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This Week’s Happenings in The Cave!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

cave_client-bbq6_webCave Community BBQ
The Cave is hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ event on May 3rd from 1:00-7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend, though we will be paying extra special attention to our CrossFit community! They have worked very hard this year and deserve some home cookin’ and some fun!
If you’re looking to show off your awesome paleo (or non-paleo) cooking skills, you’re in luck for this is a pot-luck event.  The Cave will provide the bulk of the food and drink, but feel free to bring a dish to share! Come prepared to participate in some fun games and contests for prizes.  Who doesn’t love an old fashioned water balloon toss or three legged race? It is important to note that The Cave will NOT be providing child care at this event, however, children are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Challenge WOD

Thanks to Coach Bo, the Challenge WOD is back and better than ever! This time around the in-house competition will consist of 6 workouts, each running for 2 weeks. At the conclusion of the 6 workouts, a winner will be chosen for Top Male and Top Female athletes. Read more about it here!

Whole Life Challenge

The Whole Life Challenge is a game/contest started by CrossFit LA. designed to help people make positive lifestyle changes by using accountability.  If you would like to participate in this challenge, sign up by going to our team page at: We’ve had Cavers do the WLC before with great success.  Be sure to share this with your friends — they do not have to be Cavers to participate, nor do they have to be fitness nuts.  There are varying levels of participation.  Inviting friends to participate in the WLC with you may be a good way to get them thinking about their health and fitness without the full level of commitment of joining The Cave.

Fantastic Acrobatic AcroYoga Workshop

May 18th 1:00 - 3:30PM

Combining partner yoga, partner acrobatics, and healing arts, AcroYoga helps build strength, confidence and trust.  Who wants to be fantastic when you could be Acrotastic?!  This workshop is guaranteed to make you work hard and gain skills while having a blast!  Come learn the ways and leave happy!  Space is limited so please register early!   AcroYoga beginner and intermediate levels welcome.

AcroYoga is an incredibly fun way to bust through fears, build trust in one’s abilities, form powerful friendships and large amounts of confidence. Crystal Hatzimichael is both an experienced AcroYoga teacher and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Reserve your space now by e-mailing or calling (415)927-1630. $35


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!

Summer Camps:

Whole Life Challenge

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A lot goes into health and fitness: Exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, etc. We talk about these things all the time at The Cave. Sometimes keeping on track is daunting. A few years back to help with this task my friends at CrossFit LA run by Andy Petranek started The Whole Life Challenge. It is a game/contest to help people with the accountability of health. We have decided to get involved this cycle to help our students keep on track. To sign up for the challenge go to our team page at:

If you sign up today you will receive a $10 discount on the sign up. We have had Cavers do the WLC before with great success. Share this with your friends as well. They do not have to be Cavers to participate, nor do they have to be crazy into fitness. There are varying levels of participation. It may be a good way to get some friends to start thinking about their health and fitness without the full level of commitment that joining The Cave can be.

Just Because It’s Paleo Doesn’t Mean It’s Healthy

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Actually healthy food

Actually healthy food

The concept of Paleo eating used to be confined to a very limited crowd. In the early 2000s only those that were very actively seeking out nutritional information were even aware of it. This has changed. The term paleo has hit the mainstream, it is being talked about on major talk shows, news reports and other mainstream media. There are now paleo food products (which in itself is a bit of a stretch of the term).

This makes it even more important as consumers (in the literal sense of the term) to pay attention to our food. As paleo becomes more popular it is going to become a buzz word for the food producers to use on their packaging. I assure you, their intent will NOT be to make their food more healthy. They will try to fulfill any requirements of the buzz words (at this time there are no constraints on the term paleo) while still making the food as appealing as possible, with no real consideration for the health consequences of the food.

Think of the low fat ideas in the 80s. Everything became “low fat”. There were “low fat” and “reduced fat” versions of everything. In order to pull this off food producers packed the foods with sugar and processed grains. In most cases making the food far worse for you than the full fat original versions. The food industry even came up with engineered substitutes for fat so that they could label their food “low fat”. These substitutes have side effects, on example being expulsion of fat soluble vitamins because these substitutes are not digested and carry nutrients with them.

Sugar substitutes have been around for a long time. People like sweet things, but we have known for a long time that excessive sugar consumption isn’t good for you, so we’ve figured out how to make things sweet without calories, or with drastically reduced calories. This now allowed food producers to label their over sweetened products “sugar free”. More buzz words for packaging.

I have been offered to try out new “paleo” food products. In most cases they have been foods that I would recommend to our students here at The Cave, but in some cases it was clear these were not healthy food choices. They were loaded with honey or other “paleo” sweeteners. As the paleo idea grows and more people jump on board more food producers will want a part of the market. This will mean products labeled “paleo”. This label does not necessarily mean it is a good food choice.

The base line concept behind paleo is to eat naturally occurring whole foods. Stuff that grows and hasn’t been refined. This means that you should prepare the vast majority of your food. If the food comes in a package you should really consider how it was produced before consuming it. Highly produced, refined food products are simply not a good choice. Pay attention to your food. Do not buy into the idea that you can eat large quantity of “treats” because they are “paleo”. Do not get caught up in buzz words. Eat foods produced by nature, not refined by people.