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15 Things I Learned Losing 15lbs

How I lost 15lbs I didn’t have to lose.

I will try to keep this simple, because we all need to go to different depths of the “food rabbit hole”. Some people are almost there and just need tweaks. Some people are so far in the damn weeds that they can’t get the traction needed to move an inch. If you want more details or have questions I’d love to talk more about your rabbit hole (AYO!). I’m sharing this to offer you some perspective. My situation isn’t yours, but you may discover we have some of the same variables. If you are interested in learning more about my situation or talking more about yours, throw me a carrot anytime.

So here are 15 things I learned losing 15lbs. It’s a fun read, but if you want to play along, grab a piece of paper and your brain.

1. I started with a an idea, that turned into a question, that resulted in a goal. The specifics are important to me, but the process is important to you. You need a goal. Something that pulls you towards a better version of yourself. A well thought end state makes it easy to figure out what exactly you need to do. My idea was to qualify for the American Open (picking up barbell contest). The question became how do I achieve that? I could either add 35lbs to my lifts (get much stronger) or drop a weight class. I decided to drop a weight class, which clarified my goal of losing 12lbs. Do you have a goal? What do you need to do to achieve it? (hint: be specific)

2. Once the goal was clarified, I needed to know where I stood against it. Assessment time! I measured weight, body fat, logged my food to get current macro and calorie averages, and maxed my lifts. Once you have identified the goal and the steps you need to take, measure what you can to find out where you’re starting from and how far you need to go. I needed to lose 12lbs. How far do you need to go? What can you measure between here and there? The more data you have, the easier it is to plan.

3. Once assessment was done, I was ready for a plan. Based on my numbers I planned to lose 4-5% bodyfat (7-8lbs) over 5 weeks and then dehydrate myself the remaining weight. (more on that later). My average intake was around 3500 calories per day and I planned to step that down gradually over 5 weeks. My whole plan revolved around staying strong. I couldn’t just starve the weight off. I needed to be maximally strong on game day and be lighter. What is your plan? Look at the measurements and think of how you can change them. Be prepared to adjust once your moving.

4. I quickly discovered that my plan had holes. Reducing my intake was leaving me tired and not wanting to train. I had to adjust the plan. I decided to vary my calories based on training days, rest days, and sanity. I ate 500 more calories on training days, which resolved the fatigue. When the plan doesn’t work, refocus and adjust the plan. Expect set backs and wrong turns. Jot down some anticipated speed bumps and ways to deal with them. Adjust course, don’t abandon ship.

5. Constant monitoring helped me make those adjustments. I tracked protein, carb, and fat intake using my fitness pal, weighed myself and took bodyfat daily, and logged every rep of my workouts. Tracking those details made it easy to connect the dots between my performance and my intake. Key note though, I didn’t log every day. I’ve been playing with myself long enough to know that I hate doing food logs and my intake doesn’t vary much. I’ve learned from the feedback. You have to monitor yourself. No one else will do it for you. But you don’t have to do it as much as you think you do. Focus on the key areas. What will fall apart the fastest if you don’t keep your eye on it?

6. Because performance was the ultimate goal, pre and post workout nutrition were dialed in. I put a lot of thought into those meals because they fueled my efforts and my recovery. No matter how crazy everything else got, I never let those meals slip. Three training days a week, two sessions per training day, one meal before and one after totaled 12 meals per week that were unfuckwithable. Figure out what part of your plan is most important. Life is going to come after you. Chaos has your number. Decide in advance where you have slack and where you don’t. Establish a base. A place to dig in when things get hard. A fall back line that you don’t cross. Where do you need to dig that trench?

