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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Change You can Believe in

One hundred is something, and anything less than one hundred is change.  I'm going to find 40 pounds of change and squat 440, which is 200 kilos and thus two somethings.

Today I'd like to share this video with the few dozen people scattered about the US who like me believe that true change happens in the state powerlifting record books and that putting political bumper stickers on your car is as stupid as shooting yourself in the head with rubber bullets.

One remembers too that as my good friend Goethe said, "es irrt der Mensch solange er strebt."  The next best thing to squatting 200k is actually not jerking off to campaign ads no matter how homo-erotic, but rather getting crushed under 195.

Like this or like that.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

95,268 Pounds

Yes, I have not written lately.

Sometimes the problem with being an author is the implicit claim of authority, and sometimes I don't think I know anything that hasn't been in the public domain for decades.  I study, I practice, and I learn, but still there is nothing new under the sun.

Usually what's happening when I don't write  is that I'm working hard, and I'm too much of a generally helpful and not profit-motivated guy to make up stories about how supplements and shoes solve everyone's insane lust for a painless and pleasant short cut.

I've finished my first month with the International Million Pound Lifting Association, the brainchild of Defy! CrossFit's Jonathan Sabar.  There are some rules in the Association about what counts towards totalling a million, but I don't know what they are.  I simply count working, not warm up, sets on the Big Four - squat, bench, press, and dead.

In  four weeks I totaled 95,268 pounds.

I don't have much to say other than it seems to be working.