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Pursuing Health with Julie Foucher

A Health and Fitness podcast featuring Julie Foucher
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Julie Foucher is a four-time CrossFit Games athlete, family medicine resident, and member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Her passion lies in combining what she has learned through CrossFit and medicine to inspire and empower others to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Every other Tuesday she highlights influential and inspiring individuals who use lifestyle to support optimal health.

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Nicole Christensen on Coaching Pregnant Athletes PH126b
“It was really fascinating because I think theres such a disconnect, right? So, on one hand, we have the whole population of people that are criticizing women doing CrossFit while theyre pregnant. And it literally helps develop the natural– squatting, CrossFit, and doing it while youre pregnant– develops the natural anatomical position for how people want to have babies, or how they have babies naturally. And then here, on the other hand, all these women that want to have a natural birth couldnt get there. “ – Nicole Christensen Nicole Christensen started CrossFit Roots out of her one-car garage in 2008. Since that time, she and her husband Eric have grown Roots into a 10,000 square foot facility with an accomplished team of full-time coaches and staff. She got her coaching start as a swim coach in the Northern Virginia Swim League. 10 years later when she found CrossFit, she knew that it combined her passion for coaching with her belief in a lifelong pursuit of fitness and health. In 2009 she was hired to the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and for more than ten years Nicole has traveled around the world to teach and coach the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses. Nicole has an extensive competitive background and competed in five CrossFit Games Regionals, placing in the top ten four times. She is a well-known resource for women interested in continuing CrossFit throughout their pregnancies, drawing on her own personal experiences of training and competing while pregnant alongside her experiences coaching Roots athletes through own their pregnancies. Nicole and I had the opportunity to chat at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and our conversation ran the gamut. In part a, we talk about her background, how her education as city planner influences the processes and systems that have helped grow CrossFit Roots into a thriving affiliate, and why she loves the community aspect of CrossFit. In part b, we do a deep dive on best practices for training while pregnant, to how she maintains her fire and love for CrossFit after 11 years in the business. *Bio adapted from crossfitroots.com In Part B of this episode we discuss: Her experience with CrossFit and pregnancy and the guidelines she uses when training others How CrossFit Roots accommodates pregnant and postpartum athletes How Nicole and her husband balance their work/life relationship The systems and planning she uses to streamline her business and personal life 3 things Nicole does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health What a healthy life looks like to Nicole You can follow Nicole on Instagram, and you can follow CrossFit Roots on Facebook and Instagram. Links: University of Delaware University of Colorado Boulder University of Pennsylvania City and Regional Planning Program SugarWOD Blog: Articles by Nicole Christensen CrossFit Old Town CrossFit Catacombs CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering Next Level Scaling: Previous Movement Rep Totals Pregnancy: A Practical Guide to Scaling Pregnancy: A Practical Guide for Scaling- Chart Ally Hall and the Community of Pregnant Athletes CrossFit and Pregnancy: Coaching and Scaling Tips You Need a Budget The Productivity Planner CrossFit Trident #800gram Challenge Related Episodes: Ep 81 Postpartum Training and the Road Back to the CrossFit Games with Lindsey Valenzuela Ep 82 Training During Pregnancy and Healing Diastasis Recti with Lisa Ryan Ep 83 Pelvic Floor Health for Athletes with Julie Wiebe, PT Ep 126a – Nicole Christensen on Growing a Thriving CrossFit Affiliate If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. Id love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday. Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional. The post Ep 126b – Nicole Christensen on Coaching Pregnant Athletes appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
Nicole Christensen on Growing a Thriving CrossFit Affiliate PH126a
“I think I talked about nutrition so much, and I talked about functional movements, and I talked about scaling and intensity so many times in blog posts that I was just like, Yeah, people get it now. And you forget that it has to be a constant message. Because, while you and I might live and breathe CrossFit daily medicine, you know, whatever it is. This is three hours of someones week. So, we do have to give them more tools to ingrain it into why its important. So, the education piece is huge.” – Nicole Christensen Nicole Christensen started CrossFit Roots out of her one-car garage in 2008. Since that time, she and her husband Eric have grown Roots into a 10,000 square foot facility with an accomplished team of full-time coaches and staff. She got her coaching start as a swim coach in the Northern Virginia Swim League. 10 years later when she found CrossFit, she knew that it combined her passion for coaching with her belief in a lifelong pursuit of fitness and health. In 2009 she was hired to the CrossFit Seminar Staff, and for more than ten years Nicole has traveled around the world to teach and coach the CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Courses. Nicole has an extensive competitive background and competed in five CrossFit Games Regionals, placing in the top ten four times. She is a well-known resource for women interested in continuing CrossFit throughout their pregnancies, drawing on her own personal experiences of training and competing while pregnant alongside her experiences coaching Roots athletes through own their pregnancies. Nicole and I had the opportunity to chat at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and our conversation ran the gamut. In part a, we talk about her background, how her education as city planner influences the processes and systems that have helped grow CrossFit Roots into a thriving affiliate, and why she loves the community aspect of CrossFit. In part b, we do a deep dive on best practices for training while pregnant, to how she maintains her fire and love for CrossFit after 11 years in the business. *Bio adapted from crossfitroots.com In Part A of this episode we discuss: Nicoles background as a swimmer, softball player and hiker, and how she developed from being a poor swimmer to becoming