Friday, September 25, 2009


  1. eyechip | September 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Damn! I have to take a rest day tomorrow as my body is wonderfully aching. Just so happens that I have been waiting for HSPU so that I could at least try. Have fun with this everyone….I will be jealous all day!!

    My challenge: Show me a photo on the website of three CFMPH woman upside down – in a row and unsupported – doing a handstand-pushup and I will have a photo of me trying one naked on a public beach this weekend. Really.

  2. train2live | September 25, 2009 at 10:39 am


    I have really enjoyed reading about why each of you Crossfit. It has been inspiring reading. I wasn’t sure I wanted to tell you why I Crossfit, but your open and honest replies has made me feel compelled to tell you. So here it is.

    Why I Crossfit.
    Well, my screen name says it all, “Train2live”. You see about four and a half years ago I learned that I was suffering from a disease called Alcoholism. After several attempts and a lot of help from a lot of people I was able to quit drinking. However, after I quit drinking, my primary coping mechanism (alcohol) was no longer available to me and I began to suffer from deep depression and anxiety. I literally worked myself into a break down that led me to; well let’s just say that I almost chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    That episode landed me in a locked psyche ward for about a week, 30 days of out patient treatment to learn some new coping mechanisms and a daily dose of an anti-depressant. Now under a doctor’s care I decided to listen to his advice. One piece of advice was to begin a regular exercise program. Not only would it be good for my overall health, it would also work wonders for my mental health. So who am I to argue with the good doctor?

    After beginning an exercise program and going through about 3-4 trainers I found John Main and a thing called Crossfit. I was extremely skeptical at first…in fact for quite sometime. Then, I began to see and feel the results. My capacity and strength was improving with each week that went by. This was the real deal!! Crossfit to me is the only program that pushes you physically and mentally…it was just what the doctor ordered.

    So I train (Crossfit) to live, so that my wife and two girls have a loving and caring and healthy husband and father coming home to them every night. I train (Crossfit) so I can see my girls through the teen years, college, walk them down the aisle on their wedding day and baby sit their kids. I train (Crossfit) to live.

    Now you know more about me than you probably ever wanted to, but I don’t mind sharing this information with a group of folks that are like a second family to me. I did not know how to tell you why I Crossfit without just telling you why I Crossfit.

    Finally, as long as my ego stays out of the way, I plan to Crossfit until I die.


    • Kimmie | September 25, 2009 at 10:41 am

      I am so w/ you 702! I am glad that you found Crossfit, so very glad.


    • mikeheartspullups | September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

      Dave! you are my hero — hands down, the bravest, toughest MPHer.

    • jcpal | September 25, 2009 at 11:59 am

      I can’t let you beat me in the row, but respect the hell out of you regardless. Proud to work next to you. You’ll get to sub-7!

    • eyechip | September 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm


      That was an amazing outpouring and I feel honored to be a part of the extended family for which you shared this with. You are proof-positive that what does not kill us CAN make us stronger.


      • Rob | September 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

        Dave – thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It’s one thing to talk about doing more pullups, or squatting more weight, but it’s another to talk about real and positive changes that have affected your entire life.

  3. Mrs. Finkenstadt | September 25, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I am sitting here tearing up right now, David. You are a true inspiration, and I’m so very glad to know you. From seeing you in workouts for the past 9 or so months, I know you have the strength INSIDE to be everything you want to be for your family and for yourself. Grace and Peace to you.


  4. Jessica | September 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

    You really are an inspiration, 702. Your will and commitment show in every WOD — your family is truly lucky to have you, just as we at MPH are.

  5. ashacooper | September 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

    702, I have admired you for quite some time — the positive attitude and determination that you bring to every workout. I now admire you EVEN MORE. I’m on your team – “Train2Live.”

  6. sub10NARF | September 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Dave – Words fail me, frankly, so let me simply say, thank you for sharing. I am honored to call you my friend.


  7. mchofia | September 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Dave, you made me cry and I thank you for that. I thank you for choosing to train. AMAZING!!.. that’s all I got.

  8. caitlinflanagan | September 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm


    You are the man and a true inspiration. I feel honored and privileged to know and work-out with you. Your courage, braveness and self honesty are truly exemplary and something I aspire to emulate.

    As Jess said, your family and WE (the MPH crew) are lucky to have you.

  9. swimdra | September 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm


    Thank you so much for sharing. I second what everyone else has said, that is truly a privilege to work out with you. Days like today are a great example of how you always push yourself to be the best you can, to do the extra work and try just a little bit harder no matter how tired you are. I am STILL impressed with how you did the 100 strict pull-ups, decided that you didn’t like your time, and came in to do it again that afternoon. Having an athlete like you in the group raises the caliber of the atmosphere for the workouts, and makes me push myself that extra bit harder when I get tired. Thank you.


