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Why I WOD: Because I HATE CARDIO

Why I WOD: Because I HATE CARDIO

A couple of days ago I made mention of my time at the Globo Gym. Quite possibly the biggest reason that environment didn’t work for me was that I absolutely hate cardio. I tried it. I didn’t like it. We decided not to be friends. And guess what, I got Flabby And Tired (see what I did there?).

My face when I see the WOD


Flickr image by Abhisek Sarda

Flickr image by Abhisek Sarda

Cardio Hates Me. It’s Mutual

Elementary school was my peak of fitness. I played soccer and rode bikes any time I wasn’t in school. And then video game systems really became common. I wasn’t a big gamer, but I could waste hours if given the opportunity. Add in the fact that I grew to love air conditioning during Texas summers and outdoor play and exercise began to fade away. Then in high school, the Internet appeared (thanks Al Gore). Read more

5 Things You Won’t Find in A Crossfit Box

5 Things You Won't Find in A Crossfit Box

Everyone is familiar with the “Globo Gym”. I was a member at one of the major chains (though I went maybe a 5 months total over 6 years) and I don’t miss it one bit. This is due largely in part to things you WON’T find in a Crossfit Box (gym). So if you don’t like the idea of the traditional gym, here’s what you won’t find at your local box…

Photo by David Christian

World War Fit in Allen, TX

Mirrors

Crossfit is about doing work, not flexing for the mirror. And for those of you who claim to use the mirror to “check your form”, that’s what the certified coaches and fellow athletes do for you at every workout. No mirror needed.
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Partner WOD

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Partner WOD

Crossfit workouts on your own are tough. You’ll sweat, you’ll get light headed, and you may wish for death at some point. The level of exertion is probably something you aren’t used to. Unless you’re an active SEAL.

Flickr image by Matthew Batchelor

Flickr image by Matthew Batchelor

If you haven’t met the partner WOD yet, you will. My first thought was, “Great! I don’t have to do all the work myself!”. Then the reality hit me. Let’s start with the not so great part of the partner WOD. Read more

Crossfit and Nutrition Progress: 5 months

Crossfit and Nutrition Progress: 5 months

This past Friday (June 6, 2014) marked 5 months of eating clean and working out. I’ve posted a couple of quick pictures of my progress on Instagram, but this is the first set posted anywhere else. For those that didn’t know me before, this is a look at where I was and where I am now. For those that see me regularly, this will let you see the change all at once instead of the small weekly increments.

Fall 2013. This was NOT my heaviest before my Jan 2014 start.

Fall 2013. This was NOT my heaviest before my Jan 2014 start.

I generally avoid being in pictures, so it wasn’t easy finding before shots. Here are two from last fall, taken a few weeks apart. The left is from October (couldn’t pass up a selfie with the Palace Guard in London), and the right was in September during a charity fundraiser. Believe it or not I gained a few MORE pounds between when these were taken and when I started working out. Read more

You Can’t Change the Body Until You Change The Mind

You Can't Change the Body Until You Change The Mind

They say physical transformation is 20% exercise and 80% diet. That sure seems to be true. Think about how many times per week you eat, while you will spend maybe three to four hours working out.

The Diet

Change is hard. How many of your New Year’s resolutions are still on track? If you answered that question like 98% of people, you fell off somewhere. It’s not because you didn’t want to make the change, but something happened. If you want to change your body, there are certain things you’re going to have to take control of. The first is what goes into your mouth.

Flickr image by David Shankbone

Flickr image by David Shankbone

Let me be clear. I am not a trainer, coach, medical professional or dietitian. I’ll simply tell you what I’ve read, researched, and tried that has worked (or not worked) for me. Most of it should be common sense, but sometimes we need to hear it from someone that’s been there. As always, consult a doctor before starting any exercise program. Read more

Finshing Last: Why I Wod

Finshing Last: Why I Wod

Why I Started Crossfit

Why I Started Crossfit

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the reasons why I WOD. Here is the first installment:

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Flickr image by Adrià Ariste Santacreu

Am I Doing This?

Before getting started I was worried about some physical problems from being so out of shape and if I’d be able to handle the workouts, but I also figured getting in shape was the only way my issues were going to get any better. So I lied, and said I wouldn’t quit. The reality is I had no idea if I’d be able to stick with it. But I was tired of being out of shape and struggling to find clothes that fit.

Day One

That is how long it took for me to get hooked. You don’t just jump into classes in Crossfit. You have to go to a couple of training sessions with a coach to learn the movements, terminology, and assess your level of fitness and skill (or lack thereof in my case). Some boxes (CF calls their gym a box) call the class On Ramp. My box calls it Elements. It’s a two-day boot camp designed to kill you, or so it seemed at the time.

I was told we’d go through movements and do a workout. I did enough air squats that I couldn’t walk right for days. Every muscle in my body hurt. And I liked it. I knew that this would get me in shape. But that isn’t what hooked me. It happened during the 400 meter run.

If you ever saw me running in the past, there was either a food truck ahead of me, or zombies behind me. In college I learned to fight because I knew there was no way I was going to run if I ever got into a bad situation. I hate it that much.

My run went well for about the first 20 meters. Then I started to suffer. I couldn’t breathe. My shins started to hurt. I was winded beyond belief. Every time a foot hit the ground I felt my fat drop like someone was throwing cement bags on me.

I think I made it 50 meters before I had to walk. Then I walked 20 meters, jogged 20 meters, walked 30, etc. I don’t think the coach really believed how out of shape I was until she saw me run. Here’s where it got interesting.

Coach to the Rescue

When she saw how much trouble I was having, my coach came out to meet me. She gave me specific distances to walk, then run. She coached me through more of that run than I ever would have thought I was capable of. When my mind said quit, she showed me that my body could do more. I was exhausted when I got back, but I knew this environment could push me past my mental barriers and self-imposed limitations.

The Fight Continues

I still fight this on a daily basis, but I’m getting better. When I want to stop I ask myself if it’s because I can’t go on or because I don’t want to. I try not to give up until I give out. I haven’t chased away all the demons, but I’m to the point where I can look them in the eye.

I still hate running. When I started, I couldn’t make a lap around the building. A couple of months in and I made all six laps during the workout. Not much longer and I completed my first 400m run without stopping. I still struggle, but I’ve made a lot of improvement. My next goal is an unbroken mile run. I just wish I wasn’t gearing up for it just as summer in Texas is about to hit us!

What’s Up With The Website Name?

This Is My Happy Hour

This Is My Happy Hour

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A Typical Day In The Box

Here is a great article about what it’s like to do Crossfit.

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