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Old 12-15-2011, 07:34 AM   #1
Michael Plank
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One of the best years of my life

In January of this year, I decided to fully and completely commit to crossfit. I had moved away from the globo gym where I worked out and I outfitted my garage with a barbell and pullup bar. Since then I've added squat stands, rings, ply box, jump rope, kettlebells, med ball, and all those fun crossfit toys. January 31st, 2011 was the first day of my new crossfit regimen. My stats were:

Weight: 210 lbs.
Waist: 36.5"

Squat: never done below parallel; 215 lbs. partial squat
Press: never done properly; 115 lbs. as a partial push press
Deadlift: 225 lbs.
Clean and Jerk: 165 lbs.
Snatch: 35 lbs.
Pullups: 6
Box jump: 28"
100m: 0:00:15
Mile: 0:09:00+
5k: never completed
Fran: never completed, thrusters were too heavy


Now, 11 months later, my stats are:

Weight: 182 lbs.
Waist: 30"

Squat: 255 lbs.
Press: 135 lbs.
Deadlift: 330 lbs.
Clean and Jerk: 175 lbs.
Snatch: 110 lbs.
Pullups: 31
Box jump: 42.25"
100m: 0:00:14
Mile: 0:07:04
5k: 0:25:46
Fran: 0:07:16


I've lost 38 lbs. of bodyweight and 6.5" on my waist. I added at least 50 lbs. to my squat and at least 30 lbs. to my press. I added 105 lbs. to my deadlift, 10 lbs. to my clean and jerk, 75 lbs. to my snatch, 25 pullups, and 14" to my box jump. I've cut one second of my 100m, about 2 minutes off my mile time, achieved a 5k run this summer and then cut an additional 2 minutes off it, achieved Fran this summer and then cut 3 minutes off that. I've attached 2 infomercial-style before and after pictures.

Thank you crossfit, coach Glassman, and community. Looking forward to another great year!

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Old 12-15-2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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Re: One of the best years of my life

So proud of you Michael! Great job!
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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Re: One of the best years of my life

Nice job. Glad to hear it.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:47 AM   #4
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Re: One of the best years of my life

I could have sworn 210 minus 182 equals 28, not 38, but then again my mental calculations could be way off.

All kidding aside, that is a FANTASTIC job, and the progress in your lifts has been HUGE. Congratulations!!!
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Ha. Right you are. Oops. Thanks for the support.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:58 AM   #6
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Re: One of the best years of my life

Nice! (what about the dog?)
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: One of the best years of my life

He's a 2 year-old pitbull who is dynamite on sprints, ladder climbs, and box jumps. Just switched his food to Evo Red Meat dog food (76% animal ingredients, 23% fruits and vegetables, 1% extras), so he's eating primal now too and is stronger and faster than ever. As a bonus, if my shelves ever get a little bare I can just dig into his stash!
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