Not fitness related. This is a post about taking a second to pause and be grateful for all you have, where you are in your life today, and for being healthy.
Recently, I was covering some patrol officers at a call in a low income apartment complex in Union City. The apartment complex has a couple hundred units, all of which are occupied by people on some sort of government aid. This particular complex is a “Crime Free” property, so tenants signing a lease understand that they can be evicted for committing crime and being arrested. There is very little crime here and few calls for service.
On this particular call, a 12 year old and a 10 year old were home alone. They heard voices in the apartment, so they locked themselves in a bedroom and called 911. Neither child knew their exact address other than they were on 11th Street. It wasn’t until one of the children mentioned they were in a 5 story building that we figured out what complex the kids were in.
We located the apartment and had the kids come to the door. They were obviously frightened and were very happy to see us. We had the kids come out to the hallway and myself and two other officers performed a protective sweep of the apartment.
In my 16 years as a police officer, I’ve been in a wide range of homes occupied by people who have and people who have not. I’ve been on SWAT operations in other cities where we hit multimillion dollar homes with multiple $100,000 cars on the driveway. I’ve been in homes of hoarders that were worse than anything you've seen on TV. I’ve been in homes that the city has eventually had to condemn. I’ve been in poor people’s homes, and homes no different than mine. It had been awhile since I was in an apartment like this one. The tenants were two parents and four children. It was a two-bedroom apartment. There were two beds in one room and two beds in another. There was no other furniture. None. No couch. No dining room set. No dressers. No chairs. No tables. There was a flat screen TV with a video game system plugged into it. The apartment was clean. The kids were well fed and also clean. Both parents were contacted on the phone. It turns out the apartment maintenance came into the apartment to fix the dishwasher. The parents had been provided notice the day before, but forgot to tell the kids.
This family lives the way it does and knows no different. They make it work. It had been quite some time since I had seen poverty at that level. Before I pulled away from that call, I sat in the car and really thought about how grateful I am for everything in my life. I have a beautiful wife, a good job, a nice home, and my health. I made a lot of poor decisions when I was younger, so things could have been completely different.
At some point today, take a moment to reflect on all you have. Many of us have so much more than others. Things could have turned out totally different for all of us. Life is crazy like that.
After all the training was done. After all the gear was put away. After the floors were scrubbed. After the roll up doors were closed. After the lights were turned off...... Kai still didn't want to leave.
The top 200 athletes in the teen aged and masters aged divisions after the CrossFit Open move on to the worldwide Age Group Open Qualifier (AGOQ). 4 workouts over the course of four days. You can do the workouts in any order and as many times as you like. You go into the AGOQ with your ranking from the Open being your first score. Each workout in the AGOQ is also scored. In the end, the top 20 in each age group move on to the CrossFit Games.
I'm currently sitting 68th. In 2015 I made the Games going into the AGOQ at 35th. Making it to my 8th CrossFit Games starting the AGOQ at 68th is going to take a monumental effort and a few miracles, but I will give it my best shot. If I don't make it, I know it was due to the fact I did not train hard enough this season.
The workouts were released 4/20 at 5pm. All participants in the AGOQ have until 4/24 at 5pm to submit all four scores. I'll be doing the workouts on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We will post the times in the CFoF Family Facebook group. If anyone wants to come down and do the workouts with me, you are more than welcome.
Here are the workouts:
Complete the following:
100 Alternating One Arm Dumbbell Snatches (M:50#/W:35#)
80 Calorie Row
60 Bar Facing Burpees
40 Ring Muscle-ups
*20 minute time cap
Every 4 minutes:
25 Toes to Bars
50 Double Unders
15 Squat Cleans (M:135#/W:95#)
*If you finish under 4 minutes, do another round. Weight for squat clean increases every round.
Complete 21/5/9 reps for time of:
Shoulder to Overhead (M:135#/W:95#)
Chest to Bar Pull-ups
Complete 2 rounds for time of:
10 Deadlifts (M:315#/W:225#)
20 Deficit Handstand Push-ups (M:4.5"/W:3")
30 Front Squats (M:95#W:65#)
Complete age group loads/movements/rep schemes are on the CrossFit Games website.
