CrossFit Veritas is proud to announce our 2013 CrossFit Kids / Teens program! Our summer program will start on June 3 and finish up on July 26. CrossFit Teens will meet M-TH from 9:15 to 10:15am and CrossFit Kids will be M-TH from 10:15-11:00am. For more information contact our CFK coach, Shanna Gough.
The Ten Things That Happen When You Begin CrossFit
by Joshua M Brown - The Reformed Broker
This week marks three months since I began the most intense workout regimen of my entire life, CrossFit.
What led to me beginning CrossFit was a realization that, if left to my own devices, I would never push myself hard enough to truly make the changes I needed to in order to get in shape. Occasional jogs and going through the chest-and-biceps motions of a traditional gym simply weren't going to get it done. I also knew that there was no shot that I'd be able to stick to a diet if it didn't coincide with something more offensive, like physical training of some sort that demanded I take in more nutrients and less garbage.
And so on July 21st, at 258 pounds and sick of seeing my giant moon-face on TV everyday, I walked into the CrossFit Lighthouse in Wantagh, Long Island and submitted to a long-overdue comeuppance. I marched my Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man-frame into a firefight I wasn't truly prepared for. It's 90 days later and I still have a long way to go to get back to the old me. But I'm happy to report that for the first time in years I feel like I'm back in control and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Every day I get closer.
For those who are thinking about trying CrossFit and rewriting their own futures, below are the first ten things that will happen.
1. You will find out how truly out of shape you are. It is likely that your first few sessions at a CrossFit gym will consist of stretching and basic instruction. You will likely sweat like a pig and require numerous breaks to catch your breath even during this relatively easy phase. This is because you are engaging and stretching muscles that have been dormant for years. You will also be sucking at the air for every molecule of oxygen you can get. It will be a week or two before your lungs are really open, prepare to gasp like a newborn taking its very first breath.
2. You will realize how fat you and other regular people are compared to real athletes. This is because your certified instructors will have the physiques of comic book superheroes. You will weigh 40% more than them but they will be somewhere between 50 and 150% stronger than you. It will make no sense that such "little" guys and girls are that much more powerful than you; it'll be rather disorienting, especially if you're a big guy like me who thought he was "strong" walking in. The instructors are not huge or freakishly jacked like traditional body builders, but I wouldn't want to bet against them in any contests of strength. The idea is to be able to lift heavy weights but in as efficient a manner as possible, and then to be able to run a mile while the old school body builder huffs and puffs behind you. And you, big guy, are not strong. You are fat and incidentally may be able to lift some weight up. You will learn about real strength very soon.
The 2013 South Central Regionals are this weekend in San Antonio. To follow all of the action check out http://games.crossfit.com/region/south-central.
by Kari Walker - CrossFit Games
There’s a saying that you are only as old as you feel.
For South Central Regional competitor Jeff Prejean, age ain’t nothing, but a number. At 38, Prejean will be the oldest competitor at the South Central Regional this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. He’s once again proving he can hold his own against athletes 10 to 15 years his junior.
“I don’t look at myself as older. I look at myself as a CrossFitter,” he says.
Prejean finished 38th at the 2012 Regional and spent the past year training to hopefully improve his placing. He mapped everything out, knowing he could do better.
“Sticking to the training plan the entire year has paid me dividends,” Prejean says.
He programs for himself, but mixes in programming from CJ Martin (CrossFit Invictus) and Ben Bergeron (CrossFit New England), as well as Catalyst Athletics for Olympic lifting help. Prejean says he also checks in with William Albritton of CrossFit Alexandria to help him stay on track.
“I feel like I’ve spent more time on my weaknesses,” he says. “They are still not my strengths, but I’m improving.”
Spending a lot of time on the road means Prejean is always looking for a a box away from home. He is thankful area affiliates have shown him Southern hospitality by allowing him to come in and do his own programs as needed.
Competing in local area competitions has been helpful for Prejean’s training, as well as confidence. Recently, he finished 18th at a local competition in Austin, Texas.
“Anytime I can be competitive with Regional-level athletes, I’m satisfied with my performance,” he says.
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