Archive for June, 2012

“That, that Play where I wonder down the Field and Act like I’m Lost…”

Posted in Articles on June 12, 2012 by oldcountrystrong

Articles are a bit shorter this week as I continue what I like to call the “I/C Social Experiment,” So no big write up today.

What I do have is a video I told Johnny I wasnt gonna post on the Training Log for fear of walking into the home Gym and seeing one of my Yea-Hoo athletes trying to pull this off.

I’d like to know what he thought when someone asked if he could do this, I will say it’s pretty sick.

Hoping to have some time to get a bit more up for everyone Friday.

Posted by: Z

“This week, each one of you has a Homework Assignment….”

Posted in Athletes on June 10, 2012 by oldcountrystrong

Figured we’d switch it up a little today on Old Country. I came across this article during the weekend and figured I’d put it up for everyone.

If you dont know who Triple H is I feel sorry for you. For those that do, CLICK HERE for a interesting look into his training.

Feel Free to post your thoughts to comment.

Posted by: Z

“Tigers love pepper, they hate cinnamon”

Posted in Articles on June 7, 2012 by fiman61

Once again the age old OCS post motto “The Universe Provides” has come through. Today while sitting in my office my phone let me know that I was cced on a Facebook post by OCIC member Joey. When I had some free time I went online to see what was up and all I saw was this picture.

Instantly I was hooked like a 15 year watching the Victoria Secret Runway show. Why is there a potrait of a gorilla in a Redskins jersey? So I decided to click on the story behind the picture and find out it concerns Trent Williams, offensive tackle for the Redskins (which makes the football jersey connection). Apparrently Trent considers himself a silverback and standing at 6’5″ 300+ lbs of road grating mass I am not one to disagree with him. In fact he has taken the nickname to the next level by making sure everyone knows he is a Silverback, having the above potrait created for himself (hey it’s better than the centaur self potraits A-Rod has of himself) and this beauty.

That is perhaps the most ridicilous piece of athlete bling I have ever seen. It ain’t the most expensive but Jesus, Maria, Josef it is flipping huge! I would like to extend Trent an Old Country invite on this alone. But Trent can’t be the only one, there are other athletes who are OCS and don’t know it, yet…

Marshawn Lynch

Ok, this is a gimme seeing as we have already done a post on Beast mode but the man is OCS through and through (plus playing for Seattle don’t hurt much). I mean look at the grill.

Jeremy Shockey

Shockey is a different cookie. After losing a game in junior college, Shockey literally ate dirt so he would never forget how bad losing tasted. Always the loose cannon, Jeremy joins this list not because of his tattoo collection (though impressive) but because of his ride. You see Jeremy had a favorite show he liked to watch as a kid and when he older he decided he would get himself that exact car to drive around NYC in. What car you say?

That’s right, he bought an exact replica of the General Lee.The General Lee is easily the third best T.V. car of all time (behind K.I.T.T. and the Batmobile). The combination of pop culture and not giving a fuck of driving a car with the Confederate Flag in New York is powerful combination.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson likes to roughhouse with his pet tigers. And that’s all I got to say about that.

These guys have shown that it you really want to up your OCS stock than you simply need to roll around town in the General Lee with a grill literally spelling out your badassness with a 200k diamond chain of a Silverback swallowing the state of Texas all at the same time you have a tiger running shotgun. Not too hard at all.

Posted by Nickay

“Welcome, to another Edition of ThunderDome…”

Posted in Competition on June 6, 2012 by oldcountrystrong

The Circus is coming Back to town…

Anyone up for lifting, carrying or throwing Heavy Shit again this year? The Iron Club’s Annual PipeHitters Classic is back on for its third Straight Year. As usual we will be holding a single day, 3 event competition with a 4th finalist workout to end the day. If it’s anything like the past there could be a 5th tie breaker workout.

We dont do Ties a PipeHitters.

We don’t do anything Traditional Really. PipeHitters is about testing Gravel in your Gut and Grit. And if you think we tapped out all the weird shit we could have you do last year, you’re wrong.

Maybe you missed last years throwdown or the brawl we had out in a throwing pit the year before. If you want a taste of what to expect here it is.

Click Here to attend the Event and get PHC Announcement on Facebook.

Posted by: Z

“They’re Pretty, But can they Fight…”

Posted in Articles, Competition on June 3, 2012 by oldcountrystrong

The answer to today’s post title was most definitely yes.

One WHOLE week and no posts on Old Country, I think that’s a record. What have the Filer boys been up to?

STAGE FIVE

What’s Stage Five? One of the most important parts of training. It’s when you are done competing, Stage Five begins. And during Stage Five YOU ARE NOT an athlete. You are simply recovering. You eat shitty and drink too much for the most part. It’s a very important part of training and competing when it comes to the Club. And after 4 months off our regular grind, training odd days, taking part in the Crossfit Open and finally the NorthWest Regionals, the Team was ready for some serious Stage 5.

But how did the Regionals go?

I’d have to say it went pretty damn well.

We had two place in the top twenty individually and everyone poured their hearts out. That’s all I every ask as a Coach. I know, as always in sports, many competing wanted higher finishes but the nature of Crossfit as a sport is fickle sometimes. MANY of our athletes exceeded well past their expectations in certain workouts. But doing really well at something that’s not a strength of yours sometimes doesn’t give you the points you need. It’s called winning the Battle but not the War. But there will always be more Wars, the Crossfit Season is every year now. And every year there will be a new set of challenges. What I want to focus on is not the War, I want to focus on the Battle my crew fought this last weekend that made the Red, Black and Grey Proud.

