Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Can you have TOO much Caffeine?

Caffeine is #1 with regards to energy and boosting workout potential. With that being said, if you use Caffeine to help you throughout the day, for workouts, and as a social tool can you have TOO much during the day? Technically yes, it could be harmful to your health in VERY large doses.

“It is possible for a person to die from too much caffeine, “but that would mean about 14,000 milligrams, or around 140 8-ounce cups of coffee in one day,”

But let’s be honest here, there isn’t a single one of us drinking 140 8 ounce cups of coffee in one day, that is just unrealistic. However, for some there are still potential side effects to drinking regular coffee:

“Most coffee drinkers are familiar with at least some symptoms of overindulging—nervousness, excitement, insomnia, rambling thoughts… If a patient is depressed and predisposed to panic attacks, for example, caffeine might make the condition worse,”

For most though it seems that there is most likely more positive “side-effects” to caffeine than there is negative. You know your body, so make your decisions based on how it personally makes you feel. Drink up!…or not.


Ready Set Crossfit

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Brad’s gym got a quick write up on a local Detroit blog –  Check out the link – Ready Set Crossfit.

Tosh.O Web Redemption – Weightlifting

Regardless of what you think of Daniel Tosh this segment was pretty damn funny.—weightlifting

Michael Phelps 12,000+cal Diet Challenge

12,000 calories in one day…psshh!! How about 12,000 calories in less than one hour. This beast of a eater takes on all of those calories in just over 42 minutes…amazing!! Could you do this in one day? Thoughts?
“This is the Michael Phelps Diet Challenge. The challenge is to eat what Michael Phelps claimed to have eaten on his days of training for the Olympics in one sitting.
The Challenge consists of….

  • 5 Egg Omlet
  • 3-Fried Egg & Cheese Sandwiches
  • 3 Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • 3 French Toast w/ Powdered Sugar
  • Large (4cups) Oatmeal w/ Blueberries
  • 1+lbs of Pasta w/ Sause
  • 2 Large Ham & Cheese Sandwiches w/ Extra Mayo
  • 1+lbs of Pasta w/ Sause
  • 16″ XL Pepperoni Pizza PLUS
  • Lots (5) Energy Drinks
The whole Diet clocks in at over 12,000 Calories
The Dude can be found here:

Mark Bell – Powerlifting: The Mentality

Just some amazing words from some pretty impressive folks. There is something to be said about taking care of your body however, there is also a reason to do things for yourself that you enjoy because you are only here once…so make it count!!

Beast of the Week: John Cena

Many you know of John Cena from the WWE, some of you may not know of him at all (if you don’t watch TV maybe?!?!). At any rate, it is obvious to most that he is a big dude and some may think those muscles are purely for show based on what he does for his career (entertainment). I was actually really impressed when I stumbled upon John Cena’s workout videos online which included lifts like heavy cleans, deads, and squats. The man is really strong and works super hard in the gym. For the reasons above, John Cena is this weeks Beast of the Week. Keep doing your thing in the gym big guy.


One and Done.

So the CrossFit Games Open is in full swing. We are two weeks in, and just about every CrossFitter in the world is getting a taste. The seasoned ones are losing sleep, skin, and their minds over every last rep, while the newbies are walking in to the gym for their normal workout, and getting walloped with workouts and movements they may have never done before. The great thing about this Open is it brings the entire CrossFit community together. Seasoned vets helping newer athletes, newer athletes learning more about the “sport” of Crossfit, and the entire gym coming together as one.

During the Open, athletes have five days to complete a specific workout. Over these five days, athletes can choose to do the workout as many times as they wish, and submit the best score they achieve. This gives the athletes a chance to feel the workout, adapt, and make changes to better their score. This is a huge bonus for those athletes looking to qualify for the CrossFit Games as individual or team athletes, as they can rectify their mistakes and misjudgments. But is this true CrossFit?