7. Dealing with fluctuating expectations, attitude, focus, and commitment. As the process went on I discovered it was hard. It wasn’t complicated and it wasn’t hard to find the time, but it was hard to stay committed. Food prep was a full time job and the scale and bodyfat bounced up and down in a sometimes unfavorable fashion. I occasionally doubted my ability to cut the weight and everything in my body hurt from trying to lift the weights with less and less fuel. Fact is, it’s not a linear process (but we want it to be). Weight and bodyfat are not static numbers, they move like the tides. Much the same way as our energy, our focus, and our resolve. When I felt down, I went back to the goal, the question, and the idea that started it all. Could I lose the weight? I had been losing about 1-2lbs per week which was the plan, so I was generally on track despite the inconsistent feedback the piece of shit scale gave me. Could I be strong when I got there? Once again, despite feeling beat up, the weights were moving. I was improving my technique and maintaining my strength, although inconsistent at times, it was still there. In moments of weakness and frustration, take a step back and reflect on the goal. Look at the variables in play and ask yourself, do adjustments need to be made, or is this just the normal rhythmic nature of progress…. two steps forward, one step back?

8. I worked out like a fucking boss! But different than normal. I often over train (under recover) by working out too many days in a row. I am also scared of really heavy barbells over my head. You may not have a reference point for that, because I seem to do it all the time, but I am not confident with anything over 200lbs going over my head. It scares me and brews hesitation in my body. To avoid these weaknesses I planned to incorporate more rest days and to lift over 200lbs during every training session. I also forced myself to repeat any missed attempts. The result… I got comfortable being uncomfortable. I was able to silence that part of the brain that says “hey, don’t do that” through repetition, repetition, repetition. When you remove the weak links from the chain… you make a strong ass chain. Analyze your weaknesses and attack them. What habits are holding you back? How can you stomp it out?

9. Rest days were nomad days. The calories you burn during exercise don’t amount to shit compared to the calories you burn walking around picking your nose. Seriously, even if you workout for 2 hours a day, it won’t compare to the calories you burn with the remaining 14… if you’re not a turd. On rest days I didn’t let myself sit down for more than life required. This useful nugget came from literature I acquired from Patty during her diet adventures. The point is, you need to share your journey with others. It’s good for you because it keeps you engaged, and sometimes… dramatic pause… humans have similar stuff going on in their lives. You never know when your stuff can help someone else, or when they’ll help you, unless you share. Who can you talk to about your goal?

10. I delayed a small breakfast, ate a sensible lunch (veggie bomb), and enjoyed a rather large dinner. I did this because it works… for me. It works for me because I’ve tested it. I’ve eaten bigger and smaller breakfasts earlier and later in the morning. I’ve tested meal size and meal timing and macro-nutrient ratios across the day. But JP… breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you shouldn’t eat right before bed!!! My response… adherence trumps science. If I eat a big breakfast, I have trouble stopping myself from doing the same thing throughout the day. If I go to bed hungry, I don’t sleep well. The setup I chose keeps me sane and keeps my daily totals where they need to be. You will always find conflicting diet advice. If it’s controversial, it’s up to you to figure out. When you get serious about a goal and advertise your intentions, you will often get advice about what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s up to you to filter that advice based on your experience. Live and learn. In regards to your goal, what do you know about yourself? Have you played this game before? If so, what did you learn?

11. I added BCAA’s daily (branch chain amino acids…. (little protein pieces)). Delaying breakfast meant I was fasting, and fasting can burn muscle. I couldn’t afford to lose strength or this whole deal was all for nothing so I added in this supplement to offset my muscle loss. The primary goal was to qualify for the American Open, which birthed the secondary goal of lose 12lbs. If I only focused on the secondary goal I could very easily derail the primary goal. Don’t get so focused on the process that you forget about why you’re doing it. In the fog of daily responsibility, the big picture is hardest to focus on. What is driving your goal? What’s the big picture goal?

