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Tom Kha Gai

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

tom_kha_gaiThis is my favorite soup. It is especially wonderful with the traditional Thai spicing of kaffir lime leaves and galanga. You can find these in most Asian Markets (can be found in the Asian market on Mary St next to Peets and across from Whole Foods in San Rafael). Substitutions for these are noted below; lemongrass can found in Safeway. I keep packets in the freezer of these 3 spices mixed with the garlic which allows me to get this on the dinner table as a meal with kale on the side in 15 or 20 minutes.

I usually included minced jalapeño pepper and red bell pepper, but as nightshades are not Paleo, I’ve omitted these. If you know you are not sensitive to nightshades, they add fantastic kick and color respectively. If in doubt about nightshades, stick with black pepper as that is in the family Piperaceae as opposed to bell pepper, jalapeño, cayenne, et al which are in the Capsicum family and are nightshades.

In case you’ve wondered, the reason these nightshades and others including tomato, white potatoes, and eggplant are avoided in the Paleo diet is because of the potential inflammatory response of the body to lectins which, in sensitive individuals, can provoke an immune system response similar to that toward the WGA lectin in wheat/gluten in folks who are gluten-sensitive or celiac.

Basically, know yourself, listen to how your body responds to certain foods even if they are Paleo approved. This soup is awesome with or without the nightshades!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic (I use 4 cubes of TJs frozen garlic)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, fine slice
  • 1 stalk lemon grass minced (if minced, stays in soup and is eaten; alternately – to make things easy – cut into 2” lengths and remove before serving)
  • 1 inch piece of galanga, fresh or dried (fabulous, delicious Thai root spice but if you can’t find it, ginger can be substituted)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves or 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons arrowroot, depending on amount of chicken used
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 can straw mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (make sure it’s wheat free)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Directions

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. After oil is heated, add garlic, scallions, lemon grass, galanga, and lime leaves. (If substituting lime zest, save this until later below.) Heat and occasionally stir for 2 minutes.

Add water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, slice chicken into bit-sized slices or cubes and toss with arrowroot to lightly coat.

Add chicken to soup and cook for 4 minutes.

Add coconut milk, pepper, mushrooms, fish sauce lime juice and lime zest if making this substitution. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and serve.

Key Lime Shots

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

key_lime_annieAnnie and I like lime. In fact, she wouldn’t let me photograph this without hovering close enough to secure a spoonful after the shot was taken. Like Annie, I’m willing to bet this dessert will make you purr!

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (key lime is my preference)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, just barely melted on low heat in microwave
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed gelatin

In a medium saucepan, combine eggs, zest, honey, lime juice and coconut oil. Mix well, turn on heat to medium, and cook stirring constantly until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve into a bowl and refrigerate.

Next, add coconut milk and gelatin to saucepan. Stir together, let sit for a full 10 minutes, and then turn heat to medium and stir until gelatin has dissolved. Transfer to another bowl and refrigerate along with lime mixture. Let both chill for about 4 hours or until gelatin has set.

Once set, combine contents of both bowls in a food processor and blend together until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness with further honey or maple syrup if desired. Enjoy right away!

Before you Celebrate Labor Day……

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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Before you celebrate labor day, and enjoy the end of summer come to The Cave for a surprise WOD!  It’s a killer!
9 and 10 classes only, all other classes are canceled today.

Today’s 10:00 am WOD recovery yoga class is canceled.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Todays’s 10:00 am WOD recovery yoga class is canceled.  We’re sorry for the inconvenience and last minute notice, this was unavoidable and an extremely rare occurrence.

This class will resume next week,  come check it out!
Thank you

The NPGL Has Begun. Let’s all GO!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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The NPGL Has Begun!
If you haven’t yet heard of the NPGL (National Pro Grid League), chances are, you will very soon. Like now. The new sport is poised to make major headlines this year, and it may very well change the way we look at professional athletes forever.
The NPGL consists of 8 teams from around the country that come together for competitive, televised matches, similar to professional football or baseball. However, one of the distinctions of these gladiator style matches is they aren’t decided by baskets or goals scored - they’re based on points earned by each team’s performance together in 11 races, combining strategy, brute physical power, and agility. To read about the 11 races please click here.

