New Years Resolutions

It is the beginning of the year and you know what that means? EVERYONE who is not health and fitness oriented will make resolutions in the New Year to be skinnier, healthier, buffer, the list goes on. They will all go to a gym, pay for fancy diets and programs to help them lose weight then in three to six months – maybe less, relapse into what they have been doing for most, if not all their lives.

I am just saying but what you all need to do is change your lifestyle, not hop on the latest bandwagon fitness craze that was on Opra/Ellen/Blah-blah-blah. Set realistic goals and work towards them in steps. Simple, right? Actually it is, people make it harder than it needs to be. It is hard because it takes hard work and discipline, not the latest pill. So go out there and do it!


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Motley exercise

So I have not gone to a box in about a month. You know what? I miss the camaraderie but I have to say that I have been getting good workouts in on my own, short and intense. I definitely see the benefits of group training and believe it to be one important piece in improving your fitness and overall health, both physically and mentally. Especially when it comes to working through a plateau or learning something new that you are having problems with.

However I don’t feel that the group is necessary for most facets of taking care of personal fitness. A person that is motivated is going to do it whether or not there is a person yelling at you to complete that last rep. Yes I know some of you will say that having somebody there to get you to complete whatever movement you are doing is essential and I beg to differ.

You want it? You will find a way to do it, END OF STORY.

Remember set goals and stick to them, that is what helped me a lot and I mean by setting realistic goals and taking baby steps to get where you are going.


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Yet another Crossfit update

It is now November and I have a full four months of CrossFit at a legitimate “Box”, CrossFit speak for your good, ole’ gym. I have to say that I do enjoy the workouts and camaraderie at the box as I usually go in at 5:30 in the morning and work out with an excellent group of people. You have to be motivated to come in that early! I admit I have slacked more than a few times and hit the afternoon class instead.
The one issueI have with CrossFit is the cost, plain and simple. I understand you have to keep the place lighted, pay coaches and so on but geez the heavy handed mandates from corporate go a bit far into the pocketbook. Are you hearing me Glassman?
That brings up my current situation and that is I am putting my membership on hold for the rest of the year in order to save some cash and give the body a little bit of a break. My back and shoulders are in need of some rest. I have learned the hard way that although I am forty years young that I can’t workout six or seven days a week. If I do bad things happen and I would rather not go to physical therapy anytime soon. I am still going to CrossFit on my own and hit the free class on Saturday mornings to see where I am at.

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Ergh bikers that don’t even try to follow traffic laws

Mr. Commuter man/biatch,

If you blow through that stop sign one more time in front of me we are going to have words and then some. Over the last few months I have run into you numerous times. At a three way stop you blow through taking a right as I am coming across the intersection. You do not even try remotely to follow the law. 

I am a biker and this pisses me off to no end. You know the rules of the road so try and follow them, no follow them, end of story!

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Another Crossfit update

OK now I know for sure…kipping pull ups are not for me. Yes I could use practice but numerous injuries on my shoulder makes me cringe before I do them and I have jacked it up again. No lifting over my head for a while, I can’t even do a back squat with my arms behind my head because it tightens up and hurts like a mother. Regular pull ups with a band assist are what I will be doing in the future.
I have also learned that doing Crossfit two days in a row is not a good idea. I was sticking to every other day and that was working. Two days in a row is a beat down! Back to biking on the odd days and Crossfit on the even days so I don’t break the body down too fast that it cannot recover.

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Practice makes perfect

Of course you have to actually practice. Some of these lifts in Crossfit are kicking my ass to say the least and making my body feel more beat up than it should. Maybe it is the pace of the workouts, or perhaps actual weight-lifting, of which I have been lacking for years. Heading in this PM as I was in Monday morning but the heavy squats and then WOD took it out of me. My hip is bugging the crap out of me along with my lower back acting up. To help with that I have begun going back to the chiropractor as of last week. Been there twice already and he has put me on a weekly schedule for the time being. I hope, no it will help.

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What the ?

Crossfit is cruising along fine after yet another setback, not Crossfit induced 😉 I injured my lower back due to bike racing and a lack of core strength and it came back to haunt me the other day!@#$!

I just can’t seem to win lately, well the past two years. Is there some truth to the fact that once you turn forty that your body starts going haywire? I don’t know as I have heard various arguments for that when you turn 30, 40, 50, etc. Either way I know my body has changed and keeping up with the twenty year-olds take more time and especially more rest!

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Minor setback

So no Crossfit for the next two weeks as I had surgery on my leg. Nothing huge but sutures and stitches do not need to be yanked out at this time. Hell I cannot walk right yet much less run, bike or beat myself into the ground with Crossfit.
All the more reason to work hard when I recover. It just sucks as I am making progress and slowly figuring all the exercises out. Thanks to Robby@Alpine Crossfit for working with me!

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Note to self

When you are so tired lifting because the WOD is kicking your a$$ make sure you throw the bar far enough in front of you so as not to take a chunk out of your nose.
That is all

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Crossfit…in progress

A long overdue update.
So halfway through my initial membership to Crossfit at Alpine Crossfit I am slowly figuring things out though I am having to ask for the finer points for all the Olympic weight-lifting exercises. Now I know why I skipped them all those years of lifting, they are hard and a pain to get right, oh yeah and pretty easy to injure yourself as I was throwing down the bar yesterday I took a little bit of skin off my nose. YEAH FOR ME!
Today is a rest day as my shoulders are a little tender and my back has complained a bit. I am just not ready to do two days in a row just yet, too many years spent on the bike and not lifting/throwing the iron around.

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