By: Jim Goetz
I was good. I seriously was. Then my athlete Chantea, decided to show me the $250k Challenge from BodyBuilding.com Challenge accepted...
I took some interesting "before" photos. I stepped on the scale. I had my body fat taken. And then I decided that since I was training to make regionals for the 2018 Reebok Crossfit Games, I could stand to lose what body fat I had left. It will help with my muscle ups, right?
The night before day 1, I was up all night. Both my son, daughter and wife appeared to have stomach viruses. This is of course as I was on the most disgusting clean- up duty known to man. I don't even remember serving any of that for dinner.
Somehow, my challenge was in full swing the next morning when I awoke with the worst stomach pain known to man...aside from child birth (so I heard).
I decided to power through my next morning and go to work. It did not take long until I was on all fours in the most embarrassing of positions, hugging the toilet in a public restroom doing a very interesting abdominal exercise with the sole purpose of eliminating the entire contents of my stomach and bowel from the oral method. It was painful. I was grateful I did not induce an aortic aneurysm.
Since day 1 and part of day 2, I have gotten back into ketosis and amped up my cross fit training with 2-3 workouts per day. The first workout typically works on strength changes in powerlifting movements. The second is a WOD. The third I practice my Olympic lifts.
When I get home, I undergo static stretching and intense treatment for my very torn right supraspinatus muscle and other intense pains no one realizes I experience on a moment to moment basis.
My training programming has allowed me to continue to improve upon my skills and abilities without stagnation or burning out. Unfortunately it has also caused intense growing pains (being politically correct).
It's truly enjoyable working so intensely on things I have not been able to do in my life. Each day poses a new and wonderful challenge. At the end of each workout and even each day, I lie there asking myself...WTF!?!!? Why do I do this? Why should I do this again? The next day I arise welcoming the challenge ahead.
James "Jim" Goetz, affectionately referred to as, "Dr. Daddy", is a leading global expert in the field of health, fitness and wellness having spent many years as a strength and conditioning coach, completing his national chiropractic board exams and authoring numerous articles on the subject. He currently explores the unknown in advancing human performance through scientific research.