Crossfit Challenge- Day 11

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Today was the next to last Crossfit session. I was so tired cause of yesterday’s trip to the hospital. I was not feeling this mornings workout all. Nathan made me start the morning with a 1000 meter row. After that I was pumped.

Nathan and I then did some toy soldiers, butt kicks, and toe touches. Then he reviewed squats with me but making add weight to every set. I ended up squatting 80 lbs. not bad but I still feel I could do more.

Nathan showed me how to do a kettle bell swing. I have been doing them for a while but come to find out I was actually doing them wrong. He showed me that I needed to use my hips more and so much my arms. To let my arms be forced up by the force of my hips was hard to take in. After a couple of tries I finally got it. Finally Nathan showed me how to to do a kettle bell extension. This is not what they are called but for the sake of this entry I am going to call it that. It was hard for me to keep the kettle bell up over my head with my arm extended the whole time.

After he taught me those moves it was time to workout. The following was today’s workout:

200 meter run
20 kettle bell swings
2 kettle bell extensions
200 meter run
15 kettle bell swing
2 kettle bell extensions
200 meter run
10 kettle bell swings
2 kettle bell extensions

I finished it in 8:15!

I did pretty good but I still feel I could have done better.

Since I only have one class left, Nathan was trying to talk me into a membership. I would love to join but I simply can’t afford it. That does not mean I won’t do it. I might drop in a few times a month to do a WOD. It’s just that $130 is a lot of money to commit to once a month. I am ready for my last class. I am going to give it my all!

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Crossfit Challenge- Day 10

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So today at crossfit it was insane. I have to say that the workout we did today was hard and I have finally come to the conclusion that I hate wall balls and wish for them to burn in hell!

Today’s workout was the following:

10 dumb bell snatches (right arm)
10 wall balls
10 dumb bell snatches (left arm)
10 wall balls

As many rounds you can do in 15 minutes.

I made it to six rounds…barely

Learning how to do a dumb bell snatch was hard but then I looked at it as cranking a lawn mower. That seemed to work bust for me. I only have 2 more ramp classes left so I hope I learn so more before this experience is over.

Half A Year Of Fitness

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I know a lot of my readers are more than likely tired of reading about my workouts but I have to say that I am really proud of this journey. I have enjoyed where it has taken me and excited for where it is going to take me.

I was sitting a home a few nights ago looking at pictures on my iPad when I noticed how much I have physically changed in six months. It’s hard to believe it all started with a simple walk on a treadmill.

January rolled around and I decided to start running something I have never done before. I weighed in at a rough looking and feeling 289 back then. I started with a small run of one mile. By the time I was done with the month I was running a solid two miles in 25 minutes.

When February came I reached the three mile mark. I could run a 5k in under 35 minutes. My pants were loose and I was weighing in somewhere in the 260s. My clothes were fitting better and I felt better as a person. I started changing my diet and counting the calories I was eating. That made a huge difference. I even had a killer swim workout that month. Still have a lot more work to do with that.

In March I decided after a dinner with my family to challenge myself a little. The weather was getting warmer and I needed to do something crazy. I decided to run a 5k race. So I began training three days a week for it. Running as hard as I could to get my time down to under thirty minutes. At this point I was about 255 on the scale.

April brought me another curve ball in my way. I was asked to run a 5k at the beach with my brother. I was excited and scared to run my first race. I had been training so hard for my suppose to be first race in May but I just considered this one a practice. I got to the race and ended up finishing third in my age division in 29:25! I was really proud of myself and I even got an award. I also went to my first yoga class and now I love yoga. I even got a mat.

Coming fresh off that win, I knew the month of May was going to better. I started off training really good but then life stuff happened and I became kind of lazy. I was scared u was not going to do good at my next race. I showed up nervous and scared but I ended up beating my time. I came in at 26:51. I was fifth in my age division but I did not care. I proved to myself I could do it.

Since accomplishing me race goal I made some really good choices in June. I bought a bike to try cycling. I started to run more. I even chose my next race which is next year in Charleston, South Carolina. The big 10k known as The Cooper River Bridge Run! I was not weighing in at my lowest which was 228 and I dropped to my third pant size. I thought to myself I am going to reward myself with a crazy adventure. So I decided to go zip-lining. My wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law went with me. It was the most scary and greatest thing ever. Also I went on my first hike and really felt relaxed and one with nature. That sounded super lame!

It’s been a crazy life changing year for me. I have learned so much about myself and what it really means to be active. I at least try to be active an hour a day. I do sometimes fall short but I just pick myself up. I honestly believe I would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing wife and daughter. They are the reason I have even started this. They say fatherhood changes a man and I believe that with all my heart.

Now what’s happening for the rest of 2014? Here is what’s happening and coming up!

-Right now I am finishing up my July Crossfit Challenge. If you read the blog regularly you already know how that is going.

-In August and September, you will be seeing a lot more cycling and more weightlifting.

