Tactical Strength Challenge

Tactical Strength Challenge at the Jersey Shore

The Tactical Strength Challenge is back! Critical Mass will again be hosting the event here at the Jersey Shore!

There will be three events contested (You may choose to participate in 1, 2, or all 3 of the events):

  • A max power lift dead lift (3 attempts)- Most people will be doing this.
  • Pull ups for max reps (palms forward, no kipping, chin must clear the bar) or a flexed arm hang (in the Novice Women’s category).
  • Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (unlimited hand switches and different weights for different competitor categories).

WHAT ARE YOU TRAINING FOR?

If you would like to learn more or register for the event go here: REGISTRATION

 

To register for the event please follow the link here: REGISTER FOR TSC AT CRITICAL MASS

Mace Training. Once for killing. Now for Fitness!

Mace Training at the Jersey Shore

Here is the latest Podcast by Fred featuring our own Ken Potis, Mace Training, Tactical Strength and Fitness!

watch more podcasts by Fred at: BURN BUILD BECOME

Brain Function. I’m A slave to feeling good.

I’m constantly trying to find ways to keep my brain functioning at the optimum level. Whether it’s by sleep, hydrating, eating or listening to some music, I find that I am a slave to feeling good. I mean who wants to feel bad anyways? This is where we find food to be highly addictive. A trick in thinking you feel good. SUGAR & BREAD.

Sugar and bread make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin and throws me out of wack for hours at a time. However, knowing this I usually pick up another snack.

Got to kick the habit

Eventually, I will hit a wall and say, no ‘I can’t do this tomorrow.’ Then, FAST the following day. Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period.  That will stop me in my tracks. Usually I will be hungry day dreaming about what I can’t have, but If I make it through the day, that’s a win. The following days will get easier and then BOOM my mind is up and running at full capacity. The body feels lean and mean. It’s hard though. Personally for me, this is a cycle that usually happens mid summer and right now…. THE WINTER! Darker earlier, a chill in the air. I see myself eating a bit too much and the holidays don’t help one bit. Does this happen to you? It should. Just like squirrels gather nuts or bears hibernating, us humans pack on weight so that we have sufficient calories to make it through the winter.

The problem lies with our bodies being naturally programmed for calorie storage due to many days if not weeks of food sparsity.

Today, there is a fast food store, deli or hot dog stand on every corner. That is where we run into a problem. FOOD IS EVERYWHERE when our bodies are still programmed to think we won’t be getting food for awhile.

See, even though I run a gym, give advice and guide people to their goals… I have the same temptations. I have found a trick that has steered me away from these foods. So go on… read more.

  1. Sugar activates the brain the same way cocaine does. Addiction…That can’t be good.
  2. Flour (bread pasta etc) leads to heart disease! Once tribal communities came into contact with flour, heart disease sky rocketed! Anyone interested in those readings contact me and I will forward some stuff to you!
  3. Reduction of fish in the diet. Fishing communities have a far less percentage of heart disease than inland communities.
  4. Anything packaged. Here are Critical Mass, FRESH IS BESHT (best). Packaged foods are loaded with preservatives, dyes, sugar, sodium etc.
  5. Chemical sugar replacements. I have trouble with this one. I go through phases. Here is an early post on aspartame that may help keep you in the clear. ASPARTAMEhttps://criticalmassnj.com/2017/09/12/diet-sodas/

You see what I did here?

I SCARED MYSELF INTO EATING BETTER!

Who wants to live their life in a hospital?

Why would anyone NOT want to be at their highest healthiest functioning level?!?!

This brings me to a list of goodies to help keep your body and brain functioning in tip top shape.