In competition, athletes get ONE CHANCE to do the workout. That means each athlete needs to have an uncanny ability to figure out the workout on the fly, and know EXACTLY what they are capable of. Part of that capability is the willingness to take themselves to that dark and scary pain cave that all CrossFitters know and love to hate. If an athlete can approach the workout, finish it with nothing left on the table, and be completely satisfied and confident with their results, THAT is CrossFit. That to me is true fitness. And WOW is that hard to do.

This is why we see such different leaderboards between the Open and Regionals/Games. No name athletes top the leader boards during the Open, and when we get to Regionals, they are no where to be found.

We are in the middle of the Open now, so making any adjustments at this point doesn’t make sense. Maintain your focus and strategy for the next three weeks. But as we finish up and move back to normal training, think about the One and Done mentality. Think about leaving EVERYTHING on the gym floor every workout. Make an effort to understand your capabilities and mental game. Use this knowledge and understanding to help yourself make the on the fly adjustments during a workout to get everything out of it you can. Leave the gym knowing you literally did everything you could do. It will be extremely satisfying and fulfulling, and you’ll be a better CrossFitter than when you walked in.

Here is a really good perspective on this from my old coach Casey Parlet of CrossFit 760 –


Is Paleo Right or Accurate?

The No BullShit Male

The Paleo diet is predicated on the assumption that ten thousand years is an insufficient amount of time for the human being to adapt to eating foods like grains, legumes, and dairy. This assumption is based on another assumption; that evolution through mutation is a linear predictable process and that all of us are the same and there is no room for deviation or exception from this blanket categorization of humanity. I think many biologists would disagree. I also think many anthropologists might take issue with this assumption. Homo sapiens are if nothing else a species noted for its ability to adapt and overcome. we are also a species noted for its wondrous variety and depth of characteristics.

Look at the fact, that many of us with Northern European descent can not only tolerate milk into adulthood but thrive on it. Our bodies easily digest lactose and break down casein…

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The CrossFit Games Open, Goals, and Life.

CrossFit Games 2014

So the CrossFit “Season” is upon us.  And just like tens of thousands of other CrossFitters, I signed up for the CrossFit Games Open last week.  For the non-CrossFitter, the Open is a worldwide CrossFit Games qualifier held over five weeks.  CrossFit HQ releases one qualifying workout a week, where the participants have five days to complete the workout and submit their score.  The top 48 men and women, and top 30 teams in each region move on to Regionals (semi-finals).  From there, the top three men, women, and teams in each region move on to the Games.  If you’re active in the fitness world and don’t know what the CrossFit Games is, you’ve definitely have been living under a rock (hopefully one you’ve been lifting)

CrossFit has done something special with the Open – They have created a worldwide playing field in which to test your fitness.  You can see how you stack up against Rich Froning, Samantha Briggs, your rival CrossFit partner, or anyone who’s part of the open for that matter.  They have created an event that will push most people to a physical and mental place they have never been…probably five different times over the five week event.  They have given CrossFitters a medium in which to workout on the same playing field as their heroes.  And they have given the entire CrossFit world a continued motivation and a goal to shoot for every year.  It really is pretty amazing.

If your gym (box) is like mine, everyone’s palms are already sweating in anticipation.  For the competitors, this is what many of us have worked towards all year.  For the other 90% of the gym, this is something they can get excited about and have fun participating in.  It really brings the entire gym together.  It also opens the eyes of new CrossFitters to the sport of “CrossFit”.

I’m particularly excited for my gym, CrossFit Deviate.  Last year we were only about six months old and placed 34th in the Open, four places out of a free ticket to Regionals.  Heartbroken, but not discouraged, I watched every athlete pour their blood, sweat, tears, and dedication into their training all year, and I am 100% confident we will be one of 30 teams at the Central East Regionals later this year.  In addition to the team, we have a handful of individual competitors that will more than likely qualify as an individual (this is elite shit we are talking about here), including our coach, and my friend, Torey Throop, who will give the top ten in the Central East a run for their money.  It’s going to be an exciting season for our little world of fitness in Rochester, MI.

