You know how ocassionally you’ll here something on the news about someone who’s taken in a cute little baby tiger, or bear cub, or chimpanze and raised the thing like it was part of the family for years. Then one day “out of nowhere” that adorable thing snaps, and reverts suddenly to its natural instinct and clamps down on his owner’s head onstage in front of an audience, or almost takes a persons head off with a swipe from its paw, or attacks a neighbor friend after a glass of wine and a Xanax, and tries to eat her face?
You know those stories right? Well that’s kind of what Josh DuBose is to me.
After training together for years, with him making steady and impressive gains the whole time, Josh has suddenly turned from a soft and docile winebibber, to a Ferocious musclebound Spider Monkey. His fitness level has absolutely skyrocketed–so much so that it has become a serious threat to my own ego. Let me rephrase that. Josh is in such ridiculous shape right now, that I’ve taken the big sombrero that was my ego, off my head, and set it on fire.
The most responsible thing for me to do would be to take Josh to the Vet and quietly put him to sleep before he ruthlessly kills me or someone else with some metcon workout, while barely causing a hiccup in his own heart rate.The problem is, he’s one of my best friends in the world and those aren’t easy to come by. So what to do?
Here’s what it’s become and why it’s ended up on the KrisFit page.
In a few weeks Josh and I are both getting certified through Crossfit. Unfortunately, with the new year, and a new baby, and me experimenting with Mark Rippetoes Starting Strength principles for the last few months, I find myself in less than desirable Crossfit shape. At the same time, Josh happens to be reaching his own personal, physical zenith. Every week he emails me and lets me know he’s broken a PR (Personal Record), or done something totally ridiculous and previously out of reach for us.
And every week I consider hitting Him in the knee cap with a hammer, to slow him down a little. Just kidding. Kind of.
Because of this renaissance Josh is experiencing, the most interesting thing is happening–aside from continually having to swallow the giant bolus of pride that I’ve been chewing on. What’s happening is, he is unknowingly dragging me with him. I’m way back there behind him, but none the less, when I come across obstacles Josh has already crossed, I know I can cross them too. I’m feeding off his successes. His victories unknowingly enable me. And this enabling is so powerful.
Last week Josh sent me a note that his workout that day was a Crossfit workout called “Nancy”
5 Rounds for time:
15 Overhead Squats (95lbs)
After I nearly fell over, I promptly decided that “Nancy” would be my workout of the day, and I would use that same prescribed weight, despite the fact that my best OH squat, like Josh’, had been one set of 10 reps at 95lbs. And that’s when it happened…
The funny thing is, I didn’t even see Josh do what he said he did. Maybe he lied to me. Maybe there was a catch somewhere. All I know is, I didn’t ask any more questions. I threw that weight on there and I suddenly was 3 times as strong as I had ever been. On the first furious set, I did more than ever before, and felt more confident and sure of the movement than I ever have. I completed all 5 rounds with 95lbs. On my last round, even after all that running, I strung together 8 great reps in a row and could have done more but I lost focus for a second and had to dump the weight. My form broke down at times, and my time was nearly double Josh had done, but the fact is, I did something that I previously would have thought was impossible, had Josh not shown me otherwise.
And all it took was me hearing that it was possible. That is mind blowing to me! Your brain can suddenly say to your body, “You Can!”, and your muscles will respond affirmatively.
That’s it? If that’s all it takes then what else is possible? What else can I do but just haven’t been told I can yet? What can you do tomorrow that seems impossible today?
Keep yourself open to the possibility of a surprise like that. It’s real. You can do more that you think you can. You’re stronger than you know.
March 14th, 2009 by Kristopher | No Comments »