Carrie Winecoff – My first competitive athlete I trained, me and this southern belle have been through a lot. And her battle leading up to Regionals weighed 70 lbs. Carrie is strong as an ox on a lot of things but that damn dumbbell snatch was intent on trying to take away her season. She had NEVER hit the lift on her left arm leading into that weekend. And while we were warming up before the event she couldn’t snatch it on her right arm all of a sudden. But Carrie walked onto that floor a warrior and not only snatch it once but over and over again. It was a very proud moment as a coach and friend.

ALSO lets not forget how Carrie came on with a slow pace in Diane and not only caught everyone in her heat but beat them rattling out Handstand pushups in quick sets. Then what did she do? She look to the crowd and flashed a “OC,” very gangsta Care, way to really make me proud.

Ryan Andrews – Ryan was consistent all weekend. You wouldn’t have guessed at how Ryan carried himself in workouts that he had placed like 200th in last years Open. He battled away at each workout and locked in a 5th place finish on Sunday’s snatch ladder. When the smoke cleared “HollyWood” would find himself sitting in 20th place overall, a HUGE improvement over last year’s season.

Skylar Pond – My life changed dramatically almost two years ago when Skylar Pond walked into my gym. Sky’s Balls to the Wall approach to life in general comes out twice as much when he trains or competes. Life long maniac athletes come with some bumps and bruises. Sky comes with a bum shoulder. One that decided to go out on him leading up to Regionals. “As long as there aren’t any overhead squats or snatches I should be good.” SHIT.

My goal was to keep Sky moving and healthy all weekend. And he did that and more. He strapped himself into some kind of crazy shoulder harness and went to work. I think the photo crew there decided to simple follow him around to capture every Green Goblin war scream he let out.

The Team – What can I say about our Team this year. Six different athletes of amazing different body types and skill sets took the floor to put it on the line for the I/C. I would not have picked any of those workouts for that Team, but not only did they rise to the challenge but they exceeded it. Coming together as a Team and standing on the line as a Team is something that no one can every take from you guys, congratulations on the Season.

Roo – Marissa is what I like to call a Valkryie. She is a warrior in the true sense of the word. Roo has an ability to go blank, she literally will just breath and move. When she kettlebells or Crossfits that is on display for everyone to see. It was there again this weekend. Roo took 17th this year, Roo fought all the battles. She did so with the fury that we who have watched her have come to admire. She PR’d by 3 MINUTES on Diane, but the sub 5 time only gave her so many points. She literally bashed her legs black and blue with a barbell during wod 2 but never relented. She would snatch safely to finish the dumbell snatches in wod 3 to protect risking another injury to her bad shoulder and she would grind against the clock in wod 4. She snatched just under her PR on Sunday’s ladder and would battle through muscle ups in the finals.

She never slowed down, she just tucked her chin and kept moving, it was amazing to watch. Not because where she placed, she has placed better than that at Regionals. But because the workouts she was able to do it in. She was an example that if you show up to Win and not just Not Lose you can always keep yourself swinging on your feet in the middle of any brawl. A true valkyrie and a honor to Coach.

Myself – Well I had to get everything else out of the way before the anti climatic story. I managed to jack myself up at Regionals. It was a very shitty way for my Season to end but that can happen in sports. I did learn a number of things as a Coach this past weekend which are important to me. First, I need to communicate with my judge. I have been coaching people in individual competitions for years now but really didn’t realize that it had been over two years since my own individual competition experience. What am I getting at?

Well, I think I know everything sometimes and I’m use to watching thing from the outside and coaching people to correct them. So in my first workout when I started getting no repped for hand placement I simply did what “I” thought the judge wanted. I didn’t ask him what he actually wanted. In the end I “NO REPPED” myself to hell. This has nothing to do directly with how I got hurt but it set the stage. I was in a hole bad on points. But I HONESTLY thought if I fought my ass off I’d get back into the finals.

So between the time I competed in my first event and my second I continued to coach my athletes and get in the mindset that I’d have to DESTROY the next workout, I changed my game plan up. I also changed up my warmup, more so I didnt, I did 3 cleans at 135, then 185, 205, then 225 and called it good. I didnt even roll out my shoulders. I figured I would warm up on my first 2k row of the workout.

Bad Choice it would seem. I got off my rower and caught up with the majority of the field on the pistol squats. Then I made my way to my bar for my hang power cleans. I picked up a weight that should be easy for me and did 3 of the worst cleans form wise of my life when I was planning on doing five. BOOM. My back went out. I limped through the remaining time pissed at myself knowing I had just ruined my chance at the finals.

What I didn’t realize was I had ruined my season. My back ended up swelling up that night and when I was told competing was a bad idea by my Doc and then being asked not to do this again by my family, I withdrew from the competition. It was a very hard pill to swallow. But that’s sports, shit happens. I’m not gonna look back on this season and remember those 3 cleans. No I’m actually proud of this season. I ended the open in 20th and that was big for me. I Fucking Suck at AMRAP style workout like in the Open, so to come out in good standing I was happy. I felt like I was in the best shape of my life honestly. Then I got laided up with pneumonia. Again shit happens, but I kept moving. The hickups I encountered along the road sucked yes but they make you stronger.

Am I disappointed that I only got to compete at one day of Regionals, well yeah I mean who wouldn’t be. But like I said it happens. The workouts were really great for me in this years Regionals but it just wasn’t meant to be. My Coach Jeff said something once that helped me with my choice to withdraw.

“Everytime in my life when I thought I was Super Jeff the Good Lord decides to remind me that I’m not and to be humble.”

I slipped out of athlete mode directly back into my Coach role the rest of the weekend and got to watch the people I train everyday exceed limits that they thought they couldn’t.

Last weekend I was blessed as a Coach, brother and Friend. I wouldn’t trade this season for anything. I’m very proud on Everyone the represented this Club that means so much to me last weekend. Thank you all for wearing your colors with pride.

Posted by: Z