Our team will consist of six individuals, three men, and three women.  More than likely the team will be chosen based on each individual’s performance in the Open.  As for me…I would do anything to be a part of the team.  I live and breath the sport of CrossFit, as well as my gym, my second family and home, CrossFit Deviate.  I have a good shot, but as hard as I train, my day job makes being the best CrossFitter I can be somewhat difficult.  Months of traveling only hinder my progress, and it just so happens that I’m traveling the entire five weeks of the Open this year.  Great.  As long as I have this job (which I love, by the way), maintaining the high level of skill, strength, and conditioning needed to be a regional team contender is going to take a truck-load of discipline, focus, and motivation.  Is it doable?  Yes.  Would it be much easier if I didn’t travel?  Of course.  It’s hard not to make excuses.

Which brings me to the point of this post – Life.  99% of us have lives that need our attention.  Kids, family, jobs, health…you name it.  Anything can set us back or cause us to lose focus.  The great news is, it’s OK.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  Don’t get frustrated if you miss a day, week, pound, lift…We all have bad days.  More often than not, we can learn a lot from that bad day!  Just keep your eye on the ball, keep moving forward, don’t make excuses, be grateful you’re able to workout, and you will no doubt achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself.

Feel free to share them below!

PS: Write your goals down and look at them everyday!  SERIOUSLY!

Strength: An Endangered Species – Joe Amberlock (Orlandi)


Another gem of an article from the boys at Elite FTS. There is a serious takeaway from these words below, read closely, take notes, and get strong.

“DEFINITION: A species whose numbers are so small that the species is at risk of extinction.

There was once a time when strength ran supreme. It was the quality by which a person could be measured and judged. It was idolized and worshiped by those who coined sayings of its prominence, “Only the strong shall survive.” Without this trait there was no progress, no honor, no life. The physically strong were admired and looked to for guidance, protection, and inspiration. Civilizations were built by the strong and then torn down and burned to ashes by the stronger.

However, this time has long passed us by and physical strength is endangered. This regression did not happen overnight, rather it was a slow and gradual disease taking hold over centuries. For a long time, this trait and its followers were oblivious of the gradual decay that was taking place. They were unaware that they were slowly being hunted.

Centuries ago, we could not survive without strength. Our great ancestors knew this and placed the highest value on its development. Today, strength is treated as an outcast—unvalued and left to die. The pursuit of it is now looked upon as trite or moronic, a waste of time and energy. How easily people have forgotten what this trait has done for us. It was what kept us alive during the hunt, what protected us against enemies, what gave us confidence during turmoil. It was the primary catalyst in our progress, and we have forgotten and neglected it as if it were a stranger.

The days of hunting for our next meal and protecting our families against deadly wildlife are in the past; however, the value of physical strength remains the same. A quality so important to humanity that it cannot just vanish and be forgotten…although, there are some who wish it were that way. With every infomercial that sells the next fitness gadget, and with every workout video that claims to have reinvented the wheel, we stray further from it. The quest for strength was once pure, but now it is littered with “experts” who care nothing for its development or preservation, who only desire to piggyback off of it to make a profit. Poachers claim that the pursuit of this quality can harm us. They claim that what once kept us safe and healthy is now un-safe and detrimental.

The path to strength is more than physical, it as an all-encompassing quality. Strength is the skeleton key, opening doors that were previously locked. It teaches the values of courage, patience, and perseverance. There are still many who genuinely respect the quality of strength and all that it has done for us; however, I fear that number is dwindling.

So for those of you reading this, I ask that every time you train, you respect this trait and its qualities. When you speak of it, let your words be true and in favor of its prosper. When you see injustice towards it, speak up and defend it.

However, most of all, enjoy the journey towards this trait. Although the road forward can be treacherous, it has been built this way for a reason. Without the hardships, failures, and frustrations this path bears, the unworthy would walk along it freely. Do not stray from this road when forward progress stalls, for strength has always been an elusive trait—broad as day one moment then vanished the next. It is as if strength has developed a defense mechanism, always moving and hiding, cautious and suspicious of the intents of those who walk its road. Do not let this ever defer you from it, for many have walked it genuinely—to arrive with open arms.”