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Old 01-14-2010, 01:50 PM   #11
Lawrence "Bo" Boland III
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Re: it's in the jeans

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Not that I have much choice in the matter though. If I were to try to back off in any way, everyone from my box would come hunt me down and put me through five consecutive cycles of Murph.

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and THAT is how fitness should be.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:50 PM   #12
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and THAT is how fitness should be.
Agreed.

And, in all seriousness, this is one of the reasons that I'm such an advocate for joining an affiliate. I was doing CF-ish stuff a year ago at a globo, and I thought I was really pushing myself to my limits. Ppppffffttt.

It was only once I joined my box back in October that I really got pushed (in a very encouraging way, of course) by both the trainers and by the other members. Even if I could walk away today to a fully-outfitted garage, fully capable of doing all of the benchmarks RX'd, I don't think I'd do it. The camaraderie, spirit, enthusiasm, and encouragement that I experience at the box is undoubtedly one of the reasons that I am making the gains that I am. Were I by myself, I'd still be making some improvement, but nothing like at the box.

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Old 01-14-2010, 07:44 PM   #13
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Re: it's in the jeans

Incidentally (and since it's my testimonial, I can do this ), tonight I had the chance to revisit the introductory workout that I got when I joined my box, Crossfit Leander (wfs), at the end of October. That workout was:
  • 500m row
  • 400m run
  • 30 squats
  • 20 pushups (knee)
  • 10 pullups (jumping)
(*we were directed today to do the workout just as we did the first time. For this reason I did knee pushups and jumping pullups today. Otherwise, I would have done regular pushups and green band pullups.)

My time in October was just horribly sad; 8:56. I stopped for rest several times along the way and finished flat on my back.

Today >> 5:55, with no stops, finishing strong and upright. Still not a great time relative to most, but still 3:01 faster than my first effort.

Oh, and this was just one day after (1) my first-ever Fran and (2) dropping a 45lb bar my left shin after a failed practice snatch, resulting in a very, very achy leg.

I think Crossfit works.

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:37 AM   #14
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Re: it's in the jeans

Although I've been in Crossfit for around 3 years, it never ceases to amaze me that what Crossfit really does is totally and completley change a persons life. Mark, I know you realize buying smaller pants is only 1 small piece of the pie. Your confidence, the affect you have on others, and the affect on your family, all go along with acheiving world class fitness. Not to mention the increased physical and mental health. Congrats to you Mark!
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:23 AM   #15
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I wear 36's so the legs and *** will fit.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:56 AM   #16
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I wear 36's so the legs and *** will fit.
I expect that that is more or less where I will end up.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:59 AM   #17
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Congrats to you Mark!
Thanks so much! I have a long way to go, but I'm justifiably proud of the progress that I have made so far.

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Old 01-15-2010, 06:25 PM   #18
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Re: it's in the jeans

Guys, a word of warning:
Don't throw away all of your big jeans because you may need some of them again! Your fat loss size decreases may soon be undermined by muscle mass increases. I am back to my 36's or 38's cause my durn posterior muscles got bigger. The waste is too lose but very tight in the seat. I now have to wear bigger sized jeans with a belt to accomodate. It is a good problem to have since I am much stronger.

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Guys, a word of warning:
Don't throw away all of your big jeans because you may need some of them again!
Eh, good point. The other side of that coin (at least for me) is that keeping my old jeans around gives me a psychological escape clause; i.e. "it's okay to get fat again. You have the pants for it."

I'd rather get rid of the old jeans, keep busting my tail in the gym, and then come back periodically to buy new jeans as-needed.

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Way to go Mark! I always thought it would be fun to do my beginner WOD again.
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