Thursday, June 21, 2012

Inov-8 Bare xf 210 for summer!

Summer is here in full effect and I can't get enough. Working out in the excessive hit may hit the wrong chord for some, but for me, there is not better place to be. Maybe its because it feels like the Games or the Dirty South regional of 2010, but working out with just the sun overhead kicks ass. Its also a good excuse for me to pound Vita Coco coconut water all day long (our local Costco aways has Vita Coco in stock, WIN).

One of the worst problems with the summer heat though is sweaty shoes. Without shoes that breath well, you are stuck with your feet in their own personal sauna. Imagine being in a sauna at a nudist retirement home. Thats what your feet are going through. On the flip-flop side, its not ideal to workout in sandals, frankly I have never seen this and I wouldn't recommend it. Thats asking for broken toes and no one wants to see your yellow nails anyway.

What if you could get that same feeling of wearing sandals while wearing shoes. And what if those shoes were made for Crossfit by a company that has been there since the beginning to support Crossfit. Well the Inov-8 Bare xf 210 are those shoes.

When you first put them on you will notice right away that your feet feel nothing else but the ground There is no cushioning and no nonsense. Just zero drop. If you have never used minimalist shoes before I wouldn't recommend starting in them for runs, but easing into them from some other Inov-8 shoes (F-lite 230, 220, or 195s).

After hours of working out my feet remained cool and I did not have any issues with stank feet.

They work particularly well in most Crossfit workouts and considerably well for rope climbs.

In addition, they are perfect for lounging around, drankin, going to movies, or just living life outside of Crossfit.

All in all, they are versatile and I highly recommend picking up a pair for summer. Get a pic of them poolside while watching the Crossfit Games in July.

Monday, June 11, 2012


This past weekend I had the opportunity to go out of town and train with some high caliber games athletes. I spent a good amount of time on the road (~9 hours) to get there and I'm not one that likes to stop when I need to get somewhere. Driving a stick shift car on the road and not stopping to eat can be a hassle, especially with stop and go traffic.

I'm already a fan of the paleo kits, which include nuts, berries, and jerky, but they can be messy to eat in the car. The paleo stix on the other hand were freaking awesome. You just tear em open and viola. No mess, just meat goodness. The flavor is pretty much a standard beef stick flavor and didn't blow my socks off as something revolutionary but it was good. They are certainly not as chewy as the kits too, so you won't get lockjaw trying to eat them. The empty package didn't have the sticky and juicy mess like the kit, and the wrapper left no stains on the floor mats of my car which was appreciated. I couldn't tell the difference between the grass-fed and regular version so that will be up to you to decide. Word of caution if you hit some beers later on. The potency of those burps will be enhanced. All in all I give them a thumbs up. Less crap than whats in the gas station food isle and better for you.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I've decided to revamp my blog since I had no time to really devote to it during the school year. Yes I'm still in school. Trying to come up with posts about this and that was a lot more time consuming than I thought. For the upcoming posts I'll make it a point to keep them short and simple. If you want to continue to follow, Great! If you'd rather drink some Stroh's and pass out in a lawn chair, knock yourself out.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Since I've been gone....

I have eventually found out that it ain't easy to keep up with a blog. You think, "I don't need to write this shit, everyone knows what I'm doing." Then I decided screw it, I'll blog anyway, although I'm pretty sure my fan base of 1 hasn't grown.
Sooooooo, since my last post a lot has happened.
First I got to say that I'm very proud of our team's finish at the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games. The experience was phenomenal and I wouldn't trade a second of it for the world. Everyone put forth 100% effort and it was awesome to be rewarded for that with a 16th place finish. I'm hoping to continue to train hard and make it back with the team next year. I love the team competition. Even if I was good enough to go as an individual, I'd still do the team. For me the individual stuff is too much pressure, but thats just me. If I screw up someone on the team can step up or if they screw up I can step up. If we both screw up then...its still fun.
Second, Graduate school has made it more difficult to train when I want to, but I think I'm finding a balance which has been great. The added rest has been extremely noticeable on my strength numbers which to me now, seem ridiculous. I don't think I would have thought I would be putting up the numbers I am now, a year ago. I probably would have told you thats impossible. So if you are reading this and you haven't been progressing the way you want and have been Rich Froning your wods, then you may want to back off a little and see what happens. Frankly, I don't know how some of the superstars of Crossfit balance law school, med school, or whatever with high volume training. I just don't have time for shit anymore and have to choose activities carefully. If you are one of those people who hits the gym 10x a day and has a professional career not athletic related, I despise you.
The most important component to my training though is that I have been pushing it for myself, not anyone else. I don't need to prove my strength/crossfit worth by comparing this and that with other people. You need to be thankful for what you have, what you are given to improve, and how you use that improvement. If you only care about beating someone else then you will never be the best that you can be.....G.I. Joe or something.
Aside from training, school has been a welcomed gift. I've been wanting to go back to school for a while and I think I have applied to more programs than anyone I can think of so getting in was like winning the lottery. Now that I'm doing well in the program I can continue to focus on what I need to do to get a good project and less on trying to prove to myself that I belong in the there.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Off to see the wizard!

