%*#@$ paleo …

So, I caved.

Really, I thought joining CrossFit would be the last time I gave in to peer pressure. But here I am, almost one full week into trying the paleo diet.

It’s not that I have any particular beef (horrible pun gleefully intended) with the paleo diet. It seems like a sensible way to eat and live. But it does involve change and some very substantial change at that. And I don’t like change. Good change, bad change, doesn’t matter. I like my comfort zone, thank you very much. And that goes double for my carbohydrates.

So, why bother? Because I’m tired. Tired of being hungry. Tired of being tired. Tired of counting every calorie that passes my lips. So for two weeks, I’m giving this caveman stuff a whirl.

Granted I have concerns, some of which are valid and others of which are vanity. One of the valid trepidations include the annoying array of definitions of what constitutes paleo … or caveman … or primal. Each has its own set of rules, and sometimes, they flat out contradict each other. As far as vanity is concerned, I don’t like feeling like a sheep, like I started doing this because everyone else was. And I don’t know whether this counts as valid or vanity, but I mentioned I liked carbs, right? A lot?

But I have to say that so far, it’s going pretty well. I haven’t cheated, and my hunger level has gone from “Oh holy crap, feed me now before I eat my shoes” to a more polite “ahem, excuse me, but it seems to me that I appear to be a bit peckish.”

That alone just might be worth forgoing cereal in the morning.


The social aspect

I went to my old gym for two and a half years and never met anyone new.

I’ve been going to CrossFit for three months and have met at least a dozen people.

It’s amazing what you find in common with someone who’s siting beside you, dripping sweat after burpees and lunges and pull ups and and kettlebell swings. Like how much both of you would really like to return to breathing normally.

Granted, the point of CrossFit isn’t to make friends, but the contrast between CF and regular gyms as far as the social aspect is concerned provides nice side benefit. At least for me. I’m not the most social person, but I enjoy some friendly conversation. I never got that at my old gym. And I can understand why gyms intimidate people. Huge, buff dudes grunting and straining. Skinny chicks, huffing and puffing on the elliptical machines. Not the most inviting of environments.

What’s great about CrossFit is that everyone there is pulling for everyone else. It isn’t just Keith and Justin being encouraging and supportive — it’s all the clients, too. Slow, fast, beginner, rock star … everybody wants to see everybody else do well. Sure, there’s some friendly competition, but at the end of 20 brutal minutes, there’s never a shortage of “nice job”s.

Making friends, one pushup at a time.

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Trainers log

Trainers Log March 11, 2010

Well the Crossfit total challenge is off and running with big numbers already posted. Look forward to seeing all of our clients improve over this next month.

Also the Dublin dash is just around the corner. I heard that bloody marries never tasted better then after the dash.

Justin and I are look at opening an 1100-1200 hr. Mon-wed-Fri. these are very busy 1200-1300 classes. What do you think? Does this time work for some? We will continue to improve refine our schedule.

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Workout of the day

Tuesday March 9 2010

For Time:

2 Down and backs___10 Dead lifts___30 Situps___30 Wallballs 10′
4 Down and backs___10 Dead lifts___30 Situps___30 Wallballs 10′
2 Down and backs___10 Dead lifts___30 Situps___30 Wallballs 10′

For Time

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W.O.D Monday March 8 2010

For time:
______Team Work out:____(Row 200m @ a time). When you are done rowing do:(____20 Situps____15 K.B swings____10 Brupees). Do as many rounds need to get a total row distance of 8000m

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Trainer’s Log

Monday March 8 2010

I think I should start this log with a little personal info about me Keith Trojanowski:
10 things you may or may not know about me:

1. I have no middle name
2. I don’t grown hair on my head
3. I am 31
4. I am from Wyo. Go pokes
5. I have lived in SD for 10 years.
6. I like fast bikes
7. I like old cars
8. Don’t like early mornings
9. Wont eat liver
10. love all pie’s



March 11th and 12th we will be starting the Crossfit Total challenge.  The competition will consist of three lifts, max deadlift, squat, and press.  All three lifts will be done in the same workout.  We will then work on these lifts over the next 8 weeks.  This competition will have a buy in of $15.00 per person.  Prizes will be awarded to the top women and men.  The rest of the money that is raised will go towards buying new equipment.  You do not have to pay to be in the competition, but will not be eligible for prize money. 

