Currently: On the train to New York and everyone around me is asleep but I kind of feel like doing burpees. I got approximately 2.5 hours of sleep last night and I’m totally cool with that because I came up with a game plan to get Rich and Annie to come to dinner with us FitFlu-awesomes and become best friends. It might be possible to bribe them with steak. We’ll see.
I also realized that being up so early in the morning is amazing for productivity. I answered two whole emails and watched three Jenna Marbles videos on YouTube. Have I ever mentioned that we went to the same high school? Just a few thousand times. School pride. Not ashamed.
I also decided to travel in style today. Because Reebok (the world’s most awesome fitness apparel // gear company in the world, and no they did not ask me to say that) will be supplying my gear for today’s workout with the champs INCLUDING shoes (I love shoes), I’m all dolled up in Sperry’s, thrift store J Crew (!!!) shorts (which I purchased for 4 whole dollars), and a raspberry shirt that just generally makes me happy. Therefore, I didn’t pack any other workout shoes because I knew whatever Reebok gives me would be the best. My feet will be walking on pillows.
Since I’ll be doing some serious bonding (Annie will teach me how to do a muscle-up, according to Jess), let’s have a look at the champs and how awesome they are. Up first, Annie Thorisdottir, because she’s Icelandic and it’s only right that ladies go first.
This woman is a beast in the most literal and serious sense. I watch her work out and I think to myself, this person could probably carry me from America to Beijing (across the ocean and everything) without getting tired. She’s also seriously cool. I love her philosophy about CrossFit, that it’s a lifestyle and it’s play. What’s the point of exercising if you want to hit your head against a wall the whole time? In Iceland, herself and the other athletes take the lifestyle as something that is fun and serves you in all areas of life, as it should be.
Stats: 253 lb. back squat, 205 lb. clean and jerk, 156 lb. snatch, 364 lb. deadlift, 2:37 Fran. She kinda beat me.
Next up, Rich Froning Jr. I like saying the “Jr.” at the end.
I watched a documentary that I randomly found on YouTube (what a fortunate accident that was), that went through a day in the life of Rich and his training buddy, Dan Bailey (who is equally as awesome and broke a world record at regionals — baller). What I liked most about the video was that Rich is just funny. Him and Dan banter back and forth and have small competitions with each other like teenage boys on the football team. Not to say that they act like teenagers, but at least they let out their childlike selves.
Plus, Rich is also a serious beast. He can just lift and lift and lift. And do walking handstands and lift and lift and lift. It’s never-ending and it’s awesome. Plus he’s so humble. One thing I admire in athletes is their humility. The money he won from the Games in 2011 he used to buy a house. I respect that a lot more than the guy who would buy a Lamborghini with the same money.
Stats: 70 pull-ups max (in a row. ONE WORD: respect.), 325 lb clean and jerk, 270 lb snatch, 525 lb deadlift (let’s talk about how that’s half a ton.), 425 lb. back squat, and 2:17 Fran. Again, the champs sorta beat me.
The coolest part about both of these athletes? Yes that they will be hanging with me today, that’s a given. But also that neither of them subscribe to any kind of “diet”. Both athletes eat whole, real foods, but neither of them are paleo, vegetarian, raw, or eat protein powder or nails for breakfast. They just eat real foods. They have both been champions two years in a row, which is proof (at least to me) that being strict in any diet isn’t necessarily the right path for everyone, but eating real, whole foods as close to nature as possible, is the way to go. If you’d like to argue with me, I would like to see you try and beat Rich Froning in any workout.
That’s what I thought.
Who are your favorite athletes and why?
Best (inexpensive!) healthy eats in Manhattan?
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