Tuesday 131203


Rowing ladder – death by 10 meters

Rest 5 minutes

100-KB Swings


From the Huffington Post

CrossFit Is Dangerous — Life Is Dangerous

Posted: 11/22/2013 4:00 pm
CrossFit is dangerous. Life is dangerous. The news reminds us of this each day. Recently, there was been a lot of media coverage focusing on the dangers of CrossFit, specifically rhabdomyolysis, which according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “is the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream.”

Here’s how I see it. People are afraid of change. How come there are not news stories going viral about the dangers of sitting on your couch, or watching too much television or living a sedentary lifestyle? Sure there are stories about these things, but not ones which stir the emotions and create fear and judgment towards those individuals involved. rhabdomylosis is nothing new and it is not specific to CrossFit. It can occur in crush injuries, alcoholism, heatstroke.

The reality? CrossFit is dangerous. Getting up every day is dangerous. Walking out your front door in the morning is dangerous but people have taught you how to do it correctly, to look both ways before you cross the road. We take precautions all day long to do things the right way. We wear our seat belts, brush our teeth, follow traffic laws. There are many things that we do all day long to keep us safe.

CrossFit is no different. If you are going to engage in something new you have to learn the basics, you have to know about the dangers. It would be the same as if you were training for a triathlon or a 5K, anything that is new you have to learn how to do it properly. CrossFit is no different. When you start, you learn the basics of how your body is designed to move. You have a certified CrossFit coach teaching you those very things. My coach does not expect things of me that would be dangerous or harmful. That does not mean that people don’t make those choices for themselves, CrossFit is dangerous when done improperly or without a well-trained coach. Injuries most commonly occur when someone is making poor decisions about their body or doing too much too soon. So make sure you educate yourself on CrossFit before beginning, make sure you have a coach who knows you.

With all of the negativity out there, I want to take a minute to focus on the many benefits of CrossFit. So what is CrossFit about for me?

First, CrossFit empowers me to achieve things that I once felt were unattainable.


After the accident, I had to work hard to walk, to go up and down stairs, to put pressure on my left ankle, to walk without losing my balance. When I could do those things well enough to be released from physical therapy, I was released. Now what? I could function and I was proud but I knew there was so much more work to do. 

Enter CrossFit. Although I have worked hard to regain my walking abilities, my right leg has a complete inferior vena cava blockage, which causes circulation issues that keep me from doing some elements of CrossFit. It took me a while to accept that fact, but now I understand and I make smart choices. If the WOD (Workout of the Day) includes running, I know that it is not in my best interest. Yes, I was a runner before the accident. Yes, I want to run, so bad, but the dangers outweigh the benefits. So I play smart. It is my responsibility to make good choices for my body.

My coach, Amanda Greaver, understands and makes accommodations for me and with me. She helps me fight for it always and recently wrote an article on this very idea. While I’m here on this earth I want to strive to be the best me so that I can be the best to others. Being the best me involves CrossFit. Many elements in life are not tangible, not measurable. However, CrossFit gives me a gauge for improvement. CrossFit is healthy for not only my body but for my mind and spirit.

Second, CrossFit allows my children to see that anything is possible.



They went from watching me be taken away on a stretcher at the scene of the accident and thinking I was dead, to seeing me lying in a hospital bed, to sitting up, to biking, to walking, to participating in CrossFit. CrossFit is showing my kids that with persistence and devotion, you can get better at something. My 8-year-old daughter Read more Tuesday 131203

Wednesday 110914

Happy Birthday Hill!


Rowing Ladder

Well the following article from The New York Times is NOT something that I needed to know.  But as a good friend of mine always says, “It is what it is”

In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone

By  Published: September 12, 2011

This is probably not the news most fathers want to hear.

Fathers who spent several hours a day caring for children had the lowest testosterone in a study of 600 men in the Philippines.

Testosterone, that most male of hormones, takes a dive after a man becomes a parent. And the more he gets involved in caring for his children — changing diapers, jiggling the boy or girl on his knee, reading “Goodnight Moon” for the umpteenth time — the lower his testosterone drops.

So says the first large study measuring testosterone in men when they were single and childless and several years after they had children. Experts say the research has implications for understanding the biology of fatherhood, hormone roles in men and even health issues like prostate cancer.

“The real take-home message,” said Peter Ellison, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard who was not involved in the study, is that “male parental care is important. It’s important enough that it’s actually shaped the physiology of men.”

“Unfortunately,” Read more Wednesday 110914

Tuesday 100202

Fun with Thrusters…

Happy Ground Hogs Day!


Rowing Intervals

From USA Today…

Your Health: Too much sitting puts the body on idle

Your Health: Too much sitting puts the body on idle
1/31/2010 7:34 PM

By Kim Painter, USA TODAY

For decades, scientists have studied exercise. But until recently, they paid little attention to the opposite end of the activity spectrum: the many hours modern humans spend sitting, barely moving at all. Read more Tuesday 100202