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What to Expect During Your First CrossFit Class

What to Expect During Your First CrossFit Class

  • Category: Blog,Events
  • Published: February 27, 2021

Find out what to expect during your first CrossFit class, what to bring and what to eat before you go. Feeling intimidated about attending your first CrossFit class? You’re not alone. Here’s what you need to know before you go. 10 Top Questions About Attending Your First CrossFit Class What is CrossFit, really? By definition, ...

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Explaining CrossFit Terms to Your Friends

Explaining CrossFit Terms to Your Friends

Explaining CrossFit Terms to Your Friends and Learning the Common Vocabulary, Acronyms and Abbreviations So, it’s official. You “drank the Kool-Aid” and you CrossFit now…but how can you explain all those CrossFit terms to your friends and let them know just how awesome it really is. Oh and by the way, what in the world ...

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CrossFit Levels

CrossFit Levels

We Design Our Own Programming using CrossFit Levels At CrossFit Salus, all of our programming is well-thought-out and planned in advance with your goals in mind. It is not canned. Each CrossFit class is specifically designed to meet the needs and goals of our varied community. Which is why we offer CrossFit Levels. Our goals ...

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Family Fitness Middletown NJ

Family Fitness Middletown NJ

We are excited to announce our fifth Salus Family Fitness Day series coming this fall. Fit Fam! Family Fitness Series This specialty family fitness class is specifically designed for children ages 7 and up and their parent to participate in a great workout together! Full-body workouts will incorporate cardiovascular exercise, functional fitness and light weight ...

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Collin Martin, Athlete of the Month

Collin Martin, Athlete of the Month

Like many, Collin joined after a long break away from fitness during COVID. But he’s back and improving more than ever! Just hear what some of our coaches have to say: “Collin definitely has a competitive streak. He has definitely been working on improving his level of performance, technique and positioning to reach that next ...

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CrossFit Salus Kids At Home Workouts Summer

CrossFit Salus Kids At Home Workouts Summer

CrossFit Salus Kids At Home Workouts Summer Theme Integrity: Do the right thing (even when no one is watching) Skills Squat, Perfect Pushup, Jump Rope CrossFit Kids WOD Warm Up: Run around the cones and FREEZE when the music stops to do exercise (plank, sit up, perfect pushup, squat)! “Jack in the box” Squats: Squat ...

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Hand Rips: Maintaining Your Hands for CrossFit

Hand Rips: Maintaining Your Hands for CrossFit

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: July 7, 2022

How to Prevent CrossFit Hand Rips You know you’re a CrossFitter when handshakes become a topic of conversation. Not only because of your strong grip, but because of those nasty little calluses and hand rips. It’s important (and easy) to make hand care a part of your training. Our hands have seen it all, we’ll ...

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Maxson & Joshalynn Athlete of the Month

Maxson & Joshalynn Athlete of the Month

We couldn’t be more excited to share this month’s featured Athletes of the Month! Max & Joshy have, of course, been doing CrossFit since day one. From flipping car tires in the prekids class to learning double unders in the kids class to clean and jerking a 60 pound barbell in the preteens class…they are ...

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“I want to continuously challenge myself and stay physically active for as long as I can.” ~Alex Lautenschlaeger, Athlete of the Month

“I want to continuously challenge myself and stay physically active for as long as I can.” ~Alex Lautenschlaeger, Athlete of the Month

The mental challenges that each workout presents always is a great way of proving to yourself that your mind and body are oftentimes capable of way more than you think.

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Self Defense Series

Self Defense Series

We are excited to announce our upcoming Self Defense Series with Sensei Benny Gonzalez. Join us for a 6-week series on Mondays at 4pm starting May 16. You have the strength, learn how to use it in the beautiful art form of karate and self defense. Self Defense This specialty self defense workshop is specifically ...

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Memorial Day Murph

Memorial Day Murph

What is the “Murph” Workout? For those of you new to the Murph Workout, here’s what you can expect. The CrossFit community all over the country does this challenging workout, “Murph,” every Memorial Day in honor of our fallen military members. It is through our pain and sweat and raising money for charities supporting heroic causes that ...

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“I sleep much better at night, I eat better, overall I feel better about myself.” Matt Eaton, Athlete of the Month

“I sleep much better at night, I eat better, overall I feel better about myself.” Matt Eaton, Athlete of the Month

All the Salus Coaches agreed that Matt Eaton was a great choice for the April Athlete of the Month! We couldn’t agree more with Coach Melissa, “He gives 110% at every WOD no matter the time of day!” He makes it happen. Always showing a commitment to his health and rotating between the morning classes ...

