“People are what is important. People drive community. People make the training fun. People help people get better. People push people. People support people.
People are what is important.”
“Motivation is really more than going hard, it is about positive contribution to the community. Motivation is where your life energy is coming from. Motivation is a pat on the back or a kick in the pants. Motivation is leaving every place you go in life better than you found it.”
That is all!!!
400m Run in between deadlifts and kte’s.
Where ya from originally? - Manila, Philippines
How long have you been with CrossFit Las Vegas? - 16 months
What’s your favorite WOD? - Bodyweight Fight Gone Bad or The Ninja
What’s your least favorite WOD? - A WOD that combined HSPUs and OH Squats
What were you doing before CrossFit? How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Las Vegas - I was going to LVAC pretty inconsistently doing some workouts I learned from a book or stole from a Men’s Health. I’d run into a friend named Jami Burrows there once in a while who complained that LVAC was such a joke compared to Crossfit and that she was only at LVAC when CFLV was closed. I didn’t really check it out until I read that the guys from one of my favorite movies “300″ did Crossfit-type workouts. Halloween was coming, and I needed a certain body to go with my costume….and the rest is history.
Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Las Vegas. - My first workout was with one of the female trainers, and I thought to myself…she couldn’t make this too hard. I was VERY wrong.
Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs, ie Fran or Cindy. - If I were only looking at the time it took me to perform benchmarks, I’d say I’ve improved on about half of them. Why only half? I have to do the benchmark WODs RX’d now so while I’m much stronger, doing one like Fran at 65lbs when I began vs 95lbs now is definitely going to add a few minutes.
Do you have any special or favorite CrossFit Las Vegas memories/moments? - It really is pretty awesome to look back and remember a time I used a band for pullups, swung lighter kettlebells, threw smaller medballs, and lifted much lighter weight.
I loved the Crossfit BBQs. You can’t go wrong with Crossfit, community, AND delicious (almost Paleo) food! As for personal moments, I will never forget my first muscleup and the time I tried looking for a max effort/height box jump with Dezirae (both partially cause I have them recorded).
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit Las Vegas? - Listen to the trainers. You might think something works for you, but if that something is bad form or poor range of motion, you’re pretty much cheating yourself. Plus you might just hurt yourself.
And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best and most incredible coach at CrossFit Las Vegas? Explain/defend your answer. - I wouldn’t say best and most incredible because all the coaches are awesome and bring something uniquely important to the gym, but the one that I feel most comfortable with is Mikey. I’ve known him for almost 12 years, and it’s no secret that we were both fraternity guys at the same time at UNLV. He’s very knowledgeable (and almost too technical at times) not only about Crossfit but about a lot of health, fitness, and nutrition topics. He also never lets me slack and will call me out if necessary during workouts. Don’t let his nerdiness fool you cause Mikey is an all-around badass. CFLV and I are very lucky to have him as a coach.
We’re still waiting for your Athlete Profile!!!
Tabata Mash Up
Why hate on CrossFit?
If you any regular amount of internet searching (trolling) on CrossFIt, you’ll invariably come across the group of CrossFit haters out there. They range in age, exercise experience, exercise specialty, and a slew of other things. They converge, however, on one simple fact: CrossFit is stupid.
The list of reasons given for such dislike is sound but only in certain light or instances.
CrossFit won’t get you strong:
This argument is huge among Weightlifters and Powerlifters. They see a group of CrossFitters “throwing” 95lb bars around and laugh at how light the weights are. I wonder if these detractors have ever considered where the group they were watching started at. Make no mistake; CrossFit will get you stronger than you were. It won’t get you ready for a 1000lb squat or a 200kg snatch, but the vast majority of CrossFitters aren’t looking for that.
CrossFit promotes poor technique:
Let’s be honest with this one. There has been an explanation of “CrossFit Slop” at CrossFit Level 1 seminars. I don’t know it verbatim, but it goes something like this; put three athletes of similar ability in the same workout. Athlete 1 finishes well before the other two and avery single rep he did looked like it was destroying his spine. Athlete 2 finishes with a respectable time, but as he fatigued toward the end, his reps here and there got a wee sloppy. Athlete 3 finishes dead last, but every single rep was a thing of beauty.
Athlete 1 is the prime example of what Poor Technique crowd is saying. Eff form and get done first, to hell with safety. Athlete 3 is missing the point and, more importantly, the stimulus entirely. If every rep was performed perfectly, there is no way that athlete was outside of any comfort zone. Athlete 2 is where the intensity and results are.
One more point about this gripe. There are gyms everywhere, not just in CrossFIt either, that don’t coach proper technique. As consumers it is our job to find the gym that best fits our idea of what proper instruction should be.
CrossFit is Dangerous:
Yep! So are wrestling, football, and soccer. So are powerlifting and weightlifting. So are mma and Krav Maga. So is crossing the bloody street! Everyone goes into a physical fitness program expecting to be totally out of harm’s way. If this were the case, why would the common phrase,” Be sure to check with your doctor” be needed.
