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Rhode Blocks Joins Forces With Smith & Wesson

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It has come to the attention of RhodeBlocks that there is an ever increasing need to be prepared for all possible situations that life may bring–especially during something like The CrossFit Games where anything can happen.

In that light, Rhode Blocks has joined forces with Smith & Wesson to train people for something as simple as needing to shoot a target rather than throw a 30lb med ball at it, or as complex as marksmanship so clients can fight off the Obama FEMA gun grabbers.

We’re happy to introduce gun racks and small hand gun display pegs for your coffee table or glass hutch.

Now that you’ve clicked on our click bate, because you can’t help yourself. Please check out our fine products…

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Anthony Gustin

8 Ways A Sports Chiropractor Helps You Get Out Of Pain

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Chiropractors have been long known for popping joints and cracking backs, but those are days of the past. More and more chiropractors are known as sports chiropractors, trained in a diversified background of functional movement, rehab and manual therapy skills. Below are 8 ways that a sports chiropractor can help you stay on top of your game.

Anthony Gustin

  1. Not Just The Spine
    A sports chiropractor doesn’t focus just on back injuries. Sports chiropractors are experts in injuries throughout the entire body’s musculoskeletal system and can help with sprained ankles, sore shoulders, painful wrists, hurting elbows, achy knees, and more. No matter where your injury may be, a sports chiropractor can help. Adjustments and manual therapy to joints other than the spine can have the same physiological effect – increased proprioception, decreased pain, improved range of motion and better overall function.
  2. Active Release Technique
    Ever had a shin splint, muscle tear, knee pain, shoulder pain, or back pain? Most everyone who participates in sports can relate to these kinds of injuries. So what can you do? One of the answers is Active Release Technique (ART). ART focuses on reducing scar tissue and adhesions and improving function in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Finding a chiropractor who is certified in ART is a step in the right direction for treating soft tissue injuries.
  3. Functional Movement Assessment
    Sports chiropractors are masters of movement. Many common injuries occur from moving incorrectly in sports or daily activities for hours, weeks, months, or even years on end. Sports chiropractors use functional assessments to get to the bottom of the movement dysfunction. When looking at whole body function, it is often the case that the site of the pain is not the source of the pain. For instance, lack of movement in the hips could be causing increased motion at the low back. This increased motion is what creates the pain, however the hips would be the source of the pain. Finding out movement dysfunctions is the quickest path to figuring out painful areas.
  4. Functional Rehab
    The best assessment can only go so far without the proper rehab. Trained in the latest functional rehabilitation techniques, sports chiropractors can get athletes back in the game more quickly, as well as get non-athletes pain-free in record time. Fixing movement isn’t just about banded stretches, lacrosse ball smashes, and mobility. Your body is a complex system of mobile segments operating on top of stable segments. Not only do we sometimes need to stabilize segments to create better movement, sometimes the mobility and stability need to be integrated and taught how to work together. No foam roller is going to fix that.
  5. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy
    This tool-based therapy is used by sports chiropractors to improve range of motion and break up crosslinks in collagen, which decreases pain and increases performance. IASTM also facilitates the underlying neurological and “turns the switch on” for different movement patterns as well as muscle activation.
  6. Return to play
    Sports chiropractors are trained not only to get people better soon, but to know the sweet spot or returning to play to avoid injury. This includes proper timing or getting back in the gym, or back to half-marathon training for the weekend warrior. When it comes to programming for CrossFit, a good sports chiropractor will know what to scale, when and how to keep an athlete moving. When compared to more traditional approaches of “rest until it doesn’t hurt anymore, this can mean maintenance of strength as well as positive effects on psychology. No one wants to be out of the box and not training due to a blown disc or tweaked shoulder.
  7. Kinesiology Taping
    You’ve probably seen CrossFit athletes sporting this colorful tape, often emblazoned with the RockTape logo. But what does this kinesiology tape actually do exactly? Using this state-of-the-art tape, sports chiropractors can influence proper mechanics, decrease bruising and swelling, and prevent injuries for athletes. While it can be used correctly to lock in movement patterns or encourage proper form when learning or modifying movement, it can also be detrimental if taped incorrectly. Have a professional apply the tape for maximum benefit.
  8. Functional Nutrition
    You have to use high-octane fuel for a high-performance sports car, just like you have to use optimal nutrition if you want your body to operate at a high level. Sports chiropractors have the knowledge to create custom meal plans for anyone looking to reach goals–athletic or not. Nutrition also differs if you want to gain mass, lose fat or increase performance. A proper meal plan will have the end result in mind and work with dietary restrictions to reduce inflammation and create an optimal environment for the body to thrive.

