A few weeks ago, I spent two days at CrossFit Level 1 Certificate training. During one of the seminars, the instructor spoke about the responsibility of the athlete. This included:
- Dedication – getting to the box to train on a regular basis
- Movements – learning proper techniques for both safety and effectiveness
- Intensity – performing the daily programming with a focus on intensity
When it came to CrossFit, I was certainly dedicated. I regularly trained six days a week. Even on vacations. For example, when I traveled to Bermuda, this included a morning scooter ride to CrossFit BDA before a day laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean. When it came to movement and intensity, there was room for improvement but I'd certainly made substantial progress since beginning in 2013. I'd also seen steady results along the way as I regularly inched forward with new PRs.
In 2015, I'd switched CrossFit boxes. My main reason was that I felt I was putting a lot into my training and was looking for an affiliate that was as dedicated to their athletes as I was to CrossFit.
This year, as I was about to turn 57, I considered what I needed to do progress further. What became clear was that I'd been ignoring a crucial consideration.
With the advice to a diet experts associated with CrossFit BrickYard, I dove into addressing this. At 5' 7 1/2", I weighed about 215 pounds in mid-June. I've now dropped 25 pounds and tip the scales around 190.
While the weight loss has earned me a few compliments, I'm most excited by my workout results. I'm not just seeing PRs but big leaps forward. Some recent examples include:
- December 2015 – 27:02
- September 2016 – 24:24
- April 2016 – 13 rounds plus 3 reps
- October 2016 – 17 rounds plus 2 reps
Death by Wall Balls
- February 2016 – 16 rounds plus 13 reps
- October 2016 – 19 rounds plus 11 reps
- October 2015 – 8:56
- September 2016 – 6:27
- February 2016 – 11:40
- August 2016 – 10:27
- April 2016 – 39:36
- October 2016 – 34:45
- March 2016 – 22:06
- July 2016 – 18:26
These are just a fraction of the PRs that have come as I've begun to lose weight. What's been most astounding is that many of the PRs haven't been a few reps or seconds but multiple rounds and minutes. While much of this is due to simply having a lot of room to improve, I'd never seen these huge improvements until making nutrition just as important as putting in all the hard work.
In retrospect, it makes little sense to be dedicated and hard-working if you're going to marginalize your efforts with a poor or sub-par diet.
It only took me more than half a century to come to that realization.