I’ve engaged in some sort of rigorous physical activity almost continuously since I was about 12 years old. As a kid I played hockey, basketball, American football, baseball, and ran both track and cross country. I took my first weight lifting class during my sophomore year in high school. I started Karate when I was 14 and practiced karate, taekwondo, and judo off and on for the next 10 years. I studied gung-fu with a Chinese master on the shores of West Lake during my year as an exchange student in Hangzhou, China. I learned to play racquetball in college and competed in several tournaments. I love to snow ski, water ski and play tennis. Sports and fitness continue to be an integral part of my life.
I discovered Crossfit about 4 years ago. Crossfit is known as the “Sport of Fitness.” My coach Daniel Carney started Montana’s first Crossfit affiliate. Crossfit is simply the most fun and intense form of physical activity I’ve ever engaged in. I’m doing things very few 40+ year olds can do- actually very few any-year-olds can do. Because of Crossfit I can do over 30 pull-ups nonstop, dead lift over 400 pounds, do 10+ handstand pushups and do 10 muscle ups in a row (a gymnastics move that is much harder than it seems). I continue to improve my Olympic lifts (clean & jerk and snatch) and enjoy the constant variety of activities we engage in. I also love the shear suffering I endure regularly with my group of fellow Crossfitters.
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words
(easy to understand - hard as hell to practice):
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.