Videos I Liked This Week

Exclamation marks makes things seem exciting!!!

Highest Priority: Rocko’s Modern Life. It sucks. Sucks hard. It’s the worst thing I’ve watched in years. And it’s Shoe’s fault that I watched it. Because I didn’t care at first, I loathe nostalgia, and wasn’t actually that big of a RML fan anyway. But then because of Shoe’s video I was curious how they handled having a trans character so I watched it.

And they handled having a trans character just fine. However they completely forgot to write a story that was the least bit funny or interesting. At all. It’s insultingly bad, I’d rather have been poked in the face for 45 minutes than watch that.

We followed it up with Invader Zim though and it’s fucking incredible. Exclamation mark worthy but… but I just can’t bring myself to use them.

 

On to something fitness related I asked the CP if I could try out their course for fun and they didn’t get back to me. But let’s be real… that course is baby town. Who could possibly fail it?

 

A woman with my sense of humour talks about grieving and re-marrying:

 

Oh this one struck me because – as a reader of a lot of self-development books – I see the con artist techniques here and there. But I won’t rant because the video speaks for itself quite well.

 

And then how I actually spend a lot of my time – watching All Obstacle videos with pleasant bumping soundtracks.

 

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From Couch To Spartan Sprint – Exercise 1

As you know I ran my first Spartan Sprint race a few days ago and more than just being a great time it is also evidence. Evidence that – since I had a complete success having a great time, completing every obstacle, and doing great on the running – I trained the right way. Or at least the rightest way I could since I never found a rope to climb before hand.

So I want to put the insights I had before and the insights I’ve gained since to use. Right now I’ve got 4 things and I’m sure I’ll come up with more as I go, each post will have a blog and a video for however you like to get down. Here we go, video 1:

 

Exercise 1 is you gotta stoke your flame. What you feel right now is inspiration and inspiration is the most fleeting, least helpful card in the deck, know that, but right now it’s all you’ve got. Right now you have no foundation, no motivation, no habits, so the tiny little flame of inspiration – however you got it – is the muscle that you need to work.

You may think you have a goal – to run a Spartan Race – but you don’t. You have inspiration, you have a desire. Something in you is telling you that running a Spartan will get you to a goal, to a way you want to feel, and you need to start sorting that out so you can turn inspiration into motivation.

How best to do that? Write it out.

Now this isn’t a suggestion, this is exercise 1, if you don’t build this foundation and do these fundamental steps then you’ll just as likely not do the squats and rope climbs later. In lifting everything is about stability and this how you start to find stability.

So write it on a post it note like I say in the video and re-write that post it every week or hell, every day. Post its are cheap and you can take literally one second every morning to write SPARTAN on a note and stick it to your door.

But really you should write it out in longer form to turn inspiration into motivation. You can do it in a column but I actually think doing a web is better. Write SPARTAN in the middle and in bubbles around it write all the things that you think of to do a race.

Camaraderie, revenge, getting in shape, pride, testing a rope climb, whatever you think of no matter how odd.

Afterward you’ll notice that some things wound up in bigger bubbles than others and those things are the one that clearly mean the most to you so that’s what you want to think about when you hit a moment of hesitation in training. And let’s be real you’re probably already having a moment of hesitation! You’re probably not psyched up to do writing exercises, you thought this was going to be all Rocky-style push ups in the mud and you’d feel great and I’m here to tell you you won’t, that’s just mental masturbation. If you bif this exercise you’ll bif them all down the line. Period.

And if you rock this exercise you will rock exercises down the line. Period.

The supplemental stuff you can is find your theme song, get work-out clothes and make them your armour and say when I wear these I cheer myself on and never doubt myself, build your athletic persona, Leave No Doubt.

Videos I Liked This Week

The week I got into Prison YouTube, I’ll do my best to spare the insane amount of videos I watched but man is it interesting…. Plus there’s still some Crossfit Games content trickling in and OCR stuff to watch.

So via another channel (Punk Rock MBA) I found Big Herc and his Fresh Out channel…

 

…Through that I found Wes Watson.

 

That’s just the most recent video because every one of his videos is like that. Terrifying. I might have mentioned it online but I was certainly talking about IRL that I’ve got motivational bullshit burn out. Everything, every book every tedtalk, is just so and so was fat and didn’t believe in themselves and then they did and now blah blah blah.

Having Wes Watson yell at you though? Yeah, I feel like working out, I feel like not making excuses because he might appear.

Okay let’s push a mental reset:

 

And talk a little OCR before we go on with the other intense stuff from this week.

I watched a bunch of obstacle tutorials and full-races but this obstacle just freaks me out, damn you Tough Mudder.

 

Followed by an interesting discussion of Closure. When the phrase Life Isn’t About Closure caught on I fucking hated it. People would just use it to say they don’t care about whatever difficult thing you’re going through.

 

Finally, Steve-O talking about one of my favourite subjects suicide and recovery. The fact that he talks about how after being clean for a while it’s actually much harder. Getting sober doesn’t solve your problems, it actually lets the problems you’ve been running from catch up to you and you have no coping mechanisms except getting wasted. That’s an important reality I think people need to know. Getting clean is the start of the hard part. The stories that we see spend 90% of the time glamorizing the decent then act like the decision to get clean was a revelation and everything changed from there.

