Friday, March 30, 2012

Step Back...I've Gone Viral!


What could I possibly say?  This past week has been one of the most humbling times of my life.  I might as well start off with showing you the video, and then fill in a bit of back-story:

So the Crossfit Journal came to the Black Box last month as we were in the midst of the Crossfit Games Open.  We're also opening a new space a couple blocks north.  So the camera crew took 24 of our resident badass Crossfitters up to the new place to do a main site demo of the WOD known as J.T.  I was not part of this video.  However, the next morning I roll in at 7AM, prepared to do Open WOD 12.2, the now infamous "Snatch Ladder."  A guy with a camera walks right up and asks "are you Reis?" I said yes and he proceeded to explain to me that he surveyed the crowd at the filming of J.T. and asked who the best candidate would be for a lifestyle Journal piece.  Apparently they unanimously said me.  I was stifled by this information, but I had no problem letting them film my workout, and I talked to them for about 10 minutes afterwards.

What happened next was kind of surreal, and morphed into what you see above, a video that as of this writing has been seen by over 7,000 people and shared on Facebook by over 100 Crossfit gyms.  Along with some rambling that I forgot as soon as the interview was done, I went into the WOD hoping to hit just one of the 30 snatches at 135 pounds.  Previously this had been my 1-rep max, and even in the warmup I put up a pretty sloppy rep at that weight, keeping my expectations rather low.  So low and behold I cruise through the 30 reps at 75#, and one by one the 135s started rolling in...over and over until by the end of the WOD I had completed 18 of them.  You see 15 of them in the video, and until later that day I thought the last one didn't count because it was at the buzzer, but coach Avery logged me for 18 reps (you see me say in the video that I got 17).  Either way I blew my expectations out of the water, and I was pretty overtaken by euphoria while the whole interview happened.  Frankly I didn't think it went so well at the time, as I didn't remember what I said, and I was hesitant to let them publish it if I was going to sound either horribly boring or terribly incoherent.  Turns out it wasn't half bad, and I'm still blown away daily by people reaching out from around the world letting me know that they enjoyed my story.

Well thank you all for checking it out, and while it's simply a snapshot in time it plugs into everything else that has solidified my path to fitness.  I'm so driven and so excited to build on my success and really accomplish great things.  I'm honored to have so much attention so early in my Crossfit life, but hopefully down the road I can affect other people's lives the way you all have affected mine.  The appreciation is simply beyond words.  I Love you all...peace.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recovery Pt. IV - Electrolytes


I know, I know...I am a HEATHEN.  How I could I say something so ridiculous?  Salt?!? Why would I even consider ingesting salt when everyone from the USDA to the AMA to the WWE (OK maybe not) have said that sodium is bad for your health, bad for your blood pressure, just plain BAD?

Well guess what? When you're spent, wrything on the floor after a WOD, then you get up and glance down and your pretty lil sweat're looking at up to (if not more than) a POUND of sweat that you just lost.  Well, let's consider what this pound of sweat contains:

220mg Sodium
63mg Potassium
8mg Magnesium
16mg Calcium

That's a lot of "um"s.  Those ums (also known as electrolytes), as they left your body...took with um energy, muscular efficiency, endurance capacity and your ability to effectively hydrate. What's that you say?  But you drink gallons of water a day to hydrate?  Fantastic!  Except for the fact that this Sodium you're losing reduces your capacity to retain the water you're drinking.  So without replenishing the lost Sodium, you are peeing out as much as you're retaining.  This inefficient hydration can result in problems with muscle tissue, and affect your overall recovery.  And damnit if you're going through the trouble to drink that much water, shouldn't you be getting the most out of it?

Check out this video where K Star breaks the situation down, and then see below for some helpful supplements that will replenish your electrolytes so that you're hydrating optimally:


As the man says, NUUN is a great choice for electrolyte replenishment.  I keep a couple of tubes at my desk so I can drop them in my water bottle and not worry about getting the most out of my hydration.  They are sugar-free and the flavors are great.  I personally use the Lemon-Lime and Tri-Berry flavors.  One a day (on WOD days) does the trick.

Another great product to try is Endurolytes from Hammer Nutrition. I would take 3-4 capsules within an hour following a heavy WOD.  These are a bit pricey compared to NUUN, but everything Hammer sells is top notch, and it's no wonder they are world-renowned in the endurance community.  Expect an amazing welcome package with your first order, overflowing with samples of their other products.  In this respect you definitely get your money's worth.  While there's some minor differences in the amounts of each electrolyte you get from either of the above supplements, both  give you what you need to be much better off than if you didn't replenish anything at all.


Blair Morrison is a superstar Crossfitter, known for his penchant for outdoor WODs, and choosing natural settings to be his background for staying fit.  I checked out an amazing article through his blog anywherefit.  Here's an excerpt:

After yesterday’s workout at CF 209 Sport in Stockton I was feeling pretty stiff. My lower back, hamstrings, and shoulders were all a bit banged up.This evening I soaked for less than 10 minutes amidst 2 cups of Epsom Salts and a tub full of piping hot water and walked out feeling limber as a pre-teen gymnast. Add a glass of red wine and I’m writing this post 2 shakes from my pillow and an incredible night’s sleep.Curious as to why I was feeling so great after such a short episode, I googled “Epsom Salt Bath” and found the following article. It’s a quick read, but interesting. Just another piece of the recovery puzzle falling into place. 

Please check out the entire piece and give the epsom salt bath a try.  Looks like it may be our best shot at absorbing significant amounts of magnesium.

So there you have it...another installment among many that I hope will at least enlighten you as to how much goes into restoring your body after the relentless abuse we put it through almost daily.  Thanks so much for the emails...peace...