Clean Challenge Starts Monday, Sept 8th!


Sign up for Clean Challenge

It’s time to come clean after a great summer! Over 300 prior Sanitas Clean Challenge participants have lost an average of 3% body fat. The magic formula: eat well, work out, destress, rest, repeat. You’ll be amazed what a difference 30 days of clean living can make to your health and happiness.

CrossFit Sanitas Clean Challenge Open4You’ll set your personal baseline the week of September 8th with “Before” photos, body measurements, fitness tests and optional body fat scan. We take all the guesswork and willpower out with a daily scorecard and online tracking and digital meal plan/recipe generator, courtesy of our best-selling paleo author friends, Chris Kresser and Robb Wolf.

Your coach and team assignments ensure you get all the support (and peer pressure!) you need. And you’ll compete for great individual and team prizes like a week of paleo meals, free massage, cool crossfit gear and our grand prize of a full year of pastured Colorado bacon from Locavore!

For those seeking to develop a healthier relationship with food, we are hosting an Eating Psychology seminar with nutritionist Heather Kelly on September 21st from 4-6PM. Heather is irreverent and awesome, and this is a must for anyone seeking to develop a healthier relationship with food. Bring a friend, non-members are welcome! Sign up on the events page.


Commit to the following for 30 days:

  • Cut out inflammatory foods for 30 days – grains, dairy, sweeteners (real and artificial), refined seed oils, alcohol, processed and refined foods, etc. 
  • Exercise 5 days and rest 2 days weekly
  • Sleep 7-8 hours each night
  • Commit to 5 minutes of daily silent meditation, walking or yoga. 

Sign up for the Clean Challenge

image-chris-robb-homeTHE HOW

  • You’ll be assigned to a team and a coach
  • You’ll receive a free copy of Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser
  • You’ll gain access to Paleologix, Chris and Robb’s online tracking tools, recipe generator, worksheets, guides, etc. (see more on that below)
  • Participate in before/after fitness tests
  • Take before/after photos and hip and waist measurements at the gym (these photos will not be shared without permission.  Wear tight clothes and use the same outfit before/after so you can really see results).  
  • Body Fat testing is optional – $65 for before and after dunk tank. Please sign up in advance using the links below in the “Schedule” section. 
Time of Day Date Female Photographers
5:30am – 8:30am Sept 8 & 10 Annaliese
8:30am – 6:00pm Sept 9 Stacey
Time of Day Date Male Photographers
5:30am – 8:30am Sept 9 Cole
8:30am – 7:00pm Sept 8 & 10 Tom


Locavore Delivery

Highest Score (Grand Prize!)

  • 1-year supply of bacon from Locavore


Best Before & After PhotosCaveman Cafeteria

  • 1 week of paleo-friendly meals from Caveman Cafeteria


CrossFit-Sanitas-Massage-TherapyHighest Body Fat % Lost

  • 60-minute massage plus a CrossFit Sanitas hoodie



bacon heart 2Best Team Score

  • T-shirts and bacon!!!



Everyone that signed up in January already has access to these tools.  If you missed that Clean Challenge or if this is your first, you’ll have access to everything listed below and you’ll also get a copy of Chris’ NYT Bestselling Book, Your Personal Paleo Code.

  • Paleo Recipe Generator – more than 700 recipes, filter by ingredients, meal type, time to prepare, etc.  Generate meal plan for one meal, one day or one week and shopping list is easily viewed on your phone.

Paleo Recipe Generator  Paleo Recipe Index

  • Progress Tracking Tool - tracks 50 health markers so that you can watch improvements in digestion, energy, sleep, craving, waste size, concentration and more.
  •  eBooks – 30-Day Reset, Paleo Action Workbook and Paleo Support Workbook
  • 14 Guides – Paleo Quick Start, Paleo Diet Troubleshooting, Paleo on a Budget, Kitchen Equipment, Fats & Oils, Nuts & Seeds, Dressings, Condiments, Substitutions, Dining Out, On the Go, Fermented Foods, Bone Broth and Supplements
  • 6 Worksheets & Cheatsheets – Food Plan, Foods to Eat & Avoid, Food Diary, Paleo Foods & Pantry Staples, Paleo Shopping Guide & List
  • 9 Steps to Optimum Health – this is a great place to start if you haven’t read Chris’ book yet; 84 pages that sum it all up
  • Deep Relaxation Audio Program – I listen to this when I’m trying to nap or when I’m having trouble falling asleep…and it really works!

CrossFit Sanitas Boulder Spring Clean Paleo Challenge

Sign up for Clean Challenge


September 4th-5th

Monday, September 8th – The Challenge Begins

Tuesday, September 9th

Wednesday, September 10th

  • Baseline Fitness Test 2

Friday, September 12th

  • Baseline Fitness Test 3

Sunday, October 6th-10th

  • Retake fitness tests
  • Retest body fat
  • Take “After” Photos and body measurements
  • Awards ceremony paleo potluck to share your favorite recipes


Fat Works lard tallow sold at crossfit sanitas boulder

Why Adding a Variety of Fats to Your Diet is Beneficial


We’ve all been sold on the importance of getting fat in our diet. We need fat for energy, to control our appetite and cravings, to help keep our cells healthy and absorb nutrients, and so much more!

We now carry Tallow and Lard from a company called Fat Works, specializing in high-quality, clean, pasture-raised fats.

