I had a lot to prove my first day of college in the weight room. We were establishing maximum weights in the back squat and deadlift. I had worked out extensively everyday for the past four years. A strong feeling of confusion circulated the room when I could not exceed 225 lbs in the deadlift or 165 lbs in a (partial) back squat.
Fellow track athletes who prior had never touched a barbell were lifting nearly double the weight I was able to. Those individuals came from families of collegiate and professional athletes. I was the first ever collegiate athlete in my family by means of sneaking my way in. I was mediocre at an event very few participated in (pole vault), sufficient to let me on the team.
That was the day my aspirations to become an Olympic athlete began to fade. I was mentally maturing and realized there were much greater forces in determining athletic prowess than the amount or way a person trained. Not forces but rather codes, genetic codes. It was never written for me to be a competitive athlete. My determination for dominance in elite level sports was destined for failure the day I developed it.
I was talented and moderately intelligent so I had the opportunity for success in arenas outside of competitive athletics. Although, after a few months of uncommitted endeavors I realized I had no business elsewhere. My fitness training, nutritional regimen, and athletic research took priority to each subsequent venture, which was the majority of my waking hours. Despite the desperate cries of my rational, the insurmountable desire for athletic supremacy was embedded in my nature. I had no choice but to pursue my dream in face of failure.
Without the ability to rewrite my genetic code it was necessary to perfect every variable with any contribution to athletic performance. I became a slave to research and experimentation. I subjected myself to the entire spectrum of fitness practices and nutritional recommendations for extended periods of time. There was everything to gain and nothing to lose besides my sub 200 lb partial squat. I went from five exhaustive daily workouts to a bi-monthly lifting session at low percentage based exertions. From seven wildly colorful daily meals to one meal every three days consisting solely of raw meat. I endured immense physical and mental pain through unusual practices for sake of outlasting dietary and exercise transitional periods. The trials were recorded and adjusted in conjunction with the successes of others to slowly construct the optimal program.
Eight years later I have a 450 lb back squat and 550 lb deadlift. I can perform over 40 consecutive pull ups and run a mile under 6 minutes. I have a plethora of top finishes in CrossFit, Strongman, and Powerlifting. I am beating people who should be destroying me in competition. My flawless diet and training has provided me a small taste of the athletic elitism I obsess my life for.
I will never make substantial money with my physical abilities. Despite my relentless efforts the overpowering determinate for athleticism remains bloodline.With this understanding I have not completely wasted the last decade of my life. I now have one of the most powerful tools in the health and fitness industry.Possessing the most minimal genetic capacity for athleticism, I imagined the effects of my programming for someone with even slightly more. I adopted others onto my training regimen and the results were phenomenal. I now have 120 lb female teenagers who can outperform grown men in any athletic feat.
If your trainer does not wake up at 2am and drive to the gym to test out a sequence of exercises he just dreamt of, you need to question his ability to program. We have a term in my industry for people whose every thought does not revolve around programming. We call them “any asshole” because any asshole can put together a sequence of movements, slap a time domain on it, and call it a productive workout. For me fitness is more than making people sweat. It is a science and an art form perfected only by the most passionate. If I can not lead every individual to maximize their genetic potential under my prescription then I have failed my greatest ambition. Members at GrassFed CrossFit are not viewed as clients but rather the most important part of my life.