Blogs

Julie Martin: Prepping for the Academy

My name is Julie Martin and I was raised in Pasadena and made a lateral move when I bought a house in Glen Burnie. I am a dispatcher for a trucking company working 2nd shift. I am in the hiring process for Natural Resources Police through Maryland's Department of...

It’s OK to ask for help

Just a few days ago one of our coaches posted a goal for 2018 that read “This year I am going to start asking for help”.  This got me thinking back to March of 2015 when I made one of the best decisions of my life and asked for help. Why I Needed a Mentor! We are all...

2018 Wreck Room Intramural Open

2018 Wreck Room Intramural Open For the last two years we have done the CrossFit Open intramural style and this year we’re doing it all over again.  This was a fantastic idea given to me by a friend Chris Cooper. How it works If you’re unfamiliar with the CrossFit...

Andy Corn: Nutrition was the game changer

I had been doing CrossFit here for almost two years before going on a Wreck Room Nutrition Program.  The reason I finally decided to dial in and go on a custom plan was because I wanted to perform my best at the battle of the Vikings competition. Also wanted to reduce...

How would you grade yourself?

I posed a question in our private Facebook group today asking, “Who is the most positive person you know?” and the answers blew me away.  The intention of the question was for everyone to think about close friends and family, but I didn’t expect their answers to focus...

Risk vs Reward: What’s it worth to you?

By Magan Schneck CrossFit was a new strange addiction for me when I started. The results were clear, and the gains were exciting. I've never done anything before that made me look and feel the way CrossFit did. My first six months of CrossFit was great. I became...

Planning your year of results

Members of Wreck Room will spend December planning out their results for next year. First, we will review what your “Perfect Fitness” goal is.  Then we will choose their goals that lead to their perfect result.  Performance goals, nutrition goals, aesthetic goals, and...

I feel like I should be doing more, but I do what I can

By Hope McNew There are a lot of days I feel like I should be doing more, but I do what I can.  I never saw anything I was doing as inspirational or motivating.  I am working out for myself and to hopefully maintain the hard work I have put in so far.  This stupid...

You always have a choice. Do your homework!

By Diana G. As you may already know, I'm a Marine and as a result I move around a lot.  In the process of transitioning to a new location two of the most important things for me when getting settled in at my new location are a place to live and a great box.  Most...

Why I keep falling off of my diet plan

You work hard to stay on track with your long term weight loss plan. But when a birthday part or holiday weekend comes around, you tend to dive off the deep end (and we don’t mean the pool). The truth is, you’re not alone. The American Journal of Clinical...

Not your normal holiday countdown

Let’s. Dial. It. In. No matter what life has thrown at you, YOUR HEALTH IS STILL YOUR PRIORITY. I‘m asking you to take action and prove it. Let’s do it together. May I have your attention please? Thanksgiving is in 28 days. That’s 4 weeks. Assuming you exercise 3 days...

REstarting your fitness routine is always the toughest part

I know after a long time or even sometimes a short period of time away from doing any kind of fitness, it can be difficult to come back.  Here are some tips that may help to get you back into a fitness routine: Make a short-term commitment to yourself.  What do I mean...

It’s busy season but Krista gets her workouts in

Krista is in the middle of her busy season at work but still manages to make working out a priority.  No excuses.  The benefits outweigh everything else.  Now she's here to tell us how she pushes through. My name is Krista (or Veblen to some of you), I started at WRC...

Are your kids on the right path?

I love everything Crossfit does for me. It reduces stress, makes me stronger, more confident, it's the best part of my day! And all in one hour a day! It fits neatly in between every other thing that I’m juggling as a working parent. So why shouldn’t I want those same...

Where is health on your list of priorities?

Tony loves happy hour with his co-workers and Stacy is shuttling her kids around every night. We opened this gym in 2014 to help people.  The help we provide ranges from physical to mental to emotional.  We make it a point to get to know every member personally: where...

The most common goal in all of fitness

Call me a liar if you have never had a fitness goal to “tone up” or “lean out”.  Go ahead, tell me you haven’t.  99 out of 100 of you have labeled this your goal at some point. We do No Sweat Intros for every new person that comes to Wreck Room and have been doing so...

What is a No Sweat Intro

Could you imagine your first experience with CrossFit is in the middle of July with no air conditioning and you didn’t sweat at all?  Seems unlikely but pretty much impossible.  It happens all the time though because when you decide CrossFit is the route for you it...

Top 8 things to consider before joining a CrossFit gym

Top 8 things to consider before joining a CrossFit gym. You’ve been trying to get back in the fitness game for quite some time and doing it on your own isn’t working.  You’ve told yourself “I just need access to the equipment and I’ll go and get the work done” but it...

Consistency in coaching is #1

Imagine a softball umpire who changes the strike zone every inning or a restaurant you like has great service or bad service depending on the day you go.  The point is none of us like being surprised.  All we want is consistency and know what to expect with everything...