Live Cultures or Fermented food/drinks

Yogurt or anything else that has probiotics. Gut bacteria has been shown to have effects on the mind. Yes, our stomach controls our thoughts! In a study published in the scientific journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers found that participants who took a probiotics over four weeks had fewer negative thoughts than those who took a placebo. This could be a preventative strategy against depression. I prefer natural, fresh alive foods that contain probiotics rather than a pill. So, try pickles, coleslaw, kefir, raw milk, etc

Here is a great video on gut bacteria on Ted Talks:

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good source of dietary fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates, they are high in copper, phosphorus, vitamins D, B2 and B3, and contain high amounts of selenium, an antioxidant that helps protect cells against damage. Scientists are looking into mushrooms for their anti-dementia properties and the potential to speed up recovery of nerve cells by stimulating growth and repair of the cell; specifically with the “Lion’s Mane” mushroom and mushrooms containing psilocybin. You  can get pills or powders of the mushroom at local nutrition stores or online,  but it’s always best to consume it fresh! As for psilocybin…. you will have to do your own research. Here is a link to grow and cook your own! Buy Lion’s Mane

Chocolate

The New England Journal of Medicine says “eat your chocolate”. There are several studies demonstrated evidence of improved brain blood flow, oxygen levels, or nerve function by consuming dark chocolate/cocoa. Dark chocolate contains high amounts of flavanols which are considered to have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. You know you smile when you see that chocolate bar. Don’t get carried away. a small square of chocolate should be enough to put a bit more pep in your step.

Nuts 

Nuts have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid and is especially prevalent in walnuts.  DHA has been shown to protect brain health in newborns, improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent age-related cognitive decline.

Of course this is not the only way to keep your brain healthy. Seeds, broccoli, berries and oily fish are some other things that have been shown to benefit the mind. Don’t take my word for it. Do a little research and start incorporating these small changes into your daily food intake! Oh and don’t forget to exercise!

Contact us at Critical Mass for more ways on how you can feel better!

Ballet Dancers Weight Train!

Ballet with Gabriel Chajnik

Critical Mass member Gabriel Chajnik is a Master Instructor and Director of Choreography at the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. This is the second member with deep interests in Ballet. The other is Connor Meadrow who is a student at Rumson Fairhaven High School and trains here also. Gabriel made his way to our gym following trainer Scott Clayton. Keeping focus on health and fitness after a career of dance is a priority for Gabriel. In speaking with him, I found out a whole new world of Arts are right in my backyard. There are tons of shows happening through the winter and spring months of 2019. The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater is located at 100 Grant Ave, Deal Park, New Jersey. I plan on attending and maybe you should too! The Nutcracker is next on their list.

AXCBT presents The Nutcracker ROCKS

Dec. 20th, 27th & 28th at 8 PM 

Dec. 21st at 2 PM & 7 PM

Dec. 22nd & 29th at 2 PM 

TICKETS: Regular Adult: $54, Regular Senior: $36, Students: $36

A holiday event for the whole family, The Nutcracker ROCKS is a mixture of high-power music and dance that will transport you to a land of brave toy soldiers and sweet sugar plum fairies. Based on Hoffman’s original story, choreographer Gabriel Chajnik translates the Victorian-era Nutcracker from the bustles and ruffles of the 1890s to contemporary times in this premiere from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. Clara’s rocker Uncle Drosselmeier shakes things up when he shows up to a distinguished Manhattan holiday party with his electric guitar and his amazing toys, igniting the imagination of people young and old. The beloved Tchaikovsky score is reimagined in collaboration with renowned rocker Alex Levine, a member of The Gaslight Anthem. The Nutcracker ROCKS is destined to become a Jersey Shore staple for many holidays to come.

visit the Premier Ballet Company of Monmouth County

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EFM Supplements prices slashed!

Jersey Shore Supplements

Earth Fed Muscle products are now $5.00 off from now until Monday December 3rd 8pm!

Earth Fed Muscle supplements were developed and continually monitored for cleanliness and consistent flavoring.

When you purchase EFM products you support a small business and athletes that are training for the 2020 Olympic Games. A percentage of each purchase helps with an amateur athlete’s training, travel and living expenses!

If you have any questions on what products we carry and why they will help you then contact us!

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