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    Bulk used Lego 18.50 a pound shipped!

    buy bulk lego

    Check it out, bulk used Lego (cleaned) for $18.50 a pound shipped! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=191266866528

    /r/Lego

    Asked the moderators of /r/lego to talk to someone about excessive cursing (they dropped the f-bomb and referred to an individual as a retard several times in sevarel replies), one of the moderator's decision... talk down to me by showing their wonderful skill as a grammar Nazi. Great community over there!

     

    Click the thumbnail for a larger version of their reply.

     

    Or, here is the text.

     

    to /r/lego/ sent 22 hours ago

    You may want to talk to xamthe3rd based on his/her replies in this thread http://www.reddit.com/r/lego/comments/2bpoi3/lego_annie_leonheart/ nearly every third word is 'fuck' with at least one 'retard' as well.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 21 hours ago

    I've reviewed your request, and have decided to not act.

    We're no kindergarten cops, and only step in when needed according to our discretion.

    I believe you'll be fine, as you've not complained about the physical violence threat, just the fuck and retard words. Besides, you made inflammatory statements, so I'm sure you were conscious of the possiblity of such repercussions.

    And xamthe3rd just needs a hot shower, and take a brake from all that research into anime.

    Hope you continue to enjoy /r/lego.

    Bright Regards

    key95

    [–] to key95 sent 14 hours ago

    I could care less about what he said to me, I just think in Lego (a family friendly building set) he shouldn't be firing off "fuck fuck fucking retard fuck mother fuck fuck fuck fucking fuck fuckitty fuck fuck fuck"

    [–] to key95 sent 14 hours ago

    But I mean I guess

    "Foul language, while not banned, is discouraged. Please follow redditquette." stands for nothing. I didn't say ban him, I said talk to him in regards to YOUR rule.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 2 hours ago

    I could care less about...

    I couldn't care less about... FTFY

    Besides, exaggerating a bit aren't we? There are about 4 fucks, and one fucking, two retarded, no mother fuck. But your forgot the

    Now you're just being an asshole.

    Your reason for complaining:

    family friendly

    This is reddit.com, home of /r/spacedicks, I'm sure our users can handle a few swearwords.

    [–] from key95[M] via /r/lego/ sent 2 hours ago

    "Discouraged" != "forbidden", that formulation was on purpose, exactly for these kind of cases.

    Sometimes people feel the need to express themselves using foul language. In this case you provoked a user by consciously pissing on something that is dear to them, and others as the votes show.

    Yes, OUR rules, at our DISCRETION.

    Thanks for participating here on /r/lego. Please feel free if you run into a situation you feel violates our rules. We will try and react promptly, though probably not always to your liking.

    Bright Regards

    key95

     

     

    And by the way. I COULD care less.

    Lego: DeLorean

    So my latest build is Lego's Back to the Future DeLorean. You first build it as the 80's version, then you can convert it tot he 2015 version by deconstructing it a little and using the remaining parts, I'm leaving it as the 80's version for now (as it stores back in the box assembled and I just don't have the space for it sitting out right now... I bought 440 POUNDS of Lego bricks so space is limited right now, I'll post about those once they all arrive). 


     

    Also, remember when Doc pours the beer into the Mr. Fusion, well a few years ago I did some math to figure out how many jigawatts were in that beer after reading that electric DeLoreans were going to be made from largely original parts go check the post out if you haven't!

     

    Lego:Millennium Falcon

     

    So last Sunday (July 13th, 2014) I had a nice lunch date for a second date with a pretty cool girl. We had lunch for about an hour then decided to go browse Lego products at toy store down the road. They had several themes buy-1-get-1 40% off so I picked up 180$ of Star Wars sets and she picked up 60$ or so worth of various sets, the bulk of my purchase was the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965. I had a really bad headache that afternoon and evening so it took me about 4 hours to get through the #1 and #2 bags (6 sets of bags total, 2 books). I worked on it throughout the week and just finished it a few minutes ago. Do note, I do not do the stickers! I have never been able to get the stickers to go on even remotely the way they were meant to so I just leave them in the box.

