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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!


It’s On! 14.1 This Morning!


Today’s daily motivation is in audio format! I’m a huge fan of music and frequently utilize it as a tool in my life whether it be for getting into a pumped up, motivational state or to relax and calm myself. Music is a wonderful and powerful thing! Look for more posts on music soon, I’m going to start incorporating it more and more!

So here’s what I listened to this morning on the way to the box to get ready and focused mentally. The song is called “Blood and Thunder” by the band Mastodon. I went right to the top for this one! It’s in my top two or three favorites of all time and Mastodon have been a staple in my music rotation for quite some time now. It may be your taste, it may not, but if you can’t get pumped when you hear this song, then I don’t know what I can do for you!

Mastodon is very much into making concept albums and this particular song is off of their album Leviathan, which in my opinion is their best. Leviathan is based around and draws from the story Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I highly, highly recommend checking out this album whether you’re a fan of the genre or not. Explore and expand your life experiences!

“Blood and Thunder” by Mastodon, complete with lyrics!


Pre 14.1

Feeling great this morning, I’ve got my coffee with goat’s milk, my Quest bar, and half an apple in me and I’m ready to tackle 14.1! The plan is to get to the box about an hour early and warm up lightly practicing form and technique on both double unders and snatches. At this point its going to be what it’s going to be. “It is what it is and we are what we are,” if I can quote a true athletic genius (no names here, as it may be difficult to pick up my sarcasm when I use the term “athletic genius”). Go time will be about 6:00am! Wish me luck!

Post 14.1

Well, 14.1 is in the books and I have to say I’m pretty stoked with my performance! As I mentioned in a previous post, I set my goal at 100 reps for the WOD and this morning I was able to get a score of 112! That was two full rounds of 30 double unders and 15 power snatches at 75lbs plus an additional 22 double unders. Overall, maybe not that impressive. However, when you consider the fact that I couldn’t even do a double under a couple weeks ago and even going into this morning was not that good at them my score is not that bad! As far as execution of the WOD I pretty much just followed a pattern of 3-5 single unders then a double under. Then with the snatches I did 6-5-4 which also worked really well. Currently, I’m waiting on my score to be validated by my judge, then I will let you know what my standing is internationally and regionally!

In other news…

Yesterday, I went out and had the first design of a t-shirt made up. It’s pictured below, what do you think? Pretty cool, but a little too simple. I defnitely want something a bit more artistic so I have to wait on my art department to wake up (cough, cough). Let me know if you want one and I’ll see about getting a small order made up!

The original design for the Strength Through Discipline t-shirt!

The original design for the Strength Through Discipline t-shirt!



Hit it hard today CF Endurance family! I’m rejoining you tomorrow!