10 “Must-Dos” in Madison during CrossFit Games Week

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2019 will be the third year the CrossFit Games takes place in Madison, WI and for the third year in a row, I’m taking a week of vacation in order to be there to participate in all that “Games Week” has to offer. Below are 10 things I’ve come to call my “must-dos” in Madison:

 

1. Grab an almond milk latte from Collectivo Coffee. Collectivo is a Wisconson-based specialty coffee roaster with three locations in Madison, and it’s one of my all-time favorites. Take an early morning to sip on a cup in the shop, or grab one to go on your way to the Games venue.

 

2. Get out on the water. The lakes surrounding Madison are it’s best feature in the summer. Rent a paddleboard or kayak on Lake Wingra, get a group together to take a pontoon boat out on Mendota, or check out the Reebok Fitbarge on Lake Monona.

 

3. Attend the CrossFit Health Conference. The third annual CrossFit Health Conference is scheduled for Wednesday July 31st, and you don’t want to miss it! This year’s conference will focus on three central themes — the war on cholesterol and fat, the metabolic effects of low-carb diets, and the widespread sacrifice of scientific truth on the altar of the pharmaceutical industry. The conference will feature speakers to the tune of Dr. Zoë Harcombe and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino. If you’re in town, this is the perfect way to spend the day before the competition action starts. It’s also a great way to learn about and join the conversation of CrossFit Health — a major driver of so many of the changes you’ve experienced to the Games season this year.

 

4. Wine and Dine. Madison is home to tons of great restaurants, and during CrossFit Games week many of them have created special menus featuring the type of food the CrossFit community is known to love. Some of my favorites so far include Graft, Graze, Basset Street Brunch Club, and, if you’re feeling fancy, A Pig in a Fur Coat.

 

5. Take a bike tour. Madison is a big biking town, and what better way to enjoy your surroundings and get acquainted with the city than on a bike? There are numerous bike rental shops around Madison, or you can pick up a local B-Cycle from one of many stations.

 

6. Attend the Saturday on the Square Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday in the Summer, the Dane County Farmer’s Market takes over “The Square” in downtown Madison, circling the capitol building. By this point in the week you might be craving a home-cooked meal or at least some fresh fruits and veggies, and exploring the farmer’s market can be a great way to catch a break from all the action happening at the Alliant Energy Center.

 

7. Soak in the views from the terrace. The Memorial Union Terrace is a historical location located in front of the University of Wisconsin Union with a beautiful view of Lake Mendota. Bring your own drinks and snacks and enjoy the lake views as a great way to begin your day or wind down in the evening.

 

8. Partake in the Spectator Experience. The Spectator Experience at the CrossFit Games is always a highlight, and this year will be no different. Peruse the latest and greatest products to support your fitness, catch a workout in the Assault Spectator Workout Area, grab a drink in the Beer Garden while your kids run free in the Kid Zone, or sign up to test your own fitness in events such as OUTWOD, Porsche Auto-Cross & 911 Pull, Go-Ruck Hero WOD, FitAid One-Ton Challenge, or a Ragnar Relay.

 

9. Cool down with an açaí bowl. For the past two years, Sambazon has set up carts around the Alliant Energy Center where they sell some of the best açaí bowls I’ve ever tasted. There’s just nothing better after a long day of spectating in the heat than grabbing a bowl to enjoy as you head into the air-conditioned Colosseum to watch the evening’s events. Get your’s fast, though – they’ve been known to sell out quickly!

 

10. Cheer on the Fittest. Let’s all remember why we’re here in the first place – to celebrate the fittest athletes from across the globe. This year will be extra-special as we’ll have representation from every single country. Make sure to show them your support and celebrate all the hard work they put in year-round in order to put on an amazing show for us. Even if you won’t be in Madison this year, there are still plenty of ways to watch and show your support.

Ep 117 – Functional Bodybuilding & Earning Intensity with Marcus Filly

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“We’re so resilient as people that we can deal with a lot of stuff.  And if you pull back on the intensity, and you give your body a chance to heal, we’re also remarkable healers.  You know, you give yourself the right ingredients, we’ll heal from almost… I mean, from a lot.  And I had to go through that experience first-hand and people watched me go through that experience and they’re like, “Marcus, what are you doing, I want to try that, what’s that thing?” and so I had to give it a name.  I mean, I intentionally gave it a name to let it create an identity.  And now it’s’ a couple years into it and there’s a very clear look and feel to doing functional bodybuilding workouts.” – Marcus Filly

Marcus Filly is a 6-time CrossFit Games athlete, a former medical school student, and the catalyst behind the functional bodybuilding movement.  As the owner of Revival Strength, he is passionate about providing training programs to help his clients build strength and endurance without breaking down their bodies.

