Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Are you FIT for the job?

There are many career's in the world today that encourage you to stay or get into shape.  I recently read an article written by a police officer about the physical condition of cops these days.  I dont even know where to begin.  I am not a cop, I am a trainer.  I dont understand how so many in the field of law enforcement can be so ridiculously lazy.  I have trained some amazing athletes and to see them physically excel and push themselves is incredible.  They do it because they want to train, they want to lose weight, get stronger, just be better.  Chances are that their fitness is not going to be a deciding factor as to if they get to go home and give their kids a goodnight kiss or be able to climb into bed with their wife.  It is not going to determine at the end of the night, whether they get to go home or not.  That is not the case with being a police officer, your life truly depends on your ability to survive and lets face it, fat and lazy is good prey.  In the article it talks about 4 really bad guys that are either cop killers or have assaulted a police officer.  These guys are not your run of the mill gang bangers, they trained and were ready to kill anything that threatened them.  Going up against a class of criminal like that unprepared is not just risky its stupid, and when asked why they attacked to police officers the answer was common among them.  Sized him up and knew I could take him. They all spoke about the officers either being fat, lazy, no commanding presence, and it got those cops assaulted or killed.  What is it that makes, in my experience, police officers so lazy?  Hard times on the job, hours suck, make a decent paycheck and buy toys. Could being in better physical condition have helped these officers?  I think so.  Is it always going to save your life? No, its a dangerous job, but I would rather build my arsenal to the best of my ability.  Dont let your physical weakness be a deciding factor in whether you live or die.  Its like what Mark Riptoe says "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general".  

This is all to common nowadays

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Family, Fitness, and Christ

It has been one week since my birthday binge.... for those of you that think I am talking about drinking you are vastly mistaken... No my binge was on food... I had doughnuts and whatever else sounded good throughout the day from pizza roles to sushi that night for my big birthday dinner.  It was a lot of fun and I had a ton of people there with me to celebrate.  So how have I been doing since then.... Great... got back on the following Monday and not looking back.  I have hit a little plateau now, I am staying in the mid to upper 220s.  No biggie, I am going to up my work load and see what that does for me.  I have a little less then a month, until my 7th wedding anniversary and that will be my next cheat, so lets see what kind of progress I can make till then...

When I started this blog out a long time ago I wanted to make it just for fitness and leave my family and my faith for other things, but I have come to realize that all of these things are part of a bigger picture...LIFE...and in my case they are all very much an integral part of my life effecting one another every step of the way and all improving one another along the way as well.  I love my family more then I know how to express and my fitness is as much for them as it is for me.  With that I have to make sure that I do not let my quest for fitness and success hinder what is more important, my family.  As much as I love my family I love my God more, and just as Christ influences me on how I am with my wife and children I have to let Him influence my fitness as well.    Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God-1 Corinthians 10:31....You see it is not about me, it is about God, even in the gym.  He is the reason that I got my PR or that I survived murph..  The Crossfit Games is on its way with just a few short weeks left to go.  Returning champs will defend their title and other athletes will be fighting for it.  In my region our top 3 men competitors are all Christians and give glory to God when ever they get the chance.  The worlds fittest man has the reference for this verse 14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.- Galatians 6:14,  tattooed down his right side arm pit to hip.  It is how they are showing the world the glory of God... Thank you to Rich Froning, Dan Bailey, and Graham Holmberg amazing athletes and awesome examples.