Is CrossFit or High Intensity Training right for you?

In his biography Rich Froning Jr. attributes some of his success as a CrossFit athlete to a high pain tolerance. More importantly he can completely shut it out and push past things that would put many of us on our knees. While this is a learned skill he perfected over a long season of pitching…

A Trainer’s Training Plan

There is no shortcut to your goals. Let me say that again so there’s no confusion. There is no shortcut to fitness, to greatness, to strength, to victory. Yeah, it would be nice if there was a magic formula for building muscle; some secret insider knowledge to becoming Rich Froning or Arnold, but there isn’t  Rich…

Training Day

Every day is a training day and I can’t say that enough. Whether it’s to trainees in class or to my reflection in the mirror before I work out, every day is a training day. There are no off days when you’re preparing for an event. Sure there are days that are easier than others…

Workout of the Day, October 9, 2012

A lot of CrossFit hopefuls and Cross Training devotees spend a lot of time trying to master what I like to call the glamour moves. None more so than the Muscle-up. Done correctly this move is a beautiful and awesome display of coordination, strength, and skill. Unfortunately, more often than not this becomes a case…

Workout of the Day, August 20, 2012

Last week we mixed in a lot of Bodyweight movements with circuits for a high Intensity blast. This week we’re going to continue with that trend but we’re going to add a heavy weight training component to the first half of our routine. Today is all about Shoulders and Hamstrings. During these moves we’ll use…

Workout of the Day, August 17, 2012

Today’s workout will be the routine my bootcamp does tomorrow morning. It’s going to consist of  several stations and done as a “chipper” working from one to the next then reversing back through the stations again. Wash, Rinse, repeat until time expires. This will be shorter than most of my workouts, contrary to popular Cross…

Update: NB Minimus MT20 WinterRun and Inov8 F-lite 230

So it’s been several months since the purchase of My Inov8 F-lite 230’s and nearly six months since I ordered my New Balance Minimus MT20 WinterRun editions, and so far the results are good. Both shoes have seen regular rotations through my workout routines which now include frequent Cross Training bouts, running, and rope climbing. Neither shoe…

Turning Down the Volume on Life

“When you went to Fight Club it’s like everything else in your life got the volume turned down.” I’m starting to understand just what that means here in Florida. I often want to go to bed early so tomorrow will get here sooner and I can go workout. When I’m done working out I’m thinking…

Cheating is Training for Failure

One of the advantages when working with a trainer is accountability. It’s hard to cheat or sell yourself short with someone standing over you the whole time; correcting form demanding one more rep, and pushing you to go further or harder. To this day I still recall my Drill Instructors on Parris Island. They were…

Drinking the “CrossFit” Kool-Aid

This past Monday I did something I swore for a long time I would never do; join a CrossFit style gym. I guess I could put up a heroic defense and argue that it was inevitable or some act of fate beyond my control but in the end I was simply overcome by curiosity. I…