Monday: Ice Ice Baby

Friday here, and it’s time for another accountability check in on my training. Get your Bulletproof Coffee ready (seriously, get it ready), and let’s take a walk down memory lane – that’s what I did.

I haven’t updated my training accountability blogs in a couple of weeks because I was away from the box in Colorado (and Colorado in no way has internet or computer access). I was in Colorado to attend a wedding for my old teammate from the Olympic Training Center, Antony Graf, who coincidentally, is the one who got me into CrossFit in the first place. I had planned on taking Carly around Colorado Springs for a day, and even though she’s competed at the Olympic Training Center herself, I wanted to show her some of the spots I used to frequent and explain the nonsense to some of the stuff we did.

I was making some calls to meet up with old friends, and long story short, I was able to train with the Resident Team at the US Olympic Training Center for Weightlifting. This was a really big honor for me, because I was admitted as a weightlifter there, not a taekwondo athlete. Needless to say, being there for my second sport was kind of mind blowing in the lead up. I’ve always had a huge connection with the OTC and I honestly thought I’d never really train there again.

But…it was also a really big challenge, and one that took me out of my element more than I had been in any sporting event in the last 10 years. When I was fighting, I had been doing it for so long that when I would travel the world I was generally in my element. Not so much this time.

I went to lift with the team, and all the sudden I got really introverted, and if you know me, I’m very comfortable in any gym or working out with anyone. See, there are 2 weight rooms at the OTC in Colorado. The main one – the Sports Performance room, is similar to a fully tricked out college weight room. It has the huge squat racks, the rubber turf, all the different bells and whistles. The weightlifting room on the other hand is bare bones from that perspective…but it has every single thing you need to build an awesome weightlifter. I never got to train in that room, it was the ones where my buddies trained in – you know, our Oly Coach Emmy Vargas trained in that room, along with my friends Casey Burgener, Natalie Burgener, Danica Rue, etc (watch your toes, I’m dropping names). Yup, it can be a ‘little’ intimidating.

I almost didn’t go in, but then I had a flash to every single time I tell someone at High Voltage how important it was to get outside your comfort zone, and that space is where the real changes can begin. It turns out a little taste of your own medicine is good for everyone.

Lifting in the ‘cool’ room at the US Olympic Training Center

The training was fun. The OTC is such a special place, and while I used to take it for granted, it was the first time I took the time to really see how incredible it truly is, and that you never know if you’re going to get to go back.

Then this happened. Yes, that’s also me. Glad to see that I’ve still got it 🙂 Carly told me it wasn’t able to count as my wedding present though.

Friday’s Training:

All Levels CrossFit

Level 1 CrossFit

 A. 4-5 sets

  • 2 x hang squat clean
  • 2 x split jerks
Skill: Med Ball Clean
B. “Nasty Girls”

3 Rounds For Time

  • 50 x squats
  • 7 x muscle ups
  • 10 hang power cleans (135/95)
WOD: “A Little Nasty”
3 Rounds For Time:

  • 50 x air squats
  • 15 x pull ups
  • 15 x push ups
  • 20 x med ball cleans

Friday here, and it’s time for another accountability check in on my training. Get your Bulletproof Coffee ready (seriously, get it ready), and let’s take a walk down memory lane – that’s what I did.

I haven’t updated my training accountability blogs in a couple of weeks because I was away from the box in Colorado (and Colorado in no way has internet or computer access). I was in Colorado to attend a wedding for my old teammate from the Olympic Training Center, Antony Graf, who coincidentally, is the one who got me into CrossFit in the first place. I had planned on taking Carly around Colorado Springs for a day, and even though she’s competed at the Olympic Training Center herself, I wanted to show her some of the spots I used to frequent and explain the nonsense to some of the stuff we did.

I was making some calls to meet up with old friends, and long story short, I was able to train with the Resident Team at the US Olympic Training Center for Weightlifting. This was a really big honor for me, because I was admitted as a weightlifter there, not a taekwondo athlete. Needless to say, being there for my second sport was kind of mind blowing in the lead up. I’ve always had a huge connection with the OTC and I honestly thought I’d never really train there again.

But…it was also a really big challenge, and one that took me out of my element more than I had been in any sporting event in the last 10 years. When I was fighting, I had been doing it for so long that when I would travel the world I was generally in my element. Not so much this time.