I met Chris Kidawski at the 2016 CrossFit Games. Chris was working on several Games athletes that weekend. Chyna had a badly sprained ankle so he worked on her for several hours. She wasn't 100% afterward, but the pain in her ankle was greatly decreased and her mobility in the ankle improved.
Chris has just authored a book and is headed to several different spots around the country to do free mobility clinics in order to promote his book. Chris will be coming to CrossFit of Fremont on May 7th at 11am to do a 90 minute seminar.
Here is some information about Chris:
Chris Kidawski has been a strength and conditioning coach for over 18 years now. He has trained high school athletes, collegiate athletes, and professional athletes as well as owning his own affiliate, CrossFit Kismet, for over 2 ½ years. His unique approach to mobility has helped hundreds eliminate pain, decrease injury, increase performance, and maintain health.
He has worked with notable CrossFit games athletes such as:
Chyna Cho (4x Games Athlete)
Nathan Bramblett (2015 CrossFit Games)
Jen Smith (5x Games Athlete)
Neal Maddox (4x Games Athlete)
Spencer Hendel (3x Games Athlete)
Ron Ortiz (6x Games Athlete/2x Masters Champion)
Shawn Ramirez (3x Games Athlete/3x Masters Champion)
Robbie Davis (4x Games Athlete)
April Lowe (2x Games Athlete)
Chris is also on former UFC champion Robbie Lawler’s pain management team.
Mark your calendars for this free seminar. It's open to all CrossFit of Fremont members (Boot Camp too!) and anyone who wants to drop in from another gym. This will be 90 minutes of knowledge bombs that will help you to become a better moving pain free athlete.
For those of you who are at least trying to think before you eat, go check out @cartergood on Instagram. He posts tons of similar stuff to this. Some of it is pretty cool. Definitely thought provoking for those of us who are not super strict with our nutritional choices.
We are excited to announce the return of our CROSSFIT KIDS program starting on May 2nd!! Bring the kids to try a free trial class on Saturday April 29th @ 9 am. The classes are for kids 6-14 years old and will be on Tues/Thurs at 4:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 9 am.
At least once a day I take Kai for walk while I ride my bike. I pass the tennis courts in the park and always see young kids getting tennis lessons. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen this one kid getting lessons who is much more advanced than the other kids. The kid is smashing balls harder and more accurately than most of the adults I see playing tennis at the courts on the weekends.
Today I couldn’t help myself. There was a lady walking around the court picking up balls. I told the lady, “That kid is WAY better than the other kids I see playing tennis here.” The woman (his mom) thanked me and then told me that her son was eleven years old and has been playing tennis since he was four years old. She told me her son was very passionate about playing.
Wow! I thought of all the windows of opportunity this kid has in his future. Tennis in high school can lead to a tennis scholarship to college. The world’s best players in tennis can make millions of dollars. Is this kid good enough to make fame and fortune doing something he is passionate about? I don’t know. There have been plenty of child prodigies in many a sport that have burned out and faded away. The percentage of kids that play sport at a young age and actually “make it” in their sport is extremely small. At least this kid has a good support group. It would be cool if one day I saw this kid on TV playing in Wimbledon. You just never know.
All kids should play some sort of sport. Sport teaches athletic movement and improves coordination. Team sports instill the concept of team work and communication. All sports when practiced regularly teach kids discipline. Playing sports at an early age can lead to a college education. Playing sports at some point should be an important part of every person’s childhood.
It’s a shame so many kids miss out these days. I don’t think it’s the kid’s fault. It’s all about how they are raised. Some parents are too busy. Lots of parents are too lazy. I’ve come across hundreds of parents in my cop career that I just want to punch in the face because they are not giving their child a fighting chance to ever live a happy life.
I applaud all of you who manage to take care of your business AND get your kids involved in sports at an early age. The likelihood that they ever make a career out of sports or hit the jackpot of becoming a superstar is actually pretty slim. The possibility that they will learn traits at an early age that can help them to not suck at life is almost guaranteed.