What a great weekend. I would like to thank all of the participants in this weekends events that I was a part of. First my wife Najla for traveling with me to learn from Coach Jeff Tucker’s Gymnastics certification in San Clemente, California. Ya, I said it Gymnastics …the 33.3% that makes up CrossFit. The part that we sometimes forget about. The part that starts and ends with the core. Pull ups, hand stands, levers, skin the cats and last but not least “ice cream makers”. Stuff you use to do when you were a kid. Unless you’re a girl or were raised in Russia (I am neither) you probably have never heard of those exercises, until now. We spent two days under Tucker learning not only to coach and train these progressions ourselves but to scale and spot these Olympic movements. I was proud of my muscle ups and Najla’s one handed hand stand was “Wicked” but there was so much more to learn. It was by far the most challenging cert so far but Tucker’s southern humor and the fun but no BS style coaching he brings was unparallel to any other Crossfit weekend of my tenure. His dedication to service 20+ years as a Firefighter, 10 as a Bullrider and now one of the most prolific CrossFit coaches we have was truly a pleasure and an honor learning from this great mentor. The group was also great and diverse. Several students were from out of state and two from other countries. Lindzey from Australia and Billy from Sweden all in town to learn Gymnastics.
This amazing weekend was also spent with family. We celebrated a few mile stones at my aunt and uncles (a mile from the cert) in the same beautiful home they built over 30 years ago where I first played football on the beach. After watching my son run, jump and play baseball all weekend it makes me see the reward and value in learning how to have body movement from birth.
Playing pick up basketball with my turning “66” year old uncle at the local Boys and Girl club, a weekly staple in his life and one of the ways he has stayed in shape his whole life. Celebrating his mother in laws 92nd birthday sunday “Sara” still lives alone, takes care of herself and just had her license renewed were all different ways I realized how impetant mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination are. All the elemnts that gymnastics gives you. So lets turn off the clock, grab the rings and “hollow out”. Oh ya… You will all soon find out what I mean.