      

     

    This week in space: Siberian and other cavern craters 

    So this mysterious Siberian Crater has people throwing out all kinds of theories... 

    It reminds me of the one on Mars

    It also reminds me of the one on the moon

     

    Now, I have a really good theory on what has caused these... one I've not seen mentioned yet. You see my friends, I whole-heartedly believe these are caused by one thing. A terrible menace. GRABOIDS.

     

    My genetic ancestry

    My genetic ancestry:

    Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

    99.9%
    European

    Northern European
    38.5%
    British & Irish
    9.5%
    French & German
    7.7%
    Scandinavian
    34.0%
    Broadly Northern European

    Southern European
    1.0%
    Balkan
    0.7%
    Iberian
    0.3%
    Italian
    0.2%
    Sardinian
    3.3%
    Broadly Southern European
    4.9%
    Broadly European
    0.1%
    Sub-Saharan African
    0.1%
    West African

    Creepy

    Coworker found this in a magazine and put it on my desk. Holy crap I have a wife and kids!!!

    OneFitWonder Sandbag System review

    I recently came into the possession of a OneFitWonder Sandbag System and have had a week to play with it. Upon opening the box it came in I quickly saw it was very sturdy construction, I mean... it has to hold 100lbs of sand AND get moved around a LOT.

    Each of the carriers have a thick hook and loop fastener strip on the outside AND another hidden on the inside to make sure the sand stays in.

    The bag that the carriers go in has a military grade zipper and a flap outside of the zipper that is again a generous width of hook and loop fastener.

    I chose to leave some extra room in the filler bags to ensure the sand would shift around making any exercises attempted that much more difficult, three carriers are included with the 100lb system which you fill with sand and then place inside the duffle.

    It was easy getting the three filler bags into the duffle but it took a good minute of messing with it to actually be able to zip it up, the sand really didn't want to work with me, once I got it zipped though the bags move around good inside the duffle and the sand moves around well inside the filler bags.

    Above I look pretty grumpy, it was just one of those days (and hey, the sun is in my eyes for crying out loud). Getting it to one's shoulder at about 80-85lbs is actually relatively easy (for me anyway) but once it's up on your shoulder you certainly feel it pulling that side of you toward the ground, the first day I walked around with it on each shoulder for several minutes and the following day my core was screaming at me "ermagerd we sore, y u do that 2 us?!"

    Lunges are already difficult for me, my rather generous gut tends to make me a bit unstable, add one of these sandbags to a shoulder and it's a chore to stay upright.

    Above I TRIED to press it, it didn't work. In fact I'm doing my best just to hold it up there. It's not that the weight is hard to get above my head, it's the simple fact I'm holding the handles for dear life and it STILL is sliding all over the place, ahh the joy of sand.

     

    Once you get it over your shoulders you quickly find gravity is a harsh mistress, she's pulling you down with a vengeance. This is on my way down in a squat, I can get hips below parallel easily (I can without the weight too, I'm oddly flexible for a fat man) but keeping a good form with the sandbag on your shoulders isn't very easy, you tend to pull your chest in and push your back out, no bueno. I probably should do that with less sand in until I get used to the weight shifting but eh I was only squatting with the sandbag system for the photo, I get enough weighted squats in at CrossFit317.

     

    Counterfeit junk silver. 

    So lately it's been brought to my attention there are a lot of counterfeit precious metal coins/rounds/bars floating around out there...

    The coin on the right is counterfeit and was presumably manufactured in China. It eels right buuutttt the dead give away is the ping when you drop it, also the shield dots are too close together and you can see the mechanical wear on it. Whatever they used left stripes not unlike tree rings as well as an odd discoloration spo that makes the eagle look like he's passing gas.

     

    Scary. Think it's time to stop buying junk and older bullion (online anyway) and only buy current year government minted from big name dealers (online anyway). You can hop on to several sites selling goods from China and order this crap all day long... junk silver, slabbed coins and rounds, ASE, Maples, big name mint rounds and bars etc.

    I plan to cut or drill into it this weekend to see exactly what's in it, just trying to figure out which method will give me the cleanest look at the innards.

