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And trying something out to see if anyone notices:
Garddawg used to be able to post here a lot more than he does and almost all of what he wrote was incredibly useful to any CrossFitter.
To get that back in front of people again, here’s a blast from the past that might inspire or educate some of you.
All I need to know in life I learned from my first CrossFit Journal.
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
■ Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
Pretty much all I need to know about diet. Diet is the way I eat not something I do. I eat to fuel my day (why I drink may be another story).
■ Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to
handstand, pirouettes, ﬂips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
Learn to lift, move and control external objects, learn to control our own body in space, move quickly.
■ Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy.
Keep workouts short and intense.
There is enough stuff in the list above to keep me busy for the rest of my life. When I get good at something its time to break it down again and start over.
■ Regularly learn and play new sports.
I wonder if chasing BBoJ around constitutes a sport.
2. It amazes me that GD and some of these other monsters can box jump 40+ inches and lift small houses over their head. I don’t let it intimidate me, I just use it as proof of what’s possible.
Working out in a globo gym does suck, but after watching Gonzos video (where he’s working out in a war zone) I have vowed to never * about my gym again.
Radiosound makes two important related points and let me meander on for awhile. When I started CrossFit I was 43 years old. I had:
■ Bad knee from a martial arts accident
■ Trouble with my hips from a horseback injury
■ Back problems from a rodeo injury
■ I had broken two vertebrae in my back in the martial arts
■ Dislocated one shoulder
■ Separated the other shoulder
■ I worked a full time job and ran the gym at night not much sleep time
■ Oh almost forgot I have/had asthma
When I started CF Helen caused an asthma attack every time. So bad that I would still be wheezing a couple of days later. My first Fran was with 15# dumbells, did not appx. full ROM and took over 15 minutes. I couldn’t do Diane, deadlifting anything caused my back to spasm for days. It was painful, but I got up everyday and went back at it. After a couple of years was able to do most workouts as rx’d. Every couple of months I would review where I was at and set reasonable goals and work towards achieving them. When I hit a goal I reset, pick a new weakness and start over.
So I have hit a few goals along the way:
We have someone in our gym who every time box jumps came up would very publicly bray about how bad I was at them. Okay, pretty much have buried that I think.
15 muscle ups
60 pull ups
If I can do it, anyone can. Radiosound hit it on the head, what we do proves its possible.
We had a long time student, we will call “Slothful” used to make a big deal of saying “Well you can do that because your Jeff (later Slothful would pick on Connor as well). Slothful tried to minimize the dedication and hard work it takes to improve. Slothful had none of the problems listed above. Plenty of time to workout, unhampered by injury etc. But Slothful didn’t have any perseverance, self discipline, work ethic and possessed a dearth of character. Slothful eventually self-immolated.
Why I say Radiosounds two points are related is everyday people here prove it can be done, from an old broken down guy to someone stuck in a war zone with crappy equipment. In the end character drives us.