12. I had pancakes and ice cream… because sanity trumps adherence! I also stayed within my macros. As I stepped down my total calories each week it became progressively more difficult to eat calorie dense foods. I had a FOOD BUDGET!!!! 450 grams of carbs per day is like having money to burn. It’s fun and exciting because you don’t have to really pay much attention to what you buy. You are free to impulse shop (eat). As my daily budget slowly constricted down to 200 grams I felt desperation closing in. I had to be purposeful with my spending. I could either have all the veggies I wanted (thrift shopping) or I could blow my whole budget on a single serving of stupid (Louis Vuitton). Most of the time I chose a full stomach over satiated taste buds, but occasionally, the taste buds prevailed. Either way, I stayed within my budget. Often times, goals stand fast against the winds of fun. Unless your goal is to be fat and die young, chances are you’ll have to put the lid on some of your primal urges. Just remember that lid is twist off, and its ok to spill a little, once in a while. What dumbish thing do you need to stay sane? Be careful here… I said “what do you need” not “what are you used to having”. Big difference.

13. I planned for 1-2lbs of fat loss per week for 5 weeks. The combination of my willingness to suffer, knowledge of food, access to a gym, and good genetics (thanks mom!) I knew this was a realistic expectation. It’s helpful to look at what other people are doing but you have to be honest with yourself. If my goal was to be president and give birth to twins in the oval office I’ve got a rather serious lack of education and reproductive organs. It’s 2015… so anything is possible, but the timeline might have to be adjusted… or the goal. Be honest with yourself. Is it possible? How long will it take?

14. As the plan unfolded everything was working (with adjustments) and I got down to about 3 pounds over my goal weight. At this point I was 5% bodyfat and couldn’t go any lower without sacrificing performance. Enter THE INTERNET!!Tim Ferris has a simple guide that UFC fighters use to cut water weight before a weigh in. Now… before you freak out, I know it’s not smart, it’s not healthy, and it doesn’t set a good example. I didn’t do this to look good in a bathing suit. I didn’t do this for a class reunion. I didn’t do this to fit into my skinny jeans. I did this for the sake of competition. If you have a problem with that then you don’t come to my gym and you probably don’t work out and I’m not sure why or how you’re reading this. The point of this one is Google knows everything. I lost almost 6lbs of water weight in the 2 days leading up to the meet, which allowed me to maintain my muscle mass. That’s called winning! I can tell you with very little doubt that your goal is not unique. Others have gone through what you’re going through and they have written about it with poor grammar and high resolution photography on the internets. Google that shit!!!

15. I did it. I ended up losing 15lbs and making weight. I learned a lot about myself and the process. I went to the meet. I felt plenty strong. I warmed up thoroughly. I set up tight. I had the speed… but I missed. In less than a second, my goal screeched to a halt. It was over. I did everything right, laid out a solid plan, assessed my current position, monitored progress, adjusted to the setbacks, shared my journey, killed my weaknesses, maintained the most important aspects, learned from my mistakes, googled that shit, showed up ready… and I missed. Sometimes you do everything right and you still come up short. Nothing is guaranteed in this life, but you always have control over your focus. I could choose to focus on the result, the miss, the failure and move on defeated…. or I could choose to focus on the process, on the journey. I can look at all the valuable lessons this experience has taught me. I can share them with you and I can ask myself what’s next? You see… goals are beyond us. Regardless of the distance they drive us to expand. The results of that expansion are yours to distill. Whether you learn what works or what doesn’t, you will learn.

In this case I’m not satisfied. I know I can make the lift and I will get one more chance in 3 weeks in Buffalo. After that, qualifiers close for the year and I’ll have new decisions to make.

My background: Read this before you pass judgement, or if you want more info

For those that don’t know, I have been trying to do nothing but gain weight my entire life. This is literally the first attempt I’ve ever made to lose a single pound (which is what makes it interesting). I was perfectly healthy and didn’t have an excess pound to lose. I made the decision to cut weight to be competitive in weightlifting (putting barbells overhead). I wanted to qualify for the American Open and I could either add 35lbs to my lifts, or take 12lbs off my body. I’ve been working, with a robust degree of intelligence and effort, to add weight to my lifts and my body for years. The idea of going down created 2 questions. Could I lose the weight? Could I be strong when I got there? The questions bounced around in my head long enough that I made the commitment to answer them. I hope that you can focus on the process and use it to reach your own goals.