The Fire ladies, Eleni Frediani, Whitney Heuser, and Courtney Walker showing excellent form with their hand stand push ups.

The Fire ladies, Eleni Frediani, Whitney Heuser, and Courtney Walker showing excellent form with their hand stand push ups.

Unlike any other professional sports league, NPGL teams will be co-ed (equal number of men and women) with at least one of each aged 40 years or older! Each team is made up of specialists: the Workhorse who can do just about anything; the Sprinter who can crush any movement under 30 seconds; the gymnast who can handle unusual movements. Pacing is pretty much non-existent, so these races are fast. If you thought the CrossFit Games was a fast paced adrenaline rush, a 2 hour GRID match is going to be INCREDIBLE!
The inaugural GRID season begins on August 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York City and ends on October 3rd at Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. Every regular season match will be streamed live to npgl.com. Ten hours of the playoffs will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network.

Cave Fire Road Trip!  Let’s all GO!

We are hoping to have our CAVE family support our local team, the San Francisco Fire. We are organizing a CAVE road trip to the Fire’s first home match of the season against the Philadelphia Founders. It’s on Thursday night, August 28th at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley located on the Cal Berkeley campus.
To sit together with seats with backs, we can order tickets as a group. The tickets are $47. each, but with a group discount, tickets will be $42.30. A huge thank you to Rich LeFurgy for making this possible!
The order is going to be placed by MONDAY, so please either respond to the Google group thread or e-mail me at dana@inthecave.com.

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Go SF FIRE!

This week in The Cave

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Bill at the Games last year

Bill at the Games last year

Bill and Amanda are headed to the CrossFit Games!
It’s not too late to donate!  If you haven’t contributed yet, there are 3 ways to do so:

1. Visit our link on-line: http://www.gofundme.com/aau608
2. Walk into the office to make a contribution with your credit card/account.
3. Have a few spare dollars in your wallet? Add them to the collections box on the CrossFit floor.

New CrossFit coach
Have you met our new CrossFit coach Jaime? Jaime comes from NorCal Strength and Conditioning in Chico. She is a great coach and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to The Cave. Read more about her here: (LINK)

Challenge WOD #6
Challenge WOD #6 is underway…One more week left to get it done, so what are you waiting for?1000761_10200913033484725_1949430513_n

Please review the movement standards here

Kids Night Out - July 26

Parents, bring us your kids and take the night off! Your kids will have fun, play games and spend time with your favorite coaches or get to know new ones. Kids also get exercise and have a healthy dinner. You can relax and enjoy your evening knowing your children are safe AND happy! The next KNO is Movie Night on July 26, and you can register here.

Summer Camps
If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break), check out our Summer Camp schedule below! Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!
The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level! Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure she is safe and having fun.
Summer Camps Date:
Gymnastics: July 28- August 1
Youth Camp: August 4-8
Gymnastics: August 11-15
Parkour: August 18-22
REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630

girls-teamFall Class Registration

Yes, it is only mid-summer, but its already that time to begin planning for the Fall! Classes fill up super fast in the Fall, so now is the time to organize your children’s schedules and sign them up!  Our Fall Schedule can be seen here on line and you can sign up by calling The Cave at (415) 927-1630.

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

You don’t want to miss this!  Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell - founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program - learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults. Click here to register.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar

Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell - founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program - learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable. Click here to register.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

Happy Birthday America

Friday, July 4th, 2014

We hope you have a safe and happy July 4th celebration

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My Crossfit Journey: An “Old Lady’s” Guide To Crossfit by Sandy S

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

This is a repost from Sandy Shepard’s website. This is a beautiful post and I wanted to further share it with our community. Thank you Sandy! You are an amazing inspiration to us all!

