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Old 10-10-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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Newb delurking....

Hiya! First post, blah blah blah... I've been lurking on the forum here for a couple of months, just soaking things in. Figured it was time to at least say "Hi"...

I'm a competitive pistol shooter (w/f safe - http://www.uspsa.org) and over this summer attained the highest classification the sport offers - Grand Master. About the only possible level I have left to move towards is winning big matches. In looking at video of myself taken over the past year, and comparing it to the guys who are winning, a couple of things stood out as being lacking - and one of them pretty painfully, that being... I'm just flat out slow on my feet - and the best way to fix that is to increase the power to weight ratio, ya know...

I'd previously been exposed to the CF website by another shooter's site, and also through the GJ site (pre-300). So, when I was laying out my goals for this next year, and fitness was on the top of the list, I started nosing around this site a bunch, and ended up at CrossFit Central here in Austin, TX. That's where the "fun" begins....

I signed up for a CrossFit Elements class - a series of three one hour sessions designed to teach most of the basic movements, and give you some flavor of what's to come. I had the same reaction I've read about here - the freakin' warmup was a workout. I didn't make it through the first Elements class - midway through, we had a little experience with tabata squats, in that we did two rounds. I had a lot of trouble breathing after that - couldn't stand upright to try to do shoulder press and such. Horrible. Embarrassing.... The trainer and I had a chat - he was pretty concerned about where I was at physically... and I was pretty concerned he'd turn me away... What he suggested was that we do some privates to get me more up to speed to handle the rigors of CF training - cause as it was, there was no way I'd make it through even a heavily scaled WOD.

On the way home from that (failed) class, I had a chat with myself. I knew I could just call the guy back and dump, and really no one would know any better.... except me. Was that the extent of my commitment to my game? And to my health? I got a kick out of that - I laughed for about 30 seconds, at 80 mph on the highway.... I realized at that point that I was nuts, and that there was no way I was going to let that first experience get the best of me.

Just breathing was hard enough for the first couple of weeks. We did two sessions per week, and I started getting homework for the days in between. It was obvious immediately that my cardio capacity was negligible, and that was my biggest weakness. Light MetCon workouts would put me into panic breathing in very short order. My homework involved running to try to build on that. I met Pukie after my second session

I also started moving my diet towards Zone, which has been a refreshing change...

So, its been just over six weeks of working w/ Mike Gregory. The changes have come quickly - almost scarily so. When I started out, I couldn't jog 1/2 mile straight. I'm 5'9" w/ a largish build, and weighed 212# w/ 26% BFC, 35 years old... We just did another body comp analysis this past weekend. I'm still 5'9" ... of course ... now weigh 199#, 18.5% BFC. I can run 2 miles in 16:09. I can do scaled (around Pack level, by the BrandX site) MetCon WODs, at this point, and will be joining the normal CF classes next month. I have a lot more stamina on the range, and my speed on the ground while shooting has definitely picked up (as evidenced via video) - I'm not winded after a course of fire involving running anymore (which makes me feel like I can move even harder and faster than I'm doing now... ).

I don't expect that those sorts of results will surprise anyone here, though.... It will be interesting to see how the changes continue, and how that translates into performance gains in my sport, as well....
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:10 AM   #2
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Re: Newb delurking....

Good for you. that kind of self analysis is hard to do. glad you are sticking with CF. and congrats on the rank of Grand Master
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: Newb delurking....

Welcome Dave. I am glad that CF is starting to show you positive results.

Just wait and see how much you have improved by this time next year.
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:56 PM   #4
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Re: Newb delurking....

Yo bro, good seeing ya here. I'm glad you're training the area that most practical shooters ignore. Imagine how much better TGO would be if he shed 40 pounds.

Good luck man, drop me a line if you have any questions at all.
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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Re: Newb delurking....

It is good to hear you stuck with it. Some people I've introduced have bonked out shortly after their first work out. These are exciting times for you then. You will be pleased with results for years to come if you keep up the hard work!
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:45 PM   #6
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Re: Newb delurking....

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Imagine how much better TGO would be if he shed 40 pounds.
He likely wouldn't have to wear those knee braces, for starters That selfish little part of me would prefer that he keep it on, though The man would keep going for another 20 years, otherwise...

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It is good to hear you stuck with it. Some people I've introduced have bonked out shortly after their first work out. These are exciting times for you then. You will be pleased with results for years to come if you keep up the hard work!
There have definitely been a few times I've started wondering "Why am I doing this to myself, again???", but for the most part, I've felt a lot more competent after that first month was over. That month was tough, but it definitely got better. Now, my internal struggles revolve around finishing a workout and realizing that I had more to give - and kicking myself for not having done so... I don't guess that's such a bad thing, though, is it??
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