Today would have been my father’s 69th birthday. My father had a lot do with my influence in the health and fitness world. He taught me at a very young age how diet and exercise affected my life. As an athlete I was always dying to get the competitive edge. I always found that the gym and working out seemed to make all of that much easier. My father instilled this in me and showed me how lifting weights and exercise requires discipline. My father first taught me how to front and back squat when I was 12! With an empty 15# barbell. I can still remember crying trying to breath. He also put a baseball bat in my hand at 2 and used to bug me to read books during my summer vacations. My dad always wanted to start his own personal training business or gym. He always had people coming over to the house after work, to workout in our home made garage gym. I literally saw dungeon style, garage gym workouts my entire childhood. It was really neat to see these guys come over, work out, get stronger, get more confident, and like what they saw in the mirror. My dad always reminded me that it was nothing more than hard work.
My pops was an old school lifter. He wasn’t a huge fan of CrossFit and I never really got a chance to fully show him how it could work and how it works for me. He loved lifting and loved changing his routines constantly and looking for new stuff to throw into his routines so that he was constantly doing something fresh. He really knew what he was doing and did it out of love and passion and out of the corner of our garage.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my father. He passed away in March 2011, we opened the gym in September 2011. Today we will do the CrossFit Total, a great lifting workout, in his honor! He would have loved this workout.
Here’s a great article written 10 years ago about this workout, from the annals of the CrossFit Journal….
Shoulder Press (1 Rep Max)
Deadlift (1 Rep Max)