Fitness: 3x5 Across
Add 2.5-5 lbs to last exposure.
Performance: 2x5 Across Followed by a rep out capped at 10
Fight to get at least 5 on your rep out, if not more.
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LBBSQ Wednesday e 6/6
5 Rounds, Each for time of:
Rest about 2:1 between attempts. All out efforts on each.
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compare to 2.5.12
CFSBK Athlete of the Month
If it seems like this is long overdue, it’s because it is. The guy has been over on the platforms pushing and pulling iron with the Strength cyclers for so long that I hadn’t really realized how long he’d been an SBKer. I was very pleased to sit down with David and find out more about him. So pleased, in fact, that I lost my interview notes on purpose and asked him to meet with me a second time. Ok, so that statement is only partly true. SBK, I give you the man known (by David at least) as D-Turn.
Fox - So tell me, again. How and when did you wind up at Crossfit South Brooklyn?
DT - Well I guess that it’s coming up on about three years now, I believe I was in the first Foundations class in the new space at Degraw street in February 2010. It was David and Laurel who coached it. I’d read an article in the New York Times on the Paleo lifestyle and was intrigued. I already was eating kind of that way and believed it made sense and remember thinking that I should also learn how to train my body in a more sensical manner. Crossfit seemed to make evolutionary sense. So an internet search led me to David, and the gym was right nearby. After a few email exchanges with him I signed up for Foundations.
Fox - What had you been doing before Crossfit, fitness-wise, and why did you stay with us?
DT - I’d done Shotokan Karate for a long time and attained a brown belt, but sustained a back injury that made me re-think what I was doing there and why I was getting bruised up on a regular basis. The back injury probably wasn’t from Karate alone. I was travelling a lot for work and had pretty poor posture, but it gave me pause. After that I became a gym regular for a long time. I imagine I was kind of like a farm animal in there, moving from station to station without any feeling about it and no real reason or purpose. Nothing bad was happening but nothing good was happening either. I eventually hit rock bottom when I did Bikram Yoga for a year. It was my year in the fitness wilderness. Not that yoga can’t be great, but it was not good for me as my only fitness routine. I lost any strength I’d had and needed something new. I knew when I signed up for Foundations that I would begin training this way. What I found was technically sound instruction, and a community of generally solid people. That’s worth staying.
Fox - You did classes for a year and then landed in Strength with Coach Jeremy. How’s that process been?
DT - It’s been really amazing. Barbell training makes sense to me. It’s the right tool to use and I have the right coach to teach it. I really enjoy the process, that it’s difficult, and that I get to learn new aspects of the lifts all the time. I did my first cycle in September of 2011 and I remember having struggled with 95 pounds on a back squat not too long before that. My most recent CFTotal I hit a 380 lb squat, a 150 lb press (PR is 165), and a 420 lb deadlift for a 955 lb total. My goal for 2013 is a 1000 lb total. I think that there is virtue in being strong and physically prepared. Obviously I have a strength bias in my physical preparedness but I am happy with the thought that I could protect a loved one by virtue of being strong. I remember a sensei said to me that if someone tried to pick a fight with you take three steps to end it. One, you try to talk your way out of it. Two, you run away. Three, if the person runs after you, you annihilate them because if they’re crazy enough to still keep coming they need to be dealt with. Another part of my goal for 2013 is to incorporate prowler and erg work in my training to develop my conditioning so I don’t have to go from ‘talk’ to ‘annihilate’.
Fox - Virtue in strength. I like that. Tell me a bit about you outside the gym.
DT - I work for the Nielsen Company as a research consultant. Basically I help companies connect data to their needs. I’ve been with them for 9+ years now and find value in my work. In my personal time outside the gym and work, I enjoy traveling with my wife Tracy. We recently visited Ireland which was an amazing trip. Among the highlights was visiting the monument Newgrange and also seeing the imagery throughout the country. Berlin, where I lived for a period in the early 90’s, is next on the list. I want to show Tracy my Berlin. Aside from that I also practice Tibetan buddhist meditation. I work with a group called Nalandabodhi here in New York.
Fox - I haven’t noticed you squatting in orange and red robes. How did you come to meditation and Tibetan buddhism in particular?
DT -After 9/11, I like many, was looking for something. I’m not a native New Yorker, I’m from Oregon, but I felt that event in a profound way. It seemed like there was this great spiritual panic where we all looked for something to turn to. I had read Zen in college and found myself having conversations about it once again and eventually found the writings of Choygum Trungpa. Our group is mostly a bunch of regular folks in practicing together, hence, no robes.
Fox - Alright D-Turn, last question. What should we look for in a future AOM?
DT - I’ve thought about this. I think we should appreciate people who care about themselves and the community at large. Someone who cares about bettering themselves in multiple ways and also does what they can to help others is worth the honor of AOM.
Shotokan: The Art Of War