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Herb Roasted MealFit Chicken

This is an easy dish.

Hope you enjoy.


½ C Grass Fed Butter
1 tbsp Garlic
2 tbsp of chopped oregano
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp chopped chives
1 tsp Lemon zest
½ tsp black pepper
1 ½ tsp Salt
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Mix everything except the chicken until well combined

Sear Chicken on both sides it in a oven safe cast iron skillet.

Take your herb crust and place all over the top of the chicken.

Bake on 425 for 13 minutes
Enjoy and Post a pic on Social and tag us.

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4 Reasons You Should Visit Poets Coffee Shop

If you’re walking around the square in our quaint little town of Cookeville, Tennessee, you have to stop in at the Poets Coffee Shop.

Back in 2013, a guy named Jeremy Crabtree bought the place from the Taylor family and has continually been upgrading and improving every aspect of the place since. While the coffee is great, there are so many more reasons to stop at this hot spot in the heart of the upper Cumberland.

Poets door

1. A Great Spot

This joint is located on the corner of Broad and Jefferson, two major roads in the heart of Cookeville.  You can easily walk to Dogwood Park and the soon-to-be Heart of the City Playground from here, and the cafe also shares a building with The Market, a popular and trendy clothing store that many people in town enjoy.

You can walk to the post office, city hall, multiple cool restaurants and the world-famous Ralph’s Doughnuts. Once you’ve had your fill of the area’s cuisine and treats, you can work off the meal at CrossFit Mayhem, the home gym of Rich Froning, who happens to be the fittest man on the planet.

It is a great stopping place if you are in middle of town and have 15 minutes to kill.


2. Diverse Clientele

When I’m out and about, I’m constantly surveying my surroundings. As I was leaving Poets last week, I scoped out the main sitting area and saw:

  • A group of college students studying.
  • Two soccer moms drinking coffee in their workout clothes.
  • An elderly lady knitting.
  • An elementary school kid doing homework with his mom.
  • Four people dressed in business attire meeting at a table:
    • o The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance for the state of Tennessee.
    • o Two state representatives.
    • o One senator.

I stopped and was amazed at the diversity in age, hobby and occupation in our own local coffee shop.

3. A Great Lunch

About six months ago Jeremy purchased a small display fridge that sits to the left of the register. They have stocked it with homemade salads, wraps, cakes and pies, and they can make hot Panini sandwiches for you as well.

This is an amazing addition to their lineup, but not many people know about it. With its selection of homemade and healthy food, Poets is a great spot for your next lunch meeting.

Poets lunch

4. A Great Place for… Just About Anything

If you walk into Poets at any time of the day or night, you will find professionals working on their laptop, college student studying, a group of moms planning out the next big event at their kids’ school or a Bible study in the back room.

There are a number of things you can do at Poets. If your group is large and you need some private space, you can rent out or reserve a back room that seats 24 (but you can fit more if you really need to.)

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Why do I write this?

    1. 1. I love this place. Since I am self-employed, I work here at least one day a week—and I get so much done when I do.
    2. 2. I love locally owned places where the owner works his butt off to create an amazing atmosphere for his customers.
    3. 3. I want to tell people about the gem of a place that is sitting right in the middle of town that many people may not know about.

If you want more info on Poets, or would like to get in touch with them, visit their website or Facebook page.

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CrossFit OLY Seminar: Worth the $$$ ?

So this weekend I attended the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar led by renown Olympic Lifting coach Mike Burgener. Coach B (as the entire CrossFit Community calls him) was at the seminar leading this one here in Cookeville Tennessee.

As of now I have attended the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar, CrossFit Football Seminar led by John Welbourn and the CrossFit Endurance Seminar led by Brian Mackenzie.
All of them were a great experience and I was blessed to get to know many people through out these great weekends. They all had their positives and negatives.

I will go into the other ones and the positives and negatives of them later. But for now I want to share my experience with Coach B and the CrossFit Weightlifting Staff.

First things first, Coach B takes a totally different approach than all of the other seminars. He does an amazing job at creating interaction with the attendees. As good as I have been around. He demands respect the moment he walks in the room. He is a former Marine and runs his group much like you see a drill Sargent in the movies. He is not intimidating , but he has an air of respect that is magnetic. When he asks a question he requires the response “YES COACH” by everyone in the room. If everyone in the room does not respond with the intensity or volume that he thinks is adequate he will give the entire group “Motivational Consequences”. These “Motivational Consequences” can vary from burpees, to holding in the top of a push up, to any other evil tactic his 65 year old military mind can come up with.

He covers everything from foot work (90% of all missed OLY lifts are attributed to poor foot work), to grip on the bar, to weight distribution, to how to safely MISS a lift. He is a stickler for the fundamentals of weightlifting and believes in drill after drill to perfect the parts so that the whole is a thing of beauty. He barks the Mantra of “Practice Makes PERMANENT” which is why he breaks down the details of the lifts so that you can do them correctly. Coach B is of the belief that just because you practice something does not mean you are going to be good at it.
The majority of the weekend is spent on learning the Snatch. Coach B does an amazing job at marrying the 2 lifts (Snatch and Clean & Jerk) so that there is so much carry over from one lift to the other. The coaches he has working with him are educated and all have different personalities, which keeps you on your toes as an attendee.

Me jC and Coach B at OLY seminar

Burgener makes it very clear that his way of teaching Olympic Lifting is not the “Right” way. But he also makes it clear that there is not a “right” way. There are a thousand ways to skin a cat and he just has a way that works for him and the numerous athletes that train at his garage in Southern California. The number one thing that he wants you to get out of the 2 day weekend is that as a coach you (the seminar attendee) are helping your clients perform the Olympic lifts SAFE, efficiently and effectively. His goal in this seminar is not to find the next Olympic Champion. His goal is to make the CrossFit Coach in the middle of no where USA keep the 40 year old soccer mom fit and healthy.

Worth it?
Of all he seminars this was the most taxing physically I have every attended. 90% of the time it was with a PVC pipe not a loaded barbell. That PVC pipe will make a coward out of just about anyone. The hardest part of the weekend was UN-LEARNING all the bad habits I had picked up through out the years of OLY lifting. This was for sure a lesson in humility from many aspects but I had a blast doing it.
Is it worth the $595 you have to pay for the 2 days of Instruction from a renown Olympic Weightlifting coach who is an open book to anything you want to ask…….? YES….worth every dime. If you get a chance to do this seminar, do it. You will not regret it.

Wrap up
I think the last 2 days has made me a better coach for the people of CrossFit Mayhem. But also for the kids that are down the hall sleeping as I write this article. Coach B did a heck of a job teaching weightlifting but he did an equally amazing job at teaching about why we do the things we do as CrossFit coaches. We do what we do because we want to see people live a happy, healthy, and fit lifestyle. When people come to our gym and pay hard earned money for us to help them get fit it is an honor and privilege and I want to do the best job I can to help them as much as I can, and Mike Burgener and his staff of Stacy, Bonnie, Kimmer, Brad, Joe and G did that this weekend.

Testimonial Tuesday: Lacy Isbell

In Testimonial Tuesday we are looking a different people who have had success with the MealFit lifestyle.
This week we have a working mom of 2 from Birmingham Alabama.
If you have a success and want to share it with us or you have and questions please contact me at thomas@mealfit.co

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