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Nutrition for Teens

Nutrition for Teens

Tired of trying to get your teens to eat healthy? Whether your child is a competitive athlete, recreational athlete, student (or all of the above), nutrition for teens can be tricky. Nutrition for Teens: Fueling Your Young Athlete From sidelining sugar to sleeping for strength, nutrition and lifestyle factors play a huge role in improving ...

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Bill May “Practicing a healthier lifestyle allows me to be a good example not only for my children but to my friends and family.”

Bill May “Practicing a healthier lifestyle allows me to be a good example not only for my children but to my friends and family.”

"Practicing a healthier lifestyle allows me to be a good example not only for my children but to my friends and family." ~Bill May Athlete of the Month

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Sandra Andrews “The more I attend, the more I surprise myself with what I can accomplish.”

Sandra Andrews “The more I attend, the more I surprise myself with what I can accomplish.”

When the Salus Coaches discussed who should be our next Athlete of the Month, Sandra’s name came up multiple times. Sandra has come a long way over the past 6 months. “She is very coachable and willing to learn.” Not only has she made massive improvements in the gym by improving her lifts and body ...

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Want to RESET Your Mindset About Food? Ask Yourself This Question

Want to RESET Your Mindset About Food? Ask Yourself This Question

Want to reset your mindset about food? Ask yourself this question and you’ll change the way (and the why) you eat. “Why did you eat today?” We know, that might sound like an odd question. And for some, the answer is obvious: “Uh, because I was hungry?” But, how true is that really? Think back ...

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Don’t Fall for the Quick Fix or Fad Diet

Don’t Fall for the Quick Fix or Fad Diet

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: January 28, 2022

You want results. We get that. But be careful not to fall into the trap. Don’t fall for the quick fix or the next diet fad. Why? It won’t last. Buzz Words Are Confusing Trending diet words like Keto, macros, intermittent fasting, flexible dieting, paleo can be overwhelming. Confusing. Frustrating. With one search on Google, ...

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Strong as a Mother. Lauren Bradshaw Athlete of the Month

Strong as a Mother. Lauren Bradshaw Athlete of the Month

Each month we bring you the stories of some amazing athletes in the Middletown, NJ area. Many of these athletes are moms! And this month we are featuring one of those strong moms. Moms – on their own – are superhuman in their own right. CrossFit moms take it to a whole ‘nother level – ...

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Nutrition Challenge Rules

Nutrition Challenge Rules

Welcome to the 3-Week RESET Nutrition and Healthy Habits Challenge! This is a 3-week challenge designed to build on healthy habits you can sustain for LIFE. First, we focus on Nutrition Quality – this includes WHAT you’re eating. It’s time to clean out the kitchen cabinets! We also add on Nutrition Quantity. This includes how ...

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Margaret Casagrande: Athlete of the Month December 2021

Margaret Casagrande: Athlete of the Month December 2021

We’re excited to introduce our December Athlete of the month: Margaret. Margaret started just over a year ago – in the middle of lockdowns. Immediately we were inspired by her quiet determination and dedication. Whether that was consistently showing up in the middle of winter or grinding through a tough workout, Margaret has the grit ...

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Holiday Schedule 2021

Holiday Schedule 2021

  • Category: Blog,Events
  • Published: December 17, 2021

2021-22 Holiday Schedule Friday, Dec. 24 7am Barbell Club 7am Open Gym 8:30 or 9:30 am CrossFit Saturday, Dec. 25 Closed Friday, Dec. 31* 9, 10am or 5pm Barbell Club 9-10:30, 10:30-12 or 6-6:30pm *Special 90 minute NYE CrossFit class 12:15-1:15 Open Gym Saturday, January 1, 2022 9am Barbell Club 9am or 11:15am CrossFit 10:15 ...

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Experiencing Stress and Anxiety? Get to the Gym with Intensity!

Experiencing Stress and Anxiety? Get to the Gym with Intensity!

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: December 16, 2021

Research has long shown that engaging in any sort of physical activity (cardio/strength training) can be an effective drug-free way to improve mood, combat stress, and reduce anxiety. But, a new study now shows that high-intensity exercise may be superior over moderate exercise to help alleviate anxiety. As you may guess, I am a huge ...

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How to Safely Cut Weight Before a Weightlifting Meet (Preview)

How to Safely Cut Weight Before a Weightlifting Meet (Preview)

How to Safely Cut Weight Before a Meet By Angela Salveo, Sports Nutrition Coach Below is a snippet of an article that Angela Salveo, Salus Nutrition Coach, wrote an article for the Catalyst Athletics Performance Menu Magazine. To get the full guide, fill out the form below. Cutting Weight Like A Pro Just like your ...

