The difference between good and great is that little bit of extra effort. I expressed this to our baseball team the other night at a tournament. We just had a tough loss and the kids didn’t try very hard. They weren’t communicating, or getting down and ready or being aggressive at the plate. I was trying to stress that competency is not the solution, hard work is. But, these are 8, 9 and 10-year-old children and its difficult to understand sometimes.  However, here at Crossfit Brownwood we aren’t going to hold your hand (maybe at the start) every step of the way, but we are going to challenge you! Crossfit is about reaching to a depth that you’ve never been to before. It’s not about staying at home and in your comfort zone. It’s about digging deep and reaching levels you never thought possible.

One of my good friends, Justin McDermed, nearly threw up his first class (which we have all experienced at some point) but now after dedicated hard work he challenges me every day! Because I’m so competitive I’ve got to watch my back to make sure that he’s not catching me on the WOD (although he does often). We are different personalities and yet we get along like a Miller Lite in a keg and that’s what I believe Crossfit is. It’s building a community that sometimes makes you so mad that you want to throw your FitAid at the wall. And other times, there are so many people cheering you on that nothing could overcome you. I have met a lot of great friends through this gym and I truly believe that we are a community of athletes, friends, supporters, challengers, comedians, yellers, men and women. Let’s work together to improve our box and improve others.

You may have heard, the owners of Freight Train Crossfit (Josh and Heather Tye) have purchased the gym along with myself and my beautiful wife, Whitney. We are going to be making changes, but with the idea that we are going to continue to challenge you and build a community that is constantly behind you. Saturday WODS? You got it, starting on 5/5, there will be workouts each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Did I hear other class times? Why not? Beginning in early June, we will be adding a 9 a.m. class 3 times a week. And that’s not it, but we also don’t want to ruin all of the fun and surprises.

I have loved Crossfit from day one. There have been times that I have hated it because of injuries and/or fatigue. But you know what? I keep coming, I keep improving and I continue to learn from each of you and myself. I adapt my wods to accommodate my level at the time and my injuries. I want you to finish reading this blog knowing that you are valued, that we appreciate you, and that we are going to make your life better now and in the long term. As Glassman (founder of Crossfit) wanted us all to understand, functional fitness is the ability to carry out our workouts to our daily tasks. If you can’t even squat down on the toilet at 65, we haven’t done our job.

Leave it all on the mat!


20 Years

I trained for a short while with a national level powerlifter and I always wondered how the heck he got so strong. During one training session he bench pressed 5 plates...yes 5, which equals 505 lbs with relative ease! I felt as if it was impossible for me to achieve that level of strength or that he was some genetic anomaly. I asked him one day what the secret to his inhuman strength was and he looked at me and replied with a confused look - "It's taken me 20 years to do that; I've never taken a break..."

Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.

Wikipedia has a great definition "Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast."

The fact is in society today we want instant results and look for quick fixes to get skinny, strong or anything in between. It takes time to attain such status and if you anticipate success immediately you are bound to be frustrated. The most effective method to combat impatience is by setting small and attainable goals; do not become fixated on big goals. These big goals such as getting a ring muscle-up are great and important to have, but is fraught with failure as you journey towards achieving it. Its best to set short term weekly and monthly goals that allow you a sense of achievement without becoming disenfranchised with the process. Above all else, stick with it and show up, then when a young impatient athlete asks you how you could ever accomplish such a feat of strength, you can reply with a confused look and say "Its taken me 20 years to do that; I've never taken a break..."