Ready for some Gainz?

I’ve been a fan of boxed collections since back in 2013 when StrideBox launched as the go to boxed collection for runners. I wrote about my experiences with StrideBox here and on their 1st and 2nd Birthdays. During the time I got them it was a great value and I got some cool gizmos. It was really nutrition (gels, energy drink tablets, etc) focused so when I got injured I stopped getting it.

Then I found Cairn, which is more broadly focused on “outdoor adventures.” They had lot of cool gizmos and gadgets for an outdoor lifestyle – camping, backpacking, etc. Some of the items were things I would never have bought because I don’t see the value in them – but sometimes it was amazing and worth every penny!! I had to end this box set to help ease the family budget last year!

My wife gets MightyNest which is kitchen gadgets. And my dog gets a BarkBox. You get the idea right… we like getting boxes of goodness each month!!

I’m kind of all over the place with fitness lately – running, road biking, mountain biking, CrossFit, Cyclocross, skiing, bouldering, etc… I had looked at several different boxes related to CrossFit things but none of them really caught my eye or seemed like a good value. I’ve heard about Gainz Boxes for awhile, but it wasn’t until CrossFit Athlete Cole Sager posted about them with a discount code that I decided to pull the trigger and get one.

It arrived this past week and I finally opened it up. It happened to be the Emily Bridgers box with lots of cool stuff. From FitAid was a hat, shirt, can of LifeAid, and socks! It also included some Roasted Broad Bean Crisps from Enlightened and some wristbands from Victory Grips. Plus some kind of discount code or coupon for all the companies mentioned.

Not a bad deal overall.

01232018 – Ski and Shovel

This morning started the serious work of digging out from the 9-14 inches that we got.

After resting from that I went out for a ski on some of the South Wirth trails and accumulated just over 7k in about 70 minutes. The trails had been rolled but not tracked until on my way back. So I’m sure that added extra work to my classic skiing! It sure was beautiful though.

Then in the afternoon kids and I went with friends sledding and my phone roughly estimates that we walked 2.5 miles with at least half of that climbing and in deep snow!

01222028 – Snow

I’ve been sick since last Weds. Friday and Saturday were the worst. Possibly Influenza B and Viral Upper Respitory Infection. I felt good enough to go with the kids to ski lessons. Today we got tons of snow. Some of the drifts are over a foot. We got around 9 inches. Today’s workout activities included helping push a bus that was stuck, shoveling and snow plowing part of the sidewalk!

01162018 – Crossfit

12 minutes to a Heavy 1×3 Overhead Squat

I completed 3 reps at 85#  I attempted 95# and did 1 full rep and maybe 2 that were about 1/2 the correct depth.


As Many Rounds as Possible in 12 minutes:

20 Power Snatches 65#

20 Lateral Burpees over Barbell

20 Overhead Squats 65#

20 Lateral Burpees over Barbell

20 Full Snatches 65#

I completed 0 rounds and 90 reps, so I got half way through the snatches before time was over.

01152018 – Crossfit

We are getting ready for the CrossFit Open, so…

For time:

1500m row

200 single unders

50 Wall Balls 20# 10ft

200 single unders

1500m row



3 kipping pullups

My time for the first part was 20:47 and the last row almost made me puke. 

When I got home I had to snow blow and shovel! 

01132018 – Bouldering/Firebreather

I skipped to Day 6 Firebreather Fitness Workout

Every 3 minutes for 12 minutes
Minute 1 – knees to elbow
Minute 2 – box jump (20″)
Minute 3 – push-ups

To be done at 40% threshold which was found before starting.

Each round I did:
12 knees to elbow
9 box jumps
6 push-ups from the floor