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Is it Possible to Get Enough Protein as a Vegetarian?

Is it Possible to Get Enough Protein as a Vegetarian?

Is it possible to get enough protein as a vegetarian? Contrary to popular belief, many plant foods have a decent amount of protein. Check out how these proteins stack up.

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Gina Brownfeld: Athlete of the Month November 2021

Gina Brownfeld: Athlete of the Month November 2021

Over the years, we’ve witnessed Gina gain strength to not only handle more weight in the workouts, but also in her confidence. Whether that’s strength to get upside down in a handstand or strength to be an active grandma, her determination to make some serious changes has paid off! In addition, she’s won multiple nutrition ...

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Kaitlyn Mare Athlete of the Month October 2021

Kaitlyn Mare Athlete of the Month October 2021

In just under a year Kaitlyn has made some serious strides on the platform and in the kitchen. Through CrossFit, Barbell club and Nutrition Coaching, Kaitlyn has not only gotten stronger, but has transformed her mind and body along the way. Congratulations to Kaitlyn, our October 2021 Athlete of the Month! 1. When and why ...

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Brady & JT, Teen Athletes of the Month September 2021

Brady & JT, Teen Athletes of the Month September 2021

Meet Brady & JT. They both started in our CrossFit Kids class back in 2018, and have now advanced to our CrossFit Teens class and are absolutely killing it! These boys have become such well-rounded athletes and have experienced the benefits beyond the box. Brady shares, “It has made me more mentally focused.” And when ...

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Team Sports Strength and Conditioning

Team Sports Strength and Conditioning

Calling all Football, Cheerleading, Soccer athletes (and more!)! Take your team to the next level and help prevent injuries with team sports strength and conditioning training at Salus in Middletown, NJ. What is Team Sports Strength and Conditioning At Salus, we work directly with sports teams throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey to bring athletes together ...

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Traveling to a New CrossFit Box? CrossFit Drop in Etiquette: What You Need to Know Before You Go.

Traveling to a New CrossFit Box? CrossFit Drop in Etiquette: What You Need to Know Before You Go.

Traveling to a new box? Check out these five CrossFit drop in etiquette reminders to help you be the best guest and have the best experience. Whether you’re traveling for a business trip across the country or for an exotic vacation across the equator, it can be exciting to try out a new CrossFit box ...

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Maintaining Your Health & Nutrition During Travel

Maintaining Your Health & Nutrition During Travel

Vacations and traveling can put a damper on our health and nutrition goals in more ways than one. From added stress and interrupted sleep to more time seated and limited healthy food options, it’s frustrating to lose all the momentum you’ve gained recently. Don’t let one week undo all your progress and detour you from ...

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Richard Crocker Athlete of the Month August 2021

Richard Crocker Athlete of the Month August 2021

Like so many of us this past year (plus), finding a place we can go to escape the worries of the day, relieve some stress and connect with other like-minded people has been so important. Although Rich joined the Salus community this past April, he was getting involved at home with is wife. In his ...

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Yuliya Lee Athlete of the Month July 2021

Yuliya Lee Athlete of the Month July 2021

Within just four months of doing CrossFit and Nutrition Coaching, she has already lost over 30 pounds and is strong enough to carry 2 kids to and from the beach with ease. Congratulations to this strong mamma. Yuliya, you are an inspiration and we love having as part of the community.

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Healthy Swaps

Healthy Swaps

If you’ve already purged some obvious sugar culprits in your pantry but are looking for healthy swaps in the kitchen, you’re in luck. Let’s step it up a notch by swapping out one (or more) of those sCRAP-py (sugar-filled, completely refined and processed) foods for a cleaner version.  While whole and fresh foods are strongly ...

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Take the sCRAP-py Food Quiz

Take the sCRAP-py Food Quiz

You already know that consuming too many sCRAP-py (sugar-filled & completely refined and processed) foods can halt your goals (and it’s no bueno for your health). Yet, it’s found in practically everything we eat (way more than you may realize). Let’s figure out any patterns as to why you eat what you eat…and when you ...

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Is Sugar Bad? Plus Hidden Names for Sugar

Is Sugar Bad? Plus Hidden Names for Sugar

Is sugar bad? Will sugar make me gain weight? When is it OK to eat sugar? Many of us think of sugar as the white stuff people put in their coffee and the stuff that makes up most of those cereals in the breakfast “food” aisle. Sugars also occur naturally in many whole foods such ...

