Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Primal Athlete!

Sorry I’m behind, life goes by fast and I was……well you’ll see.  I’ll be catching up most of this week. Enjoy!

            (6/8) I took a random off day and headed to visit a new area box. CrossFit - The Primal Athlete (TPA) (263) in Zelienople, PA. Here I met two wonderful woman and owner/coaches in Tammy Friedt and Julie Wakefield. These two ladies were super nice and wonderful to talk to before and after the WOD. There were only two of in class but we made the most of the HERO in front of us. “Daniel” consists of 50 Pull-ups, 400 meter run, 21 Thrusters @ 95#, 800 meter run, 21 Thrusters @ 95#, 400 meter run, & 50 Pull-ups. No small task! We pumped thru it in 21:10 Rx and 26:30 scaled.

TPA has a very diverse group, consisting of all ages from what I saw in the previous class. The trainers are super motivated and are genuinely excited about what they do. If you have the time and you’re in the ‘burgh, head north up 79 and you will not be disappointed. Thanks for having me ladies, it was worth the trip. If you ever need me to come up and “work” with that “special case”, I’ll be glad to come up. Just save me the sparkly coach shirt.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Random Thursday!

                Yeah, sometimes I don’t work very much.  Sometimes I can even convince a friend to take a random Thursday off with me!   
(6/7)  It was early, really early, but I headed out to my first workout for today.  Mari wasn’t “alive” yet, so I went solo to The CrossFit Box (260) in Strongsville, OH.  It wasn’t a big class, only 3, but we were ready to go!  Coach Ryan, a submariner like me, was really good at getting us ready for what we about to endure: 20m AMRAP of 50 double unders, 25 sit ups, & a 200m run.  The 7rd and 1 DU was actually a great start to the day.  TCB was a small but very cool box that really took care of me.  Thanks for your hospitality, I appreciate it very much.  Your box was totally worth the early wake up!!

             Now back at the hotel, Mari was still asleep and there were no towels.  So I headed over to Wal-Mart to grab some.  This 40 dollar hotel actually charged me for stealing the towels when there were none.  STUPID!!! But I digress, Mari finally got up, and we headed over to a super new box CF Mantra (261) in Broadview Heights, OH.  They hadn’t been open very long, but Coach Ann was super enthusiastic and a sponge for our input.  There was one other girl, a personal trainer, so we didn’t need much instruction for the WOD.  We did bounce thoughts, ideas, and tips of one another during the warm up and even during part of the skill set.  Then we got down to it….TABATA THIS! Front Squats @ 95#, row for Cal, Pull Ups, Sit Ups, and Push Ups for total reps.  355 reps total for me, 250+ for both the girls.  Mari killed the sit ups and I had the best numbers with the front squats both almost hitting 100 respectively.  Coach Ann and CFM are gonna grow to be a place people want to be at.  I’m looking forward to hearing positive things out of you all.  Thanks for opening your doors to us, you were awesome!!

Back to the dirt motel, shower and dressed for time (45m Mari / 6m me) then off to CEDAR POINT for few hours of coastering!

Now I have the bright idea to head for home but not without a one more WOD! So we took the scenic route home and hit up Black Flag CF (262) in Westlake, OH. It was their rest / make up day so we hit their Monday WOD of 21-15-9 Deadlifts @ 225 and Overhead Squats @ 135 It was up my alley, but it was gonna be a bit spicy after already having done 2 and a full day in the sun.  Mari’s form looked the best I’ve ever seen it and finished very strong.  I finished up in just under 7min which was pretty good compared to the board.  Coach Dave was pretty cool letting us get more work in and being a Marine, once a Marine always a Marine, is cool trading a few stories with him  Thanks again, your box and crew were totally welcoming to us. 

Well that’s one more round in the books.  So close to 300, who wants to be the crazy box that hosts that one…….