"Tabata Something Else"

Complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest where the first 8 intervals are pull-ups, the second 8 are push-ups, the third 8 intervals are sit-ups, and finally, the last 8 intervals are squats. There is no rest between exercises.

Post total reps from all 32 intervals to comments.

Clinton pulling in for a landing.

Eat good food, REAL good food.

I have met very few people who eat unhealthy, or so they think.  So why is it that waist lines continue to get larger?  Is it just age and a slowed metabolism?  Consider for a moment our modern food sources and diet.  Now consider the choices we would have had available to us as cave-people. 

You've heard it a millions times, sugar is bad for you.  You may think to yourself, well I don't eat sugar… that often.  The food industry has capitalized on the terminology, "all natural," "no sugar added," and "organic", to sell us what is suppose to be good for us. Below are some common "healthy" foods, their sugar content, and some alternatives. 

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Eight ounces of Robinson's 100% orange juice contains 2.5 tablespoons of sugar.  Compare that to one orange with an average of 0.5 of a tablespoon of sugar. 

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One Larabar "The original fruit and nut bar" contains just under 0.25 cups of sugar.  Compare that 1 cup of strawberries, which contain 3 teaspoons of sugar.

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One serving of organic, gluten free, wild brown rice contains a heaping 0.25 cups of sugar.  Compare that to 4 cups of broccoli, which contains less than 1 tablespoon of sugar.

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Other shockers include; 6 oz of fat free yogurt, Odwalla super protein and 10 tortilla chips. 

All of this food was bought at our local "health" food store, giving consumers the impression that they are making healthier choices.  Next time you go shopping, think of these comparisons and choose the low sugar (and low glycemic index) options – whole foods like broccoli, strawberries or an orange.  Leave the sugar on the shelf and redefine your idea of healthy foods.


  1. Catherine :

    Wow! Well I’ve been off just about everything processed (except cheese)for a long time now (not including cheats)since starting the program. I am a bit shocked that the Larabar has so much sugar. Crazy!

  2. derek :

    Awesome post! during the whole food challenge I noticed a huge difference in the amount of sugar I was taking in and felt it too, really eye opening stuff. I also wanted to say that it was great to be back at the Verve tonight. The strength and goals class was really cool very fun and I am really glad that it is available. Also it was really cool to see some Verve peeps that I usually only get to see on the weekends.

  3. Anna :

    Wow, very interesting. Hard to believe all the hidden crap in our “healthy food.” Thanks for the time and research. Just another reason I love the verve, you guys put so much time and effort into all of us.

  4. Anna :

    Update on this weekend, ladies!!! Oct 24th, this saturday, dinner at Cap City Tavern, 1247 Bannock, Denver. Meet around 7pm. Then head over for some salsa lessons at La Rumba. Let me know if you want to come to dinner so I can have a head count.

  5. JenB :

    very interesting. seems like everything in the grocery store is packaged with one marketing campaign after another…. “low fat”, “diet”, “heart healthy”. i guess the good stuff is always simple, like broccoli or eggs.
    Hey Matt, what did you find out on the options for local quality meats and produce? I’ve heard of a few food co-ops, but don’t know anyone who actually does it, so am curious to hear if one is better than the other, etc.

  6. Donna :

    My farm share comes from an organic farm north on I-25. They just sent me an email about their available meats. They are a quality farm – plus, it’s great to take out the middle man and buy directly from the farm. Here’s the link:
    Also, there is a new (small) market opening up on Wyandot and 32nd that is going to be focused on only having local eggs, vegetables, and meats. It’s due to open in November. I’ll keep everyone posted.

  7. Cherie :

    First thanks to all the 6:30pm class the other night for staying and cheering on Dan and I during Tyler. We needed it, you guys are wonderful.
    I was telling my mother about this post and she said “We should just eat like my grandparents did”. So true, so true.
    Donna thanks for the info, I truly appreciate all your information.
    Anyone want to do a dress up WOD for Halloween?
    Derek great to have you back, I’d love to hear about the match.
    It seems like this weekend is FULL of stuff to do with VERVE peeps. I’ll post all the happenings.
    Cheers, CC

  8. Donna :

    Maybe this would be good for another day’s post, but any ideas anyone has for keeping it together during the holidays (re diet – not family, that could be a whole other post) would be great. I like pie.

  9. Cherie :

    Donna I will be happy to make a post about this. My thoughts “let them eat cake”. The trick will be not eating all the crap that is EVERYWHERE for two months solid. Know when you are going to allow yourself cheats, like family and friend partys. Be great on the days that you are not socializing and try to make your cheats only once a week. Planning ahead when you know your going to eat sweets really helps you stay away from them when it’s not a planned day.

  10. stef :

    Cherie – Are you trying to tell me that if I eat a large snickers bar daily… it’s not helping me?

  11. Mr. Halloween :

    Does anyone want to do a dress up WOD for Halloween….huh…..Duh!

  12. Cherie :

    Mr. Halloween,
    Are you even around that day? I assumed you would be busy making the world a scarier place for all. Everyone, what about one BIG wod the day of or devils night? I’m looking for a good time and day peeps.

  13. Mr. Halloween :

    You are correct, I will be out Scarring….I mean scaring little one’s and big one’s alike on the 31st. Please don’t try to book around the busiest time of my year for me! I will wait and see what the masses vote for and try my best to rearrange plans to be there!
    Oh, the schedule shows a 9a-10a and 10a-11a on the 31st. Your name is not highlighted on the 11a-12p class. Is there going to be an 11a class on the 31st?

  14. Carol :

    You’ve got me re-thinking an re-evaluating my food intake…not easy. Appreciate your sharing of knowledge and information. very helpful.

  15. Cherie :

    Thanks Mom 🙂

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