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3-Week Body Weight Workouts

3-Week Body Weight Workouts

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 8, 2021

Welcome to the 3-Week Body Weight-Only Program! We are excited to help you get your at home workout into your routine for Nutrition and Healthy Habits challenge Remember, to earn points for this task, you must take a class at your gym or do a 45 minute workout at home. The workout below is optional. Bookmark ...

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Liz and Jonathan, Athlete of the Month May & June 2021

Liz and Jonathan, Athlete of the Month May & June 2021

We love featuring Salus power couples, like the Goldblatt’s. Married with children, this hardworking couple balances family, work, friends and WOD life on the daily. Even though they don’t always get the chance to workout together, they’re each other’s biggest supporters. It’s been amazing to witness them crush their personal goals and we look forward ...

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Got Pain? Your Gut Might Be To Blame.

Got Pain? Your Gut Might Be To Blame.

Did you know that there is a strong connection between joint pain and your gut? If you’re experiencing achy knees, chronic pain or stiff joints, leaky gut may be to blame. Often, these ills are attributed to the unfortunate effects of aging and maybe we just chalk it up to be arthritis. What if that ...

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Courtney Guerriero, Athlete of the Month April 2021

Courtney Guerriero, Athlete of the Month April 2021

Each month we highlight a new athlete at Salus. This individual exudes something above and beyond. They not only give their best in every class, but they’re are hungry to learn more and always ready to put in the work. This individual also supports their fellow classmates and encourages them to reach their goals, too. ...

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Overcoming Procrastination: Just Do the Dishes Already

Overcoming Procrastination: Just Do the Dishes Already

Most of us know that the key to maintaining momentum with our goals is by overcoming procrastination. Have you ever noticed how the smallest things can feel so difficult? I know I’m not alone on this. Without a doubt, we all have that one thing (or many things) that needs to get done, but we ...

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Athlete of the Month: Carrie Bendik

Athlete of the Month: Carrie Bendik

Carrie has been with us almost two years now and has made some serious strides both physically and mentally. She has overcome obstacles, faced some fears and has come back stronger than ever.

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Bar Muscle-Up Progressions

Bar Muscle-Up Progressions

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: March 8, 2021

Common Bar Muscle-Up Progressions for CrossFit The Bar Muscle-Up (BMU) is a performed differently than a pull-up. The pull-up is performed with a vertical movement, up and down, where the bar muscle-up is performed with momentum moving forwards and backwards; with the backwards movement snapping back hard enough to throw the body over the bar. ...

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Why You Should Compete in the CrossFit Open

Why You Should Compete in the CrossFit Open

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: March 1, 2021

The CrossFit Games Open is upon us…   If you’re new to CrossFit, don’t just tune out and assume that it’s only for the firebreathing CrossFit athletes. We know it might seem intimidating, but that’s why we’re here to support you and help you be the best version of yourself! Here are just a few ...

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Athletes of the Month: The G-Unit

Athletes of the Month: The G-Unit

Each month we highlight a different athlete or athletes at Salus. These individuals have something special. They give their best in every class (and then some), they are hungry to learn more and always ready to do the work without complaining. Not only that, but these individuals support their fellow classmates and encourage them to ...

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Healthy Popcorn Recipe

Healthy Popcorn Recipe

If you’re looking for a new healthy popcorn recipe, we’ve got you covered! Popcorn is a Healthy Swap for Chips If you have that need to crunch and are looking for a snack that’s lower in calories than chips (but filling) we highly recommend popcorn. Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks because it’s high ...

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Taking Time for Yourself: Why Self-Care is SO Important

Taking Time for Yourself: Why Self-Care is SO Important

Do you ever feel guilty taking time for yourself? You shouldn’t. Self-care shouldn’t be a thing of the past. Here’s why you don’t have to “earn” me-time or feel guilty about taking it. Taking Time for Self-Care: Put Your Oxygen Mask On First It’s so easy to make [fill in the blank] your whole life. ...

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Why Should You Take a Rest Day?

Why Should You Take a Rest Day?

Incorporating a rest day after exercise is essential to achieving performance goals, weight-loss or weight-gain goals, improving energy, sleep and much, much more. But, make sure it’s about recovery…not just rest. What is a Rest Day? A rest day is when the body repairs, rebuilds and strengthens itself in the time between workout days. Incorporating recovery time ...

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Beyond the Scale: 5 Health Metrics That Are More Important to Measure

Beyond the Scale: 5 Health Metrics That Are More Important to Measure

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: January 26, 2021

For some strange reason American’s have chosen the scale as their favorite thing to track when it comes to determining progress around their health and fitness goals. Too many of us derive our sense of self-worth based on the number facing up at us from between our feet in the morning. But, there are many ...

