Michael Deavers vows to follow CrossFit.com for one year and learns a lot about the program—and himself.
My introduction to physical preparedness came late in life courtesy of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, when I survived the Fort Worth Police Academy physical-training program. Ten years ago, that meant a diet heavy on running and body-weight calisthenics done five days a week. After graduating from the academy, I became more interested in physical activity.
In December 2001 I was selected to attend the Federal Air Marshal Training Program. It was during this training that I was exposed to weightlifting for the first time, as well as short, violent sprints where winning mattered. We experienced a host of cruel combinations of physical activities—all at altitude in the New Mexico desert.
That experience opened my eyes to how functional and capable a human machine can be, and I spent the next nine years chasing answers and looking for challenges. That quest continued on through 2008, and in December my thoughts turned to 2009. I was looking for a New Year’s Resolution that would be black and white, pass or fail, crystal clear. I wanted a resolution that would better me as a person and as a police officer, a resolution that would strengthen my body as well as my mind.
It had been right in front of my face for the last two years: the CrossFit main-site WOD.