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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: 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.

QUESTION:

Jeremy,

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?

ANSWER:

Steven,

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.

Unexpected Rest Day

Pictured below from left to right: Tony Blauer, Austin Malleolo, Dave Lipson, & Me after the “Be Your Own Bodyguard” seminar at the HQ Trainer Summit in San Diego.

I had a great plan of what I was going to do yesterday which included a max effort bench press and a max effort back squat.  I was all fired up and ready to attack the lifts yesterday along with some 5oom repeats and a finisher of 20 reps at 185#s of power clean.  But it just didn’t happen.  I had a great opportunity to head down to San Diego to help Tony Blauer teach his S.P.E.A.R. system to the HQ Training staff at the Trainer Summit.  It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  San Diego is 2 hours south of me and I train Monday – Friday 6am-noon.  So I had to take off right after I finished training which left me no time to workout before leaving.  I headed down with my brother Jonathan & Moe Naqvi.  The seminar went great and I was able to help a lot of the people learn how to protect themselves for the rest of their lives in a matter of 2 hours.  We went to dinner afterwards and it was a HUGE Crossfit Celebrity party with so many names I couldn’t possibly drop them all in one blog but I will try!! 🙂 Nicole Carroll, Dave Castro, Tony Budding, Pat Barber & fiance Tamaryn Venter, Dave Lipson, Austin Malleolo, Annie Thorsdottir, Chris Spealler, Jason Khalipa, Pat Sherwood, Miranda Oldroyd, Heather Bergeron, Ben Bergeron, Chuck Carswell, Adrian “No Rep” Bozman, James Hobart, Russell Berger, Lance Cantu and so many more!!!  haha that was fun.

Sometimes Unexpected Rest Days are a blessing in disguise or a little reward for your body for working so hard.  The key is jumping right back into your training and not worrying about what you missed.  Missing a day of training or resting an extra day is much more beneficial than destroying your  body day in and day out and not taking care of yourself.  So rather than being down about the unexpected rest day, get excited to CRUSH the next workout and get right back on track and ready to roll.

MY PLAN TODAY

-Max Effort Bench Press

-Max Effort Back Squat

-Cycling with Doug Katona

-Unknown WOD…

Tip of the Day

“Beware of snakes and thieves. They will tell you what you want to hear but in the end they only care about themselves.” me (inspired by the Bible)

Pictured below are the brilliant Beyond the Whiteboard Staff and myself at there booth at the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games!  From left to right: Moe Naqvi, Jake Mannion, Corey Tripp, ME, Jonathan Kinnick (my little bro & coach)

These guys are some amazing individuals and great friends of mine.  Not only are they amazing people but they have created the most brilliant way to log your results for workouts.  If you don’t know about it you must have been living in a cave for the past few years!  Check it out and get signed up.  I have over 1200 workout results on the site since 2007 and it has played a crucial role in my success in Crossfit!  Follow them on Facebook & Twitter and their blog is a great read as well.  They have revolutionized the way we track results and they have only just begun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Plan Today

-Max Effort Bench Press

-Max Effort Back Squat

-3 x 500m row max effort, rest 2 mins between efforts and holding within 8 seconds.

Rest 5 mins after last row then hit 20 reps of 185# power cleans for time.

**Today I am heading down to San Diego to assist Tony Blauer as he teaches the HQ Trainers at the Trainer Summit some S.P.E.A.R (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response)!!  Pretty excited for this opportunity and to see all those awesome trainers and HQ Staff!  Check out Mr. Blauer’s website and look into hosting a BYOB (Be Your Own Bodyguard) at your box and begin implementing his methodologies into your weekly regimen.