The Whole Damn Thing

There’s been a lot of buzz around MADville lately.  The endless holiday party circuits (wine/beer/booze and ALL the desserts), coupled with the increased demands of travel and sweat schedule sacrifices have left many of our tribe feeling the effects, and it sure doesn’t feel great.  So, we’re going to do something about it, all of us, together.  We’re doing The Whole Damn Thing.

fuel sweat grow: the whole damn thing

We’re not talking juice fasting – not at all.  We’re talking real good food – just pure fuel for our bodies, and none of the crap, chemicals, or otherwise inflammation inducing foods that are messing with our systems (body and mind).

Now, just to be clear, I’m not owning this concept by way of my new hybrid name for it, it’s merely an umbrella campaign to cover all the different clients choosing their preferred ‘plan’ (the 28toLife, Whole 30, or just classic Paleo challenge evangelists). We’ll call it strength in numbers since this effort is all inclusive. So whatever your preference (and that includes plant based modifications too!), and wherever you choose to sweat (we’re not closing this off to MAD clients) let’s find some common ground.  Here are the basic fundamentals; no chemicals, no sugar, no artificial anything; no grains, no/limited dairy, and no alcohol.  We’re simply focusing on real whole foods that we prefer to have locally sourced from some of the amazing farms and local businesses we’ve got right here in Charlottesville.

The commencement date for this challenge is Sunday, January 4th (if we can wait that long) and will be kicked off with a potluck dinner for all (sign up and ‘rules’ on how to ‘appropriately potluck’ to follow).

In preparation for the kick off — in case you’re not able to wait another week, or you know that your life is going to be hella crazy as you forge into the new year, you need to check out MODpaleo.

fuel sweat grow: MODpaleo

I kid you not, if I didn’t love cooking so much as my own in-house therapy, I would seriously consider ordering all of my meals from these guys.  It’s better than my own cooking, and is 100% clean and amazing.  And the bonus: THEY SHIP OVERNIGHT TO VIRGINIA!  Yep.  That’s right.

So, head on over and make yourself an account, check out their super awesome menu for the week, and go to town.  Oh, did I mention that if you plug in the code ‘MadnessCville,’ you’ll get 10% off your first order.  Yep, just because I like you.

So, that’s what’s happening around MADville this week, and we could not be more excited.  There is, of course, more to come, so sign up to get the blog updates right smack in your inbox, follow instagram, and keep an eye out for a Facebook event for the potluck.  Here’s to kicking off 2015 with the best damn community Charlottesville can bring together for some good clean fun.

An Anywhere Workout: AMRAP Style

Hey all, it’s Dar.

Last Sunday I kicked off my week by heading to Solidarity CrossFit for the “open gym” WOD (workout of the day).  I had missed the Saturday WOD, which was the kick off of the Whole Life Challenge that Solidarity was starting, so I took the opportunity to make it up with the Sunday group.

The WOD was an AMRAP (which breaks down to mean As Many Rounds as Possible).  It consisted of 5 Burpees, 10 Ab Mat Sit Ups and 15 Air Squats, for 12 minutes.    This is a great ‘anywhere’ workout that you can do it at home or if you are traveling and don’t have access to a gym.  I made it through in just under 12 rounds, which I was pretty happy with.

WLC wod

Around 2pm when I started to feel the air squats in my quads, I decided to give my bootcampers a chance at it on Monday.  Just to keep things interesting, I threw in a 500 meter, Erg (Rowing) test with only a few minutes of rest before starting the WOD.

Here’s what this WOD looks like – I challenge you to give it a go, and see how many rounds you can accomplish.  But first, here are a few suggestions:

  • Make sure you have someone or something to track your rounds – It’s too easy to lose count
  • If you don’t have an ab mat…just make sure you secure your feet and have your hands touch the ground behind your head and come up through your legs and touch your feet