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Burly Man

“There are never any pictures on the website of me doing something burly,” I told my friend Andy a few weeks ago. Our gym’s website often features photos of members doing burly things: lifting weights, climbing ropes, flipping tires.

I don’t see Andy very often. He and I went through the Crossfit “on-ramp” class together, but I exercise at 6:30 in the morning, and he comes in at odd times during the day.

I saw Andy again today. He did the workout first. It was nasty: ring dips, heavy deadlifts, and lunges for fifteen minutes. I did the workout next.

Afterward, Andy said, “What’s your phone number?” I told him. “Great,” he said. “I’m sending a photo of you doing something burly.”

Burly J.D.

Here I am, deadlifting 225#. This is about 75% of my max. If this were my first lift, this wouldn’t be impressive. But this is about my 40th lift at this weight, and it was almost impossible. It sucked.

Okay, okay. I know you’re all getting tired of Crossfit. I’ll try to avoid the subject for a while…

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  1. I hope you don’t stop talking about CrossFit. In fact, it was your personal blog (which I came across from GRS) which introduced CrossFit to me. I did some research and signed up here in Boston last July. It’s been amazing.

    We’ve never met. We’ve never communicated. Heck, I’ve never posted on any of your blogs (consider this the first). But know this JD, you were the catalyst which helped change my life from a fitness perspective. I thank you for this.

    And the more you post about CF on your blog, perhaps the more lives you will change for the better.

    Thank you for everything!