Category: Crossfit

Closing Time

After some long inner battles I decided to close the site down temporarily.. It may or may not be back, I don’t know. I just need to focus my attention on other things at the moment and realign myself to get my mind right and really tackle this weight problem I have.. In the meantime, enjoy the song.

Revamp in the works

newstuff

So I decided that the current model and direction of the site wasnt what I really intended so as of now its currently being ‘rebuilt’ and revamped to something a bit different. Its not going to be what I had originally planned but something new and a bit more fresh. More informative, more content, more everything. It will take some time but I will still be updating the site every so often.

Just for shits and giggles, for those who actually view my site (not many of you but some) what would you like to see? I’d like to get some input and maybe implement your suggestions. Thanks all

The Paleo ‘Diet’

So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet.  Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth.  Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple.  Eat foods that are in their most natural state.  Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health.  No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc..  Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it!  Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.  

You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.

Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit.  Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.

I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/

I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP nutmeg
  • 1 TSP sea salt

butternut-squash-soup

  1. Saute Onion in large pot
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
  3. Add squash to pot and pour in stock
  4. Boil squash until tender
  5. Puree soup until smooth
  6. Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil

The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing.  We’ll see tomorrow!
 
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple.  There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do.  Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”

 

Stay Strong!

 

-Adam

 

 

Post Tough Mudder

I dont even know why I’m making a post about my experience with Tough Mudder Austin 2012 as it is indescribable. The adrenaline at the starting line, the motivation of the MC working the crowd, the chill in the air, etc.. preceded the epicness that was about to ensue. I would be lying if I said I wasnt scared.. I was! At 8:35am the horn went off and the race began. Bobby and I were off to a steady pace and about 30 yards into the run I nearly twisted my ankle and thought to myself ‘crap, is this how the race is going to be for the next 11.9 miles?’ Thankfully I kept up as best as I could and finished the race as fast as I physically could. Of course I did have some trouble with the obstacles I suspected I would, such as the Boa Constrictor and others that really surprised me. The simple cargo net was actually pretty frightening! I wasnt ready for its height and instability.

Also height of the 2nd set of Berlin Walls, which was on mile 10 seemed higher than the previous set. Its not that I was not capable of overcoming them I simply had zero strength to push me through and had to tell Bobby to just go ahead and meet me at the finish line.

The Everest obstacle I conquered on my own, after a few tries of course. The first 2 tries 2 big dudes at the top tried to help me up but they were just in the way. I saw Bobby standing at side telling me “You can do it man, you run up and your chest is well above the lip.” So I pushed myself one last time and sprinted up the ramp and successfully made it to the top without any assistance! Hell yeah!

And of course, the grand finale was something that most everyone wasnt looking forward to but I personally didnt really mind. The first set of wires previously in the race were intense but it wasnt as bad as I expected. I was expecting to be slammed down to the ground with each jolt but nope, I sprinted through the whole thing and even dropped my arms instead of covering my face.

This was an exhilirating experience and I have no qualms to do it again. In fact I’m beginning to train for next years Tough Mudder which is in October 2013. I’m stoked and if anyone wants to do it with me, let me know I’ll start a team!

Note: The vids are not of me obviously hah.

Day 7 of Crossfit

Today I completed my 7th day of Crossfit at Crossfit Copperfield and wow this was a hellacious workout!  We did something called the ‘Whittman’ which is the following;
 
Seven rounds for time of:

15 Kettlebell swings (53, 35 lb)

15 Power Cleans (95, 65 lb)

15 Box jumps (24″, 20″ box)

This was the hardest workout so far. I keep saying that for the previous days WOD but it does get more difficult. The only difference is that I had mine scaled to 4 rounds instead of 7. If I were to complete 7 it would have taken me a very long time. The Cleans are not difficult to perform but doing 15 at a time is grueling on the body and can mentally fluster you. With true grit and being ‘dialed in’ on the workout you can really pull out those last reps with precise form.

mr clean crossfit cleans

Overall I am seeing some great results. My clothing is fitting better and less snug. My stamina has improved a lot and I do see some more definition in my arms. Very happy with where I’m headed. Although this was a 1 month Crossfit session I may have to get rid of my 24 hr fitness membership and continue with crossfit! Stay strong!

My Top 8 Gym Annoyances

Ever been to the gym and you had a miserable time getting a good workout due to constant distractions? Its hard enough going to the gym for those with some motivation but seeing people there that are unruly, distracting and overall wasting their time can put your own workout in a damper. I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Gym Annoyances, let me know if you agree or if you have your own list to contribute.

 
 

1. The Stinker
 
I know some people will say “this is a gym, its not suppose to smell like lollipops and dandelions” Well yeah you’re right but it shouldn’t smell like a bucket of yuck either. Sometimes smells can be so unbearable due to extreme body odor that it becomes a huge distraction. People need to be considerate. Shower atleast every other day (no joke) and slap on some speed stick and we’re good to go.

 
 

2. The Sweat Box
 
Again yes, I know its a gym but the lack of courtesy by other gym members who drench a bench with their sweat is disturbing and disgusting. I don’t mind my own sweat but swimming in someone else’s pool is something I’m not interested in doing when I’m trying to focus on getting shredded.

