Why do people keep doing this?

Don’t people have access to the internet? Don’t they have any common sense?

Pull up bars in doorways and those cheap plastic step up boxes they use at 24 Hour Fitness (and I assume other globo gyms) for those dance/step aerobic classes – both are recipes for disaster.

How many more videos like this do people need to see before they stop trying max height box jumps on those step up things?

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GRID League “season”

First – I tried to search for GRID on Bing and Bing couldn’t find it. Strike 1 against GRID being a “thing” in anyway….or probably more likely….strike 1 on Bing ever taking over Google’s status as the best search engine ever. I tried searching “NPGL” and “National Pro Grid League” in Bing and Bing couldn’t find the website. I searched “NPGL” on Google and their website popped right up.

I follow a lot of CrossFit athletes on Instagram and many of them are getting “Grid ready” right now. There are quite a few already training with their team and flooding Instagram with pictures of them in a van with like 30 people. They are all getting ready for the Grid season. Which had me wondering…how long is the Grid season?

Last year the league was in a bit of a flux so the season was supposedly shortened to about 2 weeks just so they could get a season in and not miss a year in the 2nd year of the league. So is this season longer? More of a real season? I mean, when I think season I think at least Spring, Fall, Summer or Winter – 3 months. If I am thinking sports and I hear “season” I think many months. Baseball lasts 6 months and football lasts 4-5. Hockey and basketball feel like they last pretty much all year between when the year starts and the champion is crowned.

The 2016 Grid league season lasts 3 weeks. From the start of the first match – this Wednesday, to the championship game is exactly 3 weeks.

Hard to take a league seriously that doesn’t even last as long as my 7 year old’s summer baseball.

Newhart competing in local comp

For those who have read my stuff in the past know I am a fan of Natalie Newhart. Ever since that fateful moment at the CrossFit Games a few years ago when she couldn’t budge the deadlift weight in the final event – I have been a fan. Since she is local to Colorado it made being a fan for me even easier (I like rooting for the home teams …except the Broncos). When she whooped Andrea Ager at the Turkey Challenge at MBS a few seasons ago – even bigger fan.

Then she got caught doping by CrossFit.

She has/had one glaring weakness – her strength. But she is a little girl. Sort of like Chris Spealler. There is only so much weight you are going to be able to lift when you are naturally about 5 feet tall and weighing in around 120 pounds (is what I imagine her stats were before she started getting yolked). Spealler is only going to be able to lift so much, so is Newhart. There are guys and girls with bigger frames that will support more weight. I don’t think that has anything to do with your level of fitness. I think any weighted event should be based on body weight, not same weight for each athlete no matter how big or tall. Of course that then would open up the bag of worms for the bigger athletes doing body weight movements.

Anyway, on to the point…

There is a fairly big local competition coming up in Wyoming that many athletes will travel to compete in from surrounding states: the Wyoming Open. Today in a local Facebook Affiliate group this article was posted: Despite Ban, Newhart Allowed to Compete at 2016 Wyoming Open.

I have no problem with this. Especially if she isn’t going to be on the leaderboard or have a chance at winning any money. If she just wants to compete and feel that rush, fine by me.

What I do have a problem with is that no other athletes are being tested. Now, I don’t know 100% that they aren’t testing, but I can’t imagine they are. I doubt the really big national competitions like WZA and the Granite Games are testing athletes much less a competition out of Wyoming. So if you are not testing any other athletes how is it fair to punish one that was caught cheating by another organization? What’s to say she hasn’t stopped using for months now and is clean? And an even better question – how are you so sure that other athletes competing are NOT using? If they haven’t sniffed Regionals for CrossFit then they are not being tested. And I have to think that there are a LOT of CrossFitters using PEDs. It’s no different than that meathead at the globo gym curling 100 pounds and has a back covered in acne.

You’re being blind if you think only the top level athletes are using. I would guess that the percentage of local competitors using is higher than the percentage of those that make Regionals in CrossFit. There are probably more guys and gals using supplements that can be purchased online at these local competitions that have long been banned in “professional” sports (I put professional in quotes because I still find it hard to believe that athletes who compete at the CrossFit games are professionals when many have to raise money just to pay for their travel to get to the games).

So, to let Newhart play is great, but to single her out as a “cheater” when you aren’t verifying that no one else is “cheating” is not fair.

Let her play and let her win whatever she can until you are sure you have a fair playing field.