Notable observations

It was funny to me the number of people who commented on the safety (or stupidity) of what I was doing. To purposefully starve and dehydrate myself for the sake of competition and experimentation bothered people. It bothered them enough to say something to me.

“It’s not healty”
“Do you know what you’re doing?”
“You’re crazy”
“That sounds ridiculous”
“I hope you don’t hurt yourself”
and my personal favorite
“Will this mess you up long term?”

There are 2 things that strike me as odd about the comments. First, professional athletes destroy their bodies for the sake of competition (some get paid well, most don’t) and we love to watch them do it. Maybe because there is no personal connection?? Second thing… and this really bothers me, is that when I spend a week limiting my intake it’s comment worthy, but we watch friends and family (people we love) over eat all the time and we say nothing. When they put booze and pizza and bread and questionable calorie dense foods into their mouth every day, we remain silent. We watch the people we care about destroy themselves week after week and we don’t make a peep. Have we been desensitized to it or is it because we do it to ourselves? Why is ok to slowly put on extra pounds but it’s not ok to aggressively take them off? As a culture, are we that broken?

2015 Dirty Dogwood Wrap Up

The strongest group of runners I've ever seen!

The strongest group of runners I’ve ever seen!

 

Another one in the books

First off I want to thank the volunteers, from the bottom of my heart. You guys are the legs this entire event stands on. There was more help this year then ever before. Weeks in advance, late Friday night, early Saturday morning, the registration goddesses, and post race clean up crew. You guys are all amazing and appreciated.

We had over 240 participants this year (that’s a PR) and despite over 100 of those being on race day, registration went smooth. There was a hiccup with the Dogwood shirts (some pre-registered folks didn’t get theirs) so if you pre-registered (before May 9th) and you didn’t get a white shirt. Email me your size and I’ll get it to you. JP@DansvilleFitnessClub.com

This race is unique in several ways. The goal is to bring the community together for a fun event. The standard Dogwood Walk and Run has been around for decades, a staple of the Dogwood Festival and great way to kick off the weekend. There used to be a 10k option. If enough people are interested I will bring that back. I also want to do a shorter kids run (1.5 km), again, if enough people are interested. The addition of the obstacles (the Dirty) has been incredibly fun and incredibly challenging. The course is limited (mostly residential) and I’m not legally allowed to move enough earth to make it much different each year. The time crunch is another challenge. We litereally assemble all the obstacles Friday night and early Saturday morning (doesn’t leave much time for testing) and the 500 dollar budget gets blown pretty quick. Next year I will be moving the Dirty Version (the obstacle run) out of town. I would love to keep it in the village but logistics are getting too difficult. Details will be posted as we get closer to next  year, but the Walk and Run will remain the same, with the potential addition of a 10k and 1.5k option. Please email me with questions and suggestions for  next years race.

Thank for your participation! See you next year

RACE RESULTS

PICTURES

 

 

The 2015 Dirty Dogwood 5k (Run, Walk, Dirty)

This year the Dansville Fitness Club is holding the annual Dirty Dogwood 5K race in support of the Dansville Legion!  Come and enjoy this unique race with us.

dogwood

Register  now by clicking here:   https://reg.score-this.com/regx/step1.jsp?eventID=1497

Or click here to download and print the registration form. You can then mail it in or drop it off at Dansville Fitness Club (5 Ossian St)

2015_Dogwood_Registration

 

Location                                                 

Dansville Legion, 34 Elizabeth St, Dansville NY 14437

Start Time

9:00 A.M.

Entry Fee

$25.00 race-day fee, pre-registration fee is $20.00.