-October is a big month cause I will be starting my training for The Cooper Bridge 10k. Also, more yoga!

That’s just a few things I have planned. I am sure there will be other great stuff. I really want to try a kickboxing class or boot camp. My long term fitness goals is to run a half marathon, a marathon, and then a triathlon before I am 35. I would also like to complete a Spartan Race and a Iron Man. All in good time!

Thanks everyone for being so supportive. I do promise that I have some great new blogs about K-Dub coming so look out for those.

Until next time!

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Crossfit Challenge- Day 9

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I am almost done with my Crossfit challenge for the month of July. I have to say that this has been a very crazy adventure but in nine classes I have learned so much.

I got to the box this morning not really feeling it. I have been getting up really early for two weeks in a row and I just want to wake up to daylight outside. I also did not want to run at all but Nathan had other ideas for me. He made me do a 400 meter warm up run. I have to admit that when I was done I was ready for what was next.

Later Nathan showed m how to so you soldiers, butt kicks, and toe touches to warm up my hips. Then we moved on to squats. I already do squats during my normal workouts so I had this. Nathan was impressed and decided to teach me some Olympic lifts.

After several failed attempts getting my form right I got the hang of it and I really wanted to put some weight on it but I don’t think Nathan thought I was quite ready enough. Then it was time for my workout of the day.

3 rounds of the following:

400 meter run
15 push ups

I finished it in 8:15.

I did really good I think he made me do pushups cause he wanted me to develop some more upper body strength cause I really have none. I just started weightlifting so it’s going to take some time. Nathan said that all good things will come.

So I have one more week of ramp classes and then I have four days of regular workouts so it’s going to be a interesting end of the month.

Crossfit Challenge- Day 8

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I got a nice surprise when I got to Crossfit Indian Trail this morning. I walked in and saw Coach Jared was back! He was only there for the day but he decided to teach me my class this morning. I was so excited!

Today he taught me how to do arm clings with a bar. After a few times I was still having trouble. He told me to stick my butt out more. He said that he call it “booty butt”. Out of all the things I have learned that was most likely going to be the one that stuck with me.

Then we reviewed the sit-up. Crossfit sit-ups are a lot easier and I think that’s they way I am going to do it for now on. It really works your abs after doing 20 in a row.

Then we did our WOD.

10 arm clings
10 sit-ups

Then a set of 9 all the way to 1.

By the time I got done I was tired bit I took longer with my workout to get the form right on the arm clings.

Too bad Jared is going to be gone again. Workouts with him have been fun and educational.

What Guys Night Was And Now Is

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So this past weekend my wife and I decided to have a night apart. She made plans with her friends to go wine tasting and I made plans for a guys night with my brother-in-law. I was getting really excited about because it had been so long since I had a guys night. I totally forgot how much fun they could be.

Back in my younger days( That is something I thought I would never say) my guy friends and I would meet up at the bar, order cheap beer, talk about sports and women and our jobs. We would use curse words and exchange dirty jokes and tell humorous old stories that we heard about a hundred times but they never got old. Almost every night would end around 2 am and a crazy hangover the next morning.

This night was different. Why you ask? Cause this guys night was more of a play date between two dads. Yes the babies came with us. We had a great dinner at our local Mexican restaurant. Spent half the time trying to get our kids to eat and the other trying to talk about our kids. There were no dirty jokes but just us trying to keep our kid’s behavior in check. No alcohol was served but just sweet tea and water out of sippy cups. We talked about how great it is being a dad and topped the night off with frozen yogurt. We played a fun game of which kid could have a sugar rush first. Afterwards, we said goodbye and went home and had the kid in bed before eight. The next morning all I was left with was the job of making and feeding my kid breakfast and cleaning my kitchen but all with a smile.

Being a father has changed a lot of things for me but in a great way. Since becoming a father things like drinking till two in the morning don’t seem that fun to me. Every once in a while I enjoy a night where I get to not share my food or pick sippy cups off the floor or having to rush home so I don’t miss bedtime. I always say that my biggest issue with some parents is that they forget they are people.

I hope my next night out is a daddy and daughter date. They are fun and it’s special time I get to treasure being a dad to such an amazing little girl!

Crossfit Challenge- Day 7

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So today was another week of Crossfit. Only five more classes left. I have to say that I know I said that the last few were intense but today’s workout was by far the hardest at this point.

I have to say that I was not really feeling it this morning. I was exhausted. The past two weeks I have been on the go non stop. When my alarm went off I ignored it as long as I could. I did finally get up but not happily.

When I got to the box this morning we went over some new things like thrusters. We reviewed the deadlift and the hallow rocks and supermans. Finally it was time for the workout that the instructor called a “crippled”.

400 meter run
30 leg lunges
15 ring rows
15 KTE
15 thrusters
400 meter run

I did come in third for the guys at 8:15 which was not bad at all. I was proud of myself. Every time it go to Crossfit I push myself harder than the previous class. Now with only five classes left I need to step it up and push a little more harder.