Quick shout-out to my noon-day warriors James and Carlos. They tore it up!
In a few short weeks the new year will be upon us. For most that means a fresh start to their lives, eating a little better, exercising a bit more, so on so forth. If you're already a CrossFitter, your resolutions will probably be met pretty quickly. If you are not a CrossFitter, well, go check it out and watch yourself grow (in a good way of course)! Me, I will be making a dedication at a whole new level. From January 1st through the 31st, I will be visiting as many CrossFit affiliates as my body can handle around the greater San Francisco Bay area. My goal is to hit at least 24 over the course of these 31 days, and if I can get a few more squeezed in there, believe me I will!
At each gym I will be interviewing both coaches and athletes/members, getting in a workout and video taping the whole process. And each night I will be posting up the edited video along with a review post of that affiliate. In the end, I will be writing up a long article on the whole point of this adventure of mine: community.
I did this last year for a week in and around Washington, DC and felt it was a pretty good success! This time around, besides the fact that I'll be going at it for an entire month, I plan to make the videos a little more dominate, hopefully each one will be like a short TV show. Personally I find I get more across when I can just talk, rather than writing.
So why am I doing this anyway? Well, it's actually for a few reasons, the main one being to promote a healthy, active, fit community. And seeing how CrossFit has done such a stand-up job doing just that, I figured that getting to know as many of these places as possible, and publicly writing about them will help continue spreading the word as to just how great it is to find a way to be a part of it all. I know that even though CrossFit has spread like wildfire around the world, it is still a baby in terms of popularity. And even if people DO know about it, a lot of them have some pretty distinct misconceptions of what it's all about. And to go further with that point, given the attention of things like the CrossFit Games and almost celebrity status of the top CrossFitter, we can actually begin to see this wonderful, supportive community of ours changing drastically each and every day. And I want to make sure the attention does not go completely away from what got this stuff going in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I celebrate the elite as much as the next person, hell, I want to BE one of the elite. But I love the idea of living in a world where health and fitness are a natural way of life, not an afterthought. I want to see a world where seeing an obese child is an extreme rarity, not a commonality. And I see CrossFit, at its core, being a huge part of this
My other reasons for doing this are to meet like-minded people in a setting I love to meet people in, the workout arena! And, well, I hope to get some damn awesome coaching along the way, not only to help me towards my own fitness goals, but to educate myself on different ways to approach my own coaching methods.
I sent out an email to some 30 affiliates just a few days ago, and I have already received 16 confirming responses. So exciting! My next step is to get the schedule planned out, and then get mentally prepared for one hell of a month. If you know anyone in the Bay Area who may be interested in me coming in for a visit, please let me know; and spread the word! The more attention I can get on this, the more our community will grow, so any connections/people/gyms/news/papers/blogs you know/have, send it out!
Now that I got that out of the way, I'll do a quick run-through of todays workout. Strict press: sucked. Failed at 175# and was demoralized to say the least. 4-rep thrusters: not bad, got my final set at 195# and felt strong. The metcon: whew! Hard! This was the opening workout to the Mid-Atlantic regional last year (but with 95#) and I attempted it a day or two after I got my cast off, getting in the mid-6 minute range. This time around, I got 5 minutes flat, with the heavier weight! Still could have shaved off a good amount of time on the muscle ups, but they are getting better!
Car pulling tomorrow!!
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