Push push push, go go go. Physical activity sure does put a strain on our muscles. They get used up, depleted. And then, they hurt! As athletes, we want to recover as rapidly and efficiently as possible. That’s why I was so excited when BioSkin reached out to me and asked me if I was interested in becoming a brand ambassador. I know from personal experience that compression aids in recovery so I gladly said yes. They sent me some gear to try and here is my BioSkin review. [Read more…]
I love to deadlift. I think that’s been established already. If not… hey, my favorite movement in CrossFit is the deadlift! There’s something about lifting heavy things off the floor… it’s just awesome. It’s pure. It’s primal. The bar is sitting there, waiting to be picked up…..
But what if you want to lift the bar up a little higher? What if you want the bar above your waist? Well then, you have a couple choices, one of which is my current new-hot-CrossFit-thing-that-I-can’t-hardly-do obsession: cleans! [Read more…]
Be Like Mike.
We’ve all heard that phrase haven’t we? I bet most of you heard the “Be Like Mike” song in your head when you read that. If we chose to model ourselves after an athlete, we usually choose the one at the pinnacle of his sport, don’t we? Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Michael Phelps. Tiger Woods. In CrossFit, the best of the best is Rich Froning. Period. I had the pleasure of watching Rich compete this past weekend. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Froning and getting a quick picture taken. I even had the pleasure of giving The Champ the web address for this blog.
So everyone, Rich or not, read more and let me tell you what I learned at the 2014 Mayhem for Mustard Seed Ranch. [Read more…]
How do you measure a man? How do you weigh a woman’s worth? Is it the deeds we do, the stuff we save, the places we pray, or the professions we practice? Can you quantify the quality of a gym/box? We are at times so obsessed with leaderboards in CrossFit – who is leading in life? Does placing a value of worth on a life or WOD have anything to do with each other? Am I going to do anything besides ask questions this post?
Yes. Or at least I’m going to try. [Read more…]
We came. We saw. We conquered. (Or maybe we got conquered, work with me here…) The Open is over, and probably for everyone that’s reading this, you won’t be participating in Regionals. So, what now? Do we leave it at well that was a fun month of competition or can we carry the momentum of the Open with us for the next 11 months? Do we even want to continue with the same sort of competition-laced mindset we have carried these past five weeks? Yes… and no. But mostly yes. [Read more…]
It’s Thursday. Are you excited about the 14.6 announcement tonight? What’s that? There isn’t a 14.6?? What’s that? The Open is over?!? …….. Nnnnoooooooooo!!!!!!!
What am I going to do with myself now? How will I do CrossFit if I don’t have a leaderboard to look at every week? Wait, what did I even do the past month? Oh I know, I did the same 5 workouts that tons of other CrossFitters around the globe did. Yes… but I did so much more than that.
[Warning, this is a longer post, so make sure you grab your coffee before starting to read…]
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a little green fellow named Yoda was trying to teach his student Luke how to be more elite. Yoda had Luke lift heavy objects off the ground, jump high and far, and do handstands while attempting other activities… all in an effort to thwart the evil Darth Castro. One day, Luke’s vehicle started sinking into a swamp. Yoda instructed Luke to use his newly acquired powers to lift the massive spaceship up out of the muck. Luke tried; he strained all his muscles attempting to make his ship rise, but Luke couldn’t do it. When, even against all his strength, Luke’s ship started to sink further into the swamp he gave up and deemed his ship a lost cause. He turned around and walked off, only to turn back around as he heard his ship rising back out of the murkiness. When the ship finally came to rest on solid ground, Luke turned to Yoda and said, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda’s response was, “That is why you fail.”
I lifted just shy of 4 tons over my head during 14.5. That took every muscle cell in my body. It also took every brain cell in my body. [Read more…]
Here we are, the final workout of the 2014 CrossFit Open. And wow, what a way to go out! I had a few thoughts I wanted to share while watching tonight. Maybe some of you thought similar things? [Read more…]
Relativity is a funny thing sometimes, isn’t it? Sometimes a 10 minute AMRAP seems like 20 minutes. With 14.4, that was the shortest 14 minute workout I’ve ever done. Was it brutal? Yes. Oh hell yes it was brutal. But my mind was so preoccupied with talking to myself and struggling to stay alive that all concept of time just went out the window. I don’t think I knew what time was until about 10 seconds to go. [Read more…]