Trifecta series Race all 3 races!!!  Register for Dirty Dogwood, Nunda Funday’s Raccoon Run and Scamper, Jingle Bells 5K: $55.00

 

Sign up for the Trifecta and Save!
You may register for individual races by clicking the race links below. Or you can register for all three and save!
05/16 Dirty Dogwood, Dansville, NY
06/06 Rocky Raccoon, Nunda, NY
12/06 Jingle Bells 5k, Dansville, NYRegister for all 3 races by clicking here.

 

Packet Pickup and In Person Registration
Pre Race: Friday, May 15th, 2015 3:00-7:00 pm at the Dansville Fitness Club,

5 Ossian St, Dansville, NY 14437

Race Day: Registration beginning at 7:30 am Amercian Legion Post (race site), race start time is at 9:00 AM.
Race Contact Details:

Dansville Fitness Club
JP Mummey
(607)331-3023
JP@dansvillefitnessclub.com

Anti-Diet Challenge Challenge Week 4

Back to strict this week!

I've got my eye on you

I’ve got my eye on you

But the good news is you only have to log your cheats… so if you follow the rules you shouldn’t have to log anything. Super Bowl Sunday will be an honorary cheat day for all… but you have to make at least 1 paleo appetizer to qualify.

The rest of the week 4 challenges can be found here…

WEEK 4 CHALLENGES

Week 3 Diet Challenge Challenges

Week 3 = 80% Paleo (so 4 cheat meals)

This is your last week of logging everything, it’s also the week a lot of you will reach the end of your cheat leash. That line in the dietary sand where you no longer make progress on your goals. It’s important to log those cheats so you can gain the insight.

Make sure you turn in your food logs and last weeks challenge paper to get your points.

WEEK 3 CHALLENGES

2015 DFC Diet Challenge

Casual Paleo

Which is copyrighted… so we’ll call it… lazy paleo, realistic paleo, functional paleo, fluctuating paleo, operational paleo, MEAT AND VEGGIES!… Call it what you want…it isn’t strict!!

Where dem carbs!?

Where dem carbs!?

We’ve done strict paleo before and it’s phenomenal…ly hard!! The benefits are amazing but so is the cost. Physically, emotionally, economically, and socially… strict paleo is a challenge. Now… I love a good challenge, but I think elevated levels of discipline in January followed by 11 months of regular unhealthy eating is wrong. I don’t care if you’re doing a cleanse, strict paleo, fasting, advocare, 21 day detox, an all juice crap fest, ketogenic, fruititartian… or whatever is popular these days. If you plan to eat differently for just 1/12th of the year and expect to be healthier next January, then you have your blinders on. You know you need to change the way you eat, and you also know that isn’t easy. A temporary focus is easy. Promise to be good for awhile and then cross your fingers and hope it sticks. Nope. Not how it works. Life is too demanding on your resources. You will fall back on whatever habits got you here in the first place.

UNTIL NOW…. dum dum dum!!!

Check out a more realistic version of paleo. One with cheats! One with slack built into the food list. One that fluctuates in intensity week to week. A version of paleo that can fluctuate with the chaos of your life. This is not another challenge. This is a way to change the other 11 months.

Click to find out more and join the anti-resolution revolution!

2015 DFC DIET CHALLENGE DETAILS

WEEKLY FOOD LOG

14 DAY BEGINNERS GUIDE AND FOOD PLAN

WEEK 2 CHALLENGES

WEEK 3 CHALLENGES

Is Crossfit Dangerous?

yep, I did

I run a crossfit gym so of course my opinion is biased, but that also makes it informed.

There’s a lot of CF hate out there and there always will be. The program is big and flashy and in your face and the people who do it seem to talk about it waaaaaay too much. Well, here’s my 2 cents…

 

Being concerned about your health, avoiding injury, staying active… these are all admirable quests. It’s hard to sort out the variables in play because there are many of them and by and large the internet is cray cray …. it has no filter… which is cool (porn, medical questions, research, information, parenting help) and it’s also bad (opinions get spread like facts and there’s those pesky government control measures).

