As featured in the   New York Times   Sunday Review

As featured in the New York Times Sunday Review

 As featured in  USA Today's   For The Win!  column

As featured in USA Today's For The Win! column

 Instructing   Toomas Hendrik Ilves   ,   President of Estonia

Instructing Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia

 Twice voted as one of the   Top 10 Kettlebell Instructors   in  Hardstyle Magazine

Twice voted as one of the Top 10 Kettlebell Instructors in Hardstyle Magazine

 As featured in  Men's Fitness ,  June/July '10

As featured in Men's Fitness, June/July '10

Take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

CrossFitting on the road is an amazing opportunity to improve your skills and meet new people.

CrossFit NYC: The Black Box | New York, NY (2009)

Working in finance means you may find yourself in NYC, and I’m there ten times a year.

Back in 2009, I was a new CrossFitter, but my ego and pecs had swelled after losing 25 pounds over the first few months. Things were different then – there was maybe one CrossFit in Manhattan, and if you could deadlift 225 for reps or hit Fran in 5 minutes, you were pretty legit. Or at least you thought you were. And I thought I was.

So I decided to drop in for a WOD at CrossFit NYC, the largest box in the world. I met some great folks right away and marveled at their facility on the 3rd floor on 26th St. The WOD was Barbara, a solid body weight workout, and I was ready to crush it.

Until Coach Court (Wing) took exception to my pushups, at which point I took exception to him. He refused to put my time on the board due to my form, and I was hot. Unfortunately it took me a while to realize two things:

  1. I was getting unbiased feedback from a professional with a fresh set of eyes, who actually took the time to observe my movement – that’s golden.
  2. My pushups really did suck. Court, if you ever see this, I thank you for your coaching. You were right.

To this day I feel badly about that incident. Be humble when visiting another CrossFit, and take constructive criticism for the fantastic opportunity it is.

 As mentioned on  CrossFit Virtuosity's blog  in Keith Wittenstein's book review of  "Kettlebell Rx" by Jeff Martone

As mentioned on CrossFit Virtuosity's blog in Keith Wittenstein's book review of "Kettlebell Rx" by Jeff Martone

 As quoted on the back cover of  Perfect Health Diet

As quoted on the back cover of Perfect Health Diet