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Episode 9 – Fitness Myths Debunked and CrossFit Secrets Revealed

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Episode 9

In Episode 9 of the Life of Tania Podcast, a solo episode, I discuss the most common myths and misconceptions about fitness, and exercise programs. Then I reveal the secrets of CrossFit that I’ve learned in over a decade as a CrossFit coach and affiliate.

I start off this episode by defining CrossFit, and dissecting all the things that are amazing about this fitness program. Then we review some of the. most common misconceptions our new members have about what workouts should feel like, how to implement strength and endurance work into a general fitness program and how training for life requires a different mindset than training for sport.

I had a ton of fun recording this episode, it was all done in one take and so if you have any questions about these topics of if you would like me to elaborate, I’m more than happy to do so. You can email me at tania@northstar.fit or comment on @life_of_tania on social.

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More About Tania

Tania is the founder and owner of North Star Fitness, originally CrossFit Winnipeg. After overcoming major health problems in her late teens and early twenties, Tania was able to successfully treat her mood disorder with lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition, where CrossFit played an essential role in her recovery. Tania left her career in as an analyst to help others do the same, and CrossFit Winnipeg was born in 2008, and opened its doors at its first location on Des Meurons in 2009.

Since then, CrossFit Winnipeg has helped thousands through various fitness and lifestyle programs including CrossFit, bootcamp, youth programs, 50+ programs, personal training and so much more. In 2019, we launched North Star Fitness as the home of CrossFit Winnipeg, and the many other programs offered in house, including personal training, Mommy & Me, Youth programs, and partnerships with Deezar-Raval Physiotherapy, Dakota Weightlifting Club, and Legendary Living Arts.

Tania now splits her time between training clients and mentoring her team at North Star Fitness, teaching courses such as Kettlebells as an Agatsu Fitness Senior Instructor, and creating fitness and wellness content. Tania writes a bi-weekly column in the Can Star community newspaper, weekly North Star Fitness Blogs and e-mail newsletters, and YouTube videos. Tania is also available for speaking engagements, and gives talks on mental health, self-care, and fitness and wellness in general.


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What We Talk About in this Episode

  • What is CrossFit, and why do we love it so much?
  • Defining fitness.
  • The problem with intensity
  • How variety leads to inclusivity in a community based fitness program
  • CrossFit’s Hopper model of fitness
  • CrossFit as “the gateway drug” of fitness
  • Does lifting weight make women bulky?
  • Why balancing workouts and recovery is essential for optimal results.
  • What do sore muscles mean? Why heavy weights might not be the culprit.
  • Is there any truth to “no pain, no gain”?
  • Why you can do anything you want, but not everything all at once.
  • What is “training age” and why does it matter?
  • The good and bad of “constantly varied” fitness programs.
  • Why progress doesn’t look like a straight line.
  • The thing no one wants to hear – there is no super secret magic workout that will solve all of life’s problems!
  • Why consistency trumps everything else, including intensity
  • Why HIIT isn’t what you think it is.
  • The problem with prioritizing intensity over quality.
  • What’s most important? Strength? Flexibility? Endurance?
  • Is CrossFit a cult?  Why do some CrossFitters get a bit culty? How can we be more inclusive in the community?
  • Constantly varied vs. Random workouts. 
  • Lifting weights for getting strong vs. Lifting weights to gain muscle.
  • Are CrossFitters athletes?
  • CrossFit is not a franchise system, each CrossFit affiliate operates independently.
  • CrossFit is a media company,  not a fitness company.
  • Why CrossFitters need to show their affiliates some love!
  • If you want to get good at something, you have to do that thing!
  • If you want to get really, really good at something specific find a coach who specializes in that sport.
  • Group or 1-on-1 CrossFit?
  • What CrossFit founder Greg Glassman said about CrossFit Programming at the 10 year reunion.


People & Things We Mention in this Episode

Level Method and OPEX – do a great job of understanding energy systems and educating coaches on energy systems

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Let’s Keep The Conversation Going…

How long have you been working out?  How has your view of fitness changed over the years?  I would love to hear all about it and I’m sure others would too. Comment below and share your story or visit me on Instagram which is currently my favourite way to connect.  You can also join our free online community to connect with Winnipeg fitness and wellness buffs just like you to ask questions, share wins and struggles and get lots of support from me and my team! I hope to see you there.

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