has played an enormous role in my life for the last five, hugely developmental years. I lost a tremendous amount of weight, completely changed who I was. I transferred and subsequently graduated college, met the love of my life, in addition to countless other incredible people that I’ll never ever forget. I was exposed to and eventually fell hopelessly in love with the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, competed at a level higher than I’d ever imagined as a severely overweight, insecure kid, and even embarked on a career composed of equal parts mind-boggling stress and raw exhilaration. The one constant through all of it has been CrossFit, in varying levels of intensity.

It’s been five years and about a billion memories later, and tonight I signed up and completed my first CrossFit Open workout. It was awful. And I don’t regret it.

6:30 AM CrossFit, check! It’s the long WOD day. I thought 17.1 was going to be tomorrow’s workout, but oh no, I was sorely mistaken when I rolled over to check the WOD when I woke up. I told Coach Rel I was going to be there, so off I went.

WOD, CrossFit Open 17.1, for time, 20:00 time cap
10 dumbbell snatches (20 lbs)
15 burpee box jump-overs (20 in box)
20 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
30 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
40 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
50 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
Score: I got halfway through the burpees box jump-overs after the 40 db snatches in the time cap. I think I might have miscounted my snatches in the set of 30 because I was starting to get tired. 😰😬

Some of the guys from the box across the street came over after they did the workout to see how one of their friends at my box did.

Good luck to those doing 17.1 this weekend! You got this! 🎉💪🎉


17.3 done. Definitely my best one for sure. I’m not great at snatches but I’m pretty good at ‘em. 185lb is no joke thou. Time management is definitely the factor here. I don’t have any pics or gifs of me during the workout this time I’m afraid. But here’s one of me smiling afterwards.


Mat Fraser doing 17.5 faster than u

The CrossFit Opens have officially started

I just want to wish everyone luck thats competing this year. I, myself, am competing as well for the first time ever. I’m not gonna lie I’m nervous, but this is the best physical shape I have ever been in. I just hope that I do decent throughout these next 5 weeks. I’m doing my best regardless. Good luck everyone!!!!!!

Guess who got 3 bar muscle ups today in 17.2???


None of my friends thought to get a video which I’m a bit sad about but tbh I don’t even care I’m so excited I could fall down.

Or maybe that’s the beers 🤔


Celebrating my birthday in the gym tonight by doing the first day of the 2017 Crossfit Open. If I don’t post anymore I died doing this.

17.1 is officially in the books. I unfortunately did not finish. Out of the 225 reps for the WOD, I capped off at 212 at the 20min mark. Which means I was 13 short of finishing. And let me tell you, IT. WAS. TERRIBLE!!!!! Lol. I did the Rx weight which is the 50lb dumbbell snatch. That part was easy to me. It was the Burpee box jump overs that got me.

Most of you guys don’t know this, but I have really bad chronic asthma. (Seriously I’ve gone to a specialist my entire life). During the WOD, I had to use my inhaler twice to avoid completely passing out. One for after the 3rd set of burpee box jumps overs and another for after the 4th set. By the end I basically felt like I was breathing in glass shards and literally could not breathe. My lungs were so inflamed lol. For the last 50 reps of dumbbell snatches, a good 20 of them were done with my eyes closed because it was the only way I could focus. Anyways I’m still proud of myself for what I’ve done today. I hope everyone else did well too. If anyone else would like to discuss how they did. I would love to hear from you guys.

Btw, that’s my box owner judging me and his wife took that photo. Thank god she didn’t take one of me literally dying afterwards lol.

@labrat-to-gymrat @fit40ferocious @anotherdayanotherchance @dablacksaiyan @thirtysecofanything @barbells-and-coffee @joychuuu

CrossFit 3/17/2017 & 3/18/2017


WOD: 6 rounds (not for time): low handle/high handle sled push + 10 pull-ups

Sled weights were 50#, 70#, 90#, 110#, 130#, 150#. Spent most of the workout doing active recovery and mobility work to prepare for…


WOD: 17.4

13 minute AMRAP:

  • 55 deadlifts (153#)
  • 55 wall-balls (14#)
  • 55 cal row
  • 55 handstand push-ups

I did 166 reps Rx (1 HSPU), which is 21 reps better than when I did this workout two months ago in January. Did the deadlifts touch-and-go in straight sets of 5, and then the wall balls in sets of 11 (except for a set of 6 and 5 at the end). The row was the worst part and was horrible and soul-crushing. My grip was totally trashed and I could barely hold on to the handle, but my goal was to finish the row, and I did! Everything else was pretty smooth, and as a bonus, I didn’t blow up my back. Pretty happy with how much better I did this time around, especially because this workout does NOT favor small people!