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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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.

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

Finally cancelled my 24 Hour Fitness membership

I posted this on my Facebook page today and thought I could elaborate a bit more and in this forum it is accessible to so many more who might find it useful.

My Facebook post:

Cancelled my 24 hour membership this morning. I have had that membership for 18 years – since 1998 they told me. I have kept it for years, despite the vast majority of my exercise taking place inside a CrossFit gym over the past 5 years or so. Always thought I might use their sauna or pool. – HAHAH!

To celebrate – here is a list of things I have found in 5 years of CrossFit that I never found in 18 years at 24 Hour Fitness

1. My feet. I can see my feet now.

2. Friends. Never met anyone at 24 Hour. Never got involved. Never made a change. They didn’t care about me and my results reflected that. Continue reading