CrossFIt is not the safest fitness program out there. I’m sure Zumba and P90X are safer. Check with a doctor, get to a CrossFit gym and meet the staff, take the time to watch the coaching. Put in the due diligence to see if the gym places value on safety and technique.
I may have one or two more “hater” points to hit later in the week.
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First and Last Name: Justin Davies
Where ya from originally?: Ottawa, CAN
How long have you been with CrossFit Las Vegas?: Feb ’11
What’s your favorite WOD?: Angie
What’s your least favorite WOD?: Helton
What were you doing before CrossFit? How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Las Vegas: A lot of random stuff from regular gyms, to cross training in swimming, biking, and running… the occasional competitive wine drinking
Give us some insight as to your thoughts after your first workout at CrossFit Las Vegas.: Loved it! Good team of people both instructors and members. I like how everyone watches out for how you are lifting and making sure no one is going to get hurt.
Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs, ie Fran or Cindy.: I haven’t had the chance to do too many of the benchmarks, but if have seen a great improvement with overall performance and most of all mind training. When i’m in a race or pushing hard it is still nothing like freaking helton!!
Do you have any special or favorite CrossFit Las Vegas memories/moments?: When Joe told me not to do more weight and I tried to show off and pulled my back out! Grrrreat!
What advice would you give to a newbie or someone just joining CrossFit Las Vegas?: Really embrase it. It is hard for a reason, but don’t let it get to you. Everyone will help you through the hard times and don’t worry about being last. Some days even the best are last. It is fun to compete against others, but in the end you are only competing against yourself… after all in the end that is the only one that needs to answer for obesity, high blood pressure, and diet/lack of exercise driven issues.
And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best and most incredible coach at CrossFit Las Vegas? Explain/defend your answer.: Ahh that is tough. I only really know Joe, Villi, and Mikey, but they are all so unique in their own ways. I don’t think it would be the same if I couldn’t pick and choose a diff instructor each day
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A Case for the 11th Fitness Domain: Self-Confidence – CrossFit Invictus
Take the time to read the linked post from CrossFit Invictus. Then contemplate this: is self-confidence the same as mental toughness. Post your thoughts to the comments.
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The Triumphant Return of the CFLV Athlete Profile!
We had a lot of fun with this little survey a while back. With all our newer members, it’s been brought back to light in an effort to introduce some of them.
Gaining Weight By Going Diet? – Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Articles like the one linked above are so interesting to me. Here we have proof positive that the powers that be aren’t too bright on how to healthfully feed the country. I’m not suggesting that they aren’t acting in the best interest of the country. I’m just wondering if they have ever taken the time to read these reports after they’ve concluded that sweeteners are “safe” for consumption. Perhaps more follow-up on their part might be necessary before green-lighting food additives?
Tristan’s Yoga WOD
Tonight at 7pm Tristan will begin offering his take on Yoga and Mobility and how it relates to CrossFit here at CFLV. Tristan has been around the gym for quite some time both here and at our old facility. He is not only well-versed on what he does himself (yoga, gymnastics, etc) but how those things relate and relay to CrossFitters. I’ve spoken to him at length about what he has been planning to offer in his classes. Believe me when I tell you that his ideas and coaching will only help to improve your experience here at the gym.
Tristan’s Yoga WOD will be offered every Tuesday night at 7pm. Each class will be $15. You can also buy a 4-pack of classes for $50.
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I hope and trust everyone had a safe and highly enjoyable New Year Celebration! If there’s a chance you had a camera with you on NYE, send me any embarrassing, funny, or awesomeness photos.
Let’s get the year started off with a girl we haven’t seen in a while! In the meantime, remember that John Broz will begin his Olympic Weightlifting class this evening at 6pm. The weightlifting class will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6pm.
Tonight at 6 will begin our first On Ramp class. I will be coaching this On Ramp, and it meets on MW at 6pm and Saturday at noon. Mikey will begin his On Ramp next week on Tuesday the 10th at 6pm. His days and times are TTHF at 6pm. Vili’s On Ramp begins Monday the 16th and will meet MWF at 7am!
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The year has drawn to a close and no one saw the world end as some had feared. A vast majority are making and finalizing preparations for the end of the year bash that is about to ensue. During this celebration, many will make the “resolution” to finally commit to a healthy lifestyle.
“I’m gonna do it this time. I will head over to ________ and get into the greatest shape of my life.”
Since the above statement is the most common, it’s also the one most frequently broken (makes sense, right).
WHY? Why tell all those around you something that simply isn’t going to happen? Why con yourself into believing a falsehood? And perhaps most importantly of all, why wait till a SPECIFIC TIME OF YEAR??
This is not something to be thrown out there just off the cuff. This change you want to make will actually require CHANGE! Sacrifices will come along with this change. Discomfort is also in the near future. Mood will swing, even for the dudes, and attitudes will need adjusting.
But to think that all of this that comes along with such a change somehow gets negated simply because the calendar resets seems a wee off. The change you seek is not only possible but highly plausible with the right level of commitment. Along with that you’ll need a healthy dose of patience and determination. Lastly you’re gonna want to increase your stick-to-it-iveness, cuz this should be the last year you make your resolution the most common one.