November 01, 2012
Master Sgt. Eric Johnson believes true intensity and focus can make the difference between good and great.
At the age of 41, I have spent 22 years as a United States Marine, and I’ve been an avid weightlifter, American Mountain Guides Association rock-climbing instructor, ski instructor and martial-arts instructor. I’ve always thought of myself as being in pretty good shape. I can run three miles in under 21 minutes and do 20 strict pull-ups no problem, and I don’t even break a sweat doing crunches.
But it wasn’t until this last summer, while serving my third tour in Afghanistan, that I began to catch a glimpse of what “in shape” really means.
And thanks to CrossFit and few good friends, I also learned a great deal about intensity.