Because aged does not equal unfit

For Health and Longevity | CrossFit Games.

Every so often people ask me why I do CrossFit. I give them the plethora of reasons why I participate in such an amazing endeavor and urge them to join the ranks.

I get the standard shelved response of, “Isn’t that dangerous?”, and the ever shocking, “I’m too old for that”. After I reveal that I’m in my 40′s and show them what 50, 60 and even 70 year old CrossFit athletes are accomplishing I then ask them:

“Why AREN’T you doing CrossFit?”

It’s called Weightlifting

I’m making a formal apology to all the weightlifters out there. Up until now, I’ve been calling it ‘Olympic’ weightlifting. It seems that the influences of CrossFit have been well ingrained. In the world of CrossFit we refer to most things performed with the barbell as ‘Oly’ movements (aside from your traditional squatting movements).

The Clean, Clean & Jerk and Snatch and all the pulling variations of them have been commonly referred to as the ‘Oly lifts’ in my world of CrossFit. I only assumed the term ‘Oly’ was part of the description. If you delve into these barbell movements a lil’ more you come to find out that it’s simply weightlifting (something my CrossFit coach has kindly pointed out to me). This particular coach also has an extensive background in powerlifting and has been around the ‘sport’ of coaching for the better part of his adult life.

So my sophomoric mistake was calculated, but spawned out of sheer ignorance. I mean, let’s be honest here. Before I drank the kool-aid and finally dove into CrossFit with a full-body splash, I never really had my hands on a barbell much. I think I may have done a few squats here and there. And I bashfully admit to curling the barbell in the squat rack (yes, I was one of THOSE guys).

But did I ever perform any weightlifting exercises???

Heck no.

I was ‘Captain Upperbody’. I did the same thing that all the other wannabe bodybuilders did:

  • I watched myself do reps in a mirror
  • I did one, maybe two body parts a work out
  • My idea of sweating, was walking on the treadmill
  • At one point in my  career I wore workout gloves (yep, I was THAT guy)

Then CrossFit introduced me to a whole new world….. of pain (heh heh). My eyelids were peeled back to reveal what a full body workout was really like. And my hands touched a barbell every day.

Until CrossFit, I thought:

  • a ‘Clean’ was something you did when you made a mess
  • a ‘Clean & Jerk’ was something filmed on 8mm
  • don’t even ask me what I thought when I heard ‘Snatch’ – especially being spoken in the gym??
  • front squats? Wait. What? I thought the bar only went on the back of your shoulders?
  • I do remember seeing someone hold the bar with their arms crossed in front of them (The Austrian Oak)


I still remember that first time I tried the hook grip. I remember thinking.. why the heck would anyone do this on purpose??? I still remember the first couple times I did a front squat – watching the bar fall forward because my wrists couldn’t take the pain. And, wow. I remember the first time I ATTEMPTED the Snatch. What a disaster. I only had the bar, with no weight. I remember falling flat on my rear. What a hot mess.

Those early days of learning CrossFit on my own were quite horrific.

Two years later I’ve competed in a handful of CrossFit competitions, met some amazing people from the community and now I can call myself a Weightlifter.

Yep, a Weightlifter. At the beginning of January I, with a handful of my fellow CrossFit FBO athletes, competed in a USAW sanctioned Weightlifting meet. We all registered as novice competitors.

Our coach caught wind of the competition in mid-December and a few weeks later there we were.

It was quite the surreal experience. I didn’t realize how nervous I was until I got up on platform. In CrossFit, we do one rep max effort all the time. One lift, one try, done. But never on a ‘stage’, and never with a crowd of strangers watching you.

I was so nervous that I ‘power’ lifted everything. I power snatched, I power cleaned. I was deathly afraid of dropping the bar, or worse, falling flat on my ass. It was quite humorous after the fact – although my coach couldn’t understand who showed up in my shoes.. because I never power clean or power snatch. I’m one of the few who (normally) always does a full squat.

Yeah. You could say I was nervous.

The bad part about all this?? I caught the weightlifting bug. I can’t wait to do it again.



Every day is an opportunity

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Every day that you walk into the gym or the box you have an opportunity to redefine yourself. Good or bad, your yesterday does not define who you are today. “Today” is a fresh start; “today” is your day, IF you decide to take it, and make it yours.

via Lift Big Eat Big: Today I Had The Worst Squat Session Of My Life….

