Ryan Humphries, Co-Founder & Lead Coach
The TUTGU (Time Under Tension Get Up) was originally developed as a modification for shoulder and/or back issues, or for individuals who can't get all the way to the ground without using their hands. However, we found that it not only keeps the shoulders and back in a good position if done correctly, but it also allows the athlete to stay under tension with more load - getting better results for everyone who does it.
A couple weekends ago, we brought back the challenge - the Wild Card Challenge. Teams of athletes completed 5 feats of physical, mental and skilled challenges throughout SE Denver for prizes, free beer, and fun with friends.
Contestants ran and biked to our some of our partner businesses, like Sojourner's Coffee and Comrade Brewing, where they were tasked with spearing "boars" (straw bails), rowing blindfolded, tying a sailor's knot in the deep dark of a "cave" (a sleeping bag), and stuffing their faces with cupcakes.
It was a day full of adventure, challenges and of course fun for everyone. Congrats to everyone who crossed the finish line!
The bummer about the kettlebell clean is bruising your forearm. But this movement is a huge strength builder, and there IS a way to do it without whacking your arm. If you do them swiftly and correctly, the KB should land and rest softly on your forearm, with your wrist straight and tight and your arm folded into your chest.
Check out this quick video where Ryan demos the steps to practice to get it right: Single arm dead lift > pistol pull > dead stop clean.
Ryan Humphries, Co-Owner & Coach
This is one of the mottos used by climbers referring to having two or one carabiners clipped in at all times for safety. With none clipped in, your fate is literally in every step you take. With one clipped in, there is at least a little room for error (or at least a slight feeling of safety). With two clipped in, there may come a feeling of confidence (or at least more safety).
It's about backup. A safety net. Just in case.
"While climbing the Via Ferrata, as my butt was puckering about 600’ above the forest below, I thought about how having a backup plan instills confidence."
A few weekends ago, a bunch of people from Axistence went to Ouray and Tellurdie to rappel down waterfalls, hike and climb mountains, with the help of local guides. This is what we aim to do here at Axistence: Take the strength and skills we get in the gym out into the great wide open.
While climbing the Via Ferrata, as my butt was puckering about 600’ above the forest below, I thought about how having a plan can make us feel safe; and having a backup plan instills confidence. Having no plan often results in disaster.
How often do we go through life without a plan? How about without a backup plan for when the first plan fails? I didn’t know what was around the corner but I knew that if I had two carabiners clipped in, then I was doing everything I could to ensure success.
This isn’t to say that we must plan out every minute of every day, but how much more successful would we be if we had a plan? How about a backup plan for when plan A doesn’t deliver the results we were looking for?
Even with a plan, the only chance we have for success comes with implementation. We may have the most amazing plan with 16 backup plans but the only chance of that plan being successful is when we take action.
The planning stage is also where most ideas die. Either from over thinking or a lack of action.
We don’t have to have it all figured out, but with at least one plan and some action, our chances of success are high.
Having a literal carabiner or two in place allow you to take a low-risk leap to get ahold of the next crag. Metaphorically, being "clipped in" gives you permission to go for it, whatever that is - an adventure, a relationship, a career move. When you've got backup, you can afford to shoot for something a bit out of reach. And as in climbing, when you really go for it, you get farther, and the view from up there is pretty sweet.
by Ryan Humphries, Co-Founder & Fitness Coach, Axistence Athletics
There's a lot of chatter in the nutrition world about inflammation - and ways to avoid it. The nutrition industry didn't do anyone any favors when they marketed stuff like margarine as a healthier, lower fat replacement for butter. First of all....
Elizabeth Lewis of E.C. Lewis Legal Solutions came to us looking to get fit after her baby was born. She did personal training with Coach Ryan, often with her six-month old by her side. She said, "Ryan figured out ways to include him in the workout so that I could reach my full potential even with an infant!"
We love our Colorado town. Our members come from all over the Denver metro, with a focus on neighborhoods near us. Shoutout to gym members from Glendale, Cherry Creek, Aurora, Lowry and Denver. We're pretty psyched that Denver loves us back. Cable TV channel Denver8TV posted a sweet video that pretty much sums up what we do and why we do it.
by Ryan Humphries, Co-Founder & Fitness Coach, Axistence Athletics
Think about exercise as something that you have to do, it won't be that much fun. Think about it as achieving mastery, however and you'll develop a deeper respect for the movements, leading to the results you're looking for...
If you can keep yourself from thinking about exercise as a series of workouts or competitive events, you’re winning. Instead, think of it it as achieving mastery with your personal fitness. Another way to say this would be practicing or training. In doing so you’ll likely stick with the program for longer, leading to not only the results you were looking for when you started, but many more along the way..
How do you do a sandbag floor-to-shoulder safely? Let me count the ways. Actually, let Coach Jake count the ways in this :40 second sandbag variation demo video:
Regardless of whether you're brand new to fitness or if you're a currently a CrossFit coach, we're going to take you through an assessment before we have you jump into class. Why? Because we care :) At Axistence, our #1 goal is to DO NO HARM. Our second goal is to GET RESULTS. In order to ensure that we follow rule #1, we like to get an idea of how you move. The biggest risk of injury is past injury and the second biggest risk is an asymmetry. In our assessment, we'll ask you about any past injuries as well as assess for asymmetries.
Although a seasoned veteran of the fitness industry may be comfortable performing back squats and pull-ups, if you're confused when we ask you to do a 12 minute EMOM with 5 Bar Muscle Ups, 5 Tucked Front Lever Rows and a 60' Hollow Body Crawl, we're going to give you some training before we drop you in to daily classes. How do we know what to teach you? It all starts with the one-hour assessment. Here's what it entails.
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