Posted: March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
“I’ve been wanting to write this up in gratitude to Kinnick’s programming. I felt compelled to sit down and do it after hitting a huge pr for me today. One of those fist pump, yell, lots of emotion type prs.
I started with Jeremy’s programming about 10 months ago. I had been crossfitting about 2 years at that time and had reached some stagnation with my training. My lifts weren’t really improving, my benchmarks weren’t getting any faster. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy at a Tony Blauer seminar and introduced myself to him after recognizing his “competitor” shorts. I kept following him on social networking and admired him. I got in touch with him and initially started with meal plans. He helped me greatly in regards to my nutrition, then we really turned it on when I had him start programming my workouts.
When we started I had hit a 315 back squat 2 times, and that was planning it for a couple days in advance and laying everything I had for that one rep. Today I put 345# on my back for the first time and hit a fairly easy double.
In a the last 6 months I’ve taken a 3:47 Fran to a 3:08 (sub 3 next!) added 20# to my power clean and power snatch, 30# to my back squat, 15# to my strict press. Taken my grace from 5:40 ish to 3:08 also. Got to a 8:01 Helen from 8:40 and really a slew of other prs! Lets just say everything has gotten better then it was, and that has all been after I thought I was pretty much done improving much after crossfitting 2 years! It has really reignited my fire and given me confidence that I have leaps and bounds to improve still.” ~ Aaron Martinez
Thanks for the kind words Aaron! Its been a pleasure seeing you grow as an athlete and a person! As you have learned over the past, almost year, its about gradual and steady improvements. If you are trying to be really good tomorrow or next week its not going to work. Everyday you have to work towards a bigger picture and bigger goals. But you have to be in the moment and do what needs to be done not what you want to do. Lets be real. Hitting PR’s is fun. But sometimes working that technique or skill gets old and mundane but hard, consistent, and correct work pays off huge dividends. Nose down and go bro!
Posted: March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
**Photo taken by Sailor Schifferli @ the 2012 OC Throwdown.
**Picture above from left to right: Clayton Andrew Kinnick, Jeremy Andrew Kinnick, & Carson Lee Kinnick
In Crossfit we get caught up in the competitive side and try to beat others or get the top score. I think this is a huge part of getting better. I am in no way saying this is a bad thing. Its a good way to keep you working hard but the reality is that just doesn’t matter that much. I don’t think the goal for 99.999999999% (this percentage is merely a guestimate) should be to be the best in the world or region or even your gym. Rather it should be to be YOUR best. Less focus on what others are doing and more focus on what you are doing. This kind of goes along with my previous Blog “Win Everyday“. Again its merely a mindset shift. Looking at what others are getting can unleash possibilities. Like seeing someone of similar strength or speed accomplishing something you never thought possible allows your brain to realize that the feat is possible. Once its possible you have a chance. Once you believe you can do it you now have a chance of actually doing it. But at the end of the day you should do everything you can to be the best YOU possible. I challenge you to try to reach and surpass your genetic potential. Failing only means you are challenging yourself. So fail and fail frequently. See what YOU can become. Oh and be sure to spread as much BUTTER as possible as often as possible!!! #kinnickbutternation…
Posted: March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: #kinnickbutternation, Blauer Tactical, butter, Crossfit, Crossfit Defense, crossfit kinnick, kinnick butter, reebok crossfit one, Spear, Tony Blauer
**Photo taken at Reebok Crossfit One in Canton, MA the day before the Crossfit Defense Specialty Course with Tony Blauer.
**Pictured on the left is Tony Blauer.
“Win everyday” ~ Me. Enjoy the journey. Embrace the struggle. Endure the pain. Reap the rewards. Something I have been saying lately is rather than getting overwhelmed with thinking about all the future goals or plans that you have rather try focusing on today. Focus on what needs to be accomplished for you to take one step closer to that end goal. Having a direction you are heading is important but if you are not taking the steps forward daily you will not reach your goals. Its fairly simple and merely a shift in focus. Win today and do that consistently and before you know it you will be on your way to spreading much BUTTER!!! #kinnickbutternation…please pass the BUTTER!!
Here is a great picture of my family. This is right after completing 13.2 for the OPEN at Crossfit Kinnick. It was so incredible to be destroying myself in the workout and be able to see out of the corner of my eye my wife and boys watching me and supporting me. Knowing that they get to see me practice what I preach daily is such a huge blessing. They are so beautiful and just completely INCREDIBLE! Love you guys.
