CrossFit Westport is founded on principles of fitness, community,accountability, and integrity. It is our mission to offer the best possible experience aimed at helping people of all fitness levels improve their quality of life and achieve their goals. Our community-based strength and conditioning fitness programs have been proven effective and deliver unparalleled results. We believe wholeheartedly that each and every one of us can reach a higher physical potential through correct diet, exercise and
management of life stressors.
CrossFit Westport offers customized programs to different populations to enable each individual athlete to maximize his or her potential within an incredibly supportive and welcoming community and a facility that is best in class.
Head coach Amy Mandelbaum, a four-time CrossFit Masters Games Athlete and top competitor in the sport, uses her considerable competitive and athletic experience to help every member reach their specific goals. Those goals might be weight loss, overall general health, training for competition,
training through injury, post pregnancy recovery, surgical recovery, and just general well being. She leads a team of outstanding coaches who share with her a passion for helping our members achieve demonstrable results and fostering a fun and supportive culture and a community of friends.
Please stop by our facility today and meet one of our world-class coaches who genuinely care about supporting you on your fitness journey!
FATS AND WHAT MAKES THEM BAD
Everyone has heard that unsaturated fat is the best fat for our health and saturated fat increases our cholesterol.
But what is the difference and why is one better or worse?
Saturated refers to all the carbons being "saturated" or bound to hydrogens. While unsaturated implies that some carbons are not bound to a hydrogen. Unsaturated fats include monounsaturated fats (one carbon does not have a hydrogen) and polyunsaturated fats (multiple carbons do not have a hydrogen).
Monounsaturated fats refer to olive oil, avocados, pecans, and almonds. Polyunsaturated fats include fish, omega 3 or 6, canola, and flax. While Saturated fats include butter, milk, and animal fats.
In our diet, fat is mostly found in the form of a triglyceride. Tri=3 (fatty acids) Glyceride= glycerol that is associated with the 3 fatty acids. Our body also likes to store fat in this manner and often times the combinations of the three types of fat are likely. One triglyceride can have a monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fat. For example in an egg: 39% is saturated fat, 43% is monounsaturated and 18% is polyunsaturated.
Now, it has been studied and proven that high levels of some saturated fat lead to cardiovascular and heart health risks, cancer, diseases and more. But it has also been studied and researched that some saturated fats lower bad cholesterol levels. Other factors such as high sugar levels and poor balance between saturated and unsaturated fats. So we cant just assume all saturated fats are bad. There is more to consider than saturated v. unsaturated fat.
In regards to chemical structure. Here is why its important: Saturated fats are more rigid due to the the hydrogen bonding. If you have heard the phrase " you are what you eat" you know that our bodies break down our food (like fats) then incorporate them into our cell structures.
Back to high school bio and chemistry. We have a phospholipid bilayer in our cell membrane and our skin. That is partially why we do not soak up water like a sponge. Lipid is a type of fat, thus we have fats/fatty acids/trigylcerides in our cell membranes.
Back to my point, because Saturated fats are harder to break down and are more rigid, so when they are used to build new cell membranes they will have a different effect compared to a more pliable unsaturated fatty acid membrane. Our cells are constantly communicating and sending messages. If the cell membrane is mainlycomprised of saturated fatty acids, these two functions will become drastically more difficult. Unsaturated fatty acids allow the membrane to become more "fluid" for nervous system function, communication, immune health, cardiovascular function, and more.
What about trans fats?
A new ruling from the FDA just required foods to be trans-fat-free in 3 years. Why are these fats bad?
"Trans" fats get their name because unlike other fats they have a "trans" configuration. You get this configuration virtually only from industrial fat processing. In this process, an unsaturated fat is taken and hydrogen ions are added (partially hydrogenated oil ring a bell? these are indicative of trans fats and also really bad!) This changes the chemical structure into the "trans" position.
Going back, saturated fats are solid at room temperature- butter compared to unsaturated fats like olive oil which is a liquid.
Trans fats turn an unsaturated fat into a saturated fat increasing shelf life and flavors. Thus helping food companies make more money!!!
The structure of a trans fats prevents it from folding in on itself and thus they have to pack very tightly into our cells. and scientisst have found that this causes an increase in cardiovascular, heart, and chronic disease, as well as cancer.
It is very important to balance fats and have saturated fats and unsaturated fats. As long as the balance is there and there is no abundance of saturated fats, saturated fats are not a bad thing.
On Saturday, September 19th we will be incorporating a fundraiser into our "Team Saturdays" called Lift Up Autism. The workout will run prior to splitting up into teams. To register go to:
This is a nationwide event that we are participating in. There are over 400 hundred boxes across the country raising money for the Autism Tree Project Foundation.
Josh Everett, TrainHeroic, and the CrossFit™ community rallied together in spectacular fashion to support the Autism community in a worldwide workout event called LiftUpLuke on October of 2013.
This"competition for a cause" specifically sought to support early diagnosis and treatment of Autism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and most importantly, turn a global spotlight on the measured and severe impact of Autism on families and individuals around the world.
The workout is called "Luke":
5 MIN AMRAP
4 Power Cleans: 155 lbs. men/105 lbs. women
24 Double Unders
This workout is scalable for all athletes. Sign up on Eventbrite! Toss a little coin towards a worthy cause and help support our nationwide CrossFit community. #wodforacause