This is gonna be my last post before the games because I don't want this blog to suck any drop of work capacity that I have left in my body, and staying current with it during this time is about as easy as isolating the Higgs particle with a paper clip, snorkel, and slice of swiss cheese. Just to make it clear I'm saving my body for two things: 1)Destroying the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games with my Bros and Bras, and 2)Slaying the glutonious orgy of food and non exercise that will ensue afterwards. I've already made a list of food and other stuff that I plan on annhialating so I assure you that I have thought this out thoroughly and calculated it with extreme precision, Crossfit New England eat your heart out. I'm not entirely sure who is all out there, but I'm open to suggestions. I don't even care if you are in a different city, state, country, whatever. If you know of some must have food, post that shit to comments and I will put it on my list. Now, I also understand that as individual human beings, some of us like caramelized sheeps testicles or some scary shit like that....thats not me. If it sounds slightly weird, I'll consider it. If it sounds like you ate that shit to survive just so a lost villager could maybe get you help...I'll pass. This will be both desserts and regular eats (nonpaleo/non zone only)So hit me up.

My list thus far in no particular order:
1) Gooey Louie Buttercake-all of them
2) The Elegant Farmer apple pie in a brown bag- straight from Wisconsin
3) Krispy Kreme- glazed and Bostom Creme
4)Oreo Klondike Sandwich
5)Cheesecake Factory chocolate tuxedo cream cheesecake
6)Deep Fried Pickles-Tylers
7)Whole Foods Harvest Berry Pie
8) The Pit- Sangria, banana bread pudding, honey infused cornbread
9)Mellow Mushroom garlic glazed pretzels
10)An entire pizza from CPK
11)Jeni's salty caramel ice cream
12)Goodberry's Sandstorm

Monday, July 11, 2011


When I think of the S.W.A.T. team I think of some serious shit going down. Guns blazin, Seagal kickin, Kano rip your heart out shitstorm with a fu manchu. Now, I'm not one that does illegal activities, unless you can catch me ridin dirty...but seriously being around a S.W.A.T. training facility made me a little nervous. Not sure why, cause it's not like they were gonna break me down for going a little overboard on the tiramasu samples at whole foods last week (get some foos). Anyway, I took one look at the course they had set up for us and I was all smiles. You see, I always wanted to be a navy seal, but never made the commitment. I was always intrigued by the log PT and mini tests they put you through during the de-selection process. Since I never went through BUDS, this was my time to shine.

The first workout we did was a team log carry and tire spin?. 3 of us carried the log, and 2 spun a huge ass tire for a good amount of distance, maybe a mile and a half. I spent most of my time carrying the log, which I really didn't mind at all. Frankly, I thought it was easier. We followed a park trail and were passed by yoggers who proceeded to look at us like we left our minds to bake in our cars. I took a break from the log to roll the tire with Christmas which turned out to be friggin hilarious. As soon as placed my hands on the tire and helped guide it along the trail we hit the top of a hill. I decided, wtf, let's just allow this here tire to navigate itself down the hill, that'll be easier on us........I watched in shear horror as it rolled out of control directly to my unsuspecting teammates. The human bowling game had now commenced. I ran as fast as I could to re-direct the tire, which worked with minimal success. The tire slammed into a close tree and toppled over. I was laughing my ass off in my head. I don't know why it was so funny...wait yeah I do. I quickly switched out onto the log as to not continue my path of destruction. When we finished the workout my shoulders were bruised to shit, but I felt awesome.

