|End of 2010|
When I arrived I began the usual workouts...running...thats it. After a few days I checked out the base gym, pretty small not a lot going on, they had a rower, which was intriguing. A few weeks later I was looking around and found the CrossFit site. After some research I jumped on the message boards and began reading, not just posts but linked studies and athlete blogs, etc. I ordered my copy of Starting Strength and read that thing F2B. After most of the research I concluded that I would not be able to Cardio my ass down to 200#, and that with my build and genetic makeup I had 2 choices, fat or strong. So I took my new-found knowledge and hit the iron. I found out pretty quick how weak I was, but I kept at it. The nice thing about being a being a Noob at lifting is the gains come real fast. I still ran regularly and even completed a series of 5Ks in April. I started running repeats, 5 x 400, 10 x 100, etc.. and became a HUGE fan of rowing. (Still am) By my 30th birthday I had already begun seeing results and the guys I was deployed with noticed as well. My DL had gone from nothing to 335#, most of my strength numbers were getting up to respectable levels. I hit up a 550 lap challenge in the pool and for the first time I was able to hit the beach without a T-shirt. I remember having my first non-farmer tan, it was pretty cool. Sidenote, the beaches in Spain are LEGIT!, I highly recommend Cadiz or Conil de la Frontera.
|Sunset in Cadiz, sittin at a Bar|
By the time I left Spain I was 210 pounds and much fitter (read: better looking) than when I had arrived, My Dead lift was 405# and I was Squatting 245 for 5x3. 42 days later I had to reaccomplish my AF PT test and scored my first excellent score...ever. I continued progress after returning home and became a regular visitor to the base gym here. Ending the year I squatted 315# and pulled 415#, I also bench 210#, but have never really been a regular bencher, which is something I plan to work on in 2012. Here's a quick Before/After to show some progress.
|On the way to the airpot in Jan/Driving in LA in Aug|
Plans for 2012? I'm glad you asked...
In that order, pretty much.
I also plan on making a career change to a new and better job, I've already made my promtion to E6 (another 2011 accomplishment) which opened up opportunities to crosstrain into a new field.