One Year on the Main Site

By Michael Deavers

In CrossFit, Workouts

March 28, 2010

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Michael Deavers vows to follow 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.



3 Comments on “One Year on the Main Site”


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Mr. Deavers,
I was also a FAM for approximately 4 1/2 years in the L.A. Field Office. I was the head Physical Fitness Instructor for 2 1/2 of those years and was introduced to Crossfit when I went to PITP. We did "Murph" for our first workout and....I was hooked. I incorporated Crossfit style workouts into our PT program and the results were both quantifiable and subjective (if that makes sense). One needs to look no farther than those who are in high-stress environments who use Crossfit as their base fitness program (SEAL's, Rangers, Force Recon. etc.) as well as numerous law enforcement departments and agencies. It's not just the fitness aspect as much as it is the mindset of not quitting, putting the pain aside for a few minutes and finishing. Of course the competitive nature of comparing yourself against your peers and your past workouts cannot be overlooked. Keep up the great work and keep your head down.....


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Mr. Deavers,

In your new project of following the 2004 mainsite WODs, do you treat it like you did in the last year, by not looking ahead at WODs, and checking only the day before? I think many would agree that not knowing the WOD until the evening before is significant mentally to Crossfit. I'd always be tempted to look ahead, I think holding off on that would be one of the main challenges of doing the day-to-day WODs from another year.


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Mr. Deavers,

Since you stuck to just the main-site WODs, I'm curious how your run times changed over the course of the year.

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