But I already have a giant tub of coconut oil! And you should keep using it; but it’s important to give your body a variety of fats, and not just stick with coconut oil and grass-fed butter.  Here’s why:

  • Allows access to a wider variety of micronutrients and phytochemicals. Think of all the various antioxidants associated with the greens, reds, yellows, purples, and oranges in fruits and vegetables. Think of how vitamin and mineral content differs between foods. The same holds true for fats.
  • Variety is the key to food enjoyment. Eating the same three things is a sure path to food boredom. Eating should come with a serving of sensory enjoyment. This stuff tastes awesome and can be used in cooking, baking, sautéing, etc. 
  • Practice what you preach! Crossfit is about variety and making sure that your body is always adapting to new stimulus, so to extend the idea to ones diet doesn’t seem like a far stretch, right? It’s all about balance.

Different Fats Have Different Benefits

Lard: Pasture-raised lard can have up to 300-500 mg per tablespoon of Vitamin D and has a much different fatty acid profile than tallow. Also, the main fat in lard — oleic acid — is a monounsaturated fat linked to decreased risk of depression.

Beef Tallow: This is one of the best sources of CLA, which has shown to be fat burning and heart protective. It’s also a 49% mono-unsaturated fat and tallow is also rich in stearic acid. In a study in the American Journal of Medicine, eating beef on a daily basis improved cholesterol levels; it was the stearic acid in the meat that was said to be responsible for the positive changes.

Duck Fat: Is high in mono-unsaturated fat like olive oil and has linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that keeps cells healthy, boosts calcium absorption, and aids in kidney function.

Like all good fats, Fat Works products keep for a very long time!

  • Tallow with last at least a year in or out of the fridge.
  • Lard will last a good year in the fridge.

Check out these products in our retail area.  They both sell for $19 per jar.


Functional Movement Specialist Now at Boulder’s CrossFit Sanitas


Please welcome Stacey Thomas to our Sanitas Sports Therapy Team. Stacey is a Functional Movement Specialist with nearly two decades of experience that will help you achieve your personal best by changing dysfunctional movement patterns, treating chronic pain, and correcting neuromuscular compensations. She is available on Mondays and you can sign up online or at the front desk.  

We won’t bore you with Stacey’s credentials, but suffice it to say that she is a total geek when it comes to the human body and dysfunctional movement patterns.  Here are some of her relevant certifications:



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Stacey is a former competitive mountain bike racer, runner, and now a CrossFit athlete. She is also a proud member of the Alpine Rescue Team, a volunteer EMT, and mom to four awesome rescue dogs.

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  • Improved athletic performance
  • Injury rehabilitation and prevention
  • Core power and stability
  • Mobility and functional movement

What can this do for me?

  • Do you need better shoulder mobility for going overhead with weight?
  • Are you plagued with a lingering injury and/or chronic pain?
  • Is squatting difficult?
  • Etc.

Your initial 90-minute assessment will include advanced evaluations that look at the root of movement pattern dysfunction, pain, and lost athletic potential. Stacey will start by gathering information on the dynamics of your movement patterns, your muscle sequencing and integration patterns, your history of injuries and pain….and then work on a game plan to address your needs, your goals, and how to get there.

What to expect:

  • Digital Posture Analysis
  • Video Analysis of Movement Patterns
  • Functional Movement Screen or Selective Functional Movement Assessment (based on if pain is present or not)
  • Neurokinetic Therapy (muscle testing)
  • Active Release Techniques
  • 2-4 Week Corrective Exercise Rx with an online portal complete with video instruction

Stacey is available on Mondays. Your initial session is $125 and follow-up appointments are $85. Please book online or at the front desk. 







Some Testimonials about Stacey: 

After I had my first child, I was shocked how weak I had become. But with limited time and energy, working out was low on my priority list. Stacey exceeded my expectations!  Not only did she truly understand the human body but she also took the time to tailor the exercises to meet my needs. Thanks to Stacey I surpassed my pre-baby weight and strength/endurance!  I have even used some of the exercises she taught me with my patients. ~Melissa M.

I finally pulled my past marathon times – and the verdict is – I beat my fast time from 2011′s Chicago marathon (5:01) by 8 Minutes AND compared to last years Nike Marathon in San Fran – (5:20) , I improved by a HUGE 27 minutes!!!! Thank you sooooooo much Stacey! – Cathie N.

Stacey is simply wonderful at what she does.  Stacey’s knowledge of the body and ability to help improve things like movement, stability and mobility is phenomenal.  I first saw her shortly after I was injured, and could not have asked for more compassion or ability to help me feel better quickly.  She does her job incredibly well, and we actually laugh while she’s helping me.  ~Steve M.

Other Sanitas Sports Therapies include therapeutic massage with Chrissy and sports acupuncture with Lindsay. Chrissy, Lindsay and Stacey can work together as a team to get you in the best shape of your life.

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Boulder’s CrossFit Athletes Raises Nearly $6,000 for American Transplant Foundation


It recently came to light that two of our members have been going through quite the struggle. Eric and Eden Mallon’s daughter, Lea, was recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that requires her to get a new heart at just 5 years old.

Over 130 people participated in “Brave Lea”, raising nearly $6,000 for the American Transplant Foundation, in honor of Lea and her incredible strength! If you’d like to donate, click here.

When we heard what was happening, this was the least we could do…