07AUG14: Purpose


07AUG14: Purpose


I may never be able to train as I once did and why I’m ok with that:

The purpose of this post is that I hope it helps you all find purpose and inspiration in your training, and that I hope it makes everyone realize how lucky they are to be able to train no matter what level of athlete you are or what kind of shape you are in when you start. I don’t like to talk about my injuries, although many people know about them as some became very apparent over the past two years. It all started when I was 16 and fractured C5-C6 in three places rupturing the disc between them.  There was a piece of my vertebrate floating around in my neck.  I battled back and knew that if I trained smart enough and hard enough I could again one day do the things I loved.  I’ve been an athlete my entire life, I started strength and conditioning when I turned 12, it has been as much a part of my life as eating and sleeping.  In the military I suffered a severe back injury while on deployment in Guantanamo Bay.  The result of this injury was a herniated disc at L5-S1.  This injury left me without the ability to train for the past two years.

I will probably never be able to do this 500lb dead lift pictured above at 163lbs of bodyweight ever again, and I’m ok with that.  I will probably never have a sub 3 minute Fran, and I’m ok with that.  I may never back squat over 400lbs ever again, but again I’m ok with that.  Being able to train is a gift, in any capacity and at any ability it is a gift.  When you wake up in the morning for 5 seconds think about how lucky we all are that we can still do an air squat, that we can still walk a mile, that we can still do some form of a push up.  We often take these things for granted, but we shouldn’t.  If we learn to understand that this is a gift we can find a purpose in our training.  My purpose for still staying active is all of you guys, the community we call home, CrossFit Reality.  Training was everything to me, and now I’m left with little ability to do it as I once did.  Many times I don’t even consider my new routines training at all, but I’ve learned to appreciate them, and appreciate even more those of you who have the ability to train and who actively seek to become better every day.  Your passion, your desire, and your drive is what makes my job the most enjoyable thing in the world.  I don’t ever need to train the way I used to because now I can push you all, teach you what I know, and watch you all reach new goals.  These are the things that bring joy to my life where training used to.

I want you all to find your purpose for training, and hopefully this inspires you to train harder and set new goals.  I hope you come here with high expectations and leave with even higher ones.  I hope you find that goal that will push you to your max and that you appreciate the gift you are all given in being able to chase that down.  My goal is to make you all realize your true potential, to guide you in that direction, and to celebrate your success with you as you accomplish them.  That is my purpose.


A) Clean Grip Dead Lifts:

5-5-5-5-5 (technique add pulls if able)

B) Tabata Hollow Hold,

Tabata Superman

C) 10, 9, 8…3, 2, 1 of:

Push press (75/53),

Russian Single arm KB swing (10 each arm, 9 each arm etc) (1.5/1.0),

push ups



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