    CrossFit: in which I attempt Annie

    Today's WOD was Annie...

    Annie
    50-40-30-20-10
    Double Under’s
    Sit-ups
    (Advanced: GHD sit-ups)

    Well, I can't do double unders so I subbed 3x the number in single's... my previous consecutive record of rope jumps was FOUR, tonight I hammered out the first 37 without a fumble, go me! Sadly it was down hill from there but hey that's ok, I'd only jumped rope for the first time EVER 2 Mondays ago!!!

    It took be about 8 minutes to knock out that first 150 single unders, the most I've ever done by a factor of almost FOUR. I then paused momentarily to catch some of my breath and hit the mat for the sit-ups. I could do 2-3 sit-ups at a time before I'd have to stop to catch my wind, I mean I'm still over 300lbs and sitting up takes a LOT of effort for me still. By the time most of the folks were DONE with Annie I was still in my 40's on the FIRST round of sit-ups, coach walks over on my 49th time up and asks me how many left "huw huw huwon left fo fo for firrssssssttt round" and I go right back down on the mat and rocket back up, he squats low to give me a high five and tells me he's proud of me. Hell, I'm proud of me too... when I read the WOD on the site this morning I was like "feck, I can't do that, their bleeding mad!" and was 100% convinced I wouldn't even get 10 single unders done. Wow, I did 150 single unders and 50 sit ups. It's something, and in my opinion a damn good attempt. I look forward to the next time Annie comes around, I can't wait to see how much better I do!

    I did buy a Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope 2 weeks ago but haven't even adjusted it yet, that 150 I did tonight is all the motivation I need to get that thing sized and start using it on days I don't go to the box for a WOD. Now, time to ice and roll my shins! Catch you guys next time.

     

    CrossFit: The Filthy Fifty (Trying Twenty-Five)

    Well today's WOD at CrossFit 317 was The Filthy Fifty

    Filthy Fifty
    For time:
    50 Box jump (24/20)
    50 Jumping pull-ups
    50 Kettlebell swings (35/24)
    Walking Lunge, 50 steps
    50 Knees to elbows
    50 Push press (45/35)
    50 Back extensions
    50 Wall balls (20/14)
    50 Burpees
    50 Double unders

    Coach Ashley was on top of it and scaled me down to 25, so I'm calling it Trying Twenty-Five! The only substitution I had to make (aside from halving it) was the knees to elbows in which I did v-ups (on already sore abs from the 45 v-ups during Wednesday's WOD where I'd substituted them for toes to bar). With those substitutions in mind I think I did pretty well, we were limited to 40 minutes and I managed to do 203 of the 250, given another 7-10 minutes I could have finished, I was running out of steam but I only had 22 burpees and 25 double unders (although I would have done singles, I can barely do singles, doubles are still beneath me but I did buy a rope and plan to start dedicating 5-10 minutes to singles Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays/Sundays, the days I don't do a WOD currently, till I've got them down well, right now I think my record in a row is 3 or 4).

     

