This week has been a roller coaster already and it's not even Thursday yet! Athletes have been coming out of the woodwork (at LEAST one a day) and that is pretty crazy when you're running probably the smallest gym in the country! My goal this summer was to have at least 70 athletes come through my tiny little gym, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to blow that number out of the water! Either way, it's really exciting to have all these people in for training because the more people I can help and watch get better, the more I know I am doing something to better things in the world (granted, it's a tiny little speck of the world, but still). Perhaps because of this, or perhaps because of some other stresses in my life, I have caught myself a bit of a cold. Nothing to really hinder my ability to coach or train, but a bit annoying all the same. And today, while I was contemplating taking a quick nap or getting my barbell work in, I got an email saying that I got into the CrossFit Football Occupy Strength competition this weekend at CrossFit South Baltimore! Pumped. Up!
So, I ended up taking the day off, chilled in the pool a little, fueled and prepped my next two days of mobility and CNS prep for the big day. The event calls for the CrossFit Football Total (a 1 rep max of power clean, back squat, bench press and deadlift), then a heavy weight metcon. All stuff I am really excited to execute! My goals for the day are to PR each lift and to WIN! This will be my first event with my new attitude of "beat everyone." I normally just do this stuff for fun, competing with myself to be the best I can be. And while I refuse to be an asshole, and will always be my nice self and walk around and talk to people, I will be there with the mindset that nobody can beat me. I want to see how my adrenaline reacts to that mental approach.
So, with the event coming up in a few days, I'd like to talk a little bit about cutting weight. I've done this once in my life, and it was perfectly timed with a veggie juice detox I trained. Over the course of a month I was able to drop about 18 pounds, while still staying very healthy and strong. I entered my first ever Jiu-Jitsu event at a weight class under 200 pounds (lighter than I have been since around freshman year of high school!) and took a podium finish, tapping out 3 of the 4 guys I faced. Ever since then I have messed around with training and nutrition programs. I've fluctuated from being ripped to being pretty damn big (two weeks ago was the largest I have been in my life, weighing in at 235# with around 13% body fat). As of today i weighed in in the middle of the day at 225 and I want to weigh in at the event at 220 so that I can be part of the light heavyweight division. So, how will I do this? Well, I will continue on the nutrition plan I am on right now (which I will write about over the weekend) drinking about 2+ gallons of water tomorrow. Friday I will flush my system of water weight with some sweaty activity such as wearing a sweatsuit and jumping rope in a heated room. I have lost 8 pounds of water weight while rolling on the mats for jiu-jitsu, so i am sure I'll be able to drop 5 pretty easily. I'll do a crash course in the same thing on my way up to weigh-ins on Saturday morning, then I'll promptly house a decent sized breakfast and about a gallon of water before lifting more weight than I've ever lifted before! Now I'm no elite level wrestler or anything (you know those guys who drop like 40 pounds in a week through insane starvation tactics), but I'm pretty sure this method will have its desired effects while still allowing me all the energy and strength needed for the event.
Hope I can get over this sickness by the end of the day tomorrow...
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