Pat Sherwood confesses to a history of biceps curls before detailing favorite WODs that helped him stay fit on an epic motorcycle trip.
In early 2005, I received a phone call from my buddy Dave Castro, who told me I needed to check out the gnarly workouts on a website he had recently discovered.
I pulled up CrossFit.com and saw “Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1-1-1.”
At that moment in my life, I had been doing classic weight training/bodybuilding-type training for 15 years. I spent at least 90 to 120 minutes in the gym working chest and tri’s one day, back and bi’s another day, and I sprinkled in abs and the elliptical as needed. That was how you worked out. It was all I knew.
As I stared at the website, I told Dave, “This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. It is nowhere near enough for me.”
And just like that, based on damn near zero facts or data, I dismissed something I did not understand.
Months later, I met up with Dave at a social event, and we did a workout. I could generally beat him on military-type calisthenics such as pull-ups, dips, push-ups, etc., and the workout we did looked to be in my favor. Then he crushed me.
Confused, I asked him what the hell he had been doing differently.
“CrossFit,” he said.
Son of a bitch!