    • Box Jumps: powered through, 3/4 of the class finished their 50 before I did my 25, a lot of that was demounting the box... my brain was like "you want me to do whaaaaat?" when I'd go to step backwards off to get ready to reset. By the end I was no longer hesitating though, I had a similar issue with ring rows at first.
    • Jumping pull-ups: actually not that bad and I had the added benefit of being sandwiched between two of the fairer sex doing theirs on either side of me, felt a bit liked a maddened tinpot dictator with his loyal (and deadly) female honor guard, Gaddafi's Amazonian Guard has (had I suppose) NOTHING on the girls of CrossFit 317!
    • Kettlebell swings: I'm no stranger to these, those of you that know me know I've a 1 and 2 pood here at the house, I powered through them as fast as my lungs and heart allowed. I was doing 50 a day with a 2-pood earlier this year while I'd watch tv every evening over the course of a few hours.
    • Walking lunge: lunges and world's greatest absolutely kill my heart and lungs, these took a few minutes to get done and at my weight I don't get anywhere near as low as anyone else, I'd get 7-8 in and have to stop for several seconds. My balance was also getting pretty sloppy at the end and aborted several attempts.
    • Knees to elbows: here I did v-ups, I was already quite sore from 45 of these on Wednesday as I learned after sneezing at work today. The first two weren't very fun but after that I honestly didn't notice any pain or tenderness, I did have to stop every 3-4 though for an equal length breather.
    • Push press: not too bad other than the fact I was pretty breathing quite hard by this point (and was winded the rest of the WOD and for a good 15 minutes after the 40 minutes was up). I made it through the first 20 in about a minute and a half and needed a drink bad at this point, had my drink and another 45 seconds or so of a breather then one of the previously mentioned fierce women locked eyes and gave me a good "come on just 10 more!" I sloppily shook my head and mouth 5 more while holding up fingers "come on then just 5 more" that was enough motivation, picked that bar back up, got into position and hammered those out.
    • Back extensions: I zombie shuffled to the other room and 3 people were doing back extensions already so I moved on to wall balls and came back after I'd finished them, I was the last person to do my back extensions. Managed to squeeze my long and thick legs in, get my hips set, go down for the first and one of the many voices in my brain sounds the klaxon "warning, warning, warning, attention arms and legs body is staring to list to bow, capsize imminent warning warning warning" but the coach was still in the room so I tried to shut the voice up and did a few, she left and I shot up like a rocket to get the internal klaxon to shut off. The next 7 or 8 were similar, once I had those done though my brain was finally listening to me "oh, ok, we aren't going to fall forward and die, ok, very well then". Got to 22, had to stop for a good 30-45 seconds and then struggled through the last 3.
    • Wall balls: wall balls aren't my friend, while I have one of the deepest squats in the gym (all 3 coaches have complimented it, see working on electronics on the floor and not wanting to sit down WAS exercise people, holding those very deep squats has paid off) it's the coming out of it part that really taxes the heart and lungs... I can get the ball up fine (usually have to dial it down or I send it too far up and can stop and make tea while I wait for it to return from an attempt to become the next artificial satellite around our planet) but I can do 3-5 before I have to stop and start embracing the void to slow my heart rate and lungs, hey an archery skill comes in handy here... see sometimes holding that string back for minutes before loosing an arrow wasn't me being weird it was a mental exercise that pays off a lot, this is just one avenue it's helpful. It took me probably five minutes to get through the 25.
    • Burpees: I got to these after back extensions, the last 3 back extensions had the heart and lungs going hard enough I was a wet noodle trying to stand up, it was 2 minutes easy before I even got up and another 45 seconds before I got to the first burpee, at this point I had 1 minute left on the clock, I did the first one and shot up, got down for the second one and started to melt into the floor, 15 seconds left and I shoot up and right back down, 1 second left and with a groan not unlike the Titanic striking that iceberg (or torpedo, the verdict is still out) I pushed myself up to one knee then stood up, time over, jumped and finished that 3rd burpee.
    • Double unders: unfortunately I never got around to these, which is probably a good thing... I felt pukey getting ready to make an apperance after that 3rd burpee and if he didn't before I finished them he certainly would have before I finished 25 singles with the rope.

    Well, there you have it. A 300+ pound man's attempt at the Filthy Fifty, or as I would put it the Trying Twenty-Five. This ends my first month of CrossFit, it's certainly been an exhausting (and frustraing sometimes) experience but I paid for my 2nd month yesterday. I like it, it's tough but the coaches over at CrossFit 317 are great and so are the members. I doubt I'll ever remember a fraction of the names but the regular faces I see are already feeling like comrades in arms, family forged in the firey bowels of the psychological & physical battle that is CrossFit.

     

     

     

     

    CrossFit: I defeated another (modified) WOD

    Well today was brutal, but I finished the WOD in 15:55 (although modified)


    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

    Toes 2 Bar

    Box Jump Overs (24/20)
    Kettlebell Swings (70/53)


    I did v-ups instead of toes to bar and instead of jumping to a 24" box I stepped up and down from it... I'm 307lbs jumping that high just isn't happening. It felt great to finish and I know my shins are going to hate me in the morning (the right one already does) but that's ok. Once I shower and eat, going to numb them a bit with a cold pack and then foam roll before bed, I'll roll again after work tomorrow so they are good to go Friday evening for my next WOD.

