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Focus, Relax, Breathe, GO!


“Twenty seconds before a race there’s absolute focus. The key thing is to achieve relaxation, but at the same have absolute total control. You’ve got to find the balance between being totally ready to go and really at peace with yourself as well.” – Cathy Freeman


Think about how dialed in physically and mentally you have to be to achieve this state Cathy Freeman is describing above!

I too try to create this focus before beginning any event or WOD, in competition or not. This time is important to me and i like to think of it as the calm before the storm. To achieve this focus I close my eyes and visualize myself executing whatever event I’m about to do. I make it as realistic in my mind as possible. I feel the barbell in my hands and my body support the weight its applying to me. I feel my legs propelling me forward in the pose position for those first few strong strides of a race and then continuing on in the wheel-like cyclical motion with complete ease and efficiency. I feel my hand dipping below the surface of the water and pulling me along smoothly as I rotate like a corkscrew through the water. I think you get the idea…

The point that I’m trying to make is that this period of focus is something that all competitiors should do in some form or another. No matter how you choose to prepare yourself in those last few seconds before that infamous “3,2,1, GO!” it is something that has to happen. This is not the time to be overcome with nerves or be thinking about how you could have trained harder or anything else negative. It is going to be what its going to be. Accept that and give it a full effort. You will most likely surprise yourself. Most athletes outperform themselves in competiton as opposed to in training.


DAILY FEATURE: 2014 CrossFit Northwest Regionals Results

Here are the athletes and teams heading to the games from the Northwest Region:

  • Male: 1. Cole Sager 2. Cody Anderson 3. Ben Stoneberg
  • Female: 1. Emily Carothers 2. Regan Huckaby 3. Rory Zambard
  • Team: 1. CrossFit Marysville 2. CrossFit Fort Vancouver 3. CrossFit Boise

10363700_710408399001021_3992613020100974294_nI’m particularly happy for Rory Zambard! She was my Level 1 instructor and I know how dedicated she is as an athlete, competitor, and instructor. Clearly, CrossFit means a lot to her and she deserves to be going to the Games. Best of luck to you Rory!




Warm-up: 25 jumping jacks x 3, 10 leg swings L/R, 10 hip circles L/R, 10 bent over hamstring stretches L/R.

Running: Ran approximately 4.2 miles in approximately 32:00.

Core: Double tabata round of leg flat sit-ups and flutter kicks x 5 rounds.


REST and RECOVERY! NW Regionals Day 3!!


Soaring with Eagles


“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” – Steve Maraboli

imagesCAHR0AVIThere is a lot to be said for choosing your training partners carefully. I mean a lot! People tend to become a product of their environment and in the CrossFit box the environment is the people you train with everyday.

Always try to train with people that are going to make you better by pushing you to always do your best. Only hang out and train with those that are going to elevate you. Train with athletes that are more advanced than you and watch how quickly you begin to perform at their level. From a nutritional aspect do not eat meals with people who are on a different diet or worse don’t care about nutrition at all. Keep your diet clean and try to share meals with those who do the same. (For instance if you are trying to follow strict Paleo do not go out to eat with someone who’s going to down three pitchers of beer and two large pizzas.) The more and more you train with a group the closer you will become and the more motivating it will be. You will have a better chance of getting to the workout (which is often times half the battle) because you feel as if you’re letting your training partners down by skipping a day.

In other words, surround yourself with positive influences in every aspect of your life as you possibly can. The true beauty of this synerginistic relationship is that as you rely on your training mates for support you will realize that they are relying on you in much the same way.


JBLM CrossFit crew! Always motivating to be around these athletes!


DAILY FEATURE: Lifeproof Cases


Definitely need to give a shout out to LifeProof for hooking me up with a free new case for my iPhone! I was checking out their products at their booth at the North West Regionals and they were having competitions every couple hours where the winner received a free case. Considering these cases retail for around $90 I thought I would give it a shot. The particular workout was a max plank hold. The top male and top female plank holders would win a case. Being particularly adept at the plank I thought that I had a pretty good chance at winning the case. Well as it turns out at the end of the competition I was announced the winner! I can’t tell you how long I held the plank for because I don’t like to brag, but suffice to say that the reps working the booth said that they’ve never seen anyone hold it for that long. Just saying…

All kidding aside though Lifeproof makes a great product and I love my new phone case. The thing is literally indestructible, as are all of the products they make. High quality products and a cool company. Great combo for a business model!

Check out LifeProof products here!



Warm-up: 25 jumping jacks x 3, 10 leg swings L/R, 10 hip circles L/R, 10 bent over hamstring stretches.

Biking: 30:00 on traveling 8.47M. *Brick with running.

Running: Approximately 4.2M in 32:31.