I had ‘one of those days’ last week. Everything was just ‘off’. I enjoyed this article because it did NOT focus on the misery of failing, or even the act of failing. Instead it focused on how to learn from a ‘bad day’. How to take those ‘lemons’ and figure out how to make your ‘lemonade’ (yep, it’s rudimentary, but it works).

We aren’t defined by how we act when things are going right and we’re on top of the world, we’re defined by how we act when the sky is falling in ‘our world’.

Just another opportunity to be better than yesterday. Accept it. Learn from it. Prevent it from happening again. It’s that simple.

Get. Back. Up. Period.

Tattooed and professional

Josh Wrede: Creating Art on Skin – YouTube.

Do you know what the difference is between a tattooed person and a non-tattooed person?

The tattooed person doesn’t care that you don’t have tattoos.

I’m a professional. I’m a nurse practitioner. I’m a health care provider. And I have tattoos (yes more than one). While they are not exposed when I am wearing my work attire I have an admittedly biased, but honest belief that tattoos do not make the person. The person makes the tattoos.

I often find entertainment in reactions from people who know me through my professional life realize and maybe even see that I have tattoos.

“*GASP* YOOU have a tattoo??!!”

I’m sure I read into the reaction a bit, but it gives the impression that they’re shocked that ‘I’ have a tattoo. The ‘professional’. The health care provider. (I mean… Sean… you just don’t LOOK like a tattoo person)


What DOES a tattoo person look like then? Hmm.

Yes. I have tattoos. (not that they were some big secret)

I don’t feel it makes me any less of a professional. It doesn’t diminish the quality, nor nullify the work I do. It’s simply an expression of me. Each tattoo represents something in my life (no matter how poor or how faded the tattoo may be)

Now, I must also admit that there should be a certain balance when it comes to tattoos in the professional world. Part of being a professional is maintaining a certain level of professionalism, more specifically your appearance. I feel that tattoo sleeves, neck and hand tattoos can be a bit much for my patients. In that same respect I also think dangly earrings, over-the-top body piercings (non-traditional I guess), unkempt  facial and head hair, tattered clothing and lack of personal hygiene are also not ideal appearance qualities for the professional. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Like I said, I believe in balance.

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The above video just reminds me that I promised myself another tattoo to signify my graduation from school. I’m already 7 months late on that promise.

The infamous ‘CrossFit Trickery’

“Marguerita” – YouTube.

The above WOD seems so simple, so easy, and dare I say even fun?? Classic CrossFit trickery. LOL

CrossFit Trickery:

The foolish act of thinking that a WOD actually looks easy, when it fact it kicks your *$$

Yet. I’d still do it. That’s just how we CrossFit crazees roll….


Bones. Yep, they can brake

I’m not much of an MMA fan. Heck, I think I know two, maybe three of the top athletes. But when something like this streams across your screen…

Yeah. Hard to ignore.

I was equally sickened and enthralled all at the same time. What can I say. I’m a Nurse Practitioner and a former Athletic Trainer.

Did anyone else leg hurt after you saw that lower leg flappin’ in the wind??

If you’re feeling ‘lucky’ take a look at some of the links Google produced about this horr-ridiculous injury :

Google’s stuff

And they say CrossFit is dangerous. ;)


Running and The Winter Season

Well, winter is in full swing in my neck of the woods. Temps are in the 20-40 degree range and we’ve gotten smacked with snow numerous times, sometimes as much as 8 inches over night. We’ve had the nasty dangerous mix of rain, sleet, snow & ice (all within a 36-hour time frame).

So I’m charged with trying to figure out how I’m supposed to improve my running skills with this type of erratic outdoor weather. The last time I planned to go for a run after work I almost broke my ankle WALKING to my car. Needless to say, I didn’t go for that run.

I’ve been debating on getting the bare-bones cheap globo-gym membership so that I can utilize their treadmills. Of course my CrossFit gym has no treadmills or any machines for that matter, so I’m trying to find solutions to my problem.

Here’s the thing. My pocketbook is only so deep. Paying a membership so I can run on treadmill??


That would mean I’d have no excuses. We all know how much I hate running, but if I’m paying for a membership I will have no choice in the matter. I’ll HAVE to go. (queue my sarcastic sigh)

Then there’s this problem:

I’d hate to be THAT guy.

How does your dignity recover from that one?? Whew.

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