Unofficial Sam Briggs 13.3 Simply amazing! What more can I say. This was just added (update) and is the full video from Team Briggs, the video below this was the first "unofficial" video posted.
A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of traveling to the coast to interview Josh Golden of CrossFit Grover Beach. I had watched him compete at the FTF Affiliate Challenge, which he won. The interview was basically a get to know Josh session, which discussed his training etc…. (Read Article Here) Fast-forward to today, and his 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open Competition has come to a screeching halt when he received a disqualification notice from CrossFit HQ.
If you’ve read my past articles about the FTF Challenge (and you should because they are fantastic), you will have read my mention of Josh Golden. Who is he, and why the mention? Well simply put, he is one of the top CrossFit athletes in the world and I had the unique opportunity to spend some time with him this past weekend, conduct a short interview, and watch him and some other top athletes destroy a ridiculously tough WOD. These may seem like a bold statements, but when you realize that he has only been doing CrossFit for three short years, and made Regionals his first year (Last Year), all while still learning the ropes, you’ll understand why.
I’ve had a couple weeks to reflect on the 2013 FTF Affiliate Challenge. The past couple of weeks have been hectic. Valentines day, a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, and a subsequent family wide bout of the stomach flu (still in effect as I write this), have put me a bit behind schedule.
As is usual with two young kids, we didn’t get much sleep the night before the competition. Between the barking dog next door (pet friendly hotel), the nervousness of the impending competition, and two tossing turning kids, lets just say it was a long night.
Today I made the trip that I have been planning for quite awhile. After last years Challenge I mentally made the decision to compete the following year. Of course at that time I had a lot less experience than I do now (Which doesn’t say much). I had yet to compete in my first “Open” and thought, “Man I could do that”. Of course the Open “Opened” my eyes to how far I really had to go if I ever wanted to “really” compete. Although I’d been doing WOD’s for some time, and had made great strides in weight loss, and overall fitness, I was nowhere prepared to compete on any level. So for the next year I did everything in my power to improve, which included leaving my garage gym, visiting several Affiliates, and even taking a few OLY lifting courses. When you start from zero, you have a long way to go.
2013 is almost here. Did you achieve your fitness goals in 2012? Did you even set any? For some reason I’ve been reflecting, or should I say brooding over how I wish I had accomplished so much more. My thoughts were all over the place “My snatch weight isn’t as high as I want it to be, damn!” “I’m still a marginal runner.”, “I still don’t look like I could be on the cover of Men’s Fitness”, or that “My WOD times just aren’t on par with the “Elite” athletes out there”.
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when offering fitness advice online is that you rarely, if ever, meet the person you’re giving advice to. If you do meet them, it’s usually only a casual encounter, and seldom in a training environment.In these situations you’re taking everything they tell you at face value, compiling that information, and giving your best assessment as to what will help them reach their goals.
I was speaking with Melany (who is in training for her first 5k) and of course the subject of her training came up. During the talk I explained the need to set additional future goals and that without them within two months of her finishing the 5k, she would be back to where she is now. “Only one goal at a time” I was told. “I know what works for me”. I tried to explain that she should at least be looking for a future goal, and I was shut down. Since my argument was going nowhere, I tried another tactic. An explanation of my Fitness Personality Profile and where she fit into it soon followed.
Have you ever been at a point in your life when you’ve used all your resources and knowledge, and things just aren’t working as you’ve envisioned? Sure, we all have. It’s at this point that we make a concerted effort to either look for help, seek additional knowledge to assist in our endeavors, or continue down our own path, which usually leads nowhere.