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Taking Control of Cravings and Temptation

Taking Control of Cravings and Temptation

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: January 21, 2021

Do you usually give in to cravings, give up… or take control? This post is not your typical advice about fighting off cravings.  Sure, mindful eating, drinking more water, decreasing stress and avoiding the notorious feeling of being hangry will all help keep your cravings at bay (like that unplanned decision to grab pretzels from ...

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Athlete of the Month: Cosmo DeGennaro

Athlete of the Month: Cosmo DeGennaro

“Working out at Salus has helped me in so many ways. It has built me up as a person. Back when I first started, I never thought I would have accomplished so much.” ~Cosmo DeGennaro

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How Much Should I Eat? How to Start Listening To Your Body

How Much Should I Eat? How to Start Listening To Your Body

Two of the most common questions we get at Salus Nutrition is: “How much should I eat?” and “Should I count macros?” Similar to the question: “How much should I be lifting?” the answer is greatly dependent on many different factors. It’s impossible to give out a number without digging into the details, but you ...

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Dealing with Setbacks

Dealing with Setbacks

Setbacks are a normal part of the process. And they’re actually an important part of the process. It’s how we respond that makes all the difference in how we grow from there. Life happens. When the weekend hits, it can become tempting to steer away from our plan and indulge. When we’re stressed, we often ...

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The Importance of Mobility and Stretching

The Importance of Mobility and Stretching

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: January 17, 2021

When it comes to living a balanced and healthy life, we often think of nutrition, exercise, hydration and sleep. In today’s fitness industry, it seems that the workout is what captures the most attention…but what about mobility and stretching? As of now, most of us are quarantined. You’re probably noticing a lot of people posting ...

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Debunking Nutrition Myths

Debunking Nutrition Myths

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: January 13, 2021

When it comes to food and fitness, how many false assumptions have you heard before? Carbs are bad…fat will make us fat…if we do a gazillion sit-ups, we’ll get abs…to lose weight all we need to do is keep cutting calories, right? Not quite. Brainwash be gone! Carbs are not “bad.” Although low-carb diets do ...

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Wild Salmon vs Farmed Salmon

Wild Salmon vs Farmed Salmon

Salmon is prized for its health benefits. This fatty fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which most people don’t get enough of. However, not all salmon is created equal. Let’s take a look at some differences between wild salmon vs farmed salmon and how to tell the difference between the two. What’s the Difference Between ...

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Micronutrients: Benefits of a Colorful Plate

Micronutrients: Benefits of a Colorful Plate

Fruits and vegetables often get their colors from the nutrients they have inside: MICRONUTRIENTS. Because these foods are generally low in fat and calories and provide complex carbohydrates that can give you energy and fiber that makes you feel full, they should have a starring role on your plate at every meal. What Are Micronutrients? ...

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From a Deprivation Mindset to a Decision Mindset

From a Deprivation Mindset to a Decision Mindset

Moving from a from a deprivation mindset to a decision mindset is a habit. It’s your conscious decision to eat foods that make you feel better, look better and perform better. Own it.

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Destination Fixation

Destination Fixation

The cornerstone of all success begins with your foundation: Your WHY. What’s important to you? What is the ultimate goal? Why do you want it? Once you clarify your why, write it down and stick it somewhere you can see daily. Written goals give us clarity and direction. But you have to be willing to ...

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How to Create a Bedtime Routine

How to Create a Bedtime Routine

Do you have a bedtime routine? Do your kids? You both should! Here’s why. Sleep does so much more than prevent us from feeling tired. When we sleep, we heal and repair our bodies. Get enough and you could experience an improvement in learning and memory (bonus for school!). Research also shows that getting enough ...

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Want to Know the Secret to Meal Prep? Plan Ahead

Want to Know the Secret to Meal Prep? Plan Ahead

You’ve set some goals, so now it’s time to get used to tracking your progress and learning how to plan ahead. No matter your intention for joining the challenge. Setting goals and changing your way of life can be tough at the beginning. It’s it’s not uncommon for the initial reaction to feel a little ...

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The Link Between Sleep and Goals

The Link Between Sleep and Goals

Too tired to crush your goals? The link between sleep and goals is strong. Put these tips into practice you'll have more energy to attack those goals.

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7 Keys to Setting SMARTER Goals

7 Keys to Setting SMARTER Goals

Setting New Goals Plus My Favorite Habit-Tracking App Have you ever set a lofty goal for yourself (with the best intentions in mind, of course) only to eventually get frustrated and quit? This is all too common, especially in the New Year. You know and so much research shows that setting goals is a very ...

