I am a firm believer in never forgetting where you came from or how you got where you are today. Whether it was a good or bad road I believe you are where you are for a purpose. I was at the box yesterday working on some things on the business side and took a short break and got caught up watching a bunch of old videos of when my journey began as a Crossfitter. Very humbling to look back and be able to see the road I have travelled and think about all the people who have played such an important role in molding me into the man I am today. Part of my purpose is sharing my experiences with others and showing that anyone can do what I did. If someone would have told me when I started Crossfit, at 235# with 30% body fat, that in about 5 years I would be a 4 time Games athlete and considered one of the fittest on earth I would have laughed in their face as I struggled to do a ring dip or even a strict pull up. Do not doubt yourself. No limitations, no boundaries. Here is a cool video from May 2008. This was about 2 months before heading to Aromas, California for the 2nd annual Crossfit Games! That would be one of the biggest turning points for me in my life. With an 8 month pregnant wife, we drove up in our friends motorhome to the Games, which took 8+ hours. I finished the weekend in 79th place. I was chubby, inconsistent, but that weekend lit a fire inside of me that continues to burn like a raging inferno. Burning to improve myself every day and show others that they can do it too. I have a lot of sayings and motto’s or mantra’s. My most well known is Spreading Butter but a more serious one is Everything Counts. I really believe that everything you do matters. It either takes you closer to your goal or farther away. We make choices everyday, all day long. Be sure to make choices that take you closer to your goals. Enjoy the video.
PS…Let me explain the video real quick. This was a month after moving into our box after moving out of my 3 car garage. The med ball under the butt was acceptable at that time in Crossfit and so was taking the bar out of the rack for this workout. If you want to see my journey through Fran click here and see how over the years I went from a 17+ minute Fran to a 2:20.