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Do You Even Know What You’re Eating?

Do You Even Know What You're Eating?

Do any kind of research and you’ll find people everywhere that claim whether trying to lose fat or gain muscle, 80% of your progress is made in the kitchen. Exercise is important for many reasons, but diet is often much harder. This is more true when weight loss is the goal.

You eat several times every day, while you probably only workout a few times per week. And it doesn’t matter how hard you workout, if you keep shoving buckets of crap into your face, you’re not going to get the results you want.

Flickr image by Abd allah Foteih

Flickr image by Abd allah Foteih

Don’t Dig Your Grave With a Knife and Fork

I started cleaning up my diet on a Monday (of course) and starting working out on Tuesday, jumping in with both feet. Maybe you’re not ready to commit to an exercise plan. That’s okay, though you’ll drop weight exponentially faster if you do. Without exercise, the weight loss won’t be as fast, but if you have to choose one, go with the diet first. Read more

The Boat is Coming Back: Get On NOW

The Boat is Coming Back: Get On NOW

How Do You Know How Much To Lift?

How Do You Know How Much To Lift?

The “Why I Don’t Do Crossfit” Fad

The "Why I Don't Do Crossfit" Fad

Every few months someone writes an article about how dangerous Crossfit is. Usually these people have never tried a Crossfit workout, but are experts nonetheless. A few months ago, Christian Thibaudeau even wrote a Crossfit Apology, because he had the same impression of Crossfit until he worked with some CF athletes. While he didn’t give raving approval, he did change his mind on some things others latch onto.

People doing Crossfit and not dying

People doing Crossfit and not dying

Crossfit Will Kill You…Apparently

Recently, an article by Erin Simmons called Why I Don’t Do Crossfit started making the rounds. It even made it to the Huffington Post. It got a lot of people fired up. I blew it off because it was so over the top with hyperbole, it sounded more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than a real blog post. It made me wonder how this author has any credibility at all. How’s this for gross generalization: Read more

How Will a Professional Athlete Do At Crossfit?

How Will a Professional Athlete Do At Crossfit?

Why I WOD: Because I HATE CARDIO

Why I WOD: Because I HATE CARDIO

A couple of days ago I made mention of my time at the Globo Gym. Quite possibly the biggest reason that environment didn’t work for me was that I absolutely hate cardio. I tried it. I didn’t like it. We decided not to be friends. And guess what, I got Flabby And Tired (see what I did there?).

My face when I see the WOD


Flickr image by Abhisek Sarda

Flickr image by Abhisek Sarda

Cardio Hates Me. It’s Mutual

Elementary school was my peak of fitness. I played soccer and rode bikes any time I wasn’t in school. And then video game systems really became common. I wasn’t a big gamer, but I could waste hours if given the opportunity. Add in the fact that I grew to love air conditioning during Texas summers and outdoor play and exercise began to fade away. Then in high school, the Internet appeared (thanks Al Gore). Read more

5 Things You Won’t Find in A Crossfit Box

5 Things You Won't Find in A Crossfit Box

Everyone is familiar with the “Globo Gym”. I was a member at one of the major chains (though I went maybe a 5 months total over 6 years) and I don’t miss it one bit. This is due largely in part to things you WON’T find in a Crossfit Box (gym). So if you don’t like the idea of the traditional gym, here’s what you won’t find at your local box…

Photo by David Christian

World War Fit in Allen, TX

Mirrors

Crossfit is about doing work, not flexing for the mirror. And for those of you who claim to use the mirror to “check your form”, that’s what the certified coaches and fellow athletes do for you at every workout. No mirror needed.
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Partner WOD

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of a Partner WOD

Crossfit workouts on your own are tough. You’ll sweat, you’ll get light headed, and you may wish for death at some point. The level of exertion is probably something you aren’t used to. Unless you’re an active SEAL.

Flickr image by Matthew Batchelor

Flickr image by Matthew Batchelor

If you haven’t met the partner WOD yet, you will. My first thought was, “Great! I don’t have to do all the work myself!”. Then the reality hit me. Let’s start with the not so great part of the partner WOD. Read more

Crossfit and Nutrition Progress: 5 months

Crossfit and Nutrition Progress: 5 months

This past Friday (June 6, 2014) marked 5 months of eating clean and working out. I’ve posted a couple of quick pictures of my progress on Instagram, but this is the first set posted anywhere else. For those that didn’t know me before, this is a look at where I was and where I am now. For those that see me regularly, this will let you see the change all at once instead of the small weekly increments.

Fall 2013. This was NOT my heaviest before my Jan 2014 start.

Fall 2013. This was NOT my heaviest before my Jan 2014 start.

I generally avoid being in pictures, so it wasn’t easy finding before shots. Here are two from last fall, taken a few weeks apart. The left is from October (couldn’t pass up a selfie with the Palace Guard in London), and the right was in September during a charity fundraiser. Believe it or not I gained a few MORE pounds between when these were taken and when I started working out. Read more

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