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Congratulations to Coach Lisa, CCFT Level 3

Congratulations to Coach Lisa, CCFT Level 3

Give this woman a challenge and she will ATTACK it with all her might and then laugh in it’s face. We are sending a HUGE congrats to Coach Lisa for her tenacity and dedication achieving her CrossFit Level 3!! Over the years, Lisa has coached over 1000 hours, judged multiple competitions – some at the ...

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Athlete of the Month: Jack James

Athlete of the Month: Jack James

Congratulations to Jack James for being our December 2020 Athlete of the Month! A regular to the early morning classes, he has made some serious strides since he started his CrossFit journey just 2 years ago. With a background in running and triathlons, Jack is now tossing around the barbell and working on mastering his ...

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On-the-Go Protein Power Balls

On-the-Go Protein Power Balls

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: November 25, 2020

This delicious plant-based protein power ball is made with nuts, seeds, pea-protein powder, dates and touch of maple syrup. When you need an on-the-go protein snack, this one will help you stay satisfied in between meals and doesn’t disappoint. Protein has been a hot topic in the health and wellness industry for quite a while. ...

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Thanksgiving Thank You!

Thanksgiving Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving Salus! Over the last seven years, Gino and I have put our entire heart and soul into Salus. Every one of us has faced a multitude of challenges this past year. We are thankful to be here for you – whether that’s to work off some stress, connect with the community or just feel ...

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3 Ways to Optimize Recovery

3 Ways to Optimize Recovery

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: November 19, 2020

Exercise is a stimulus for change, but it’s the time in between your workouts during which your body adapts and makes progress. In order to take your training to the next level, you must optimize recovery time. 3 Ways to Optimize Recovery Stress: Stress is an undeniable part of life. There are good and bad ...

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Post-Workout Nutrition: What to Eat After Training

Post-Workout Nutrition: What to Eat After Training

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: November 18, 2020

Post-Workout Nutrition is Key If you’re crushing it at the gym but ignoring post-workout nutrition, you’re missing out on a key element for muscle recovery (and so much more). Maybe you just aren’t sure what to eat after training or when to eat it? The good news is that post-workout nutrition doesn’t have to be ...

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Meet Chelsey & Sam, Athletes of the Month November 2020

Meet Chelsey & Sam, Athletes of the Month November 2020

We’re excited to feature this CrossFit couple, Chelsey and Sam Dokus, as Athletes of the Month for November 2020. In just one year, Chelsey has improved dramatically. Her consistency, positive outlook and energy is contagious. And in her own humble way, she is pretty fearless. She has been attacking exercises – like handstands, squatting, deadlifts ...

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Nutrition Fall is here and so is my obsession for warm butternut squash soup. Butternut squash is a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with vitamins (A, B, C and E), minerals ( magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron), this immune-boosting, cancer-fighting, this winter squash is about to become your favorite fall food. Not only is this ...

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Life After the Nutrition Challenge

Life After the Nutrition Challenge

Life After the Nutrition Challenge You made it! It’s been weeks of clean eating, being mindful of your portions, staying hydrated, exercising, mobilizing, sleeping like a baby, working toward your goals and motivating everyone around you! But, now what? What happens after the nutrition challenge? Preparing for life after a nutrition challenge is not a huge ...

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How to Use MyFitnessPal Effectively

How to Use MyFitnessPal Effectively

Are you ready to take your food tracking, water intake and measurements a step further? Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, lean out or feel more energetic throughout your day, the free app, MyFitnessPal is a user-friendly tool to help you reach your goals and set you up for success. On this post, ...

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Olympic Weightlifting in NJ: Some Basics

Olympic Weightlifting in NJ: Some Basics

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: October 20, 2020

Olympic Weightlifting in NJ: Some Basics Olympic weightlifting, also referred to as weightlifting, is a competitive sport in which athletes attempt a maximum weight lift of two different lifts: the clean and jerk and the snatch. To find a USAW Sanctioned Olympic Weightlifting Club in NJ, visit their website at teamusa.org. In the snatch, the weightlifter lifts ...

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Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

When was the last time you truly paid attention to what you were eating — when you truly savored the experience of a meal? Often, we eat on autopilot, inhaling our food while our attention is on the TV, laptop or our phone. Mindful eating encourages us to remove those distractions and sit uninterrupted for ...

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Hangry? We’ve All Been There

Hangry? We’ve All Been There

Ever felt hangry? If this word isn’t familiar to you, the feeling probably is. (I used to experience hanger a fair share when the kids were young, to be honest). Have you ever snapped at someone right before dinner or when you were grocery shopping on an empty stomach? It’s possible you were having a ...

