Author Archives: Max Shippee


About Max Shippee

Max Shippee is the Owner and Head Coach for CrossFit 1440. Using the CrossFit & Paleo template, he's helped numerous people reach both their fitness & beach season goals. While his gym focuses on CrossFit, Max loves showing people that fitness can be an anywhere thing, not just in the gym! Recognizing that we never stop learning, he holds several certificates, in not only CrossFit, but weightlifting, nutrition, and heart rate training. He's also a husband to one, and a father of three.

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17 Push-Ups to Make You Paleo Fit

This post will focus on one of the most basic of bodyweight movements, the push-up. There are many, many variations available to us with the push-up, from varying our hand position to the foot position to adding things in the middle of the push-up. In this list, we've covered the basics and some common variations, as well as a few quite challenging ones. Feel free to substitute any of these variations into the PaleoFit workouts where push-ups are programmed—You ARE … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Good Posture

Do you feel like you're hunched over all the time. Do you commute? Do you work at a computer? Do you have a 'smartphone'? Then you probably ARE hunched over all the time. Stand up for your health. Posture Is More Than Standing Straight Good posture means good health. Having good posture helps you exude confidence, poise, and even sexiness. We often get so bogged down with life that we forget this spine of ours can really help us get … Continue reading

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Should You Skip Your Holiday Workouts?

We've got a big meal coming up (not to mention a whole string of holiday parties and events), and even if you're going to do your best to stay Paleo this Thanksgiving, there's still a very good chance that there may be a little tendency to overdo it. And it has nothing to do with pumpkin pie, I swear. I'm here to help. Well, to help you help yourself. Now, I'm not here to give you a magical workout pill that … Continue reading

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Losing Weight After Quitting Soda (Success Story)

So many of our inspirational stories come from people we follow on Instagram, Facebook, or other social media. For many of them, they’re well on their way to their goals. While it’s wonderful to see someone who’s “made it," it’s often good to find and follow someone who’s in the thick of things, who’s actually in the trenches with it. A Real Person Success Story Robert is one of my clients. He had been diabetic for a little more than … Continue reading

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Workouts In 4 Minutes: An Introduction to HIIT Tabata

People are busy. But you have four minutes. Everyone does. The beauty of high intensity interval training, or HIIT, is that you get a lot done in a little time. Tabata, a form of HIIT, is a four minute workout that anyone can do. You Have Time to Workout It's easy to get bogged down in the idea that you don't have enough time to workout, and that you need an entire gym set up at your home to be able … Continue reading

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Minimalist Shoes for General Workouts

In a previous post, we talked about what to look for in footwear. We made the assumption that you don't have any extreme foot issues, and that you're going to be doing basic general workouts, no long distance running. Here are a few shoes that I recommend to my clients, as well as where to pick up a pair. Converse Canvas Known as "Chuck Taylors" by the cool kids, this is really the first, and most basic, "minimalist" shoe. These are actually the … Continue reading

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Choosing The Right Shoes for The Right Activity

Shoes...which ones should you get? This can be a varied and tricky question for most people. I'm going to answer the question here in the most "Paleo" way that I can. Your Feet Your feet are amazing. For the entire animal kingdom, we are the only species that wear anything to cover our feet. Many of us still love to find time to go barefoot, especially in the summer. I can remember the feeling of having wonderfully tough feet at … Continue reading

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The Everyday Deadlift

So you wanna pick-up something heavy, but you don't want to get hurt doing it? Congratulations, you're actually smart! We'll go over a few things that should build your confidence for lifting heavier things today. It should be noted that we're calling this post "Everyday Deadlift" for a reason. If you're looking to lift some big poundages in the gym, this article probably isn't for you. If you're looking to get the case of water from Costco off the ground … Continue reading

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Essential Workout Equipment – The Ab Wheel

At PaleoFit, we're not usually obsessed with the next big piece of must have equipment in the fitness world. We're not big on Thigh-masters, weird horse riding machines, or sauna pants (yes, those are real things). Sometimes, though, there are simple, yet effective tools that have enough value that it's worth a trip to Amazon.com. The Ab Wheel This simple piece of equipment truly is the epitome of simple ab training. What I like about the ab wheel most, is that … Continue reading

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Building More Strength And Tone With PaleoFit

Our specially designed Paleofit workouts are great ways to get a workout without the need for super fancy equipment. That being said, there may be a point at which you need to up your game. Today we talk about how to make that happen. All the workouts that we program are effective and great in and of themselves. You will notice, however, that often in the "Harder" category, we have people grab ankle weights, dumbbells, or even children to make … Continue reading

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Are There Health Benefits to Lifting Heavy Things?

"I want to get more fit." "What about getting stronger?" "Yeah, I guess so." "You guess so?" "I mean, I just really want to tone." "A strong muscle is a toned muscle!" "Oh…yeah..I hadn't really thought of it that way." "Wouldn't it be nice to make your kids lighter?" "Well…yeah." Why Lift Heavy Things There was a time in your life, probably when you were a kid, when you were excited and challenged by something heavy. You would try to … Continue reading

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Getting Started Challenge – 100 days of 1 push-up

How to get moving/getting off the damn couch I have a weird voice in my head. It's constantly trying to talk me out of stuff that I really want to do. I really don't think I'm a crazy person (maybe I am), but this voice isn't the kind of voice that's encouraging. It's not like it outright tells me what NOT to do; it just kind of comes up with ideas of stuff to do instead of doing the things to … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Apps: A Few to Consider

A few weeks ago, we did a little post about tracking your heart rate, and now it's time to review a few apps that can help you do that more effectively! Most bluetooth heart rate monitors will pair with any of these apps, though the ones from Wahoo, Zephyr, and Polar all make claims to work with most any device, as well as their own native apps (Wahoo Utility - Wahoo Fitness). A smart shopper will spend between $50-$100 on … Continue reading

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Understanding Your Heart Rate Fitness

"That was a great workout!" "I'm glad you liked it!" "I wonder if I could've gone any faster." "I wonder too, you seemed to be taking some breaks, just because you felt like it was time for a break." "I'm unsure sometimes just how hard I can push it." "You like gadgets?" "Sure." "It might be time for a heart rate monitor." It's easy to sit back sometimes and think about how superior our Paleo ancestor's lifestyles were. While there's … Continue reading

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How to Improve Your Running Form

This post was written by Max Shippee, our resident runner and researcher of all things sweaty. "I wanted to get some new shoes so I can start running." "New shoes?" "Yeah. What should I get?" "How's your running form?" "My, uh, form?" "Yeah, have we looked at that yet?" "Um...I just usually run, I don't really think about it." "Maybe it's time we started." There's running, and there's running. People realize that there may be something to learning correct running … Continue reading

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At Home Workout Equipment – Getting Tired

"I feel like I need some at home workout equipment." "Like what?" "I don't know, maybe a barbell, some weights, dumbbells maybe?" "Do you want to get stronger or get the heart and lungs going?" "A little of both would be great." "You got a tire at home?" "Um...I think." "Then you got a workout." Making your own stuff It's easy to think that in order to be fit, you need the latest and greatest gadget or piece of equipment. … Continue reading

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