     

     

    I miss the 80's and 90's...

    I miss the late 80's/early 90's. Bicycles. The Craft. Hackers. Movies with awesome puppets. Tank Girl. Rollerblades. Ripping off pay phones. Original jolt. Josts. Noble Romans before they changed the sauce. Roy Rogers Original Recipe fried chicken at Hardee's. MUD's. Totse. BBS.  Venture. Egghead. Builder's Square. Weird Al. Ren & Stimpy. Bazooka Joe. Village Pantry pizza. Dumpster diving. Beepers. McDonald's space station toys. McDonald's food toys that were transformers. Pogs. Marbles. Skip it. Moon shoes. Gak. Floam. Are You Afraid of the Dark. You Can't Do That on Television. Music videos. Beavis & Butthead. Gallagher. Richard Pryor. George Carlin. Mr. Wizard. Bill Nye. Salute Your Shorts. Ghost Writer. Reading Rainbow. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Acid wash denim. The Flash tv series (which still holds up well), The Robocop tv series (which still holds up well). Early seasons of Seaquest, the X-files and Sliders. Seasons of the Simpsons where Smithers was black. The original Power Rangers. Cardboard bricks. The original lego castle sets. Nintendo Power. TV Guides. That kids magazine every doctor's office had. Nick News W5. Candy rings. Candy cigarettes. Bozo, Captain Kangaroo, the Big Comfy Couch, the Zelda cartoon, the Gummi Bears cartoon. Duck Tales, Tale Spin, Rescue Rangers. Goosebumps the books and tv series. Saturday morning cartoons.

    CrossFit: first hero, "DT"

    Well, it's my 4th week (10th time) and we did "DT" today. Mind you, the just stretching gets my heart pounding pretty good...

    So DT is supposed to be

    Five rounds for time of:
    155 pound Deadlift, 12 reps
    155 pound Hang power clean, 9 reps
    155 pound Push jerk, 6 reps

    In honor of USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis, 28, who was killed on Feburary, 20 2009 supporting operations in OEF when his vehicle was struck by an IED. Timothy is survived by his wife Megan and one-year old son T.J.

     

    I managed to do 35# at 25 minutes and change. A hell of a lot better than I thought I'd do and I finished, in fact that's the first WOD I've finished so far, and a hero at that! Not bad Ryan, not bad.

    Hands down my best day so far but I'm already feeling it 30 minutes after finishing. Tomorrow should be wonderful, ha! Time for a quick shower and dinner, some tv then hit the rack.

    CrossFit and ExOfficio Men's GiveNGo Boxer Brief 

    So Friday I gave the ExOfficio Men's GiveNGo Boxer Briefs a go... I liked the way they fit a bit better than the Adidas Men's Sport Performance Flex 360 Boxer's but I liked the Adidas fabric a little bit better. Either way they are both quite comfortable for CrossFit and weren't constricting like my normal hanes boxers (and didn't rip).


    Aside from that Friday the WOD was:

    5 Rounds
    Every 2 Minutes Complete
    200m Run
    Then
    AMRAP SA DB Snatch (55/35)
    Rest 1 Minute

    Score = total reps of DB Snatch

    Well, the coach (and I silently) decided I just wasn't up to that yet (hell, the warmup of 5 rounds of: 5 Ring Rows and 1 min hollow rock was enough to leave me miserable) so I just burnt my quads and arms up furiously pedalling, pushing and pulling while everyone else did the WOD... did a few miles and was out of commission for a good 20 minutes after that. It was brutal but I gave it all I could. One day at a time, gotta keep building my heart and lungs up while I drop weight so I can start scaling the WOD every time. I love the folks over at CrossFit 317 I really couldn't do it without the coaches and members motvation.

    CrossFit tonight... Ryan sad.