Athlete To Coach Ratio

What is the athlete to coach ratio during any given class? Athlete to coach ratio is important especially in the CrossFit world.  Where CrossFit has been very successful is how they found a middle ground between working out by yourself for $30 bucks a month and doing...

Friday is the most important day of the week

Joe got a promotion, Tom finished his first mile run, and Kristy dumped that douchebag she was dating. Every Friday at Wreck Room we all share and celebrate everyone’s successes from the week by posting them in our private Facebook group. This is what we call Bright...

The best piece of equipment in the gym is not what you think it is

Sally love barbells and Tony loves kettlebells.  Both are great but are they the best? When we opened back in April of 2014 we started with a few thousand dollars’ worth of equipment but it was great.  We were open and having a blast.  We had all the simple stuff;...

What is culture?

Can a workout be so fun and exhausting really be the best hour of your day? When we opened this gym in 2014 we knew one thing had to be developed to its fullest and protected at all times.  Our Culture. Culture is defined as the set of values, conventions, or social...

The CrossFit Cruise Ship: Take An Excursion!

If you have ever been on a cruise ship you know at some point you need to change it up a little and add some spice to your trip.  Every couple of days the ship docks so you can jump on land and go on an excursion to spice it up.  After your excursion, getting back on...

Goal Setting Is A Necessity

Goal setting is one of the most important parts of any fitness program and needs to happen every two to three months.  We make it mandatory.  More important than setting your goals is having someone to hold you accountable.  This is where our Coaches come in to play...

What’s Your Motivation

05.01.17 What’s in it for me? Why eat nutritious foods, and live a healthy lifestyle? Have you ever taken a minute to reflect on your motivation for living a healthy lifestyle? As I see it, most everyone fits into one (or more) of these three categories: 1. Reach...

What’s Your Nutrition Baseline

05.11.17 Where are you now and how long have you been there?  Just like working out there is a proper progression for changing and developing new nutritional habits. Step 1 – Make good choices. This is our lowest hanging fruit.  The smallest change that can make to...

Does Caloric Intake Matter?

04.17.17 I exercise regularly and eat “healthy”, does caloric intake actually matter?   By Nicki Hubers-Hall, MS, CNS, LDN If your goal is weight loss or maintenance the answer is a resounding YES!! In order to lose weight we have to eat in a deficit of 3,500...

Healthy Fats 2

03.08.17 Healthy Fats…… In my last post I mentioned a little about the fats that you typically consume in commercially prepared food, this can either be packaged processed food and/or foods prepared in restaurants. The main fat that you are consuming often is soybean...

Importance of Healthy Fats

03.01.17 “Healthy” fats and why they are an important part of a healthy diet? There has been a long standing misconception that FAT makes you fat. This is a MYTH. Healthy dietary fats such as olive oil, avocado and avocado oil, nuts/seeds, full fat dairy, and fat from...

Is it possible to eat out healthfully?

02.20.17 Due to our busy and demanding lifestyles we all find ourselves eating out several times per week or even several times per day. Most people have a tendency to throw their healthy eating protocol out the window, because who wants to eat a “boring” healthy...

Snacking

02.13.17 To SNACK or not to SNACK, that is the question….. Should snacks be a part of a healthy balanced diet?? Absolutely, the right type of snacks play a vital role in balancing blood sugar, regulating metabolism and providing the body with sustained energy...

Post Work Out Recovery

Recovering is a huge part of working out! We like to give some time at the end of each class to help promote recovery. Here are a few things that can help. Foam Rolling: This massages the muscle fascia to help realign for better healing. It also increases range of...

Sleep vs Good Sleep

Sleep.  How much is enough?  If you were to ask ten different people you would get ten different answers.  It does vary from person to person but according to WebMD “An average adult needs between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. But many people can function with 6...

3 Common Mistakes Made Before MetCons

MetCons are brutal!  I think we can all agree with that.  Always physically and many times mentally but they should never be emotionally brutal.  Being at the gym should not be the stressful part of your day.  Show up to escape the strain of everyday life, enjoy...

Become your own success story

Your pathway to fitness success Everyone likes a clear cut pathway to an end result.  Here at Wreck Room there are a few different pathways to the fitness level you desire.  The first things you need to ask yourself: How do you define being fit?  What are my goals?...

How to Approach The MetCons

How are you approaching your MetCons?  Are you following the right progression? Figuring out the weight to use, how to scale a gymnastics movement or if this is the workout to step up to something heavier can be a tough decision making process.  Here is the order in...

What makes Glen Burnie Fitness and Nutrition Different?

There is a common myth that all CrossFit gyms are the same as if we are a franchise and no matter which one you go to you get the same coaching, workouts, facility and experience in general.  This is not the case.  Every gym has a personality of its own.  What makes...