Sunday, November 14, 2010
90 Day Paleo Challenge begins in just 18 days! We are going to have a throwdown in February! More details coming soon.
5 Rounds For Time
9 Hanging Power Cleans
6 Push Jerks
level 4 155/105
level 3 135/95
level 2 115/85
level 1 95/65
The following was sent to Ben Bergeron, owner of CrossFit New England from a member, Eugene, and I thought it fitting in light of the paleo challenge we are holding.
I've been meaning to send this note for a while, but now that another Paleo challenge is starting, I figured it was a good time to finally do it. Having just finished my 14th month at Crossfit, it really has been an amazing and life-changing experience. Many thanks obviously to Ben and the coaches number 1...you guys are truly the best. I just hope to be able to keep all this up. But I thought I'd also share some things I've learned firsthand over the last year for those people who are starting where I started. So here goes.
1. Crossfit CAN improve your overall health. Just got back from my physical from my doctor, and he was truly shocked at the change over just one year. In addition to losing over 50 lbs, all my other health metrics were dramatically improved. Blood pressure went from 128/90 to 108/76 and resting heartrate went from 56 to 42. But more importantly, he was amazed at the change in my cholesterol levels. Overall cholesterol went from 190 to 165, HDL went from 43 to 80 and LDL went from 127 to 75. He said it was the most impressive change he had ever seen.
3. Any change is gradual...you just need to be patient. I've seen so many people get frustrated with how long it takes to lose weight or get fitter. But I've noticed that you just need to be patient. If you come to the gym and follow the diet, results WILL come. I've also noticed that many of my changes came in step functions. For instance, I would lose 5 lbs, then stabilize. Then another 10 lbs and stabilize again. I felt like it was my body adjusting to the new weight, saying "hey, this feels pretty good", then deciding it's time to resume the march down. Same with fitness. You go from no pullups, to 1, to 6, to 12 to 20+. Being patient, not giving up and keeping up with the workouts and diet is critical.
From CrossFit New England