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Thanks Bootie Cochran for an awesome video of CrossFit Lilburn 678 (FlexFit Gym’s) First Ninja Warrior Competition!
My Experience as an American Ninja Warrior 2013
I had the incredible opportunity to be chosen and compete on the NBC and G4 television obstacle course show American Ninja Warrior. The show will air July 1st with a two hour special and the first qualifying city. The show is so much more than the petty drama you see on other reality television. Other shows dramatize the drama between the contestants. The typical American audience appears to prefer that type of show based upon the success of the emotional drama and shock value. I want to tell you about a different kind of story… here is my experience as an American Ninja Warrior.
The Inside Scoop
American Ninja Warrior competitors are a completely different breed. We stood outside the course for between 4-6 hours a couple days before the run strategizing about how to beat the tried and true obstacles present at every qualifier. We then would study the new ones discussing past seasons and Sasuke the original show in Japan and how the competitors ran and effectively conquered the new challenges.
So I found myself backstage as it were our “warm up” area and assumed everyone would have their game face on. Everyone did and was intensely serious about their shot. Every competitor had their own personal story that created this burning desire to be the best on this course, the best against everyone else and the best against everyone else who had come before them in this season and in seasons past. The complete paradox of this athlete’s mentality is someone would run, struggle with an obstacle return to the warm up area after their 1-5 minute time in the spotlight and passionately tell the next competitor watch out for this. This obstacle you need to move your body this way, keep your legs up, throw your chest forward, leap from here, bend your knees and in and so on. Are you kidding me? What is happening here? Are you trying sabotage me? The answer to all of the above is no! First-timers like me and veterans alike after the months and for some years of training to beat the course and other competitors just willingly give up all their secrets to help someone perform better. It is true. Until I sequestered myself in this environment I could have never understood this mentality.
A new breed of athlete.
Sure I have always jumped to help someone in competition who needed me but it ultimately it never affected my outcome. Now that I have had the honor of sharing the “stage” course with my Ninja brothers and sisters I get it. The best of the best don’t want that honor unless they know you are at your best. If that means teaching you what they know then so be it. I then found myself doing the exact same thing with athletes who followed me. Strangely the same phenomenon occurred in the stands according to my wife Stephanie. I have found a lifestyle and camaraderie of individuals that I look forward to competing against and with for many years to come. Denver competitors Best of luck. We will all be rooting for you!
America’s Fittest Doctor
Who wants to be thin?
I had a life insurance exam and after answering all of the pertinent questions I thought ok I am in pretty good health. A few days later I received a phone call that as expected my health history was good and I was being offered a discount. The agent said the only issue was my weight. I asked “what do you mean.” She replied that I was overweight based upon my height. I asked her define overweight? My question to you today is how do you define being the “correct” weight? Who wants to be thin?
I explained that I was a health and fitness expert and that for my age my body fat was 5 % less than the number for excellence for my age and not only that but it was in the good range for someone 20 younger than me. I’m sorry but these are the parameters and there is nothing she or I could do. I decided not to accept the policy.
The truth about being thin.
Ironically an athletic event requiring me to be able to pull my body weight through the air and over obstacles came up and I dropped weight to see if I could improve on strength and muscular endurance. I dropped about 20 lbs. I wasn’t shocked by what happened I did lose strength, but also lost muscular endurance strength. most shocking; however, at 20 lbs down my body fat went up 3%. In my program I call that a SKIFA or skinny fat. Muscle loss-weight loss but the volume of fat staying the same yields an increase in body fat percentage. It is more important for your health to be lean. Have you changed your opinion yet since the opening question? So who wants to be thin?
Recently I posted an article about Eric Whitehorn and his journey back to health after brain surgery and should surgery. Several FlexBuilding stretching movements are used in Eric’s rehabilitation. Some of these are subscapularis, bench press, high pec and anterior to posterior deltoid.
Here are movements for the neck and shoulders and traps demonstrated by me. The FlexBuilding book includes these movements and many, many more. Try these movements and see for yourself how well they can work for everyone.
Pick three of your favorite abdominal movements. Do a light jog or jump rope for two minutes. Pull ups to failure then abdominal movement #1. Push ups to failure (shoot for 100) then abdominal movement #2. Body Squats to failure between 100-200, then abdominal movement #3. Repeat for muscular endurance. Puking is optional. Source: Spartan WOD
The following video testimonial from Eric Whitehorn is only one example of how much relief and restoration of muscle function can be achieved with the use of chiropractic adjustments and the use of FlexBuilding, a unique system of stretching muscle fiber. Eric was a personal trainer when he had a seizure one day and subsequently learned he had a brain turmor which required immediate surgery.
After brain surgery, additional surgery was required to Eric’s shoulders. Eric suffered complete dislocation of both shoulders with full thickness tears of the rotator cuff muscles. I began treating Eric with FlexBuilding movements to restore function to the muscles and tendons. Regular FlexBuilding stretching is done each week and he continues his recovery.
Eric is now back in the gym working and seeing clients on a regular basis.
Some of the FlexBuilding moves used with Eric will be featured in upcoming blogs.