Posted: March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: #kinnickbutternation #myfamily #myloves
If you haven’t heard it before I am known for my reference to all things BUTTER. Its not because I am a huge fan of BUTTER per say but rather because I like to change the mindset of things that are tough or challenging and call them BUTTER or essentially say they are easy like BUTTER. This has morphed and evolved into an very rare and special form of BUTTER known as KINNICKBUTTER which then when added to a large group of Crossfitters has turned into the #kinnickbutternation…please pass the BUTTER!! So naturally one of my best or favorite movements is the Butterfly pull up and coincidentally I have created a different and what I believe to be a more effective approach to learning the Butterfly Pull up. When done properly and based on the pre-requisites that I set forth in the video is a very safe and effective way to get more work done in less time. Some of you may have seen this video but I thought with the OPEN only a couple days away you might as well get started learning and then mastering the Butterfly kipping pull up because we all know there will be pull ups in the OPEN! After watching the video and immediately learning the Butterfly kipping pull up please post up your video with your new PR. Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy! And make sure you all sign up for the OPEN! www.games.crossfit.com
Posted: March 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
Above: August 2012 – Below: February 22, 2013
“Hey… My name is Michelle Carrasco and I’m 21 years old. Since I can remember I’ve always
been overweight: from elementary school to high school. My sophomore year in high school I
made a change to be healthier and lose some weight. I managed to lose 40 pounds and I was
comfortable. I wasn’t the happiest but I was okay. I still had that voice in my head telling
me “you’re still the fat girl.” I don’t think it ever went away actually. After I graduated high
school in 2009, I started letting myself go. I got a full time job and went to college full time. I
was eating fast food religiously and got lazy to get a workout in. I was making excuses for
myself… “I’ll just start next Monday.” “One bad meal won’t hurt.” “I’m too tired to work
out.”… These were many of my excuses. I tried all the “diets” out there. I tried weight watchers,
failed. I did weight loss pills, they worked for a 15 pound weight loss then I would gain it back
within a week. I did no carbs and sugars for a month then binged and gained it all back. I even
tried nutri system and failed. I felt like such a failure. I turned to food for my comfort. Going
through drive thrus and eating in my car so no one would see me. I always was wearing black
clothes because supposedly it made you look thinner, lol. I always wore a jacket as if that would
cover my body too. I would just look at myself in the mirror and I would feel so disappointed in
myself. There were times I would just cry. I was not happy for a very long time. I was just
breezing through life and not living my youth. I would see my friends go out on the weekends
and made excuses to not go out with them. I didn’t want to get dressed up because I did not
feel pretty, let alone have any clothes to wear out. I got introduced to CrossFit a couple years
ago but I wasn’t fully committed because I found an excuse for it. “I was just too busy with
work and school.” I would go to the box and get a workout in but then eat garbage! My weight
didn’t go down. As a matter of fact from January 2012 – August 2012 I managed to pack on
50lbs from eating out EVERYDAY! I remember watching YouTube videos of people’s CrossFit
and weight loss transformation videos and saying I want to be that person. I am going to be
that person. I remember the day, clearly, when I wanted to change my life. It was sometime in
October 2012, the day I saw pictures from my brother’s wedding in August 2012. I couldn’t
believe how big I was. I cried for hours! Something had to change! I reached out to Jeremy to
reactivate my CrossFit membership again in November 2012. Since then, I’ve been sticking to a
STRICT Paleo lifestyle and I CrossFit 5+ days a week now. Today is February 25, 2013 and I’ve
managed to lose 64lbs so far in a matter of 3 1/2 months. My whole outlook on life has made a
360 degree turn. I am beyond happy again and it shows. I am only halfway to my “goal weight.”
I am very observant of what I am feeding my body. It is crazy seeing my body change week after
week and to see myself improving at the box. I’m running again and I’m lifting too. I’ve
motivated so many of my friends and myself every day. I never thought I would be that girl
motivating people to lose weight and get healthy when just 3 months ago I was that person
looking for an inspiration. YOU are your own inspiration and motivation. YOU have to want it
and YOU have to work for it. It isn’t easy but it is worth it. I find myself getting mad at myself
for missing a workout now, lol. I never have a “cheat meal.” I don’t find it worth it to trash my
body after fueling it with healthy food. I’m beyond dedicated to this lifestyle change. I want to
share with everyone that anything is possible if you put the effort into it. Thanks Jeremy for
believing in me, thanks to all the CrossFit Kinnick Trainers for all your help and the extra push
and to the amazing people at CFK I have met for the support and encouragement. And most
importantly, myself for believing I can do it. I’m halfway there… I am NEVER turning back into
that girl that was just coasting thru life and not living.”
