Usain Bolt: 41 Steps for 100 Meters

Usain Bolt 41 steps

Ok, so I am not Usain Bolt, and I never will be – I get it. But I would like to be a faster runner.  As I wrote about previously, I have a goal to run a sub-60 second 400 meter dash.  And given that I am currently 45 years old, that would be a pretty big accomplishment, especially since I had NEVER run track until last summer. Over the past 12 months I have … Read more

Thoughts from James “OPT” FitzGerald on the 400 meter and the 800 meter

Kirani James and David Rushida

The track and field events at the 2012 London Olympics have been exceptional – how about 19 year old Kirani James with a 43.94 Gold medal performance in the 400 meters?  I wonder if he will eventually break Michael Johnson’s record.  What about 800 meter super star David Rudisha and his NEW WORLD RECORD of 1:40.91?  All I can say is WOW. While we might look at these athletes as “genetically blessed,” the reality is … Read more

Rogue Fitness: A Start-up Success Story

Rogue Fitness

If you are a member of a CrossFit gym, you can’t miss it.  From bumper plates, to abmats, to my personal favorite, the GHD machine, the Rogue Fitness name is everywhere. Founded in 2006 and based in Columbus, Ohio, Rogue has enjoyed phenomenal growth.  According to Web Smith, AKA @CrossFitChron and the man responsible for @RogueFitness on Twitter, “We currently have 75 people working for us here at Rogue HQ, and we are stationed in … Read more

Why CrossFit, Inc. May be Worth $500 Million?

CrossFit Exhaustion

Note:  My Athletic Life is in no way affiliated with CrossFit, Inc. Reebok has proclaimed that with CrossFit, “the sport of fitness has arrived,” but what about CrossFit, Inc. the business?  Has it arrived? While I am in no way privy to any inside information, it would appear that CrossFit, Inc. is likely a business that is capable of making money in a way that would make Warren Buffett blush. Let me explain. While CrossFit … Read more

Pose Running: Is it Appropriate for Sprinting?

For an elite sprinter like Usain Bolt, running is poetry personified.  With perfect rhythm and no wasted motion, his running appears effortless.  This appearance is the byproduct of years of refining his sprint technique. But what about everyday athletes?  Can we become faster sprinters with the proper coaching and training? Advocates of  the Pose Method of running would answer YES to the question above.  Pose, developed by Dr. Nicholas Romanov, a Ph.D. in Physical Education and … Read more

CrossFit Terms, Acronyms, and Jargon

Achilles Ruptures

Last Updated: February 19, 2021. What did you notice the first time you walked into a CrossFit gym? For me, it was the wall-to-wall white boards filled with names, times, goals, workouts, etc.  But most of  it was the unending list of indecipherable jargon and acronyms. To help make sense of this unique language you may encounter if you workout at a CrossFit gym, I compiled a list of 62 CrossFit terms. Basic CrossFit Terms: AMRAP:  As Many … Read more

Christmas Abbott: Finding Her Purpose with CrossFit

CrossFit Raleigh Coach Christmas Abbott

Last Updated: July 25th, 2016. Are you living the life you meant to live?  Are you doing the thing that makes you happy?  Are you having a positive impact on others? A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Christmas Abbott, owner and coach at CrossFit Invoke in downtown Raleigh, and I am 100% confident her answers to the above are “Yes, Yes, and Yes!”  In fact, I am not sure I have ever … Read more

CrossFit and Yoga – Yin and Yang

“Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system.” – Wikipedia Prior to starting CrossFit, I practiced yoga for four years.  I finally gave it up as I wanted to find an exercise program that was a bit more strength oriented – enter CrossFit.   CrossFit has certainly provided strength, but I have been wondering if it might make more sense to try … Read more

Al Kavadlo: Zen Fitness Via Bodyweight Training

When I examine the things I am passionate about, I am struck by the diverse nature of my interests:  CrossFit and sprinting, beekeeping and gardening, entrepreneurship, food, health, diet, and family.  For me, having many areas to learn and grow in is what keeps life interesting, and perhaps for you as well. But, within a broad set of interests, you need to be focused in order to be successful.  And if I am learning anything … Read more

Strength and Endurance: Can We Have Both?

Author: Sarah Wilson No one ever told me I could be strong.  From an early age I was told I had “the body of a runner.”  Translation: you are tall and skinny and should probably stay away from sports that involve physical contact with another human being or heavy objects. So I became a runner because that is what I thought I was “supposed” to be.  For a long time, I let my body type … Read more

How to Calculate Your 400 Meter Sprint Potential

Author: Jimson Lee For several decades, I used a specific formula to calculate the 400 meter potential of elite sprinters. The formula is: 400m potential = 200m Season Best (SB) doubled, plus 4 seconds. Note that I used Season Best, and not Personal Best, because a time from a previous year may show a huge difference (for better or worse). For a 44 second world class sprinter, a 20 second 200 meter SB means (20 … Read more