My Q2 2012 fitness mission

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I typically don’t task myself with a New Year’s resolution, especially given the fact that resolutions are like diets: they always end up being temporary. Like clockwork, the gym is packed for the first one and a half months of the year, with only the regulars continuing to go for the remainder of the year. For this reason, I’m not calling this a resolution; I’m calling it my mission: I am going to get stronger.

I love Crossfit. For those of you who have no idea what Crossfit is, check this out:

I’ve been a member of Crossfit Hoboken since December of 2010 and can say that by July of 2011, I was in the best shape of my life. I was going 3-4 times per week, improved my nutrition (went 80% paleo in January 2011), and was really motivated. Once summer rolled around, I fell off the wagon due to lots of obligations and various excuses, I suddenly stopped going. 

Fast forward to January 2012, I’m back at it and I’ve really re-focused my energies. I am participating in the Crossfit Games Open with the knowledge that I won’t be a Games competitor, but more so to provide myself with the something to strive for. Here was the week 3 Open workout:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes of:
15 Box jumps, 24″ box
115 pound Push press, 12 reps
9 Toes-to-bar 

In performing the workout, my biggest frustration was my inability to complete more than two full rounds (+15 box jumps) in the allotted time due to my lack of strength in performing the push press. The reality of it was that I spent half the workout being pissed off at the fact that I could not physically perform at a sufficient level. It wasn’t that I was winded, it wasn’t that I was hurt, it was that I was too weak. 

Now it’s time to get stronger. I’m posting my numbers for the whole world to see:

My height is 5’11” (approx 180 cm) and my weight as of 2013-03-13 is 162 lbs (approx 73.5 kg). I haven’t done any dedicated strength training since my high school football days, but there is no better time than now. 

I am going to start by doing a version of Crossfit Whole9’s 603 PTP Program. I am going to focus on perfecting technique via volume training and tuning my neurological system to handling weight on a regular basis. Every few weeks I will be testing my maxes to see how things are progressing and will adjust my programming accordingly. I will be doing this in conjunction with Crossfit-type programming to maintain my metabolic capacity (VO2 max, etc). 

Given my newness to weight lifting, if anyone has any pointers or would be willing to help me plan out my programming, it would be greatly appreciated! Just leave a comment below.

My Side Mission

I nearly drowned as a child and never learned to swim. I started taking lessons in February 2012 (thanks to my fiance, Shana). I am going to be supplementing my weightlifting and Crossfit training with regular swimming in order to improve my comfort in the water. Who knows, if I get good enough, maybe I’ll even consider doing a sprint triathlon or two!

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Richard Taveras

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