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Healthy Banana Bread Muffin Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread Muffin Recipe

Healthy Banana Bread Muffins Looking for a freshly baked banana bread muffin that tastes good and won’t derail your diet? We’ve got you covered with this easy and healthy banana bread muffin recipe from Coach Camilla @lopescamilla. Ingredients: -1 mashed banana (plus one extra for the topping) -2 eggs -1 tsp vanilla extract -1/2 cup ...

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Positive Self-Talk | What are you saying to yourself?

Positive Self-Talk | What are you saying to yourself?

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: October 15, 2020

Some experts say we have up to 80,000 thoughts a day. Some experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. And studies show the type of talk you engage in has a significant impact on your quality of life. Positive ...

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Earn Your Girl Scout Staying Fit Badge

Earn Your Girl Scout Staying Fit Badge

If you need some ideas for your Girl Scout Staying Fit Badge, you’ve come to the right place. Through games, fitness and activities, the Salus Coaches will teach your girls how to stay fit and healthy in a safe, fun environment. Currently all classes are being conducted outdoors due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Studies Show ...

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Hydration for Young Athletes

Hydration for Young Athletes

Hydration for young athletes (and adult athletes, too) is more important than you may realize. A drop in hydration can not only affect performance, but can also result in headaches and a decrease in their cognitive performance. Is your young athlete staying hydrated? Guess what? Thirst is not a reliable sign of proper hydration (for kids ...

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Athlete of the Month: Alyssa Anderson “It’s been life-changing.”

Athlete of the Month: Alyssa Anderson “It’s been life-changing.”

In just over one year, this Athlete of the Month has made some serious strides. Although she claims not to be a morning person, she has been consistently crushing the early morning classes. She is stronger, more confident and now even motivating her boys to join in on the fun with CrossFit Teens and CrossFit ...

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Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti squash is a delicious and healthier alternative to most pastas. This veggie is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and it’s also higher in fiber and vitamin C. Try this delicious spaghetti squash recipe as a low-carb alternative to pasta, combined with veggies, protein, and healthy fats. Feel free to mix in with your ...

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Pre Workout Drink: What to Have Right Before Your Workout

Pre Workout Drink: What to Have Right Before Your Workout

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: September 23, 2020

What is the Best Pre Workout Drink? It doesn’t matter where you train or how you compete, carbohydrates are the critical factor that determines how well you perform and whether or not you will endure and fight to the finish. Some people prefer to eat solid foods, but for most, having the right pre workout ...

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Balancing Macronutrients for Energy

Balancing Macronutrients for Energy

Balancing Macronutrients for Energy Macronutrients, you probably know them as “macros,” include carbohydrates, protein and fat. Each one plays a significant role our health, affecting our energy levels and body composition, our ability to do work and recover from exercise as well as our fight against chronic disease. Today, we’re going to touch on energy ...

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Healthy breakfast ideas… they can be the Achilles heel of the modern day parent. As a mom of twins, I know that mornings are crazy. Between dragging the kids out of bed and making sure they’re ready for school, it can be tempting to give breakfast the backseat and go for convenience over nutritious. I ...

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Nutrient Timing: What to Eat Before and After a Workout

Nutrient Timing: What to Eat Before and After a Workout

Not sure what to eat before and after a workout? How about when to eat it? It all depends on your goals and your training regimen. Here’s a quick overview of nutrient timing and who could use it. What to Eat Before and After a Workout: Who’s it For? Determining what to eat before and ...

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Do I Need to Count Macros?

Do I Need to Count Macros?

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: August 8, 2020

Scroll through some news feeds and you’re sure to see talk of counting macros, weighing and measuring food, eating for performance and even carb cycling/refeed days. All of it can seem pretty overwhelming for someone who wants to get their nutrition in check. But what if you’re ready for more? Do you really need to ...

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What Are Macros?

What Are Macros?

What Are Macros? What are macros? Macros are short for macronutrients. Macronutrients include protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These are three nutrients your body needs to produce, and store, energy to survive, function… and exercise! Each one has a different role in our bodies. But, with all the conflicting information on what you should and shouldn’t ...

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When Should You Choose Organic?

When Should You Choose Organic?

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: July 30, 2020

If You Choose Organic, Does That Mean It’s Healthy? “Organic” always means “healthy,” right? Well, sometimes. Choose organic foods and you’ll avoid a lot of toxic chemicals, which is ideal… but think twice before you rely on the “organic” label just to justify that organic pastry or lollipop for your kids. What separates conventional farming ...

