produced by the Institutes of Medicine in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Board; this group of professionals volunteer and work independent of government agencies to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to policy makers and the public at large. [1]

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What Type of Affiliate Owner

What type of Affiliate owner are you?

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Over the past decade plus, CrossFit as a training methodology has proliferated around the world, and the types of people who open a CrossFit box has become increasingly varied. In honor of the 10,000th CrossFit box becoming affiliated, I thought it would be fun to look at the different types of affiliates out there, so you can see which one you are, and (more fun) which ones are your neighbors!
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