 

So… is crossfit dangerous?

 

A question for your question! Why do people always want black and white answers when it comes to health?

 

Is bread good or bad?
How far should I run?
How often should I train?
How many calories should I eat?
Is Crossfit dangerous?

 

It’s not black and white though. None of it is. Because you are just so special.

 

Is bread good or bad?

Well…
Bread is perfectly safe to consume in mass quantities… for some people
Bread is perfectly safe to consume in moderation… for most people
Bread is going to move you further from your goals… for some people (with some goals!)
Bread is actually dangerous… for a few people

 

How far should I run?
Well…
You should run as far as your running partner runs
You should run as far as the internet plan you found says
You should run as far as your goals demand
You should run as far as your running mechanics allow
You should run as far as your previous injuries allow
You should run farther than whoever is chasing you!
You should not run at all
All good advice, for someone

 

So what about Crossfit. Should I do it or not. Is it good or bad? Black or white?

 

Aren’t you listening!? It’s both!!

 

Crossfit is safe. Because it’s strength and conditioning which is pretty much essential to your survival. Crossfit at the very least attempts to teach good movement patterns (which is harder than it sounds). Crossfit also builds some strength, establishes new confidence, asks the tough diet questions, exposes your deepest darkest capacity oversights, and forces social engagement which generally results in bonding and fellowship. Good god, your kids might even see you do it and be inspired put down their iphones before the battery dies. Getting a more capable body alongside your buddies is a good thing.

 

But…..

 

Crossfit is dangerous. Because you suck! I do too. We all do. We suck at taking care of ourselves. On a long enough timeline we all eat like shit, sleep like shit, move like shit, don’t breath right, don’t drink enough water, watch too much tv, sit down too long, stress out, do drugs, stare at the sun, set a bad example for our kids, try something beyond our capacity, fall down, get hurt. If we didn’t suck so much at taking care of ourselves then crossfit wouldn’t exist.

 

So start with a sucky body (debatable) and add a clock, a loaded barbell, and lots of reps to bad movement patterns, quirky levers, pre-existing injuries, bad diets, or just really stubborn people who don’t know the difference between good pain and bad pain you end up hurt. Which sucks.

 

But it’s your trainers job to shield you from hurt, right? Yes. Your trainer should warn you about the potential for injury, assess your current range of motion, current level of strength, coordination, conditioning, provide you with a series of progressions, make appropriate substitutions, attempt to unfuck your diet, yell at you when you need yelling, stop you when you need stopping, and continually re-assess for tweaks to the thought out plan you engage in. That’s the way it should go.

 

That’s true for a crossfit coach, running coach, yoga instructor, personal trainer, doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor or any authority who tells people how they ought to be moving. Ok… maybe my chiropractor shouldn’t look at my food log… but everything else is pretty important if he’s going to provide meaningful input on what I choose to do with my body.

 

So we all know it’s not a perfect world and the authorities don’t always do all of the things they are supposed to do. So what are your options? Sue someone, find another authority, take some personal responsibility, or just quit life.

 

Not a very shiny picture eh? Well it gets less shiny… because there are times when your authority does everything right and you still get hurt. Human beings are incredibly durable but they have their quirky vulnerable bits too. Oversized skeletons, weak skeletons, bone spurs, tight hamstrings, dipshit hormones, disproportionate levers, birth defects, battle wounds… combined with bad movement patterns.

 

Oh those damn movement patterns. And the diets, don’t get me started on the diets. The sleep could use a little work too…

 

It’s not your fault though. We weren’t taught any better. We were taught american history and we were taught math and science by people who are good at math and science. These authorities were staples in our youth. But unless you were extraordinarily lucky you weren’t taught how to move, how to eat, how to stretch, how to hydrate, how to sleep by anyone good at those things… until after you had a number of years or decades to screw it up under your belt. Which is ok because most of the people around you are screwing it up too! Maybe somewhere along this dysfunctional (but very fun) route you asked the question… is there a better way? Or you were around someone who found what looked like a better way and you decided that’s something you ought to try too.

