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What drives me?

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I received a lot of great feedback after writing about my experience at the end of the Track Triplet at the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games.  It got me thinking, this can be dangerous at times, and I realized that very few people are writing about what is going on inside there head during the Crossfit Games.  So I have decided to write a series of blogs about my experience at the Games.  This was my 4th trip to the Games, my first was 2008, second 2009, third 2011, & fourth 2012.  I have learned so much every single time I have come and I am still learning so much about the Sport of Crossfit but more importantly about myself and what drives me.  Here is a look into my mind at the end of the Track Triplet and where these thoughts or overcoming these thoughts come from.

Little moments like this when you challenge yourself and break through mental barriers. This is what its about. When you have nothing left but you sprint to the end. (I preach this to the athletes at our Box, Crossfit Kinnick, day in and day out.  So its nice for me to be able to practice what I preach.  I can talk a lot sometimes but I prefer to lead mostly by example and let my actions speak for themselves.)  Then you look back and realize maybe you had a little more in the tank than you thought. For me the Crossfit Games is 100% about battling not other athletes but your inner voice that tells you to stop or slow down or it hurts or you don’t really need to go that fast or the guys around you are better than you and so on. Overcoming those voices and overcoming our body wanting to get out of the pain cave is what the Crossfit Games are to me. As I am running the last lap all these thoughts and so many more are flooding my mind. Mixed in there are the quiet voices from the crowd around me…like Jake Mannion (Crossfit Kinnick Head Trainer & good friend) cheering me on, then Jonathan Kinnick (My younger brother, the guy who made me start Crossfitting,  Co-Owner of Crossfit Kinnick & Co-Founder of Beyond the Whiteboard), then my coach Brian Mackenzie (Crossfit Endurance Founder, my friend, my coach & programmer this past year). I want to make these people proud and push harder but those voices can’t make me push any harder. As I come to the last turn before the final straight away it hits me.  I reflect on the past year and the sacrifices that I made and that my family has had to make for me to train and prepare. Those countless hours spent at the gym when I could/should have been home. And that is what flipped the switch for me. My desire to fight for my family, for my 2 boys Carson almost 4 years old & Clayton almost 1 year old.  And for my wife Giermaine.  The women who tends to my every need so that I can keep going and  focus on my training and making sure that I am doing everything in my power to be prepared and to be able to be in the position to Glorify my Lord through my actions. In front of God, my family, and the rest of the world. The placement isn’t the important part. Its me against myself. I am my toughest opponent.  I am the one who makes me go slower or doubt myself in situations.  Its about not letting the sacrifices of others take second behind my selfish desires of my body to not endure more pain. I refused to let my body win. At that moment there was no way that I was not going to catch the guy in front of me. I share this with you guys because we all face these choices daily.

As some of you may know, I have spent a lot of the past year or so working very closely with Tony Blauer, Founder of Blauer Tactical & the SPEAR system which stands for Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response.  I have been to countless Be Your Own Bodyguard Workshops both as a student and as an instructor.  I took and passed the PDR Instructor Course in Encinitas, California at Seal Fit.  After meeting Tony for the first time I was drawn to his system as it immediately resonated truth, much like my addiction to Crossfit.  The physical aspects of the system have given me a mental edge in my daily life knowing that I now have some tools in my arsenal but more importantly the mental/psychological aspects have truly altered my entire life from my understanding of how our mind works and processes situations in daily life to improving my Crossfit life by understanding how my mind affects my performance before and during my WODs.  We have to give our self permission to be our own bodyguard and protect our self because no one else will.  How this is done is by first realizing the 3 P’s (PERSONAL, PASSIONATE, & PRESENT).  What is important to you, what you need to get home to, what you need to protect yourself for.  For me, my 3 P’s are my sons Carson & Clayton.  They need me to be there for them.  To raise them and teach them how to be a man.  To protect them from people who want to do them harm and lead them astray. To provide for them.  This is what drives me.  What makes me fight back in those moments when I don’t think I can.  When I am stuck in the FEAR Loop and cannot make a decision or snap out of the paralysis that has overcome my body and all the negative thoughts and reasons why I can’t fight back.  In that moment as I was running my last lap I had to remember my 3 P’s and fight back because I was stuck in the FEAR LOOP unable to move any faster.  This element of Tony’s philosophy has dramatically improved my performance in Crossfit and in life.

