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.
Below is a question posed by one of my blog followers in regards to losing weight and losing strength. Do they in fact go hand in hand? Do they have to? Is there a way to keep this from happening? If so, is it worth it? Read below and see what I have to say.
Hey Jeremy, Congrats on making it to the Games. I admire your hard work and dedication to the sport but most importantly I admire your dedication to your family and your stronghold faith in Jesus Christ. My question is how you handle the weight loss and in regards to strenght? What i mean is…i’ve lost weight and feel like my strenght is lost with it. How do u handle that? Hope to hear soon and would like to wod with you one day. Thanks and God bless.”
Jeremy Kinnick says:
Rambles… Thanks for the comment and more importantly thank you for the kind words and support.
Thats a great question. I think a lot of it has to do with my programming. As you may know Brian Mackenzie programs everything I do. I work a lot on explosiveness and I lift heavy on a regular basis and also did so as I was dropping weight. I have gotten a bit stronger on some movements but more importantly I have gained overall strength endurance. Meaning I can move heavy weight for high reps really well. I think that is far more important than have a super heavy 1 rep max.
Have you or did you lift much while losing weight? Also, how did you lose weight? I follow the Zone balance and eat unprocessed foods mainly organic and grass fed/free range, as much as I can afford at least. I have seen a lot of people lose strength when not eating enough Carbs from fruits and veggies. I also write a lot of meal plans for crossfitters throughout the community as well as at my box and when people are lifting and fueling properly I have seen a lot of strength gains with weight loss. So I guess it just depends on what you are doing. Hope that helps. If you want me to elaborate on any of the points or you have more questions, please let me know. Thanks again for the comment.
“With Crossfit we are changing our lives. Our health, our performance, and our physique. What we sometimes forget about is our mind. We are becoming mentally strong! Do not underestimate the power of being excited about something…like a weakness. That is the beginning of turning it into a strength!” me
Pictured here with my good friend and mentor, Tony Blauer Founder of the S.P.E.A.R. & Blauer Tactical, after winning the Deadlift/Box Jump workout at the 2011 Reebok Southern California Regional.