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Episode 4: Max Hall

This week on The Be Your Elite Podcast we chat with former Heisman Trophy Candidate and former Arizona Cardinal Starting Quarterback Max Hall. Max's journey takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself addicted to drugs and how he began to sacrifice everything for his next high, this all comes to a crossroads when he's finally arrested and had to face the reality of what his life had become. This episode hits very close to home since Max is Dave's cousin and this is the first time that he has been able to hear the story of Max's journey into the [...]

Episode 3: Brooklin Smith

This week on The Be Your Elite Podcast we chat with multiple time Teen CrossFit Games Athlete Brooklin Smith. Brooklin in the one of the brightest individuals that we have had the pleasure of speaking with, the amazing part is that she is only 16 years old. She talks about her experiences as a CrossFit Games Athlete and most recent accomplishments the Seal Fit 20x. Apart from all that her drive to explore, push, and grow her mindfulness around all aspects fo her life is something that definitely makes us question our own process in to which we challenge our own [...]

Episode 2: James Fitzgerald

This week on The Be Your Elite Podcast we chat with James Fitzgerald founder of OPEX Fitness. James is well known in changing the ideas and constructs around what a professional fitness coach is through the organization and methodology created through OPEX fitness. In this podcast James steps away from the normal conversation about what it means to be a coach and what "fitness" means to OPEX, we had an opportunity to peel back some of the layers and get a little deeper about who James is as a human being. About James The guy that paints the picture, James is the founder [...]

Episode 1: Cody Loeffler

This week on The Be Your Elite Podcast we chat with Cody Loeffler from OPEX Upper Mainline. Cody opens up about his journey and the transition from college athlete to the high school English teacher to CrossFit games and NPGL athlete to gym ownership. Cody gives insight into choosing the wrong career path for him and his true purpose and how he created opportunities around those decisions to shape who he is today. 5x Crossfit Games Regional Competitor 2x Crossfit Games Team Competitor (2013 & 2014) National Professional Grid League-Phoenix Rise Athlete (2014 & 2015) Susquehanna University Class of 2009 Founder OPEX Upper Mainline [...]

MERMAID WAFFLES 2.0

You're probably wondering why they are called "Mermaid Waffles". Naturally one names a new recipe after their spirit animal, but the name also came from the color these Waffles came out the FIRST time I made them. Mermaid Waffles 1.0 were made with Purple Japanese Sweet Potatoes (totally by mistake, thought I bought the White ones) but I went with it. By the time Mermaid Waffles 1.0 were cooked and ready to eat, they were either purple or green. It was actually a pretty awesome looking waffle, but the taste wasn't what I was looking for. So in comes Mermaid Waffles [...]

Grain-Free Beef Enchiladas

Who doesn’t love enchiladas??!! The best part about cooking in the comfort of your own kitchen is that you are in complete control of the quality of your ingredients AND the cooking process. This healthy twist on a Mexican classic is loaded with nutrition and flavor and only takes about 20 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake. By replacing your traditional tortilla with Siete grain-free tortillas you have a delicious paleo-friendly gluten-free and *dairy-free dinner. Ingredients 1 package siete grain free tortillas (I prefer coconut cassava or cassava chia for this recipe) 1 pound grass fed ground beef 90% or 93% 1 [...]

Italian Meatloaf Roll Up

Italian Meatloaf Roll UP This ain’t yo’ mama’s meatloaf...it’s MINE and it’s delicious!!!!! This healthy twist is loaded with nutrition and flavor and only takes about 30 minutes to prep and 60 minutes to bake. This is an egg-free grain-free meatloaf that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. And of course it’s a paleo-friendly gluten-free and can be *dairy-free dinner(simply omit the cheese). Ingredients- 1 pound Diesel ground turkey 1 pound grass fed ground beef 90% ½ yellow onion (finely chopped) 5 garlic cloves pressed 1 cup baby bella mushrooms (finely chopped) 1 medium purple carrot (shredded) 4 oz organic baby spinach 1-2 tbsp oregano or Italian seasoning ½ tsp [...]

What is Individual Design?

What is Individual Design (ID)? Individual: a single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family. Design: purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object. ID is programming that is built for a specific person who has specific goals. Here at OPEX OSS (OPEX Columbia & OPEX Leander), we take this a step further. We not only design a specific training program for each individual but we also provide lifestyle, nutrition, and mentality coaching to get people to their specific goals. Planning (FitBot) Planning (FitBot) Is ID better than training on my own, [...]

To NSAID or not to NSIAD?

Over 30 million people take NSAIDs every day. Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are some of the more popular Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). They are great for reducing acute pain, fever, and in higher doses, inflammation. It works by blocking the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, which inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins and thromboxanes. Where most people get in trouble with NSAIDs is when they begin to use them beyond moderation instead of sparingly and appropriately. Example, Aspirin Is the only NSAID that irreversibly inhibits COX-1, which is fantastic when someone is having a heart attack and you want to stave off clotting. [...]

NUTRITION: SIMPLE=SUCCESSFUL

The world is getting easier with technology and social media, but it’s also getting considerably confusing as we get served more and more cheap information from so-called “experts.” Nutrition falls squarely into this category of confusion. Macros this, calories that, detox this, juice cleanse that: what in the world are you supposed to do to get healthy, lean out, and have energy? If you just read Internet articles (funny, that’s what this is haha), you will be met with thousands of complex answers. DON’T FALL VICTIM TO COMPLEXITY FOR COMPLEXITY’S SAKE. Nutrition must start SIMPLE! You need to meet yourself where YOU are, [...]

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