James can be reached at TwinFreaks CrossFit, where he is an owner and trainer. James coaches barbell lifting classes and CrossFit classes. Contact him by email at james@twinfreakscrossfit.com or by phone at 720-204-2631.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lifting, Legs, & 04:30

It's easy to almost lift.  You watch someone do it and then go through the motions.

It's harder yet to lift correctly.  Aside from being in uncomfortable positions, you have to obsess over annoying technical points.  So now you're uncomfortable, and instead of thinking of finding comfort, you have to push your knees out, or squeeze your shoulder blades together, or flex your butt cheeks.  Then too, if you're doing it right, you have to wonder if perhaps you're going to get crushed.

And when you're thinking in terms of crushing or being crushed, it becomes a matter of attitude.

I won't say that I do it the right way, but rather that my way works for me.  If attitude is teachable, I don't know how to do it.  I try to show it and see what happens.

After waking up way too early, again, today, I checked my e-mail and was elated to find that Mike T. has at least one important aspect of attitude nailed: making shit out of training partners.  Mike sent our group of lifters this picture of me, obviously completely authentic and undoctored in any way.

How he got it, I don't know.  I don't remember it which makes me think it must have been off Sao Paulo about 6 years ago.  Hey, not only was I younger, I was also drinking can after can of Caracu.

So it goes.

What I have to say to Mike is that now when I get out of bed and don't even bother pumping up with an air squat, I look like this:

What you got to say now you sparrow legged no ass bald faced punk?

I train people at 4:30 am now.  This automatically leads to correct attitude:

First ever 4:30 am class.


  1. The swimsuit is a good look for you. I think you should coach in that outfit - it might help class attendance.

    ps - stay off the juice.

  2. D-Bol and milk. With all the jack off couch jockies riding Armstrong, I'm under the radar. Actually, Caracu was a good look for me.

  3. You Nailed it Brother! It is quite difficult to teach people "THE BAR" is their enemy! That Zen Shit when your busting your ass don't cut it! I guess Guys like you and I are Lucky! We were born with "The Mean Gene" and know how to turn it on and off like a light switch.