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In the beginning, there was Fat Girl

Although CrossFit is quickly growing in popularity, many people still have lots of questions — and possible misconceptions — about the exercise program. To give those who are interested a better idea about what CrossFit is like and what a first-timer can expect, new Black Hills CrossFit member Hillary Dobbs will blog about her experiences on a regular basis. Feel free to contact her with any questions or comments at hillyru@hotmail.com.

Before I get too far in to my first experiences with CrossFit, I wanted to explain a little about why I decided to try this particular exercise program. This post might be a little longer than future posts, but I promise to try to keep it as painless as possible. And I promise to be much briefer in upcoming blog updates.

In the beginning
About six or seven years ago, I had what could only be described in the immortal words of “Tommy Boy” as “a little bit of a weight problem.” In college, while most students put on the Freshmen 15, I decided to go for the Four-Year 50 — as in I gained at least 50 pounds from the time I was a freshman to the time I graduated. This extra weight was in addition to the 30 to 40 pounds of excess baggage I’d brought with me to college. So, by the time I was entering my 24th year of life, I weighed in at more than 240 pounds. Or, to be more precise, I was the walking definition of morbidly obese.

For the record, I don’t really enjoy talking about this part of my life. But the reason I wanted to do this blog was to provide encouragement and support for people who struggle with their weight. With the ever-growing percentage of the population who are overweight or obese, there are probably others out there who aren’t so different than me. So, if I can help someone else, then that will make admitting “holy cow, I was fat” worth the embarrassment.

Fat girl
As you can probably imagine, I was not happy with my size. What’s more, I had no idea how to lose weight or how to exercise or how to eat right. But I did know that I needed to do something different. Oddly enough, I didn’t want to lose weight to look a certain way or even to be healthier; I wanted to lose weight so that I could be comfortable in my own skin. For those of you who’ve never struggled with weight, being fat is an all-day, all-the-time thing. Wake up in the morning, you’re fat. Drive to work, still fat. Sleep at night, yep, still fat. And though it sounds strange, for me, that was the worst part.

Step one
So, I made some changes. I stopped eating refined flours and sugars, similar to the South Beach Diet. I started walking for an hour a day, four days a week. I’d like to say I never cheated on the diet or that I stuck to my workout routine religiously, but that would be a lie. Even so, after two years, I’d lost 60 pounds.

Step two
I’d also reached a point where my diet wasn’t really practical any more. So, I made another change. I attended exactly one Weight Watchers meeting, realized that particular setting wasn’t for me, bought all the required materials, and then never went back.

However, I did stick to the Weight Watchers regimen, added resistance bands and eventually a gym membership to my routine, and lost another 40 pounds in a little more than a year. So, in about three and a half years, I lost about 100 pounds. And for the past three years or so, I’ve managed to keep most of it off, save for the odd five or 10 pounds that tend to show up right around the holidays.

And now
So why did I decide to join CrossFit? Several reasons. I’ve been going to the gym now for about two and a half years, and I’m burnt out on my routine.

Also, this whole CrossFit thing came about because my colleague, Dan, started going to CrossFit about four months ago, and honestly, he would not shut up about how great it was. Seriously, it was kind of annoying. I took to calling him Evangelist Dan because of his religious fervor about the program.

When he first started describing the program, my immediate reaction was, “I would hate that.” It sounded hard and intense, and I don’t like either of those two things. But as I said, Dan talked about CrossFit all the time. Eventually, I started doing my own research about the program, weighing the pros — all-around workout in a short amount of time — and the cons — the intensity level. For some, an intense workout is a good thing; for me, not so much. I really like being able to breathe at a relatively normal rate, so that whole blood-pumping, gasping-for-breath thing doesn’t really appeal to me.

But there was one other reason I wanted to at least try CrossFit. I have an insatiable curiosity about my own capabilities. It doesn’t matter if it’s a video game or rock climbing; I want to know whether or not I can succeed at something that I try. When I mention this personality quirk, people assume it means I like to try new things. In reality, I hate trying new things. But at the same time, I can’t stop myself because I have to know what I can and can’t do.

So, toward the beginning of January, I started going to CrossFit. If you’ve stuck with me this far, hang on for a bit longer, and I’ll actually try to give you some useful information that I hope will pique your interest about the program.

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Mon. Feb, 22 2010

For Time. “blind Melon”
50 Wall Balls
50 Burpees
40 Wall balls
40 Burpees
30 Wall balls
30 Burpees
20 Wall Balls
20 Burpees
10 Wall balls
10 Brupees
40 Burpees