2016 CrossFit Games athlete earnings

Time to see how much everyone made last week at the CrossFit Games (or has it been two weeks already?!).


Katrin Davidsdottir  $  288,000.00
Tia-Clair Toomey  $  101,000.00
Sara Sigmundsdottir  $    62,000.00
Sam Briggs  $    48,000.00
Kari Pearce  $    36,000.00
Brooke Wells  $    32,000.00
Kara Webb  $    25,000.00
Kristi Eramo  $    22,000.00
Alessandra Pichelli  $    20,000.00
Anna Tunnicliffe  $    18,000.00
Tennil Reed  $    16,000.00
Kristin Holte  $    15,000.00
Annie Thorisdottir  $    15,000.00
Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault  $    11,000.00
Tasia Percevecz  $    10,000.00
Michelle Letendre  $      9,000.00
Chyna Cho  $    10,000.00
Jamie Hagiya  $      9,000.00
Thuridur Erla Helgadottir  $      7,000.00
Emily Abbott  $      5,000.00
Candice Wagner  $      2,000.00
Carleen Mathews  $      3,000.00
Alea Helmick  $      2,000.00
Meg Reardon  $      1,000.00
Alexis Johnson  $      3,000.00


Mat Fraser  $  292,000.00
Ben Smith  $    93,000.00
Patrick Vellner  $    64,000.00
Brent Fikowski  $    55,000.00
Cole Sager  $    32,000.00
Scott Panchik  $    25,000.00
Jacob Heppner  $    24,000.00
Karl Guomundsson  $    19,000.00
Alex Vigneault  $    19,000.00
Travis Mayer  $    15,000.00
Alex Anderson  $    17,000.00
Marcus Filly  $    13,000.00
Josh Bridges  $    17,000.00
Lukas Hogberg  $    13,000.00
Noah Olsen  $    11,000.00
Sam Kwant  $    12,000.00
Rob Forte  $      8,000.00
Christian Lucero  $    10,000.00
Travis Williams  $      6,000.00
Garret Fisher  $      8,000.00
Sam Dancer  $      3,000.00
Lucas Parker  $      1,000.00
Jonne Koski  $      3,000.00
Khan Porter  $      2,000.00
Rasmus Anderson  $      1,000.00
Ben Stoneberg  $      1,000.00
Gary Helmick  $      2,000.00
Roy Gamboa  $      3,000.00
Zak Carchedi  $      3,000.00

Me without a shirt on…posted on the internet…

This is has been something I have thought about doing for a long time, but haven’t because of embarrassment. Part of me thinks I look pretty good without a shirt on, and the louder part sees the imperfections. The “saggy skin” from being overweight for the better part of 20+ years.

I look at myself from when I played Little League Baseball and I was chunky. I have had kids on my son’s team that I thought were fat. That was me when I was eight. I wasn’t really large or wouldn’t even call myself obese, but I was fat.

In High School I was totally sheltered and shy because I was overweight and was picked on.

It only got worse after high school when I moved out on my own and really started eating shitty. I started playing way too many video games and the combination of never moving and eating like crap really piled on.

I would start going to the gym after I turned 21 and went to Las Vegas – it was the first time that the idea of a girlfriend was enough to get me to do something about my weight.

I was doing the basic globo gym routine, though. Lots of sets of 10, lots of rest between sets and little sweating. No plan around getting stronger. Sure, I got stronger, but it was because before the gym I didn’t do a thing – of course I was going to get stronger just by going. But plateau’s happened all the time. I didn’t really care, I just started to look at the gym as a reason to go eat a big pile of horrible food afterward.

“Hey, I was just at the gym so this big burrito covered in cheese is totally OK.”

The knowledge of not being able to out-work a bad diet was not in my head. The scale didn’t change, but I never really got on the scale.

Fast forward another 5 or 7 years of occasionally going to the gym and now I am wearing XXXL. Yes, three x’s. I shopped the Big and Tall sections only. Stores that didn’t carry anything bigger than XXL or size 42 inch pants were off limits – they didn’t have anything that fit me.

Fast forward a few more years and I have actually got myself down to about 230 pounds. Probably the lightest I had been in a number of years. I meet my future wife, we get married and I get comfortable again. Bam, back to 290-300 pounds.

This gets me to the picture on the left in the set of pictures below. That picture was taken at my son’s first birthday party, so about February of 2010. That’s me. Large, red cheeks and I am out of breath when I tie my shoes. Continue reading