Anthony Gustin

Dr. Anthony Gustin is a chiropractic physician and movement specialist. He earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic as well as Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from The University of Western States. He currently runs a busy sports medicine based clinic in San Francisco, SF Custom Chiropractic. Dr. Gustin also operates a performance based nutrition website, PureWOD

Understanding the CrossFit Athlete Lifecycle

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When I surveyed affiliate owners about what the biggest struggle in their business right now, the resounding answer was: Retaining current athletes and attracting new ones. Understanding the CrossFit Athlete Lifecycle in your gym is a key measurement in the performance of your affiliate. In this series, we’re going to breakdown each piece of the cycle and give you tools on ways to implement and add more value. Having a clear picture of the CrossFit Athlete Lifecycle for your affiliate will not only make running your gym easier, it’ll make sure that you’re focusing on the important pieces that grow the business, drive the athlete experience and keep your athletes around for the long term. Whether you are about to open your gym or you are the first CrossFit Affiliate out there, you’ll benefit from understanding this concept.

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Nick Shaw

Part 1: Dialing in Your Diet: Bringing the Nerd and the Meathead together.

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An Interview with Nick Shaw of Renaissance Periodization and RhodeBlocks

Editor’s Note: Our blogger this week is Nick Shaw, owner oand founder of Renaissance Periodization in New York, New York, and currently has an eBook out called “The Renaissance Diet.” Thanks for reading the blog, and consider downloading the eBook to dial in and better understanding your dietary needs. Rhode Blocks interviewed Nick over a course of two weeks, and the amount of knowledge that Nick put into the answers after reading a portion of his book, left us with so many more questions, and so many great answers. We know you’ll be hooked once you start reading this blog. Be sure to visit the online store and purchase his book.

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Seven Reasons MMA Fighters Choose CrossFit Style Training

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Let’s face it, CrossFit gets a bad rap from the more “hardcore” factions of
athletes.  They’ve been in the gym for years, and many for decades.  They
 pioneered the place.  They built it, literally and figuratively.  They were 
hitting the iron back when the iron consisted of sand/concrete filled Weider 
weight sets.  They were on the mats in high schools twenty years ago, long 
before the new corporate, commercial gyms with sanitized everything and
 name-brand “MMA-style” classes for housewives and newbies. They were in the
 gym killing it, long before it was trendy.  The experienced MMA athletes 
don’t need any fly-by-night fads like CrossFit telling them how to train and
 get the most out of their bodies.  They’re old school, and they get results
 the old-fashioned way- Hard, consistent work!







Well, times they are a changing.  And in the next five minutes of reading, 
you are going to be challenged to abandon this old-school approach.  It 
won’t be easy.  But you want to get better, so you’re willing to give it a
 chance.  The last thing you want to do is put on a “WOD 4 Life” t-shirt and
 take selfies with a bunch of newbies who were doing scrapbooking the 
Saturday before, and just felt like CrossFit would look cool on their 
Facebook walls.  But you DO want to improve, and provided you find the right
 kind of serious, devoted CrossFit environment in which to train, you might
 just be open to it.  Why?  Because you want to push your body to perform at 
the highest level possible.  You check your ego at the door and you learn to
 improve, even when it’s not easy.  All kidding aside, CrossFit can help you
 to do that.

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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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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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