  10. jwood30 | September 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm


    I have read your post a few times and words truly do escape me. Today, was great watching you finish the wod with only seconds to spare. We are lucky to have you. JW

  11. train2live | September 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm


    I have revisited the blog a couple of times today attempting to reply to your notes and found my heart and eyes welling up with so much emotion that I could not to find the words to thank you. Your heartfelt responses deeply moved me. You guys have no idea how much each and every one of you inspires me everyday. I feed off your energy to push myself harder when I want to quit. I am truly blessed beyond my wildest expectations to train next to such an incredible caliber of athletes and human beings. You guys ROCK!! Thank you.


    • mikeheartspullups | September 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      Dude, I think the feeling is totally mutual, in the “among” — not “between” — sense.

      • sub10NARF | September 25, 2009 at 2:57 pm

        well said Mike.

    • HappilyHome | September 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      Dave, I have re-written and re-written and I can’t get it right, so I will just say “Thank you!”. That is truly inspirational.

  12. train2live | September 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Congratulations Teal, Joanna and Brendan! Welcome to the family at Crossfit MPH.


  13. jwood30 | September 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I want to thank Stu and Ivy for getting the ball rolling on, “Why we crossfit.”

  14. mikeheartspullups | September 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Funny and true story.

    So, today, walking out of a meeting, someone comes up to me and says, “Mike, you’ve got a bunch of spots under your eyes. Are you ok?” To which I replied, “Yea, I have freckles.” To which he replied, “No, man, these are, like, red dots.”

    A trip to the men’s room (during which, I might add, at least 2 partners observed me checking myself out in the mirror — awesome!) revealed that I do, in fact, have many tiny red dots under both eyes.

    Next stop, Google, which led to me to The doctor’s reponse was that “[a]n outburst of blood vessles like the ones you describe is possibly the result of increased pressure in the blood vessels. This could be from coughing or straining to pass a bowel movement. (It could also be from someone trying to strangle you).” None of these diagnoses fit me (thankfully!), so I scrolled down to the member comments, and found this one:

    “I get those tiny red spots around my eyes when I use my inversion equipment (hang upside down). I have a machine in my basement and do it several times a week for my back and neck. Sometimes I get the red spots and other times I don’t. I usually do it for 2 minutes, max. Is it dangerous for me to do this? . . . When I do get the red dots around my eyes, they go away in a couple of days. Thank you.”

    Inversion equipment? WTF?!?!

    Anyway, I’m guessing the spots are from being upside down for a good part of today’s session. And according to this lady, they’ll go away in a couple of days!

    • Rob | September 25, 2009 at 3:05 pm

      Mike – there are a number of Crossfit threads about this. Here is one:

      Bottom line: you spent too much time upside down. I personally knew one woman who did a similar WOD to what we did today and ended up with two black eyes! Also, don’t look down when you’re in a HSPU, that causes the blood to pool at your eyes, which are suddenly the lowest point.

  15. Mrs. Finkenstadt | September 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    WOD related comment – Thanks for the push up clinic today. That was such a great help to me.

  16. coach | September 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Borja G.: 20:16 (sub: prom hspu, 2 x 45-lb. plate)
    Amy D.: 22:05 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Kris C.: 20:10 (20″; sub: atomic pushup)
    Kim H.: 16:06 (sub: 45-lb. shoulder press, step-up, 20″)
    Samir M.: 11:50 (sub: 33-lb. shoulder press, step-up, 20″)
    Alex M.: 22:07 (sub: decline pushup)
    David O.: 24:46 (sub: prom hspu, 2x 45-lb. plate + 1 x 25-lb. plate)
    Mike S.: 16:00 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 25-lb. plate)
    Mayra C.: 18:34 (20″; sub: 45-lb. shoulder press)
    Rob K.: 18:51 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Steve D.: 19:15 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 25-lb. plate)
    Jessica H.: 12:54 (sub: prom hspu, 2 x 45-lb. plate)
    Sidra C.: 15:22 (18″; sub: 45-lb. shoulder press)
    Ivy F.: 17:35 (sub: 55-lb. shoulder press)
    Mike D.: dnf
    Neil A.: 10:50 (sub: atomic pushup)
    John S.: 18:34 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Joe P.: 18:00 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate + 1 x 35-lb. plate)
    Meghan M.: 19:29 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate + 1 x 35-lb. plate)
    Jeff W.: 18:51 (20″; sub: atomic pushup)
    Mead O.: 17:36 (sub: pushup, step-up, 20″)
    Lisa C.: 19:56 (sub: 45-lb. shoulder press, 25-lb. swing)
    Matt W.: dnf

    • Kimmie | September 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

      My shoulders are on FIRE! Thanks coaches!

    • coach | November 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

      Notes for today:
      -25-minute time limit


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