Check out Mom and Dad's CrossFit Garage Gym.
Yep, that's sunny Ft. Myers Florida...their barbells and bumper plates are on order!

WOD 2.18.08
AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 20 Minutes of:

5 Burpees
10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#/95#)
15 Kettlebell Swings (35#/55#)

Debunking the Agave Myth.

The 2010 CrossFit Games Midwest Sectional Women's Sunday Workout - video [wmv] [mov]

"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic."
- Tim Noakes

Kim: 8 Rx
Jen S: 7 Rx
Olan: 7 Rx
Deb: 8 Rx
Jim: 6 Rx
Tim: 7 Rx+(95/70)
Megs: 7 (53/45)
Kara: 8 (15/25)


Chris P. said...

Nice gym! what is the PVC between the rings, a makeshift swing?

Here, a blogger from Austin, TX writes that agave = liquid death. Valid points by both articles, but we do use agave over syrup for coconut pancakes and in baking recipes. Might change once it runs out...


Aimee Lyons said...

@ PVC- I made them a sign that said CrossFit 4040. haha. 4040 is their addy.

@ Agave- I was contemplating the same thing...

Ray said...

The Gym is bad ass. They need to bring in Burgener for a visit. I love his garage gym WOD posts on Facebook.

Hannah said...

I love it! I wanna come visit!

Jen S. said...

What would we use to sub for Agave then in those recipes?

Jen S. said...

PS - definatley feeling the aftermath of Tabata GHD...

Jerry said...

A little perspective on life....


Anonymous said...

Yay rents!

So Agave..I think the moral of the story is this, wether its sugar, HFCS, Agave, Stevia, or the DREADED artificial stuff like splenda...in moderation, its prob not a big deal!

Here's the thing I am discovering about myself. I don't want to simply replace sugar with agave, or grains with lots of almond flour recipes. I don't wish to spend lots of energy "replacing"
I am working on focusing on what I have added...lots of whole foods, rather than what i have elimated. I am noticing i can train my tastebuds...i can now do coffee with cream only and 85% dark chocolate.

It's funny but i really don't have grain cravings (when i see a peice of pizza in front of me maybe!), but i still get that "i want something sweet" feeling often. Its a real "craving" not just I see something that looks good and i want to eat it. but that makes sense I guess...cavemen would have torn up the food they found that tasted sweet too!

Chris P. said...


depends on what you're using it for. Some like to use raw honey; others will process dates or figs with some water to make a sweet syrupy paste; others will get stevia (as close to the original leaves as possible..none of the "truvia" stuff) For coffee or tea, heavy cream is hopefully sweet enough

Cindy Handler said...

Thanks for the video link Jerry, that guy is tremendously inspiring!

Miranda said...

I am crying after watching that video. Thank you Jerry for posting. There have been times in many of our lives were we may have felt knocked down. That video is truly inspirational, what an amazing man and a great message

donkey said...

@chris p: is there an argument for honey over agave or maple syrup? i use all three rather than the white stuff, but i feel like there's not really a substantial diff.

@home garage: that's so awesome, i love mom & dad's xfit garage!

@jerry...wow...thank you so much for posting that. that is exactly what i needed to see today.

Jeff said...

Jerry, thanks for posting that, it's a real keeper. Truly inspirational.

Chris P. said...

Donkey - agave is about 90% fructose which is basically stored quickly as fat. (high fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose by comparison) It is touted as a health food b/c of the low glycemic index, but people (including myself) need to see the bigger picture. Raw honey is recommended simply b/c it is not processed like agave syrup is. It will still cause an insulin response so like Steph said, use sparingly.

Jerry, nice video. Here is Kyle Maynard, a quadriplegic who owns No Excuses CrossFit and is an MMA fighter:


Jerry said...

Chris - Thanks. Checked him out. Very impressive...

c wiss said...

That garage is exactly what I envision for my mom and dad Aimee. Could I be so bold as to suggest a future CF Journal article about bringing our parents into the CrossFit fold? Part of my motivation for getting certified and learning more about training in general is to help my parents age gracefully and enjoy many healthy years.