    Well, tonight was a disaster for me. The WOD was hand-stand push-ups, pistols, pull-ups. Even scaling I never even made it to pull-ups via rings. I had to do hand-stand push-ups from my knees, at 307lbs even those were very difficult... 5 done in 45 seconds or so. At 307lbs I was doing pistols via a band, went down onto it... not enough resistance "hello floor, butt calling"... so I admit defeat and walk to the coach, he gets a box... box is too low, I can't do it... we stand the box on one end ok I only have to get down 3 inches. In the allotted time for the WOD I managed to do ONE to the box without falling on my other leg or falling onto the box. ONE... even then my shins were screaming at me (and are absurdly tender to the touch now in a 2 inch diameter area... seriously, I've been kicked in the shins without shin-guards in soccer and they weren't this tender). My hands never even touched a ring for a pull up tonight.

    Frustrating and humiliating (I don't care what others thought, if I was the only one in the room I still would have been humiliated) don't begin to describe how I felt. I know, I know it'll get easier... I'll lose weight and strengthen/add muscle... that doesn't change the fact I let myself get this heavy and this out of shape. Yeah, the stuff is hard but even SCALED I can barely do it. It's just pathetic. I'll keep going back, not only will I do them scaled but I will do them unassisted but that doesn't change the fact I'm frustrated, sad and just downright disappointed in myself. Tonight was very humbling, but I can't dwell on my failure only look forward to my success in the future.

    Now, on to underwear... I wore the Adidas Men's Sport Performance Flex 360 Boxer's tonight and while at first they felt odd and were uncomfortable (I've NEVER won boxer briefs) by the time I drove to the box they actually were feeling great. I wish there was a bit more extra fabric in the crotch but aside from that I'm very very satisfied with them, they survived tonight. Friday I'll give the ExOfficio Men's GiveNGo Boxer Brief a shot as I bought them too. Try out a pair if you are unsatisfied with your current underwear for CrossFit or any other athletic activity.

    Fabricating things

    As most of you know I bought a 3D printer and 3D scanner. My goal is to add a fabrication division to Genco Research OR spin off a 2nd Genco company. I plan to buy a CNC wood carver, CNC co2 laser and either a mill or legit CNC machine eventually. If I go route 2 I would entertain the idea of starting a company with a partner or two that wants to make things. We could do prototyping, make cool things to sell on Etsy and to con/cosplay crowds etc. If anyone has a legitimate interest (and can contribute financially) I'm interested in discussing forming a 2nd company together. Individuals with exerpience will move to the front of the line as will those with deep pockets, ha!

    Dave Asprey the Bulletproof Exec

    So some time ago I was attacked in posts. Then last week I had one of my comments (in a thread where someone was ripping apart a blogger that had a poor view on bulletproof coffee making a list of observations like 'find current popular thing, write blog post about thing, make money off ad revenue' to which I replied something like 'claim normal coffee is full of poison, sell magical mycotoxin free cofee beans, make money selling magical mycotoxin free coffee beans' and the using the report abuse freature fan boys began clicking it causing me to be unable to post. I sent an email via the contact form and within an hour or so my viewing and posting priveledges were reinstated.

     

    Yesterday morning someone commented in a year old thread where someone had posted about how they were unhappy with certain changes on the forum, a few more posts occured from fanboys in this thread, the thread was quickly closed by moderators "sorry I dropped the ball on this one". I had comments in this thread mentioning Dave Asprey's elitist attitude always rubbing it in peoples face that he earns a lot of money, his wife earns lots of money, he charges CEO clients lots of money to go on retreats with him etc and then turns around and sells expensive products most people can't afford. I mentioned I thought it would be better if he kept in mind the vast majority of people couldn't afford such things. NOTE that reply of mine was posted when the thread was a day or two old, A YEAR AGO. About a half hour after a moderator closed the thread I couldn't view anything agian like last week, so I again created a ticket. Didn't hear a word for about 30 hours, then this email comes in...

     

    So, I disagree with one of "Almighty god Dave Asprey" a YEAR ago and get banned yesterday. Seriously dude, get over yourself. You aren't always right, people are allowed to disagree with you. I was quite polite and proper in my reply, the reply was also a year ago. Oh, and did I mention one of your moderators called me a 'retard' and 'whiny' when I was personally attacked on the forum by multiple members earlier this year? Really man, get some help or if you really have no clue what's going on via your own forum... look into it.

