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Old 06-04-2007, 09:34 AM   #1
Colin McNulty
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I work best when I have a goal to aim towards, so when I started Crossfit on 1st Feb 2007, I gave myself 4 months to achieve the Athletic Skills Level 1 standard, and a further 8 months (12 months in total) to achieve Level 2.

I managed all the Level 1 exercises after 2 months, all that is except the Mile run in 9 minutes. Never in my life have I been able to run a mile without walking, not even as an athletic kid (all sprints and jumps). It's taken 2 months of effort (1/2 mile runs 3-4x a week), but 10 days before the deadline of 1st June, I managed to consistently run a mile for the first time ever!

2 days within my self improsed deadline, on 30th May, I ran the mile in 8:35, beating the Level 1 standard: I'm now a Well Rounded Beginner, woot!


Now I have 8 months till the 1st Feb 2008 to get Level 2. I've already ticked off 7 of the exercises with more easy ones to come when I get time, but some are going to be hard, most notably: the single muscle up; and 45 Thrusters at 1/2 body weight! :g:

Coincidentally, in the last 4 months my body fat has dropped from 30% to 21% and my waist at the belly button, has gone from 43" to 38.5".

I am Stronger, Fitter and Faster. I started Crossfit because I realised that my sedentary lifestyle was one day most likely going to kill me, probably in form of a heart attack. Crossfit and Mark & Karl at Crossfit Manchester, have changed my life and it's quite possible has/is/will save my life, because I am never going back to the overweight, sedentary, weak and unfit, lazy 4rse that I was.

I just wanted to say thanks. :showoff:
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:45 AM   #2
Jason Marcotte
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Congrats on your achievements Colin!!!

Keep pushing yourself and you will get all the exercises on your list! Life is no fun without challenges (those muscle ups are tough!)

May i ask you where you are getting this athletic skills standard with the exercises/run times i have not seen it around and would like to see where i fit in!!
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:14 AM   #3
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Here is the link. It is on the FAQ page for future inquiries.
(W/F Safe link.)
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Old 06-04-2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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Hey Jason,

CrossFit Seattle has the Athletic Skill Levels available for download in PDF.

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Old 06-04-2007, 01:55 PM   #5
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Colin, that is a great story. Very inspirational.
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Old 06-13-2007, 10:15 PM   #6
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Excellent work but I don't see any mention of whether your following zone/paleo or just cutting the junk food. Elaborate please.

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Old 06-14-2007, 01:05 AM   #7
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Michael, check out Colin's CrossFit and Zone Diet Blog. The link is in his sig. Have met Col a few times and I have been blown away by the discipline he brings to the task.

Cheers, kempie
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for pointing that out. An oversight on my part.

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Old 06-14-2007, 10:39 PM   #9
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Colin... kickin' butt, bud. Great work and congrats.
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