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.

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

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

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

Heavy Lifting without A Gym

This post was kindly written by our PaleoFit coach, and owner of CrossFit 1440, Max Shippee. "I feel like I don't have a lot of strength." "When's the last time you picked up something heavy?" "Like, how heavy?" "Heavy enough that you have to hold your breath." "um..." "Thought so." Something heavy There's nothing better for your bone structure than lifting something relatively heavy for you. It's also quite good for your brain, coordination and metabolism (more on this in … Continue reading

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Beating the Saboteur in Your Head

"So, I just can't seem to get started with my workout regime...""You can't get started?""Yeah, I feel like I have this resistance every time I think of it." "Like you don't want to do it?" "Yeah, like, I have to really have a talk with myself about it." "It's like there's another person in your head, huh?" "Yeah, kinda." "The question is, who's winning. ;)" Building Habits Do you think about brushing your teeth? Do you have an unending conversation … Continue reading

PaleoFit – A Quick Q & A

"Hey I have some questions about that PaleoFit thing." "The sweet workouts I put together for PaleoPlan.com?" "Yeah, yeah those." "I'll only answer them if I can post them online, since other people may have similar questions." "Fine by me." "Great! What's your first one?" Q - Do I need to buy any equipment before I start? A - Our workouts are designed for the person that has little time to workout, and may either not have the time to … Continue reading

How to Realize Your Exercise Resolution

This post was kindly written by Max Shippee, our PaleoFit Coach and knower of all things fitness. "I'm really going to do it this year!" "What's that?" "Work out and lose this weight!" "Have you tried this before?" "Yeah, but this time it's different!" "What's the plan?" "Head to the gym at 6am everyday, and prepare my food ahead of time." "Is that the same plan you had in years past?" "Um....yeah." "So how's this different?" "Well...it's...um..." We all have … Continue reading

Should You Do A Post-Workout Recovery Drink or No?

This post was kindly written by Max Shippee, our PaleoFit Coach and knower of all things fitness and looking good ;) "So, I just got this great new post-workout shake!" "You did!? What's in it?" "It's got...um...it's supposed to help you recover faster!" "Ok...wasn't one of your goals to lose weight?" "Um... yeah." "And we've already talked about sugar being the trigger for inflammation & fat storage, right? "Um...yeah." "You know that recovery shakes often have lots of sugar, right?" … Continue reading

The Importance of Good Posture

"Do you actually pick things up like that?" "Like what?" "Like the way you picked up that 5 gallon water jug; completely rounding out your back and neglecting to use your legs as the primary movers of the weight." "Uh….huh?" "You lifted with your back, instead of your legs." "Ohhhh….That's bad, right?" "Yeah, but it's not the end of the world, or your back….but let's make a few changes so you can be a little more awesome." The Importance of … Continue reading

Your Turkey Day Workout!

This post was kindly written by our sadistic talented PaleoFit coach and CrossFit owner, Max Shippee :)  "Oh...my...god." "What?" "These are PERFECT!" "Um...what are those?" "They're my pregnancy pants, with the elastic waist!" "Um....you're not pregnant anymore, why the excitement?" "They can be my Thanksgiving dinner pants! Room for expansion! Duh!" "Oooohhhhh...right" So, it's coming. We all know it. The biggest, most baddest cheat day of the year. Christmas is one thing. You can kind of excise yourself from the … Continue reading

Essential Equipment: A Notebook

"I want to run a marathon." "Awesome, that's a great goal that a lot of people have in common. What's your mile time right now?" "Um. I ran, like, 5 miles on Sunday." "Great! What was your time?" "Less than an hour." "So you don't know your exact time?" "Uh...no." "Ok. Well, it's gonna be hard to improve on something if we don't know where we're at, huh?" "Um...yeah." So simple You need to be keeping track of what you're … Continue reading

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