 

Man, what a week of dark, bummer, videos. Sorry team.

 

Thoughts On The Crossfit Games During The Final Day

It’s Sunday morning, the swim event is done, and I’ve got some thoughts. If you’re not watching live this will contain spoilers and if you’re not following CF then this will all be gibberish to you.

First things first – The Cuts.

I liked them then I hated them, pretty much like everyone else.

It was cool to see all the new people, the national champs, out there giving their best and then it was cool not to have to put up with them the whole weekend.

Then, yes, the cuts gave urgency to the early events.

But then the shift happened. And suddenly very viable athletes, podium contenders and former podium winners, got cut for tiny little shit. Basically bad luck ended the games for some amazing athletes and fan favourites. It feels insulting. To us and to them.

To be fair and balanced though it did give us the weight lifting event – which would have been impossible with a field of anymore athletes. So it’s still a hit/miss thing.

On to the big thing: Noah Olsen leading the men’s division over Fraser.

Now here’s my thing with Olsen; I had just recently stopped liking him and this has brought me back around.

Last year Olsen seemed to me like a nice dude and a good, but immature, athlete. And when I say immature I mean his tendency to start events too fast and burn out. That’s the Olsen magic trade mark.

What bugged me though is he wouldn’t acknowledge that. He would always, after losing events, say that he had a great time and people were so supportive and blah blah blah positivity bullshit. Putting the nice guy band-aid on rather looking at his weakness and working on them.

And in the event where he overtook Fraser even the Rogue announcers were joking, literally joking at his expense, about Olsen going out too hot and blowing up – and then it was amazing to watch him hold the lead and hold the lead and defy expectations. It’s a moment that will go down in the history, it’ll be Olsen’s personal Toomey/Webb moment.

So Olsen’s leading and he’s holding on, having the performance of his life – especially considering he barely qualified, he essentially didn’t qualify, he lucked in because of Vellner and (I think) Travis Mayer.

Like I said, this post is for Crossfit fans so I’m not explaining any of these things. Take it.

Anyway watching Olsen be the lead has been great. I’m proud of him for taking it and yet I still thought it would be a fluke but he’s held on and he’s stayed himself. He’s waving, happy, signing things for fans and being the nice guy. His nice guyism isn’t just an act to take the sting off a loss, it’s at least also how he celebrates. And while Fraser is an inspirational champ, Olsen is a totally opposite style of champ that’s also inspirational.

So it’s all cool for Olsen. And it’s given us the gift of watching hungry, young Fraser again. It’s great to see Fraser dominate these last few years but it made us forget what we loved about him the first time round when he ascended. He ascended to champion Mat. And Champion Mat is very cool as I said but Competitor Mat, the Mat that came to stone-face kill whole villages with his fitness powers is what we really, really love to see.

I fully expect Fraser to win and Olsen to be cool and I wanted to publish this before the day was over so I’d have to be accountable for that prediction.

I’m gonna throw Armin’s recap from yesterday here at the end because it contains everything I’m taking about here and if you don’t watch Armin (but if you’re a Crossfitter, you do) then you should.

Videos I Liked This Week

I’m going to start with this song because I love it and the next two videos are heavy so let’s not dive right into that.

 

This video is moving and inspiring. I think a lot about the word us, and I’ve often said the grammatically terrible phrase I feel like there is an us. And this video is about that.

 

…and Steph. I’m a crier, I cried. You’ll know the moment when you hit it. But I smiled a lot too, especially when Jeff was being a great guy.

I think what Stephanie is doing is heroic, and I’m not using that word lightly. Maybe even right now and certainly in the next few years you’ll be hearing young women saying Steph Buttermore saved my life.

 

And I’m going to leave it there, nothing can follow that.

 

 

 

Videos I Liked This Week

So first things first I’m training for Spartan Race.

 

Second things second. This KB workout, and this channel in general, are pretty good but his comment about workouts under 35 minutes boosting testosterone but not cortisol really got me thinking – I’ll look into it and maybe switch up how I operate. Especially since I want to switch to training multiple times a day while I’m home all day anyway.

 

For KB workouts though I really liked this guy’s channel for one specific reason – no intro. If I click a video titled 50 Kettle Bell Movements or 12 Leg Day Modification or whatever I don’t need the “Hey guys, today I’m gonna show you the blah blah blah” It’s the title of the video, I know what I’m here for.

 

This is in just because Jacob Hepner buffs himself with a car buffer. He literally buffs his muscles, you guys. I think this was a joke one time on Animaniacs.

 

And a long watch if you’re down for it. I love hearing comedians talk to other comedians, there’s this secret club and there’s a way they talk to each other that’s different than the way they talk to outsiders. And I love Iliza, I love and respect her insight into being a woman in this day and age. The comments on the video – unlike a lot of other videos about her I’ve watched – are overwhelmingly negative which backs up everything she’s saying about dudes being hateful, straight up hateful, for shitty reasons. They want to disregard who she is and what she says unless they can take a scalpel to it and create something they think makes her look back.

 

Plus I got her book so look forward to What I Read This Month on my other blog…