The Trifecta: Eat real food, Tear up the gym, Look good naked

Stesha Fat Loss, Nutrition, Training

It’s easy to convince ourselves that we don’t overtrain, prioritize recovery, or eat enough calories to support our activity and health. But in the world of CrossFit where progress can be achieved weekly, it’s hard not to pursue that endless ‘high’ of progression. With the performance, also comes body comp changes. We see a result in the mirror and we …

When Beauty’s Become Beasts

Stesha Mindset, Training

Too often we shy from the conversations that leave us most insecure. Replaying them in the solitude of our minds instead of voicing them aloud. Paralyzed by the fear of judgement and vulnerability. I am of no exception. And the longer I sit quiet, the more I realize it’s the topic on every woman’s mind. That topic is self-love / …

Why Every Woman Should Learn to do a Pull-Up

Stesha Training

My goal for every one of my female clients is to perform a strict pull-up. Here are my reasons why every woman should learn how to do a pullup: They’re effective, time-efficient and strengthen the upper body, which is something most females lack. Pull-ups require a strong, lean, athletic body, which is exactly what most women desire. Pull-ups are very …

Raising the Bar: The CrossFit Open

Stesha Training

Warning, I’m about to get a little romancey… ‘Tis the season of the CrossFit Open – and for those who are competing, you know it’s more than just a worldwide competition for athletes everywhere… It’s an opportunity for average people to prove to themselves that…well, they aren’t so average after all. Every one of us sets perceived limits on our …

CrossFit-Specific Nutrition

Stesha Nutrition, Training

If you have ever done a CrossFit workout, you know that what you eat beforehand (and after) can either make or break you. What you eat can be the difference between an amazing finish to a brutally long metcon, or one in which you might not even finish… If you’ve ever experienced the highs and lows of a workout and …

Why the ‘Fat Burning Zone’ Works

Stesha Training

Remember the craze of the Fat Burning Zone? You know, the exercise “zone” where fat oxidation rate is at its highest? Well, I also remember that it got a lot of crap, too…which is unfortunate because many studies have shown that MFO (maximal rate of fat oxidation) is highest during low-intensity exercise, especially when matched to your Ventilatory Threshold (the …

Reverse Dieting for Strength: Eat More, Build Muscle, and Burn Fat?

Stesha Nutrition, Training

What is Chronic Dieting? I am as guilty as anyone, spending a good chunk of my adult life obsessing about getting lean and toned. Along the way, I made countless mistakes: over restricting calories, spending 2+ hours per day on the elliptical, cutting sugar and all grains (cutting all carbs except vegetables, actually); all because I was convinced by magazines …