Sunday, April 13, 2014

JFW visits CrossFit Mentality

So I was at work the other day and an employee/friend mentioned that he was ready to try CrossFit. I work about 30 mins north of where I live and the closest CrossFit box to where we were is CrossFit Mentality owned by the 4th fittest dude on the planet, Scott Panchik and his Dad (who based on how badass his sons are is the 4th fittest dude in his family). Scotty trained for awhile at the gym I belong to (CrossFit Distinction) so I emailed him and asked if I could drop in with my buddy. Typical of Scott, he responded quickly and told me the intro WOD was at 10:30 Saturday.

We got there early and I have to say, his box is badass. Digital checkin's on Wodify, Flat Screen TVs, new gear everywhere, and plenty of hot girls to stare at. Now I know thats probably pretty sexist to say but my normal gym is a real sausage party so it was a pleasant change of pace. My first 15 mins was basically a 15 min AMRAP of Peripheral Stares. I RX'd it in case you're wondering….

Scott ran us thru a warm up and then got us ready for the WOD. For strength we did Push Presses to reach a one rep max. I haven't tested that in a while so I was happy to get a shot at it. My shoulders felt pretty good and I ran thru my reps pretty quick. I ended at 185# which I think was a 20# PR for me. I think I could have gone heavier but the metcon was gonna waste my shoulders. 

20 min amrap of:
5 Handstand pushups
10 Pistols
15 Pullups

I just "graduated" to handstands without a pad about two weeks ago so I was curious how I would do with this one. The pistols and pull-ups wouldn't be a huge issue but once your handstands get tired then it becomes almost impossible. I figured I had a good 5-6 rounds in me before I was done. I was pleasantly surprised when I sweated out 8 rounds + 3 HSPU. I don't think I've ever been upside down that long without a keg being involved…

Once we done, Scott told us there was "extra credit" if we wanted. Now common sense told me that when a games athlete asks you if you want to do extra work, you should head for your car but I'm pretty dumb that way and said sure. We went outside for a team event of Prowler Pushes for 8 mins. There were three of us. Me, my buddy Dan, and a kid who had just moved here from Germany. I think his name was Johan but for the sake of this blog I'm gonna call him Franz. Franz is a prowler pushing monster. Apparently the Germans are good at more than building cars and drinking beer cause this kid kicked my ass. We had 135# on the sled which Im guessing weighs 75# on it's own so we were easily pushing 200#. Franz was moving so fast a few small countries probably surrendered. We each pushed that sled for max distance probably 8-10 times and my calves felt like they were on fire but I couldn't quit. I hate to lose but it gave me a reason to shout "'Merica!" every time I took over for Franz.

All in all it was a great visit to CrossFit Mentality. If you're looking for a gym in Mentor Ohio this is a great box. While I was there I had the opportunity to see Scott and his Dad coaching athletes and you can tell that they not only take their members work seriously but they add a tremendous value to their efforts. The facility itself is outstanding and the members that I met were great. If you get a chance, check it out.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

CrossFit Open 14.2 is (Do)over and I'm glad to be done

So I sent a text to my coach Friday and asked if I could come in a day early and do 14.2 since I had a lot of stuff going on Saturday. He was nice enough to let me and imagine my thrill when I opened the door to see Julie Foucher doing her training. There is really no greater humbling than getting to do a WOD solo in front of a games athlete. I'm sure she learned a lot by watching me like "Don't ever get old" or "Don't make that poop face when doing pull-ups". In any event, here was the WOD:

CrossFit Open WOD 14.2
3 mins of
2 rounds
10 Overhead Squats [95#]
10 Chest to Bar Pullups
if you complete then….
3 additional mins of
2 rounds
12 Overhead Squats [95#]
12 Chest to bar Pullups
if you complete then…
3 additional mins of
2 rounds
14 Overhead Squats [95#]
14 Chest to Bar Pullups
and so on until you can't finish or die….

I got 78 and was pissed. First of all I knew I was better than that but the score is the score. I was only one day removed from taking the last of my antibiotics and still felt pretty tired. I just couldn't believe how quickly my forearms and grip got tired. You would think a single dude like me would have grip for days but apparently not. I really had no intention of re-doing it but two of my training partners peer pressured me into it.

Now Imagine my joy when just prior to starting not only did Julie Foucher walk back in but this time she had Andrea Ager with her. Really? This is just my luck. No stress at all. All I could think was "I bet this performance is going to knock their panties off". I'm sure they were both taking notes as I was doing my chest to bar pull-ups slower than old people f*cking. Regardless I wasn't going to let it deter me.

I had decided on a different tact this time and planned on doing the pull-ups in singles with little to no break. It made a HUGE difference. This time I scored 112. I was pretty happy to get into the 3rd round of the WOD this time and my lungs paid for it. I was coughing like a fat asthmatic kid chasing an ice cream truck. Either way I was very pleased and felt like I had done everything I was capable of. Now it's back to my regular scheduled training and get ready for 14.3. Maybe if I am luck Froning and Bailey will swing by to watch….