REST and RECOVERY! Plus some more NW Regionals!


Beast Friday and The Uncommon Breed!

DAILY MOTIVATION: “In Pursuit of Vikings” – Amon Amarth

This week’s Beast Friday motivation is in honor of The Uncommon Breed. Read more about them below in the Daily Feature.

Onto the Beast Friday song! This is “In Pursuit of Vikings” by Amon Amarth. Honestly, unless you are a fan of heavy metal you probably won’t enjoy this one too much, but I think it’s pretty cool and it is my blog afterall. Also, it goes along with The Uncommon Breed’s logo, read more below to see what I’m talking about. For those of you that are metal fans or need a good song to pump you up before hitting the WOD on Beast Friday enjoy “In Pursuit of Vikings”!


DAILY FEATURE: The Uncommon Breed – Performance Apparel for the Modern Day Savage

The Uncommon Breed's Logo!

The Uncommon Breed’s Logo!

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new CrossFit apparel company I met at the CrossFit NW Regionals! They are officially launching on Memorial Day so go pick up some of their gear and get in on the ground floor of this movement!

Their logo is an ancient Viking symbol known as the “valknut.” It is three interlocking triangles and means “fallen warrior” in Old Norse. (Hence the reason for the “Pursuit of Vikings” as the motivation song. A loose connection I’ll admit, but hopefully they’ll appreciate it all the same.)

They are called The Uncommon Breed and the brand describes themselves as: “A collection of combat vets, CrossFit athletes, first responders, fitness maniacs, passionate athletes, and all those that commit to a life of shenanigans and bad-assery. There you have it. AMERICA!!”

They have an impressive team of employees all of which are ex-military. These guys are speaking from personal experience about the warrior mindset and motivations behind their brand. They also have a great collective of sponsored athletes that are currently doing amazing things in the CrossFit world!

Read more about the founders and the sponsored athletes and check out all of their apparel and accessories on their web site!

To all of the crew at The Uncommon Breed many thanks, much respect, and best of luck!

Myself and two of the Uncommon Breed crew. Thanks a lot for all that you do guys!

Myself and two of the Uncommon Breed crew. Thanks a lot for all that you do guys!



Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 500m row, 5 dips x 3, 8 KB swings @30lbs x 3, 10 A/S x 3.

Strength: DE barbell row 10 x 3 @ 60% 1RM EMOM

  • Completed at 110lbs

Conditioning WOD: 8 HSPU 24 toes-to-bar, 6 HSPU, 18 toes-to-bar, 4 HSPU, 12 toes-to-bar.

  • Time: 7:52.

The Conditioning WOD that I did was not what was prescribed on CF Endurance. Unfortunately, I still struggle with HSPU and really cannot get an L-sit pull-up either. So I scaled and changed the WOD to what’s above. Still gave me an awesome workout.


Rest, recovery, and going to CrossFit NW Regionals!

Training is the 99%


“Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.” – John Smith

There is a lot of truth behind this because your preparation for competition (and I’ve said this before) is the true struggle. This is where your focus should lie as this is where 99% of the work that you do is going to be done. The actual competition and performance itself is but a small sliver of your work as an athlete.

Train like you compete and you will find that the competition seems easier. This technique will also serve to calm your nerves on the day of the competition. You will not have to do anything different than how you’ve been doing out. Despite the outcome of the competition you know how hard you worked and you know how much you improved. There is no failure there, only progress. Focus on you training time and cherish it.

The keys to any good training regiment.

The keys to any good training regiment.




*Rode bike to work today 6M ride to and 6M ride from

Warm-up: Dynamic warm-up including karaoke, side shuffle, sprints, high knees, and butt kickers.

Calisthenics: 3 rounds of :60s at each station of: push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, sit-ups, and walking lunges. Followed by the run.

Running: 3.2M in 22:41




Discard the Past, Live the Moment, Cultivate the Future


“Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.”
Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.

Your mind is full of wondrous things. Make sure you can filter it when necessary.

Your mind is full of wondrous things. Make sure you can filter it when necessary.

Not so much motivational, but words of pure wisdom. Do not let anything, I mean anything prevent your progress. Not your thinking, not someone elses. Discard what is not going to help you reach that next level and embrace all that will. Your mind is full of  memories of the past, thoughts of the present, and ideas and plans for the future. Do not get bogged down in your own mind dealing with the past nor concerning yourself too much with the future. Focus on the present moment. Doing all you can with this precise moment in time will set you up for future success and create pleasant memories of what will soon be the past.

Have you ever done something that seemed terribly difficult or miserable at the time, but when it was all said and done you were glad you did it? These are the events that shape past memories, are difficult in the moment, and make you stronger for the future. Do not shy away from difficulties in the present as they often make us stronger in the future.