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Overhead Mobility Test with Coach Lisa DPT, PT

Overhead Mobility Test with Coach Lisa DPT, PT

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: July 9, 2020

Overhead Mobility Test Try this easy and important overhead mobility test to assess where you’re at right now and see what you need to fix. Overhead mobility is important to be able to safely support heavy weights extended overhead. Don’t settle for suboptimal shoulder mobility. Take the time to understand it, assess it, fix it, ...

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Member Spotlight: Sensei Benny Shares Self Defense Tips

Member Spotlight: Sensei Benny Shares Self Defense Tips

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 26, 2020

In this Member Spotlight, we interview Sensei Benny Gonzalez and talk with her about her fitness journey. As a 4th degree black belt, Benny has a wealth of knowledge and shares some important self defense tips for men, women and children to keep in mind. Meet Sensei Benny Gonzalez Benny started karate 34 years ago ...

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Member Spotlight: Chelsea Talks Music and Athletics

Member Spotlight: Chelsea Talks Music and Athletics

In this Salus member spotlight, we talk to Chelsea about what got her started at Salus, how her routine has changed while working out at home and how music and athletics go hand-in-hand. Meet Chelsea Time for a Change In the past, Chelsea found herself feeling bored at different commercial gyms. She would go for ...

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How Much Should I Eat? Portions Explained

How Much Should I Eat? Portions Explained

How Much Should I Eat? Portions Explained Not sure how much to eat? Portions can be tricky. The best place to start is by using your hand. Fit in a good balance of protein, veggies, smart carbs, healthy fats by using your hand(s) as your guide to build your plate for each meal. Use Your ...

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5-Minute Meditation with Gina

5-Minute Meditation with Gina

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 12, 2020

Starting a New Fitness Journey As a Yogi, Gina was already active, but she craved more. She actually started CrossFit as a way to connect with her family’s conversation at the dinner table. But, soon found she discovered she was competitive and even loved lifting weights, too! Her progress was motivating. New deadlift PRs, first-time ...

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Mobility: Why You Need to Do It

Mobility: Why You Need to Do It

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 10, 2020

When you put effort into mobility for CrossFit, Olympic lifting, etc., you’ll start to notice serious improvements (ie: gains) in your training, more frequent PRs, smoother reps, and a faster recovery (preventing that dreaded DOMS).   Athletes who exercise regularly might find they feel held back in certain exercises because of limited range of motion ...

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Staying Hydrated

Staying Hydrated

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: June 7, 2020

It’s not unusual for people to start their day drinking coffee (which only further dehydrates our bodies). Next thing you know, they’re busy working, homeschooling and doing a lot of other stuff (besides drinking water). Staying hydrated is a thought in the distance. Distracted Dehydration We’re all distracted. That’s why it’s important to pair the ...

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June Athletes of the Month: Jess & Stephen on Staying Motivated Home During COVID

June Athletes of the Month: Jess & Stephen on Staying Motivated Home During COVID

In this interview, Jess & Stephen share how they have been staying motivated at home by dialing in their nutrition and at-home workouts with Salus Nutrition Coach Angela over the past three months. They felt “stuck in a rut” and not getting the results they wanted. Their goal was to push out of that plateau ...

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Toes to Bar Tips with Coach Gino

Toes to Bar Tips with Coach Gino

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 4, 2020

Toes to bar is a movement that can stop up a lot of athletes. It seems like a straightforward movement, but it can the the cause of a lot of frustration. The main faults we see is due to a lack of tension in the hang and engagement in the midline. Let’s take a look ...

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Hip Mobility with Coach Lisa, DPT, PT

Hip Mobility with Coach Lisa, DPT, PT

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 4, 2020

Squatting isn’t just about lifting the heaviest weights you can. Hip mobility is fundamental to achieving the perfect squat, and we asked Coach Lisa, DPT, PT, to help us. Coach Lisa has a simple hip mobility drill athletes can do to help improve squat depth and hip mobility. Hip Mobility Drill to Help Squat Depth ...

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Frozen Watermelon Pops

Frozen Watermelon Pops

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Published: June 2, 2020

Watermelon is just about the most refreshing thing you could possibly eat in the middle of summer. Especially if it’s frozen! Pick up a farm-fresh watermelon and dig in! Place watermelon chunks, coconut water and any other fruit, like raspberries into a blender, and blend on high speed until the fruit is smoothed. Pour the ...

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“Three Feet From Gold” Insight From Coach Steven

“Three Feet From Gold” Insight From Coach Steven

  • Category: Blog
  • Published: June 1, 2020

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. All of us are guilty of this mistake at one time or another. 3 Feet From Gold Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, referred to “3 feet from gold.” This analogy comes from a ...

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