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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 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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It’s Time To Turn This Train Around

It's Time To Turn This Train Around

So I’m kinda stuck. The tag line of the site still works (as satire at least), but the title and URL are no longer applicable. Why? Because this week, I started eating a second breakfast. Every day.

Flickr image by Dennis Matheson

Flickr image by Dennis Matheson

You may remember one of my first posts about how the name came to be. If not, take a hot minute to read it here. It’ll totally change your life and perspective on everything. I promise. (But no refunds). Short version is I caught myself one morning about to eat a second breakfast just because it was there and free. In that moment it occurred to me that my fatness (literary license taken) was due largely to constant bad decisions and laziness. It was also the point I knew things had to change. Read more

Your Biggest Weakness Isn’t What You Think

Your Biggest Weakness Isn't What You Think

The Benefits of Stepping Outside Your Box

The Benefits of Stepping Outside Your Box

Most of my day is spent in an office at a desk, but occasionally I get out of the cage and have a chance to do a little traveling. Enough to keep it interesting, but not enough to get sick of it. I’m fortunate to get a good balance. When I started my exercise routine, I told myself I’d keep up my workouts on the road. Promises, promises.

West Little Rock Crossfit

West Little Rock Crossfit

I’ve only had a half dozen trips or so in the last 8 months. Several of these have been single day trips where I didn’t have a chance to workout. One hotel had an amazing gym…if you paid an extra $14 to work out. Nope. A couple of other hotels think a treadmill and a balance ball are a gym. Nope. And after a long day of work on the road, it’s hard to do burpees and push ups on hotel room carpet. Nasty. Read more

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