Besides my mother and father raising me to be a hard worker, I truly believe it was all my years of wrestling that really forged my mentality that I need to always be grinding away at life. Something about the sport. Maybe it was cutting weight, all those times by myself working on trying to sweat off another pound. Maybe it was the long grueling practices 5 to 6 days a week. Maybe it was the glory of being on the mat, everyone watching and cheering while you and one other person try for the same goal. I love wrestling and everything about it.
It's not cheap to field a high school wrestling team. My senior year in high school, we had the best wrestling team to ever compete in the history of our school. A year after I graduated one of the guys on the team won the state title. A few years later, the high school dropped the wrestling program. So sad. This off season we were fortunate to have several members of Newark Memorial High School's wrestling team train with us at CrossFit of Fremont. They were some of the nicest hardest working bunch of kids I've ever coached in all my years of owning a CrossFit gym. They have started a fundraising page to help pay for some of their expenses this season that aren't covered in the school budget. Even if you could donate $5, you would be able to say you helped to forge the future of these good young men and young women in our community.
Here is the link for the fundraising page. Any amount will help.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt 4/23/1910
Big congrats to Team Progenex: Stacie Tovar, Emily Bridgers, and our very own Chyna Cho. The girls took first place at this past weekend's Wodapalooza competition. It was no easy win for this superstar team. The competition was stacked on all the teams. Great job ladies!
If you ever get a chance to visit Miami and attend Wodapalooza, it is worth it! This is my favorite competition to attend as a fan and as a competitor. So many CrossFit athlete stars at one event. Put Wodapalooza on your CrossFit bucket list.
Monday is a travel day for me and Chyna is headed straight from Miami to the Bahamas for the Reebok Athlete Summit. We are canceling the 3:30 and 4:30 classes Monday afternoon. Coach Anhtoan will host an Open Gym session from 3:30 to 5:30. No other classes are cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience of the late notice. That was my bad for not posting this last week.
Wodapalooza is going down this weekend in Miami. Wodapalooza is one of several premier competitions that occur around the world that feature top CrossFit Games athletes. Best wishes to Team Progenex which includes three of the best female CrossFit athletes in the United Sates: Emily Bridgers, Stacie Tovar, and our very own Chyna Cho.
Just a boy, his beer, a live stream football play-off game, and his Bulldog floor scrubber.
I miss this. Long hours locked up in the gym all by myself. The stereo blaring my fave Pandora station (Shaman's Harvest). A couple cold beers. Cleaning the gym and making it all pretty for the Monday crowd. Now that football season is essentially over, I hope to have more productive weekend days like this at the gym.
My parents led by example and raised me to be a hardworking man. A body almost constantly in motion (gotta watch Law & Order SUV and sleep every now and then). Nothing makes me happier than working on projects around the house or working on a project at the gym. It's always hard to do all the things I want to do at the gym because I work a full time cop job, but within the next few years, I will retire from the cop job devote myself to the gym owner life 100%. So can't wait!
When you are not working or training, what's your favorite thing to do?
If you think about it, we squat a lot at CrossFit of Fremont. You may wonder why we squat so much. The answer is simple. I know every single person who reads this has checked out their own ass in the mirror more than once in their life (likely hundreds of times). Not a single person EVER in the history of mankind ever looked in the mirror and thought, "Damn, I wish I had a flat ass."
The butt is king. Everyone wants a nice butt. Not too big. Not too flat. Firm and not flabby. Just plain nice. And let's not forget that a nice butt is a functional butt. Functional butts can do work.