Archive for January, 2012

Well we got about a foot of snow over the last couple of days and it has been fun. However, over last night and this morning we got freezing rain and that has fucked up all the snow and toppled countless trees. We lost power, along with 250,000 other people and the box was closed. But not all was lost, I am an active person and I don’t like feeling trapped in so it was time for a shovel WOD. Isn’t this what we CrossFitters train for anyway, functional fitness? So with shovel in hand I first hunted down the two closest storm drains and cleared those suckers. Then I started clearing tracks for my truck to make it up our hill. As I was clearing this heavy ice my back started feeling a little tired and I thought, WTF I am using pretty crappy form and I was supposed to deadlift today anyway so it was time to put my training to work. Dig in, set my back, lift, and dump to the side. Now i know this is not an exact substitute for a deadlift, be it sure helped and I pounded up to my destination with no problem. Also I must have inspired a couple of neighbors because they came out to help, this is a great community, sound familiar? Same reason I love CrossFit, the community always has your back, sometimes literally 🙂 This was all typed on my phone, Thanks Windows 7  Phone, you are a life saver when then power is out.

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CrossFit Going Mainstream

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you did not see it or hear about it, CrossFit got some major national exposure yesterday via a Reebok commercial on network television. I will be honest, from the beginning I have not been fond of the CrossFit and Reebok partnership. It is the one sports apparel company that I did not even own one piece of clothing from. It has just never been my style, Reebok has pretty much always been pretty whack in my book. That being said I was going to give them another shot because in the long run CrossFit getting more exposure will be a good thing. But their track record to date has not been great, not enough stock at the CrossFit Games, t-shirt that look like they belong in Old Navy, high prices, consistent issues with shipping new product, I could list more, but you get the point. Putting all of that to the side, I think the kick off of these commercials is going to be GREAT. I am glad Reebok is spending some big money to help build CrossFit up. I know their  main focus is making more money, but they are a company and that is what companies do. The great part is they are spreading the word about CrossFit and it is getting to millions of people, millions of people who desperately need to take a serious look at their health. On July 21st of 2011, the CDC reported that 33.8% of all adults in America and 17% of children are not considered obese. Those numbers are staggering and it is undeniable that we have taken a wrong turn somewhere. I don’t believe that 1/3 of adults are just making a conscious choice to be obese, I think it is all the crap people have been fed both literally and figuratively. Tons of different fad diets, commercials telling kids that chocolate milk and Lucky Charms with whole grains are healthy, label on food saying it is fresh and organic but there are still ingredients that are barely pronounceable, and almost zero healthy fast food joints. Then on top of all that, schools have been getting rid of physical education classes and after school sports because of budget cuts. Don’t get me wrong, I think academics are important and clearly there is improvement that needs to be done in the education system in the U.S. too, but having a bunch of smarter kids that are growing up into fat and sickly adults is not what is going to keep the U.S. as one of the world leaders. I love the fact that CrossFit is kinda underground and feels like a bit of a club,  but so many more people can benefit from it. CrossFit is not just the gym you go to, but it is a lifestyle. Once you have fought through the tough first couple of months you slowly start getting why all the die hards act the way they do. It slowly creeps into your life and changes it for the better. I am just a better person in general, I am not only healthier, but I am happier as well. I feel great, have made fantastic friends, and my kids are reaping the benefits as well. Dad almost always has energy to go have some fun. I also want my kids to be active, so we have made it a priority to make sure our kids are always in some sort of activity as well. So do I think it is a good thing that CrossFit is going mainstream, definitely. I feel it is now my duty to let people know what the fuss is all about and am happy to be an ambassador to CrossFit. I don’t like to go out and preach about it, but if you start asking me questions I will talk your ear off. Hopefully as these commercials are played more and more I will get more and more people asking me about CrossFit. It is time to fight back for our live against the bombardment of bullshit information out there that is literally killing people.

Resolutions

Posted: January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Well, we are 8 days into the New Year now. Have you come up with any resolutions? Usually by the time I get to New Years Eve I already have a list, but this year I didn’t have anything. It wasn’t until I was at a party that night and people started talking about what resolutions everyone had. As usual I was with a bunch of CrossFitters, so we all immediately went to CF goals. Here are a few of mine to keep my honest: 1. 50 pull-ups in a row (currently at 41) 2. Do Nasty Girls Rx (just need Muscle Up stamina built up) 3. Press (strict) my body weight 4. Break 400 lbs for my dead lift (currently 393) 5. Snatch 135 lbs (stuck at 125, need work on my technique). Other than those CF related resolutions I want to: 1. Make sure my kids are in one outside of school activity at all times 2. Do at least 26 family days (we were awesome about planning one about every week for a while and the holiday season threw us for a loop) 3. Get birthday cards on time to all of my family members that don’t live in my house 😉 4. Get my Level 1 Certification 5. Get my Mustang back up and running. This is a lot of stuff, but I truly believe that I can do everything on this list. What resolutions have you made for the year? Are they specific? Make sure they are specific and measurable, sometime you may need to set several small goals that build up to meeting the big dog.

Next on the agenda is the good ol Paleo challenge that my box does every January. Technically the challenge does not start until tomorrow, but I started on January 1st. I am already feeling much better after all the crap I was eating in November and December. This being said you can expect more posts on recipes, how to eat paleo when you are eating out, and products that make it a little easier. For example I took the family out to the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie WA for breakfast today. This is a very notable place with AMAZING food. It would be super easy to cut loose and get a bunch of non paleo grub, but I stuck to my guns and got a fantastic omelet with Crab, onions, peppers, asparagus, and spinach. I also had their delicious coffee and it was a great breakfast out. Breakfast is probably one of the easiest meals to make sure you are eating paleo when you go out, so if you like to go out to eat breakfast is a great time to go if you have a hard tie sticking with it once you are out of the house.

Talk to you soon.