a collegiate athlete How our physical environment impacts our health How Nicole got into CrossFit The factors that led her to open an affiliate, and the process for opening CrossFit Roots The practices that have led CrossFit Roots to become a thriving affiliate How Nicole uses education to communicate with her athletes How she creates a culture that recognizes the importance of modifying workouts The most important qualities that she looks for in coaches What drove her to be a competitive athlete, and how she motivates herself to perform beyond competition You can follow Nicole on Instagram, and you can follow CrossFit Roots on Facebook and Instagram. Links: University of Delaware University of Colorado Boulder University of Pennsylvania City and Regional Planning Program SugarWOD Blog: Articles by Nicole Christensen CrossFit Old Town CrossFit Catacombs CrossFit 10 Year Affiliate Gathering Next Level Scaling: Previous Movement Rep Totals Pregnancy: A Practical Guide to Scaling Pregnancy: A Practical Guide for Scaling- Chart Ally Hall and the Community of Pregnant Athletes CrossFit and Pregnancy: Coaching and Scaling Tips You Need a Budget The Productivity Planner CrossFit Trident #800gram Challenge Related Episodes: Ep 18 Scott Panchik and his father on running an affiliate, competition, and recovering from injury Ep 95 Optimizing Your Nutrition with EC Synkowski Ep 121 Christy Adkins & Lindy Barber on Transitions in Life and Fitness If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. Id love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday. Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional. The post Ep 126a – Nicole Christensen on Growing a Thriving CrossFit Affiliate appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
Bridging the Gap Between the Hospital and the CrossFit Affiliate PH125
We are trying to reach the populations that would otherwise never consider walking into a CrossFit gym. That was goal #1 was, when we first put this out to people, if youre the least likely person to go to a CrossFit gym, we want you. And it was followed pretty closely after that with, we will meet you wherever youre at. And, got a pretty good response just from that. We have targeted two primary populations. One we call special populations, and that covers everything from the severely overweight to chronic disease: diabetes, COPD, you name it, weve got it. And, that was our primary target was a special populations class, and then reaching seniors, and the people who didnt have exposure to any kind of physical activity, let alone CrossFit, and teaching them some of the skills that would be necessary to keep them living independently. Michele Mootz When it comes to helping seniors and other unlikely exercisers become active and functionally fit for a lifetime of health, Dustin Jones and Michele Mootz are leading the charge. As a home health physical therapist, Dustin Jones works to keep older adults resilient and independent at home. He is also the founder of Geros Health and the Geros Health podcast, where he connects thousands of clinicians to share information and education about caring for older adults. Michele Mootz is a true CrossFit original, getting her start in Santa Cruz back in 2004. An experienced physical therapist, she fell in love with CrossFit methodologies and ultimately left her formal work as a physical therapist to become a full-time coach. Michelle has worked on the CrossFit Seminar Staff member for 10 years, currently serving as a Flowmaster. Most recently she has taken over the CrossFit Heath program at CrossFit HQ where she works with older adults as well as those struggling with obesity and chronic disease in an effort to help them regain their health and independence. Michele, Dustin and I met up at a recent CFMDL1 seminar to share a discussion on how we can bridge the gap from the hospital to the affiliate. In this episode, we discuss the considerations that go along with working with these special populations, how affiliate owners can get start their own senior and special populations programs, and how healthcare providers can get involved with their local affiliates. In this episode we discuss: The stereotypes surrounding CrossFit, and the initiative CrossFit HQ is undertaking to reach populations who would never consider trying CrossFit, including obese populations, those with chronic disease, and seniors How a box owner or a dedicated coach can create an inviting environment for those who need CrossFit the most so they feel welcomed The criteria CrossFit HQ uses in allowing those interested to join their CrossFit Health program Scheduling and programming considerations for special populations What primary care physicians should look for in an affiliate in order to feel comfortable referring patients How healthcare providers can get involved with their local affiliates The Derelict Doctors Club or “DDC” The trickle-down theory: why the MDL1 is not open to all healthcare providers How HQ is working towards a directory of doctors who CrossFit The reasoning behind CrossFit HQs decision to track quality of life over other health data markers Michelles action steps for box owners and coaches who would like to get started helping special populations Julies action steps for medical providers who would like to consider using functional movement to help their patients Dustins thoughts on why functional movement is so important for rehabilitation patients You can follow Dustin and Geros Health on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and via his podcast. You can contact Michele Mootz via email. Links: Contact CrossFit Health to learn more about the MDL1 Geros Health Constance CrossFit Maximus Stave Off with Christina Prevett Black Flag Athletics Related Episodes: Ep 16 Pete Katz and his physician on using CrossFit and Paleo to overcome chronic disease Ep 31 Robert Porter and his Coach, Patrick Flannery on Losing 90 Pounds with CrossFit and Finding the Right Community For You Ep 35 Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Fighting Chronic Disease, and the Five Buckets of Death Ep 80 Greg Glassman on Networking CrossFit Physicians and Fighting Chronic Disease Ep 88 From Hypocrite to Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Blonsky Ep 96 – A Hospital Affiliate: Kirby Medical Center and CrossFit KMC Ep 114 Practicing CrossFit for Health with Dr. Maude Dull Ep 118 – The State of CrossFit with Coach Greg Glassman If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. Id love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday. Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional. The post Ep 125 Bridging the Gap Between the Hospital and the CrossFit Affiliate appeared first on Julie Foucher | Reebok CrossFit Games Athlete.
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    Jul 14th, 2015
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    Dec 3rd, 2019
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