Category: My Fitness Journey

My Third Year of CrossFit: Lessons from the Pandemic

I have been doing CrossFit for three years now, and I thought it would be a good time for another recap. Without a doubt, the thing that went well this year in CrossFit was my lifting. I made pretty solid gains in most of my lifts as you can see in the chart below. I’m not too proud of my gains in the strict press, but I am still working hard at it. I am learning that shoulder strength really takes time.

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The Ultimate CrossFit Home Gym

I started CrossFit about three years ago and I set up this gym in a spare bedroom we have because I always seemed to miss a CrossFit session. I wanted to be able to do at least 95% of what I did at the gym at home. Six months into this, it’s proven to be a great setup, and I think it would really benefit anyone who is just trying to stay fit at home. I attend Centric Athletics, and at the moment, because of the Coronavirus, we are closed. Like all of us, I needed a solid way of staying fit at home right now.

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You MUST have a Sport to Stay Fit Over 50!

There was a study done on men in Ireland over a span of 20 years, involving 3,400 men. The study had two significant findings. First, the men who were active in middle age were three times more likely to be active in their senior years. Second, men who had played a sport for 25 years+ were five times more likely to be active in their senior years than their counterparts who didn’t play a sport.

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My Second Year of CrossFit: The Magical Power of Consistency

I went from deadlifting 205 to deadlifting 255. Given my back injury, this is quite amazing. (I had a back injury when I was 16 that has been with me since then.) Bending over and lifting heavy weight like this is always a little terrifying for me. That said, I am hoping that with consistent training, I hope to break 300lbs on my deadlift this year.

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My First Year of CrossFit

I’m 50 years old this year. After a year of CrossFit, I feel like I have dialed back my biological age by five years. No exaggeration. I feel that much younger. Here is what I have experienced so far…

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Everything I Thought I Knew About Aging Was Wrong

Yes, we are all going to die. But you can dramatically change how you live as you age. If you want to see what aging well looks like, you will need to look to the margins. At the margins of the bell curve, we are seeing aging athletes who are strong and active into their 80s and 90s. Moreover, these people are free of the common lifestyle diseases that plague the general population. Yes, they are aging, but they are experiencing a smaller subset of aging symptoms.

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If You Want to Get Fit, Quit Your Gym

In the study, “Is Poor Fitness Contagious? Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends,” researchers found that up to 70 percent of your fitness level can be explained by the people who are your friends. Sadly, the evidence suggests…

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At 47, I Finally Quit Eating Like an 8-Year-Old

My doctor had me on a statin and my cholesterol dropped, but the statin had side effects I wasn’t willing to live with. I decided I was ready to stop eating like an eight-year-old and get serious about my diet. Here is what…

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Good Morning Bryan, This is Your Wake Up Call

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, about 10 am, I got a wake up call. At the time, it was more like a waking nightmare. I had just sat down for an impromptu strategy meeting with two colleagues to brainstorm for a marketing campaign. Someone asked me a question, but when I tried to answer, only murmuring sounds escaped my mouth. Then I began to lose vision in my right eye. Thirty seconds passed, and I still couldn’t speak.

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