 

What was the question again!?

 

Oh yeah… Is crossfit good or bad?

 

Let’s paint another picture!

 

Larry Pelky runs a whole bunch. Like 40-60 miles per week average for the past 4 years. He runs further and faster than I do, but I also run… like a couple 400 meter intervals 2 years ago. So Larry’s running isn’t my running which makes it ok. If I did Larry’s running I would die and my wife would leave me and if larry did my running he would gain back the hundred pounds he’s lost. So can we all agree that there are different types of running? Pretty much common sense, I know… but here’s another picture!
I crossfit a whole bunch. Like most of the days in the last 7 years. I lift heavier and push harder than Judy Ann, but she also does crossfit, like 3 days a week for the past 4 years. She lifts heavy and pushes hard too. My crossfit isn’t her crossfit which makes it ok. If she did my crossfit she would die and if I did her crossfit I wouldn’t have these chiseled calves. So can we all agree that there are different crossfits? Because most of the crossfit hate I see doesn’t talk about different crossfits. They like to talk about my crossfit (the big flashy one) and they don’t really mention Judy Ann’s crossfit (the modified and intelligent progressive one).
So you can’t say that running is better than crossfit or more dangerous or that crossfit is better than running or more dangerous… or pilates, or yoga, or walking, or even P90X. They are all open ended inputs. Meaning, there is a smart way to run and a dumb way to run (simple progression vs. untrained marathon) just like there is a smart way to crossfit and a dumb way to crossfit (simple progression vs. untrained marathon… of shitty reps). If either one doesn’t feel right then stop. Ask if there’s another way. Buy different shoes, eat a more athletic menu, ask for help! We all know how to run slower but do you know how to crossfit slower? Find your pace.
Continue to question crossfit (whatever version you do) because that’s how it gets better. Question the methods, the movements, the volume, and the intensity because those variables are unique to you. They will change as you change. I do stupid hard workouts now because I’m young and dumb and haven’t hurt myself enough to think about stopping, but 10 years from now I won’t be doing Fran RX’d. I’ll probably still do Thrusters or at least reasonably heavy Front Squats and might even do them with a clock running but it won’t be to beat Rich Froning. It’ll be to let my son know that I can still kick his ass if he gets out of line. If you aren’t in a gym where you have options, where you have the ability to modify based on what you feel is right, then hit the road. Watch out for Larry though, he’s probably out there running on it.
The only general fitness advice you should take from the internet is not to take any general fitness advice from the internet, unless you have an open mind.

 

Be an adult and establish some personal goals. Then find people who can do what you want to be able to do or look like you want to look or act like you want to act. Do what they do and see if it works for you. Here’s the kicker… it might not. But that’s ok, because it’s a big internet and you’ll find other people with other ideas to try. Eventually, one of them will work… or you’ll be a really high functioning adult and you’ll change your goals.

 

But now I’m giving out general fitness advice on the internet, which I just told you not to listen to… And I didn’t even answer the fucking question!

 

Or did I…..

 

oooooooooooo… it’s like an onion of confusion. A confusonion!! Confonion!

Dirty Dogwood

DFC Family

DFC Family

2014 Dogwood was a huge success. We had a few glitches with the registration but after some swearing and some mental horsepower the wrongs were all made right and we kicked off the race only 3 minutes behind schedule. We had an amazing turnout, 215 people came out to play, and most of them did the Dirty. The youngest was 3 years old and the oldest was 72. Huge thanks to all of the volunteers! Pictures can be found at the link below.

DOGWOOD 5K WALK, RUN, AND DIRTY PITCTURES