 
 

Gym Annoyances
 
 

3. Failing to Rack
 
This is something I’ve stressed to management via twitter, facebook and in person at my local gym. For the love of all that is holy please please re-rack your damn weights! I don’t know whats worse, taking off 8 plates from the chest press machine or looking for the 35 lb dumbbell. Either way its frustrating and rude. If you can’t put things where you found them don’t touch em!

 
 

4. The Main Event
 
This is the guy/girl who draws attention be it by dancing, hopping around, shadow boxing, dressing in a g string, or whatever.. these people scream LOOK AT ME! It’s a hazard in the gym as I can’t help but to stare and think why are they here? Stop causing a scene and lift!

 
 

5. Yakkity Yak
 
I can’t count how many times I’m blasting some insane heavy fast music in my earbuds and it’s still being drowned out by the idiot talking next to me on their iphone. No one cares whats for dinner or about the latest company mergers. You’re at the gym to focus on improving your health and body so hang up and run.

 
 

6. The Lunker
 
Surely we’ve all seen the video of the ‘lunker’ who grunts excessively and is kicked out of Planet Fitness (that gym is a joke) Well I too wouldn’t mind seeing them be escorted out of the gym. Sure there are times when you have to let out some steam and noise while squatting 400 lbs but good grief do you have to wake the dead? Seriously, just clench your teeth, breath through your mouth and get that weight up.

 
 

7. Hogging the Machine
 
We all don’t have 3 hrs every day to dedicate to the gym so if possible do your set, take a small stroll, maybe 30 seconds and get back to your sets. If you can let someone work in. I’ve hit the gym during lunch breaks and I sometimes have as little as 45 mins to drive to the gym, change, grab a workout, run a mile, shower, change and be back. I can’t be held up by someone hanging out on a bench of machine with 5 minute rest sessions between sets. Do work and go!

 
 

8. No inhibitions
 
I do not know how this applies to the ladies locker room but in the mens locker room there are plenty of older gents who enjoy, a bit too much I might add, being naked as soon as they walk in. I am still uncertain why the older crowds enter the locker room and immediately strip to their bare asses and “hang around” for what seems like an eternity. The locker room is meant for changing and showering, not socializing with your twigs and berries. It’s just ridiculous!

 
 

I’m sure we all have our own top gym annoyances so leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Day 4 of Crossfit

So I finished up Day 4 of Crossfit at Crossfit Copperfield and am noticing that my recovery time is decreasing. When I first tried out Crossfit I remember not being able to workout for a week. I came home, laid down on the floor and moaned as I was in a lot of pain and discomfort. This time its not the case. I know its not for lack of effort as I am giving 110% (Jess you’ll get this LOL) but maybe my body and muscles are responding well to the extreme torture and hard work that is being thrown my direction.

I still cannot believe that in less than 3 weeks I will be racing a 12 mile race called with a great friend of mine who from my understanding is in pretty amazing shape currently. I’m not really worried about it like I use to be but I do ‘fear’ one obstacle. Its called the Boa Constrictor.

The thought of being in a small tube partially submerged really messes with my mind. I know I’ll be able to do it but I don’t want to have a panic moment and freak out halfway through the obstacle. Hopefully the closer I get the more I can focus and get my mind right to conquer this fear.

Day 1 of Crossfit

I’ve started a crossfit routine from today to get my body back into cardio burn mode for the big race. I do notice that afterwards I did not feel lethargic as I did the first few times. I do believe that my current diet as well as my current endurance and stamina levels are allowing me to do more and go hard then before. I’m VERY happy with my progress for the race. My goal is to continue with crossfit until the Thursday before the race, October 4th. I want to get in atleast 3 workouts per week and incorporate some more running into my regimen to compete with the runners during Tough Mudder!

Only 39 Days left

Short post this time but its almost time. Tough Mudder is coming up FAST.. faster than I imagine and my mind is mentally prepared but my body and stamina need work. Of course my mind can only get me through some of the obstacles but ruthless aggression will allow me to conquer all. With Bobby playing catch-up to me its going to be an amazing adventure. ;)

What I need to focus more on is running stamina. The more I run the better my chances of completing with a solid time. I have no goal necessarily other than finish. I wouldn’t mind a strong time but my main goal is finishing. Stay strong and don’t lose sight of your objectives

1 Month Progress

Well, it wasnt a good month mainly because its taking more time and it being a lot harder to adjust to eating cleaner. Its obviously not an excuse as I am not putting blame on anything but myself. I’m just having trouble making that transition that was difficult to do the last time.

According to the office scale I’m

269

Which is a loss but about 10 less than what I wanted. Again, no excuses, just poor performance on my part.

My home scale reads

267.6

I guess I can say its a drop or am I just kidding myself? I heard from a close friend who is preparing for Tough Mudder as well with me just performed free ring upside down handstand pushups! Wow! Those are extremely tough as they require every muscle to do. I have big time catching up to do but I will be ready.. I have to be! I will do it!

Stay Strong!