I started Crossfit last year, on September 6th. As I type this post, that means I have been doing Crossfit for 9 months.

In the year before starting Crossfit, I had done a few marathons and half marathons (5), and a Olympic distance triathlon. The year before that, I did an Ironman, because I wanted to do an Ironman before turning 50.

This might sound like it makes me a bad-ass. Far from it. Look, someone has to bring up the back of the pack in the dark – that’d be me. Sure, I’ll agree with you – there are a lot of folks out there that don’t get off the couch to do anything . . . and in fact, if you look back in this blog going way, way back, you’ll see that was me.

But here’s the thing. After having some health issues, as my birthday came around last year (September), I found myself in the unenviable position of being almost 40 pounds overweight. I didn’t fit in any of my clothes, and all the biking/running /swimming in the world wasn’t budging it. I’d like to pretend that it was all “muscle,” but last Fall I had a fat “dunk test” (that I blogged about back there somewhere) – and I was 30% fat by weight. Oh and believe me, you knew it – my muffin top had a muffin top. I have recently been reading some great blog posts about gals who were transformed by Crossfit. HERE is one by a Crossfit franchise owner and competitor (Talayna Fortunato), HERE is one about “regular” Crossfit women by a gal who started out overweight (it’s long, but well worth the read).

When I read a lot of these articles now, I actually get a bit depressed. Why? Because here I am nine months along, and I’m nowhere near where everyone else is. In fact, I started Crossfit just two days after the gal who wrote the “Crossfit Women: The Truth” post linked above (the long one). And look at how remarkable she is now. I still can’t do a pullup, a proper pushup or burpee, or innumerable other things.

One thing you’ll get used to – chalk basically EVERYWHERE. Yes, this is me.

One thing you’ll get used to – chalk basically EVERYWHERE. Yes, this is me.

Okay, so she is young enough to be my daughter. But here I am, 9 months later, and I don’t have some dramatic “Before and After.” I go to Crossfit 3-5 days a week (yes, really), rain or shine, and you can’t really tell, compared to all the other “Before and Afters” – including the one at the top of this page (which is not me, by the way).

But that’s what I’m here to talk about. Oh sure, when I’m snuggled up in my bed and the alarm goes off, I think two, three, ten times about actually swinging my legs over the side and putting on my athletic clothes. But I do it. Because, dramatic “Before and After” or not, Crossfit is about community. And besides, I will not lie to you, it feels pretty bad-ass to lift a big metal bar above your head – even if it weighs a tenth of anyone else’s.

I suppose that we’ve all felt “community” at some point in our lives – whether it’s folks at Bingo who would rib you if you didn’t show up, or your Book Club, or even a Zumba or Jazzercise class you did for a while in your past. But the Crossfit community is a bit different.

Here’s an example: One of our coaches, Amanda Norton, recently made it to the Crossfit Regionals. You don’t need to know what that is, just know it’s huge. She wound up having a hard time on the second day of competition, though she had worked her way up to 11th in our Region the day before (awesome!). During this workout, she was only about 3/4 of the way through when the top 10 women (who were competing in her same Heat) were already finished. Did they leave the field? Continue to lie panting on the mat, after their own enormous efforts?

No. They surrounded her and cheered her on, coaching her, cajoling her. I talked to her about it afterwards – some folks might hate that and, like Garbo, ‘Vant to be Left Alone!” – but she said it was awesome. Here she is, surrounded by “Crossfitters whose names are known” – Crossfitters who compete for a living – giving her “Atta Girls” when she feels like giving up.

Crossfit is also the only sport where the entire audience generally actually does the sport. While a very small percentage of the audience of, say, a football game has ever had experience on the field, just about everyone at a Crossfit competition is doing their best to do the exact same movements that the competitors are doing.

That’s amazing, when you think about it.

Thank you again to Sandy Shepard for this fantastic blog post. This post continues from here and   You can read the full version here.

