Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pain without gains

 This year marks six years since I found Crossfit. The fitness revolution that changed my life for the better. Right away when I started training huge gains came fast. I quickly became the strongest in the gym at the deadlift. Since then , as with most things in my life, have fallen off track and came back. With all of this on and off training the hardest thing I find is dial back my intensity upon returning to training. Often I jump back in, were I started and injure myself in the process. starting the cycle over. Currently I am recovering from a triceps strain. I am working on slowly returning to my training. Time is the main ingredient in recovering from a muscle strain. My plan, so far has consisted of 3 weeks off, and now I have started at 10% of what I was doing before. Basically, preventing any more muscle wasting that has already occurred. at this point, I plan to progress, by 10% a week. Hopefully in 10 weeks I will be at 100%, and get back after my goals. Unfortunately I have decided not to compete in the BC strongest man competition in June, because of my injury. Currently my plan is to drop some body fat that has incurred during my long winter hibernation.

 This weeks song is an oldie, but one of the best songs for pumping you up for a big lift!

P.O.D - Boom!
 This weeks fitness idol is Dr. Fred Hatfield or Dr.Squat. One of the most influential people in fitness history.I cannot write a better bio on Dr.Squat, than the one already on his website, so click his name and check him out.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another attempt

I have been thinking of things important to me since I fell off my last attempt at daily blogging. So I am planning to try and get in a weekly blog that will include; a mobility video, a weekly workout song, a weekly fitness Idol and hopefully some other content, yet to be determined.

The Mobility is going to start with MWOD, and I hope to evolve it as I go along. The weekly workout song is for you, my readers that are on the lookout for workout tunes, maybe you haven't heard them before, or maybe you forgot how awesome they where. The fitness Idol, will be just that, someone who has made amazing contributions to fitness.

This weeks mobility video, starts out where Kelly Starret started the famous MWOD. On Video number one!
Weekly Workout song this week, is my 4 year old son's favorite. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign - Shell Shocked ft. Kill The Noise & Madsonik

Pavel Tsatsouline is this weeks fitness Idol. Pavel is credited by some as the person who brought Kettlebells' to North America. Pavel has a few books that can be found at Amazon.
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Last blog I posted was for the Whole Life Challenge and that was a great kickstart. Of course, after straining my right triceps things really fell apart. First training fell of the rails, then nutrition went out the window too. I really love cheese, and 8 weeks without cheese proved to be too many. So, now I have gained back some of what I lost, but things are back on track. I will be hitting some kettlebell training after I finish this post, and working on my conditioning and mobility for the long run.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Water Weight

When I decide to drop some weight I know that I will have a great first week.  The first week after dropping grains, dairy and sugar I lose a lot of water weight.

This week was no different. I lost 11lbs this week.  At least 7 lbs of that was probably water.  The key I always have to remember is it won't be like that next week.  The most weight in fat that can be lost per week is supposedly 3 lbs. After that muscle wasting will also occur.

So next week I'm hoping for 3 lbs if weight loss.  And hopefully a little more energy. 

Friday, January 23, 2015


Stretching is an important part of the whole life challenge I am currently pursuing. 

I have been meaning for a long time to spend more time working on flexibility.  I am very inflexible and I really hate it but have been to lazy to do anything about it.  So working on  stretching every day in this challenge is really helping me form a great habit. My favourite thing is to hold a squat for extended period of time.  I have really seen huge improvements from this and I can tell when I haven't  done it. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Great day

Squatting is a fundamental movement in CrossFit and in life.  I have always had problems with it,  partially because I have the wrong proportions for it, but also because I'm a big guy that has never taken care of my knees. 

The other day I wrote a post about my new knee sleeves.  Well today I had a heavy squat day.  I looked in my log book and haven't found a squat over 225lbs in the last two years...  I never thought about it,  but every squat day my knees just never felt good enough to keep going. It's pretty sad really,  to think a big guy like me hasn't done a squat over my body weight in two years. 

I had such a good squat day today, I almost can't believe it.  My diet is great lately but, I believe in knee sleeves! My knee sleeves make my knees feel amazing. So in conclusion if you don't have knee sleeves,  it's time to get some.

And again I'll mention,  I got mine from Anderson Power Lifting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 5 WLC

We are onto day five of the Whole life Challenge. The food part is getting easier, I'm getting to the point of having to remember to eat, because I'm not getting hungry.

Today I tried a yam recipe that I found a long while ago from Performance Menu. It was delicious, I used regular yams, and coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

Short and sweet today.

7 min of Burpees

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SBD knee sleeves

The other day I received my new SBD knee sleeves from Anderson Power Lifting.  I've been waiting to use them a few times so I could write a review. 

I would definitely recommend these sleeves.  I have limited comparisons but but I know  that neoprene sleeves are way better than other fabric.  And when deciding which one I was going to buy. I compared all the top brands; Slingshot, Rehban, and SBD.  I found that Slingshot and Rehban were very compatible.  With same thicknesses and similar lengths. SBD seamed to be in a league of their own. Thicker,  longer,  and endless praise on the internet.

I find they keep my knees nice and warm.  My knees are soo nice and warm by the time I finish my warm up that I feel good squatting again. They also offer great support holding my knees together. 

I think that it is worth mentioning that these came from USA to me in Canada in about a week.  That is incredible, I think it shows how fast Anderson Power Lifting was on top of things on their end.