|08-04-2009, 05:07 PM||#1|
The Adams Family Fitness Log
Adams Family Background
At the beginning of 2009 in early January we made it our goal to get healthy from the inside out. I had found a book called "The Truth About Six Pack Abs" online written by Mike Geary. I have to say it was extremely motivating and the main inspiration for helping my wife Lesley and I to get back in shape. We followed one of his suggested workout routines which was a rotating circuit training 3 days a week which included a lot of great exercises. We also took to heart much of his advice on nutrition (which is very similar to Paleo) and we had followed this style of eating for nearly 8 months.
One of our main goals was to lose weight. We knew that it couldn't be a diet but it really had to be our new way of life. If we viewed it as temporary our results would be just that, temporary. So we strived to push each other to always eat healthy and keep each other motivated when the cookie monster came calling. We allowed ourselves one cheat day per week, which really only ended up being 1 cheat meal, our favorite sushi place, every Thursday night.
We both saw terrific progress in our physical appearance and aerobic capabilities. I saw tremendous improvement in my weight loss and body fat loss. I started the year at what was in my mind a debilitating 230lbs and cut that to 200 in the first 12 weeks of eating healthier and exercising three times a week. Six months into the "Ab program" we were still exercising regularly and eating fairly well. I had dropped more weight and Lesley was in the best shape of her life at 43years old.
Yet there was still something missing...
Being of the competitve nature I was and believing I was now in "great shape" after 6 months of regular workouts and good eating (along with a background in weightlifting for period of 5 years earlier in life) I was looking for a challenge. What did I find? The '300' workout. I was very intrigued and had to put my new body to the test. After completing the first 25 pullups in about 10 rounds, breaking my back in the deadlift and injuring my sacrum on the 7th box-jump I quickly realized I wasn't quite the indestructable machine I thought I had become. Thirty five minutes later after having done a better job at completely destroying my self-worth than completing the workout I was now second guessing my last six months of training.
It was time for a change...
Having been completely demoralized by my performance in the 300 workout I found it quite amazing to believe what I was reading about it online. People claimed to have finished this workout in sub 15 minute times! I couldn't believe what I was reading, it couldn't be true...
I had to see proof for my own eyes. I found this video of 'The CrossFit 300 Challenge' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZFwzABvw4 (WFS)
What did I see? Men and women alike pumping out pullups and deadlifts at the same rate of sweat and tears. What planet were these people from?! Planet CrossFit apparently, where men and women sweat blood, enjoy pukie, and workout to passout. I had found our new home.
Like an alien in a foreign land I navigated the site and struggled to understand as many of the unabbreviated workouts as abbreviated ones. Luckily for my wife and I the land was inhabited by friendly and helpful people. Videos and explanations of everything. A plethora of useful information on improving both physical fitness and nutrional habits. The community we had found was held together by a common thread. Everyone strived to make themselves a fitter person by utilizing the discipline, respect and admiration involved in completing daily workouts and eating to live.
This is where our CrossFit journey begins...
After having learned much about fitness and nutrition from the Ab Program, my own research and more recently CrossFit I would like to state that Mike Geary's book is still a great place for knowledge on these subject matters and helped me really change my families lives. CrossFit is helping us take that to the next level.
Last edited by Brian Adams : 08-04-2009 at 05:24 PM.
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