Blog Posts

BLOG / 09.11.18

Sciatica

Sciatica is a term used to describe a specific type of buttock and leg pain, that may be accompanied by other symptoms such as numbness and tingling, that is a result of compression on lumbar spine nerve roots (L4-S1) or direct compression/irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. The sciatic nerve runs from the lumbosacral plexus […] Read More
Meet Nate

BLOG / 08.07.18

Meet Nate

I grew up in Waterbury, CT, and began lifting (mostly doing biceps) in my parents’ basement at 15.  From there my love for strength training grew with some help from my father and brother, whom I followed in and out of their football training seasons.  Having a love for physiology from high school, I studied […] Read More
Dry needling. What is it, and is it for you?

BLOG / 07.23.18

Dry needling. What is it, and is it for you?

Dry needling has become more commonplace in the physical therapy field within the last couple of years for the treatment of various musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The type of dry needling used in PT and acupuncture are often confused, however there are differences that separate these two treatment techniques. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese […] Read More
Why Pride?

BLOG / 07.12.18

Why Pride?

Why Pride? by Ryan Quintero It’s not every day you wake up and read multiple messages from friends or look at your newsfeed and see a string of commentary on the Gay Community and Crossfit.  Last month, a downtown Indianapolis gym cancelled a Pride month work out that employees and members planned – resulting in […] Read More
Meet Christine Middleton

BLOG / 07.10.18

Meet Christine Middleton

So in case you see a new face at the gym, please welcome Christine Middleton to our coaching staff! Christine is a current student at University of New Haven and has a background in gymnastics, soccer, Track, and figure skating. Some of her other accolades include D1 Track athlete at SHU,Three Times regionals athlete and […] Read More

BLOG / 06.19.18

Neural Gliding/Back Pain/Stretches

Low back pain can be caused by many things. If you experience this, tightness can transfer to the piriformis (inner hip) and lead to pressure on the sciatic nerve. Today we have sumo kettle bell deadlifts in our workout, performed with a wide stance. This version of a deadlift places less strain on the lower back […] Read More
Meet David Maturo

BLOG / 05.24.18

Meet David Maturo

David Maturo grew up in Darien, CT where he both played hockey and baseball throughout high school; in addition, winning a state title for hockey during his junior season. David moved to Stratford 3 years ago, soon after he discovered CrossFit. He studied communication and human performance at Southern CT State University. David has coached youth […] Read More
Meet Dr. Ryan VanNieuwenhuyze

BLOG / 05.21.18

Meet Dr. Ryan VanNieuwenhuyze

Dr. Ryan VanNieuwenhuyze grew up in Manchester, CT and attended Quinnipiac University for both his Bachelor’s of Health Science Studies and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees. Dr. VanNieuwenhuyze has an extensive athletic and weightlifting background which he employs with his athletic patient population, but has experience treating individuals of all capabilities, from the geriatric and […] Read More
Meet Sara Beckert

BLOG / 05.16.18

Meet Sara Beckert

Sara will be leading our new Flexibility and Core class Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 7:30 AM. Sara Beckert is an exercise physiologist that holds an MS in Human performance from SCSU and an M.Ed in Applied Physiology from Columbia University. She holds a personal training certification from NSCA-CSCS. After breaking my arm in four places, […] Read More

BLOG / 04.19.18

Leadership

The other day I was listening to a podcast by Justin Su’a, and he was discussing social skills that lead to being a better leader. I thought these fifteen skills were pretty solid to living a better life and positively affecting all those around you. 1. Speak less and ask more questions. 2. Celebrate other […] Read More