Good morning, Vale Tudo readers.
I’m off to CrossFit (rowing, chest to bar, and front rack lunges on today’s white board). What are you training today? I’m not an expert in much of anything, but enjoy writing about the journey. In that spirit, any questions on anything from mountains to MMA, CrossFit, trail running, etc?
How'd you pick your coach for extra strength training and conditioning? Were there certain criteria you were looking for? Did you meet with a few coaches before deciding on the one you use now?
Who/where do you get direction for your various therapy/bloodwork/etc? Are you working with any integrative health people, or sorting this out on your own?
What's your sleep discipline like? I found a massive change in my energy levels when I started to practice proper sleep hygiene: quieting my mind, winding down the day, proper room light/temp, proper bed/pillow, etc. I also had my mild sleep apnea treated. It's 1/3 of your life: maximize it! Get environment and routines setup correctly once, then lie there like a log for 8 hours and reap the benefits. It's the ultimate passive investment.
I lifted chest yesterday, legs the day before, ran the day before. Today likely a "day off" as I'm going up to the mountains late morning to fish N' forage!
No questions. Just glad to see you on your way. Kudos to those who see the path as important as the destination.
Offline question: Do you read fiction? Any good fiction book recs?
Offline question: Any particular fitness goals you are working towards? (ex mile time, dead lift pounds, # pullups, etc). Do you benchmark yourself with a particular set of lifts or wods on some time interval?
Offline question: Favorite lift? Favorite wod?
Offline question: Seems like the love for fitness is relatively new in the years I've followed you; what made this such a passion? Really have enjoyed following as you share this.
Offline question: How do you balance climbing/bouldering with a lot of the other grip intensive strength work re tendinitis/elbows? It's a huge struggle for me to fit climbing into lifting, and at the end of the day, I think I typically have to either prioritize one or the other while letting the de-prioritized languish somewhat.
Does your family train with you ever?
- Thanks again for doing this and your time. Absolutely love the content between this and StW.
Chris, thanks for doing this. I've got a few questions, so can separate them out.
- Beyond sleep and some of the supplements, what else do you focus on regarding recovery ( ie stretching, massage, etc). Along those lines, do you actually take scheduled rest days at all (sounds like no?)