Former NFL player Michael Houghton found CrossFit and then went back to strength training. Now he’s come full circle and believes CrossFit is the best program for him.
Over the past year. I have been experimenting with all sorts of programming besides CrossFit.
I started off going to the CrossFit Football Certification. At the cert, I got an itch to try some Olympic lifting. I got some shoes and started off into this new world. After this, I looked at the CrossFit Strength Bias stuff and Mark Rippetoe’s stuff. I decided I wanted to work on my strength once again because it was lacking. I put together an eight-week program and got two whole weeks into it before I was wrecked again. The heavy lifting day after day was just killing me. I kept with it because I thought being strong was the single most important aspect of being fit.
I also figured that if I continued, my body would get used to the pain again. Maybe it would have, had I continued long enough. All I know is that during this time, I was irritated and hurting. The whole time I was doing this, my wife kept saying to me, “Just do CrossFit. That’s when you were the happiest.” I didn’t listen, of course.
I finally came to the realization—just yesterday after Tabata This—that the only thing that works for me and will work for me in the long haul is CrossFit. I am back down a few pounds, my body has been changing in the two weeks that I have done CrossFit.com programming, and I feel great.