     

    What CrossFit offers me that gyms do not

    In my life I've been active in soccer, baseball, basketball, Taekwondo, Isshin-Ryu, I've trained with a very-very-very fit individual that's in superb shape, I've trained alone, I've trained with airborne. I've trained with machines, traditional free weights, kettlebells, body-weight, home-made weighs, Indian clubs, medicine balls, buckets full of rocks, sandbags etc. I've never found anything I enjoyed, not even for a second. I've never found anything I even felt satisfied or rewarded doing. Then I started CrossFit.

     

    Lets face it, I'm fat, I'm lazy, I lack motivation and always have. In the past I've always needed good training partners that would come to the house and MAKE me go train to even get to a gym consistently.

    CrossFit gives me a community, people that I challenge myself against and get motivation from both directly & indirectly!

    CrossFit is something I actually look forward to... it has a positive environment, there is encouragement from coaches and members, lots of cheering, lots of good fast paced music, weights slamming down, grunting, people giving it their all. It's a contagious atmosphere!

    It's also very challenging. I hate not being the best at something and I absolutely hate being the last, when I see a bunch of other people smoking me it causes me to push myself (alone I wouldn't). Last night we were doing strict presses before the WOD and I was done, man there was no way in hell I was getting another press done but... I hadn't done as many as we were supposed to and the coach starts barking out 'COME on Ryan' and I'm like "oh screw you, I got this, I got another one in me and I'll show you!" yeah I didn't have it. I pushed and pushed that bar up from my shoulders and didn't even get it eye level before it came back down. The coach keeps barking out encouragement and then a half dozen of my fellow members join in "Come on, you can do it" "don't stop" "come on push push" and what do you know... it got 2 more strict-presses out of me that I was 100% sure I did not have in me. I racked the bar and everyone focused their attention to a guy doing far far more weight than everyone else and guess what, they squeezed a few more out of him too. That community, that genuine positive encouragement from staff & members, that competing against yourself, that is the kind of stuff that is absolutely priceless to a lazy fat man like me. That alone is worth what my box charges.

    Just three short weeks ago I was breathing with difficulty after having simply done warm ups, some high-knees across a room or air-squat side lunges. My first day we did some amraps... I did the first batch of v-ups and then got the wall ball up ONCE and never finished a single v-up or wall ball, yesterday I managed 2 + 7 and would have probably done 3 + ? but I'd experience 2 rips in my underwear and they were fast becoming boa-constrictors around my thighs and bunching up in the back. I'm adapting fast, my resting heart rate is down, I can swiftly walk up a flight of stairs at the movie theater withour breathing hard for 10-15 minutes. Life is great.

    CrossFit is the first time in my life where I actually feel like part of something. I'm part of the team, the team is the members of CrossFit317, people that want to succeed and want to see me succeed just as bad. I might be a hair over 300lbs while I write this post but CrossFit is something I love, it's something I'll be sticking with. It's something I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday... and once I don't feel like a truck hit me on Tuesdays and Thursdays I'll be shooting for 5 days a week. While I HATE country music, Tim McGraw's lyric is exactly how I feel about CrossFit "I like it, I love it, I want more of it"

     

     

    For fear of jinxing myself...

    I won't say CrossFit was easy tonight. I'll say... CrossFit tonight wasn't too bad. I never once felt like I couldn't breathe. Yes I had to pause every couple of spoken words but a hell of a lot better than past 2 weeks. Wall-balls are still the devil but I made considerable improvements over last time. I did however lose my first pair of boxers to catastrophic blowout (no, I didn't poo myself. I ripped them, not just once but at least two different times) however this thread on reddit just happened to pop up two days before this post and had various advice on underwear. I might buy a pair of these Adidas Men's Sport Performance Flex 360 Boxer's and these ExOfficio Men's GiveNGo Boxer Brief for now and see how they hold up, I suppose I can suffer and wear boxer briefs for 3 hours a week.

    Methinks on the morrow my forearms may very we'll be angry at me though... as I'm already feeling fatigue in them. SQUIRE, fetch the alchemist and his oil of magnesium!!!