Posts Tagged ‘Ask Smashby’

I’m going to start this off with a bit of “constructive criticism” I received from my friend.

Adam Griffin is one the most handsome men in Denver (maybe you remember him from this video), and a close friend of mine. His feedback to me after watching the video below (in which I talk about relationships) was, “It’s a great topic, but you could have done without the comparison to family, the point stands enough on it’s own.”
My logic for including that in the video is this: There are many different kinds of relationships that we have. I say that the only one where there will be a nearly certain outcome, though, is that relationship we have with “the barbell.” My comparison to family issues was to simply say that you never know what can happen with our interactions with other people.

Either way, my message here is simple:

If you put in half of the effort with your training, rest, and nutrition, I feel you should expect half of the results.
However, if you truly dedicate yourself to doing those things well, your potential for performance and improved health is nearly unimaginable.

As always, I would love to hear your feedback on this stuff, guys.

My buddy Robby Z owns Alpine CrossFit. This weekend, they are hosting an event called the “Legends Competition“. It’s going to be a really fun Friday night to Saturday competition that puts athletes through 6 workouts in the “two” days.

Since he knows how much I like to hear myself talk, Robby asked me to do “one of my famous” strategy videos explaining how I plan on approaching his events. Since I know how much I like hearing myself talk, I obliged his request. Well, part of it at least.

The video below features my approach to the events from Friday night’s line-up. IF you guys find value in this, I will record the video tomorrow which discusses the Saturday events. If this doesn’t really help anyone, and the only person that watches it is my mom (thanks for the support, love you, mom!), then I will not record the next video.

Pretty simple, huh?

I am driving while I record this video. The safety of my vehicle and those around me is always my number one priority… I am just really good at holding the phone while I talk to myself. Lots of practice. At talking to myself.

Alright, so here we go! PLEASE let me know (either way) whether or not this information is helpful, and if it is, tomorrow we’ll get video #2!

GOOD LUCK to everyone this weekend, and I can’t wait to see so many of my friends!

Will Lind, one of our athletes at CF Lakewood asked me a question a while back, so here’s my reply!

He’s basically asking how I think the huge popularity spike CrossFit is experiencing will impact the quantity, and more importantly QUALITY, of people out there who are able to call themselves “Certified CrossFit Coaches”. For only $1,000, a 2-day course, and passing a quick exam, anyone out there can be certified.

In the video, which features a bit of the classic “Smashby Rambling” (lay off, it’s been a while since I’ve done a video like this!), I take a few different angles to the question.

At the end of the day, though, my stance remains the same:
The good gyms/trainers/”families” will generally stay strong and get stronger. The bad will always probably stay bad and eventually go out of business. My advice to athletes is to find a program and a gym that fills you with confidence, not only in the programming (am I getting strongers, faster, healthier, and having FUN) but also in the trainers there (do you trust them with your health and safety) and embrace it! If you are missing either one of those, find a place where you have it. There are some incredible gyms out there, and you deserve to be at one of them!

More questions welcome, as always!

Chiggity Check It! Post your thoughts either in the comments section of this post, on Facebook or on the actual video. I’ll get it, regardless!

Happy Tuesday!

And we’re baaaaack! This episode’s question comes from my homeboy and yours, Alon Avdi.

He asks:
“I want to learn more about training the mind. I believe mental toughness/discipline/mastery or just an ability to direct one’s perception is key to achieving all manner of things in life, fitness included.

So, what ways can and should we consider this issue and direct our training?”

What do you think? Does anyone else approach goals and mental toughness the same way I do?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these videos, so here’s your update!

Remember, I can only improve if you share with me what you would like for me to improve.

Boom, and goodnight.

In this segment of Ask Smashby, I answer a question from my friend Travis in Florida about how he should choose a CrossFit gym.

I then address a question I received from a local athlete about how to deal with scheduling conflicts in life that interfere with your ability to train at your gym.

DISCLAIMER!! – I want to make it very clear that, at one point in this video, in no way was I bad-mouthing another CrossFit gym. I want to assure all of you that I am only passing on input I have received from other athletes who specifically trained there. I would not say something bad about another local gym. My goal is to help in any way possible, and in this case I provided the only input I have ever heard from athletes’ first-hand experiences.

Ok. Enjoy.

It was a beautiful morning in Denver and I had few minutes to step outside and finally answer Ben’s question from last week, which was “What can you do to prevent being sore the day after a workout?”

I touched on 3 main topics:

  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Proper nutrition to replenish broken muscles.  (Kevin Ogar, a friend of mine, said this, “Cramming some post workout carbs is a good idea: sweet potatoes, yams, squash, starchy veggies and tuber (besides white potatoes), grassfed meat and butter.  And large quantities of them”)
  • Active stretching and mobility to decrease likelihood of injury and increase range of motion (I would definitely recommend Kelly Starrett’s MobilityWOD)

What do you think, guys?

WELCOME, everyone, to the first Episode of my new Series called: “Ask Smashby”

During these videos, I will field questions directly from you, and give you my best answers! Hopefully we’ll be able to start some great dialogue together.

Our very first question came from CrossFit Lakewood athlete, Heather Beck. She said:
“I’ve been doing Paleo for about 7 weeks now with some “cheats” here and there… Not really noticing any weight loss. Then this last week, I committed 100% and have dropped almost 5 pounds. My cheats were fairly minimal (except one) but curious if anyone has experienced a similar situation with having to be 100% spot on or no results?!”

It’s almost 7 minutes long (so a bit long-winded), but as I get more comfortable with this structure, they’ll get more efficient. I am very curious as to what input you guys have to this video, and really look forward to continue the series!!

What do you think, guys and gals?