I hope that this insight will help and aid you in your life & Crossfit.  Expect more insights into my experience at the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games coming soon.  If you have any questions I welcome them.  Let me leave you with this one last piece or bit of advice that I have heard Tony tell classes and people so many times.  Right now is the best you are.  There is nothing you can do to improve your body.  The only thing you can do is adjust or change your mindset.

Q&A: Does Weight Loss = Strength Loss?

My son, Carson Lee Kinnick 3 1/2 years old, and I after Daddy took 3rd place at the 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games SoCal Regionals.

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.


“ramblesfrommychair says:

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.

Tip of the Day

“Getting stronger is good and important.  Learning to move a heavy load efficiently so you get more work done in less time is better.”  me

Pictured above are just a small handful of the amazing and inspirational people I am honored to train at 6am daily!

From left to right:  Kim, Diane, Lourdes, Tamara, Ash, Chris, Denise, Cory, & Ron.

Q&A: Two Questions…

Pictured above:  Jonathan Kinnick (my younger bro & co-founder of Beyond the Whiteboard & Crossfit Kinnick) is practicing the “Slapping SPEAR” very effectively on my neck.  If you have not been to Tony Blauer‘s “Be Your Own Bodyguard” Seminar, I would strongly recommend looking for one at a Crossfit gym near you and learning his method of using your body’s natural instincts to protect yourself.  This picture is from PDR31 this past weekend at SEALFIT in Encinitas, Ca.  This is the Personal Defense Readiness Instructors Course.



I have two questions: Is sealFit as cool as I think it is? and how does strongman help you? I run a donation-based garage gym, we just got a big donation from running a small online competition and I’m contemplating between two purchases: CFFB cert to increase my coaching skills or a yoke… any suggestions?



Thanks for the questions.  I am not sure how cool you think SealFit is but I would guess that its much cooler than you think!  Beautiful facility just off the beach.  I didn’t get a chance to workout there but it was an awesome place!

The philosophy behind Strongman goes perfectly with Crossfit.  Moving a heavy load using unconventional objects.  Strongman is a lot about grip strength but also getting your body used to heavy loads on your body or in your hands.  It has taught me to be able to cope and deal with suffering under heavy weight.  The Yoke has been a huge staple in my training since before the Open, Regionals, and Games.  Whether its Yoke walks or Zercher carries.  If you have never done the Zercher Carries I suggest you experience that.  I love them.  The stones are amazing as well teaching you to move an odd object.  We just recently got the Farmer Handles and those have been BRUTAL.  Grip strength has been a weakness of mine but with all the work with the Stones and now with the Farmer Handles I think its making a big difference.  You can also use the Farmer Handles for a Fat bar deadlift.  I could go on and on about how its all helped me but I think that gives you the jist of it.

Now this last question is a tough one.  I have never been to a CFFB cert but I am a huge fan of increasing your skill set.  But the yoke is SO amazing.  It all depends on your goals really.  The yoke is only one piece of equipment where as the CFFB could help with ideas on programming and coaching.  But if I had to choose I would pick the Yoke and learn to suffer under that thing!

Hope I answered your questions for you Steven.  Thanks again.

Ask Jeremy #3

I have been asked again to open up the floor for questions this week. I am here to help and answer anything you throw at me to the best of my ability. I have been a part of the CrossFit Community since mid 2007 and have lots of experience to share.

Currently I am down at Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. PDR (personal defense readiness) Instructor Course in beautiful Encinitas California being held at SealFit. If you have questions about that I would love to share how the SPEAR SYSTEM has taught me to use my natural weapons and tap into my genetically wired self defense system that we all possess. Now I am learning to teach it to others. A by product of learning how to be my own bodyguard has been the transference of the mindset to my daily life and to my Crossfit life as a coach and a Games athlete.

I have also started helping Rob Orlando on the new Crossfit Strongman Cert. If you have questions on how Strongman has helped me and how it can be easily implemented as an additional modality please let me know.

I am looking to some amazing questions! Thanks folk for tuning in.