I went to lift with the team, and all the sudden I got really introverted, and if you know me, I’m very comfortable in any gym or working out with anyone. See, there are 2 weight rooms at the OTC in Colorado. The main one – the Sports Performance room, is similar to a fully tricked out college weight room. It has the huge squat racks, the rubber turf, all the different bells and whistles. The weightlifting room on the other hand is bare bones from that perspective…but it has every single thing you need to build an awesome weightlifter. I never got to train in that room, it was the ones where my buddies trained in – you know, our Oly Coach Emmy Vargas trained in that room, along with my friends Casey Burgener, Natalie Burgener, Danica Rue, etc (watch your toes, I’m dropping names). Yup, it can be a ‘little’ intimidating.

I almost didn’t go in, but then I had a flash to every single time I tell someone at High Voltage how important it was to get outside your comfort zone, and that space is where the real changes can begin. It turns out a little taste of your own medicine is good for everyone.

Lifting in the ‘cool’ room at the US Olympic Training Center

The training was fun. The OTC is such a special place, and while I used to take it for granted, it was the first time I took the time to really see how incredible it truly is, and that you never know if you’re going to get to go back.

Then this happened. Yes, that’s also me. Glad to see that I’ve still got it 🙂 Carly told me it wasn’t able to count as my wedding present though.

Friday’s Training:

All Levels CrossFit

Level 1 CrossFit

 A. 4-5 sets

  • 2 x hang squat clean
  • 2 x split jerks
Skill: Med Ball Clean
B. “Nasty Girls”

3 Rounds For Time

  • 50 x squats
  • 7 x muscle ups
  • 10 hang power cleans (135/95)
WOD: “A Little Nasty”
3 Rounds For Time:

  • 50 x air squats
  • 15 x pull ups
  • 15 x push ups
  • 20 x med ball cleans

33 Years ago today, the world was rocked. Rocked at the arrival of our very own Tim Thackrey! That’s right, the man with the plan celebrates his birthday today! He’s played a huge role in all of our lives, and a few of us wanted to reflect on our time with Tim!

 

Matt Kloeris:

This past year has been an amazing experience; not only have I had the incredible experience of learning the CrossFit High Voltage business, but I’ve also had the chance to get to know my brother-in-law pretty well. He’s a person who is caring, determined, loving, and (of course) hilarious. Tim always has a smile on his face. He is undoubtably one person I have come to look up to on a daily basis. Of course his strength IS his strength, and his weakness is, well, he has no weaknesses. But that’s beside the point. What I love about Tim is the fact that he always gives 110%. No matter what the task or situation may be, Tim is always there giving it his all. And for that, I am entirely grateful to have such an inspiring figure as our leader of our CrossFit High Voltage Community and brother-in-law. I love you Bro. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and don’t forget “Dessert First.”

Joshua Murillo:

I first heard about CFHV from Kaz. He worked out with me at a previous gym and he was the one who really got me to finally switch over to High Voltage. I met Tim on my second visit to CFHV and he was just a fun-loving guy who had a great sense of humor. I think he sensed the competitive side in me and really fueled the fires, forcing me to step up and become a better overall athlete. Tim and Carly have done quite a bit for me and my career – I’ll never take that for granted. They are extremely fun people to be around, and I have nothing but respect for both of them.

Now it’s my turn, Coach Tyler:

Some of you have known me for a couple years now, and in that time my life completely turned around. I became a powerful coach, grew into the role of Associate, bought a new car, leased a new apartment, and rehabbed an old injury. Tim is the reason I was able to do all of this. He has supported me in my development, inspired me to take risks in my life, and challenged me to grow in my business knowledge. He’s been my mentor, and my success in life is thanks to him and his unwavering support. I want to celebrate Tim on his birthday this year, by asking each of you to reflect on how he has changed your life. And Tim, thank you. Thank you for beleiveing in me. Thank you for pushing me to be the best coach and teammate. Thank you for being my friend.

Monday’s Training:

All Levels CrossFit

Level 1 CrossFit

 Skill: Movement review  Skill: Movement review
WOD: T-Thack Special33 reps of each

  • -Box jumps
  • -Pull-ups
  • -KB swings
  • -Overhead walking lunge
  • -Toes to Bar
  • -Push Press (95/65)
  • -Wall ball 2fers
  • -Burpees
  • -330 Rope passes
WOD:Mini T-Thack Special
33 minute AMRAP
33 reps of each

  • -Box jumps
  • -Ring Rows
  • -KB swings
  • -Walking lunge
  • -Knee Raises
  • -Single arm DB Push Press
  • -Wall ball
  • -Burpees
  • -330 Rope passes