However, Marcus wasn’t always so sure about his path.  Following his collegiate athletic career, Marcus entered medical school to pursue what he thought was his intended purpose.  Instead, he found that while he appreciated the knowledge and the discipline of his medical training, a voice inside kept telling him he was on the wrong track.

After a lot of soul searching, Marcus decided to follow his heart and begin a career in fitness.  In doing so, he found a new way to educate and empower people with the tools they need to begin their own pursuit of health and happiness.

Marcus and I had a great conversation about the many parallels in our lives, from medical training to the demands of being a competitive athlete.  In this episode, we discuss the importance of finding your true purpose, the distinction between functional bodybuilding and other styles of training, and why lifestyle stressors are a huge consideration when it comes to earning intensity in a workout.

Topics we cover in this episode include:

  • Marcus’s athletic and educational background
  • The application process for med school and how his fitness experience shaped his intended career path in medicine, with a desire to focus on health
  • The importance of being introspective and taking time to figure out your own path
  • How periods of great stress can lead to revelations about your true purpose, and how Marcus applies his own experience to help his clients
  • Marcus’s CrossFit journey from team athlete to individual Games competitor
  • The factors that drove his decision to step away from competition
  • Where the concept for Revival Strength came from
  • His goals to create careers for his coaches and provide one-on-one attention for his clients
  • The distinction between traditional CrossFit style workouts and functional bodybuilding
  • The value of periodization, control points, tempo, and rest
  • Marcus’s belief that you have to earn intensity in your workouts by balancing the stressors in your life
  • Strategies that he employs to manage his stress and maintain balance
  • Three things Marcus does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Marcus

You can follow Marcus on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on his podcast.

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Ep 116 – How Healing Works with Dr. Wayne Jonas

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“I call that integrative health.  Integrative health is a little different than complementary medicine, is different than integrative medicine.  Integrative health is the merger of conventional care like I learned, and you learned in your own medical training.  Evidence-based complementary practices, non-drug approaches, and then self-care: behavior and lifestyle. If you put those three together you have integrative health, and now we’re talking.  Now we’re able to really not only prevent a lot of illnesses, but in many cases, reverse a lot of chronic illnesses that plague our country today.” – Dr. Wayne Jonas

Dr. Wayne Jonas is a practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health, and a widely published scientific investigator. In addition to his medical practice, he has served as President, CEO, and Executive Director for Samueli Integrative Health Programs, Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, and Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Drawing on his experience from leading hundreds of research studies, Dr. Jonas authored the book How Healing Works, in which he explains the biology of healing and the science behind the discovery that 80 percent of healing occurs outside of our conventional medical care.  His goal is to change the way doctors and patients approach healthcare—away from a disease treatment model to an integrative system that incorporates the best of evidence-based conventional, complementary and self-care approaches.  Dr. Jonas’s advice can help us facilitate our own innate ability to heal after both minor and major medical incidents, change how we consume healthcare, and enable us to be more in control of our own health.

I first read Dr. Jonas’s book during my own residency in family medicine, and his message really resonated with the way I aspire to practice in my career.  I was excited to chat with him recently about the concept of integrative health and how research supports that taking care of the whole person– mind, body, and spirit– is imperative for long-term healing.

*Dr. Jonas’s bio adapted from his website.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What interested Dr. Jonas in a career in medicine and eventually family medicine
  • How he developed an interest in patient-centered care with a spiritual focus
  • The healing paradox: how 80% of healing occurs outside of modern conventional treatments
  • The definition of integrative health
  • How cultural context affects the preferred placebo delivery method and how placebo response should actually be called the healing response
  • Open placebo studies and how they demonstrate that intention, ritual, and belief can create healing
  • How to train the body to give a learned response to a conditioned stimulus
  • How mindset around lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise, can improve health
  • How one can start the process of healing through finding meaning and purpose
  • The importance of stress management and exercising the relaxation response to strengthen your parasympathetic nervous system
  • Where health comes from: the impact of physical environment, love, and social connections on health
  • Using visualization for healing
  • Jonas’s advice to physicians wanting to tap into the extra 80% of healing
  • How doctors and patients can use the HOPE Note to add integrative healthcare to a routine medical visit
  • Dr. Jonas’s daily life and practices he implements for his own self-care
  • Three things Dr. Jonas does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Dr. Jonas

You can follow Dr. Jonas on his website, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is also brought to you by Butcher Box. Butcher Box delivers 100% grass-fed and finished beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork directly to your doorstep, on your schedule. You can order curated or custom boxes of meat, and they always come with recipe ideas for you to explore. Visit butcherbox.com/Julie to receive an exclusive offer for being a listener of Pursuing Health: $20 off your first order and Burgers All Summer! Sign up before August 8th and receive a pack of 6 FREE burgers in every box you receive from now until October 15th.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.