I really don’t know what to say after reading that. Michelle is such a wonderful person to have at the box. She is always smiling and doing her best. So happy and proud of her for all that she has done and all that she will continue to do! This is just the beginning. Mark my words she will be crushing kipping pull ups in no time! NO LIMITS Michelle! Thank you so much for sharing those inner thoughts. I know it moved me and brought me to tears thinking about that struggle and relating to the struggles that I have had with weight and eating in the past. Its not easy and you can’t do it until you decide to make a change. Its is your choice and no one else’s. #kinnickbutternation!!
Posted: February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
Meet #kinnickbutternation athlete, Kevin Penner. Just a normal 44 year old guy CRUSHING people half his age in the box! Kevin initially contacted me about programming endurance work for him. He is a very strong dude but lacked that capacity and he needed some help. I have known Kevin for years as we are both southern california box owners. I was happy to work with him and help him reach his goals. Read below to see what he has to say.
“I’ve been CrossFitting for about 6 years. And I’ve been an affiliate owner for 5 of those years. I’ve always been strong. And endurance training was never my favorite. I’m 44 years old and love to compete. But my strength only got me so far. Owning/running an affiliate while trying to keep up with my own training began to become an almost impossible task for me. I realized if I wanted to be a better competitor and athlete I needed a coach. Much like my clients. Since Jeremy has been programing and coaching me I’ve PR’d on almost everything and I’m stronger then I’ve ever been. My main reason for coming to Jeremy was to improve my endurance. Of course I thought with gains in my endurance I would lose some strengths. The opposite has happened. Recently I took 2nd place overall at the NLI Powerlifting Meet in a room full of 20 and 30 year olds. If your thinking you need to up your game or just learn how to balance yourself. Get on board. WORK YOUR WEAKNESS!!!”
Thank so much for the kind words Kevin! Its been a pleasure working with you and seeing you improve! Keep up the hard consistent work and you will continue to crush all of your numbers! If anyone is interested in programming or nutritional advice and would like to join the #kinnickbutternation please shoot me an email Jeremy@Crossfitkinnick.com
Posted: February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
Part of what I love about Crossfit is being able to give back. When my brother and I started Crossfitting in my 3-car garage in March of 2007, Crossfit was still very new and the first Crossfit Games had yet to take place. My reason for starting Crossfit had nothing do with competition or the Games. It had so much more to do with losing weight, feeling better, and enjoying life. Since we started when we did and because of the success we have had it has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to give back. Like I have done in the past I would like to open myself up for questions. I am an open book and welcome any and all questions. From what is BUTTER & the #kinnickbutternation to how I balance/juggle my daily responsibilities to how I keep my mind clear under the pressure of competition. I will do my best to answer all of your questions to the best of my ability. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity. To be able to help so many people change their lives in the same manner that I have is such a blessing and honor.
**Thank you Paul A. Smith for capturing such an amazing moment**
Post workout at 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games
Please pass the BUTTER! Join the #kinnickbutternation! If you’re interested in Nutrition Guidance and/or Personalized Programming shoot me a message at Jeremy@CrossfitKinnick.com for details.
Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
What is Hope for Kenya?
“CrossFit Inc. is committed to making people’s lives better in the 250 square-mile rural area surrounding Mombasa, Kenya. Education, food, and water are three major needs for the population in this area. Through the efforts of our affiliates, we can help the people of Kenya commit to, and invest in, improving their own conditions. We provide no handouts. By creating realistic, self-sustaining solutions to specific problems, we enable Kenyans to stand strong for generations to come.” (excerpt from hope.crossfit.com)
100% of the donations go directly to Hope for Kenya to build schools, water cisterns, desks and the like. I have joined the cause along with Crossfit HQ to raise money for the Hope for Kenya Initiative.
Please donate by following the link below. Thank you and God Bless.
Visit Hope.Crossfit.Com for additional info.