For Gary Roberts, best friend Harold Ryden represents his “baseline workout” in the real world. A former arm wrestler of 12 years, 39-year-old Ryden has beaten Roberts at everything.
“So as long as I’ve known Gary, he’s always been fat,” Ryden says. “And in those nine years (he) only got fatter.”
In this episode of Killing the Fat Man—called “Always the Fat Friend”—Roberts invites his friend to do a workout at Oceanside CrossFit.
“I will have beaten a demon that I have inside because when I’ve always looked at Harold, he’s always been the big guy. He’s always been better at everything than me,” Roberts says. “I never thought I could out-accomplish him at anything.”
The workout is a 10-minute AMRAP involving running, thrusters, sit-ups, burpees and knees-to-elbows. Ryden finishes several reps shy of two rounds. Roberts later completes four rounds plus six reps, beating even Coach Chris Sheets.
“This really shows how much Gary has improved,” Sheets says. “Gary’s never beat me in a workout—until today.”
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Additional reading: Coaching Fitness From Scratch by Stephanie Vincent, published Oct. 7, 2011.