The second workout was a hodgepodge of kickass stuff. The S.W.A.T. instructors made it more interesting by creating a story that coincided with what we were physically doing. I don't remember the story verbatim but, my version is just as accurate. So it starts off as such:

There's a serial killer on the loose. This guy is sick, and I mean fucking disgusting. He's known to murder crossfitters left and right and he's got a taste for LuLu's lemons. His victim's bodies are scattered all over the backyard, but they are still alive (6 heavy ass tires). Your job is to stack the bodies one on top of another so the extraction team can pull em out. (This duty was pretty funny because the last tire had to be launched off your body onto the top. I basically still have tire tread imprinted on my thighs from throwing it up there.) Once the bodies are stacked you have to bring the rocket launchers, AK's, C4, and other gear weighing 70# over a 6ft. wall. Throw the gear over the wall, jump over, and continue. Once over the walls you will find a log. Flip that shit. (Not sure where this fit into the story). Next is a disabled cop car. Your job is to push the car to a safe location and bring gasoline jugs over to the cop car and fill it up. The getaway vehicle is now ready to go. Next scale the wall of the compound and setup a sniper post on the roof. When you see the scumbag blow his brains out. The End.

Anyway you get the idea. Probably not the same exact story the S.W.A.T. officer told, but close. It was alot more exciting than most workout stuff I do on a regular basis and so I was pretty thankful to get the opportunity to do that. Which I guess brings up my main point.

I wouldnt have been able to do any of this had it not been for Crossfit. I don't have sponsors or endorsement deals, but the opportunities like the S.W.A.T. team training make life rich. It's experiences on a smaller scale that sometimes mean the most. We all talk about functional fitness but how many of us get broken down in the gym and look like handicap assholes in real life? Get out of the gym and do something different!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Haters need hatin!

One of the highlights of my day is simply checking out all the hatin on Crossfit and Crossfitters. Its really funny shit if you haven't read it. Most of it is clever, but some of it is like Kathy Griffin's plastic surgery, it just doesn't make sense, but is filled with plenty of sarcasm. There's videos, blogs, forums, and even entire websites dedicated to hatin on Crossfit. It's getting more popular and growing faster than your upside down tomato garden. Just google "hate crossfit" and you'll pretty much get most of it. I'm seeing a trend so I anticipate more and more haters to come.

I've found of few of these groups, for instance:

Crossfit Haters group 1 are simply the ex-crossfitters turned lifters. The story starts off similar among this group. They were people who used to be fat or out of shape and by shear chance they found crossfit and got shredded. Sooner or later the testosterone button was getting pushed a little too frequently and finally they decided that met-cons are for weak ass bitches. Their only desire is to be as big, and strong, and scary as possible. They yearn to hit that high-school reunion and Hulk Smash everyone into oblivion. They enjoy only non-paleo 70s BIG meals, hard liquor, porn, non-WADA approved supplements, and yelling. They will continuously knock crossfitters as idiots in the strength department and propose their method as the one that works. I don't need to remind people that Spencer Hendel backsquats 500#+ and squat cleans 335#....yeh he should probably stop being so weak and just focus on strength.

Crossfit Haters group 2 are basically the globo fooz. Back and bi's, chest and tri's etc. You can spot em out from their torn up shirts from football glory days and they periodically will check out their nipples in the mirrors just to make sure they are hard. They don't like crossfit because it's messing with their swagger. Gym, Tan, non-laundry....cuz my smell is musky.

Crossfit Haters group 3 are simply the roided out lifters. They want to rape and pillage, pillage and rape. They wish nothing more than the end of Crossfit, and their sport of....being huge? to come to fruition. They charge ~$150-250 for a phone consult and much more if you decide to take their advice for training/nutrition. They also make fun of crossfitters paying 1k for a cert., but at the same time charge more than Bono for their time.

Crossfit Haters group 4 are actual crossfitters who hate other crossfitters.

I'm trying to figure this group out but am having a hard time understanding these people.

If you know any other haters post to comments.