P.S. You’ve got to love the title Jarod Kintz’s book. I mean come on, not to judge a book by its cover or title, but just seeing what its called makes me want to read it!

P.S.S. How incredible of an artist is Anroid Jones (picture above). FACT!




Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 500m row, 3 ring dips x 3, 8 KB swings at 26lbs x 3, 5 A/S with 3 sec pause x 3.

Strength: DE sumo deadlift 10 x 2 EMOM @ 65% 1RM.

  • Completed at 205lbs

Conditioning WOD: 3 rounds of 800m run, 50 sit-ups and 50 back extensions.

  • Time: 25:18.


Warm-up: 25 jumping jacks x 3, 10 leg swings L/R, 10 hip circles, 10 bent over hamstring stretches. 15:00 warm-up spin.
Biking: 400m intervals resting for 400m easy spin until form/pace dissipates.
  • Completed 8 iterations

Full Efforts Only Please


“Resolve that whatever you do, you will bring the whole man to it; that you will fling the whole weight of your being into it.” – Orison Swett Marden


Nothing worth doing is easy, because nothing worth doing is deserving of anything less than your full effort. No matter how mundane or difficult the task. Your full focus and effort should be put behind everything you do. If you are putting your name on something, whether it be a project at work or your WOD time on the white board that is what you will be known for. People will form an impression of you based on your deeds, however seemingly small or insignificant. Therefore do everything with your very best. Put your whole self into it. Devote the necessary time to preparation and execution and do not cut corners. Short cuts will lead you nowhere worth going. Have some pride and honor in yourself and the work you produce.




K-Star getting after you again! This time for not cooling down. Great advice, we all need to start incorporating more cooldowns into our workouts.




Warm-up: Stretching with PVC, 500m row, 5 HRPU x 3, 5 KB swings at 35lbs x 3, 5 A/S with 3 sec pause x 3.

Strength: ME front squat

  • 115lbs x 8, 135lbs x 6, 155lbs x 4, 175lbs x 2, 185lbs x 1.

Conditioning WOD: 4 rounds of 25 wall balls @ 20lbs, 100ft walking lunge, 1 rope climb to 15′, 5 KB swings at 53lbs.

  • Time: 13:41


Warm-up: 25 jumping jacks x 3, 10 leg swings L/R, 10 hip circles L/R, 10 bent over hamstrings L/R.
Running: 100m intervals resting while walking 100m back until form/pace dissipates.
  • Completed 11 iterations

No Fear, Except of Flip-Flops


“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”  – Frank Herbert

Not sure what this is, but it looks frightening. So I thought it would be a good visual representation of fear. (If anyone knows exactly what this is, let mw know, I'm curious!)

Not sure what this is, but it looks frightening. So I thought it would be a good visual representation of fear. (If anyone knows exactly what this is, let mw know, I’m curious!)

There is a significant difference between being afraid of something and having what I’ll call a “cautious awareness” of it.  Having that nervousness and twinge of excitement (the “cautious awareness”) going into the unknown or before an event keeps us mentally and physically on edge. This helps us maintain focus and ensure our body is in a position to execute and perform instantaneously. Obviously this is a good thing as most competitors will tell you feeling nervous before an event is normal and even desirable for this reason.

On the other hand though is fear. This goes beyond nerves and excitement into the realm of stress-induced anxiety. Once you reach this state it is difficult to recover and your body will show signs mentally, physically, and emotionally. Far from being optimized for performance a body experiencing fear is put into a fight or flight mindset leaving little room for comprehension of anything else except personal survival.

That’s why we need to avoid fear, at least irrational fears that are uncalled for and will lead us nowhere. So the next time you experience that twinge in the pit of your stomach have the mental clarity to decide whether this is just nerves or truly a fearful situation requiring the fight or flight response. Control your mind, control, your body, respond appropriately. No fear!



DAILY FEATURE: Stop Wearing Flip Flops!!

I cannot overemphasize how important it is for the health of your feet and pretty much everything else from the knee down to NOT WEAR FLIP-FLOPS. Under no circumstances should you ever wear any type of shoe/sandal/flip-flop that recquires you to curl your toes to grip it to hold it on to your foot. Check out the video above by the man Dr. Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD and San Francisco Cross Fit. He goes into detail about the health hazards to wearing these types of things.

top411_1There are plenty of other shoes that you can wear that will keep yuor feet feeling and looking cool in the summer months. Personally, I am a big fan of TOMS shoes for their mission, ethics, and style. For those of you unaware of the company their founder Blake Mycoskie created the mission is to donate one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of Tom’s purchased. Since the inception of this program in 2006, TOMS has donated over 10 million pairs of shoes! I strongly encourage you to get a pair of TOMS to support their mission and save your feet.


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