This Week in The Cave

Monday, June 9th, 2014

campfire-night3_webKids Night Out

Forget about the babysitter and bring the kids to The Cave!  They’ll get exercise, have lots of fun and enjoy a healthy dinner.  This week’s theme is Campfire Night.   Register on-line or call (415) 927-1630.  $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

Summer Camps

Have you made summer plans for your kids yet?  The Cave’s summer camps are perfect for any age and any level!  Our coaches will challenge your child at her level while making sure they are safe and having fun.

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If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!
Gymnastics:  June 16-20
Ninja:  June 23-27
Team Gymnastics:  June 30-July 3 (This training camp is for Level 3+.)
Gymnastics:  July 28- August 1
Youth Camp:  August 4-8
Gymnastics:  August 11-15
Parkour:  August 18-22

REGISTER ON-LINE OR CALL (415)927-1630.

Challenge WOD

Challenge WOD #4 was announced last night, read about it here, so get it done by this Sunday! The third challenge WOD is complete, great job to all those who participated. Want to know more about Challenge WOD? Check this out!

CrossFit Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar

amanda_muSpend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning how to properly teach gymnastics fundamentals in a CrossFit program. Detailed progressions will be covered. Key safety concerns will be addressed specifically geared toward teaching gymnastics movements to adults.

SAugust 9, 2014 01:00PM to 4:00PM

Member cost: $70.00
Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants, so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Trainer’s and Athlete’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

CrossFit Athlete’s Gymnastics Seminar

Spend 3 hours with Roger Harrell, founder of the CrossFit Gymnastics Certification program, learning gymnastics movements. This seminar is focused on proper and efficient execution of key gymnastics elements.  Get started or improve your technique on a variety of movements. Learn how these skills truly break down to work toward mastery. Floor, rings and parallettes will be covered in detail with an introduction to other gymnastics apparatus.  Learn some key techniques to dramatically improve your efficiency and enable performance of skills you thought unattainable.

August 9, 2014 04:30PM - 7:30 PM

Member cost: $70.00

Non-member cost: $75.00

To register, use the “Register” link to sign up for just this seminar.  This seminar is limited to 20 participants so sign up early to ensure a spot. The price listed above will hold up until 10 days prior to the event (July 31) at which time the event cost will increase to $90.

This seminar is coupled with the Trainer’s Gymnastics Seminar. Member’s cost for both Athlete’s and Trainer’s seminars is $90, non-member cost is $100.  Call (415) 250-9710 to sign up for BOTH seminars and receive the special pricing.

Challenge WOD #2 RECAP!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Karen judging Jimmy during challenge WOD #2

Karen judging Jimmy during challenge WOD #2


The second workout for Challenge WOD was:
12 min. AMRAP
6 lateral bar burpees
9 toes to bar
12 deadlifts 70/45KG
Challenge WOD #2 didn’t disappoint at all! This was a great opportunity to show off your toes to bar and how low you could keep your center of mass for burpee over barbell. The deadlift weight wasn’t crazy heavy, but after the first few rounds, they took their toll.
Standout moments were Martin and Mark judging each other and getting the EXACT same score. We also had a lot of women score well in this workout, ultimately taking the top 2 spots! The top male and female were Martin H. and Ashley R, respectively.
Here’s our Leaderboard:
Female:
Amanda N. 10 + 5
Ashley R. 9+1
Sera S. 8+19
Lori E. 7+6
Shari B. 7+4
Hana H. 7
Leslie C. 6+12
Sally R. 6+3

MALE:
Martin H. 8+15
Bo W. 8+14
Mark A. 8+2
Ian N. 7+17
Roger H. 7+14
Julian A. 6+26
Dan T. 6 + 18
Chris W. 6+15
Jason R. 6+13
Kenny W. 6+12
Bill B. 5 +15
Jimmy M. 5 +11
Glenn R. 5+9
Mark R. 5+8
Wes B. 5+7
Jason N. 5 +6
Ethan D. 4+12
Chad L. 3 +24
It’s not too late to join in the fun! Have you taken on the challenge of WOD #3? If not, then what are you waiting for?