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What’s Up With The Name?

UPDATE: This is a re-post since it’s been a long time since I’ve shared this. It probably needs to be made into a page at some point.

When I came up with the name for the site, I had no idea second breakfast was actually a thing. I’ve never seen any of the Lord of the Ring movies, nor will I ever. Apparently hobbits eat 7 meals a day. Wait, maybe I’m a hobbit! But it seems that IRL (in real life), second breakfast is actually a common meal in Bavaria, Poland, Vienna, and Austria. I’m now thinking about moving to one of these countries.

Flickr Image by woodleywonderworks

So where did the name came from?

Sometimes my job requires me to travel to conventions as an exhibitor. There will occasionally be an exhibitor breakfast on Saturday morning before the exhibit hall opens. Such was the case a few weeks ago. Read more

Why MyFitnessPal Should Charge a Fee

Knowing how much you are eating is an important part of a good exercise and nutrition plan. This is made simpler with a nutrition tracking program, the most popular of which is MyFitnessPal (MFP). Recent changes and the addition of a premium service have been a little controversial according to online discussions I’ve read. While many are not happy, let me tell you why this is a good idea.

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Previous Limitations Of MyFitnessPal

Keeping track of your macros (protein, fat, carbohydrates) and total calories is important if your goal is to lose fat, add muscle, or even maintain your current weight. When you know what you’re eating you can make modifications to achieve your goals. Read more

My Fear Of Going Weeks Without Heavy Lifting

For those of you that are into Crossfit, you’re well aware that we are in the midst of the Open. About two weeks before the Open started, our box changed programming and cut back on heavy lifting days so we wouldn’t be broken down at the end of the week when we had to do the Open workouts. This has produced some mixed feelings (for me…I can’t speak for others).

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Pick Up Heavy Things. Put Them Down

I like lifting heavy. Makes me want to grunt and wear a loin cloth (but I can’t afford another citation for that for 22 more months…kidding). Cutting back on heavy lifting to be in good shape for the weekend makes sense. We’ve all had those Friday and Saturday workouts where we were too spent from giving so much Monday through Thursday, which is NOT what you want if you’re competing on the weekend. I get it. Moderate volume during the week to be able to go HAM in the Open. Read more

My Open 15.1 Nightmare (Prediction)

Of course nobody has any idea what the Open 15.1 workout will look like, but it’s fun to throw out “what ifs”. I’ll throw my hat into the ring.

My guess it that it will be “The Mirror”.

The bane of our existence as Crossfitters is last year’s 14.5 with no time cap. Thrusters and burpees. Awful. It looked like this:

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How awful would it be if 15.1 was the mirror workout of this. Meaning:

3 Thrusters / 3 Burpees
6 Thrusters / 6 Burpees
9 Thrusters / 9 Burpees
12 Thrusters / 12 Burpees
15 Thrusters / 15 Burpees
18 Thrusters / 18 Burpees
21 Thrusters / 21 Burpees

The Logic

Why would this happen? The first workout of the Open is often a couplet (two paired movements). This is the worst of them all. And what better way to open the Open than just reversing the order as if it was a mirror image of the final workout of last year’s Open. Sick, huh? Well…that sounds like Dave Castro. Read more

Well That’s Something I Never Thought I’d Do

Yesterday I did something that I never thought I’d do. In fact, it wasn’t something I’d ever thought about doing, it just kinda happened. I went to an audition for a commercial. The thought of me as a model/actor is hilarious. But hey, why not? The last year has seen me do a lot of things I never thought I’d do so why not add to the tally.

The Crossfit gym where it went down. Sprinting around those boxes was involved.

The Crossfit gym where it went down. Sprinting around those boxes was involved.

Of course everyone there looked like a fitness model except me. I looked like I was there for a Dunkin Donuts ad compared to the rest of the group. But as my friend Tina who also went said, “It doesn’t matter if I’m chosen; what matters is I walked into that gym with actors and models and still felt like a million bucks!”

While we weren’t given any details other than Reebok is looking for CrossFitters and runners, I’m sure the ad is part of their new Be More Human campaign. It’s marketing genius. Regular people, not professional athletes, working out to be better at life, not just fitness. It’s about why we grind day in and day out. Most of us will never be elite athletes but we want to be healthier, more capable, and generally better humans. Read more

Why You Deserve To Fail

Failing sucks. Raise your hand if you plan to fail at something today. Consciously or unconsciously, you probably go out of your way to avoid failure. Somewhere in our development we learned that it’s a bad thing. Forget everything you know and let’s find out why that’s a blatant lie.

Flickr image by Celestine Chua

Flickr image by Celestine Chua

Fear of Failure

Fear is the biggest reason we avoid failure, which isn’t always a bad thing. Fear tells me not to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon. That’s a rational fear because the consequences of failure are significant, whereas the payoff is negligible. Fear becomes a bad thing when we allow it to hold us back from trying things that we’re interested in. Read more

Why Do We Do This To Ourselves?

Most of us reach the point where we wonder why we do what we do. Why do we spend so much of our limited free time and energy exercising? It’s time away from our families and tending to the numerous responsibilities of daily life. Reebok is about to launch a new initiative that aims to help us answer these questions.

 

There was an article recently in Boxlife Magazine titled “9 Odd Things That Happen When You Start Crossfit“. Everyone of them is true, but I particularly like the first one: Your fitness goals will change. Read more

So I Didn’t Completely Fail in 2014

Today is January 9th, so if you made a resolution to get fit, you may actually still be on track. If so, keep going. If not, get on it NOW! You still have 97.5% of the year left. I started about this time last year (“Why I Started Crossfit”). My first Elements class (On-Ramp, whatever your Crossfit Box calls it) was on January 7th, so Wednesday was my one year anniversary. What a year it has been. The day before, on day 365, I completed my 150th workout!

Flickr image by Runar Eilertsen

Flickr image by Runar Eilertsen

I seriously doubted my ability to stay with it. I’d tried countless times before and never made it more than six weeks. The last year was supposed to be about weight loss. In retrospect, that became the secondary theme. If I had to pick a word to describe the past year, it would be “knowledge”. Here are a few of the things I learned.

The Number One Goal

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Fitbit and Crossfit: How Do They Work Together?

One of the hottest gift this Christmas is the Fitbit. Earlier in the year I spent 30 days using a Fitbit Flex with Crossfit and wrote a review. If you recently got your new Fitbit, or are considering one, check out that review here.

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