Mentally & Physically Preparing for the GORUCK

Mentally & Physically Preparing for the GORUCK

Part 1 of 2: By Matt Bahen and Ryan Burns Don’t Flipping Quit – As told by Matt So, you’ve decided that you want to do something special and have registered for a GORUCK. Now what? How the heck are you going to prepare for 12+ hours of Good Living, all through the night, with a bunch of strangers and doing all sorts of things you’ve never done before (and probably never even heard of)? Seems pretty uncomfortable doesn’t it? Better get comfortable with that. As a military guy, and especially as an EOD dude, this situation isn’t all that unusual. I’ve done some pretty uncomfortable stuff in my time, and I really enjoyed the challenge the GORUCK cadre gave our group during the event. I can say that everybody in our group that completed the challenge went WAY past the point they were used to stopping at, and the brain convinced the body to keep going. Most of Class 1569 (our GORUCK Group) didn’t have the advantage of being prior military, but they all KICKED BUTT during the event. How did they do it? What I gathered from the fellow CrossFit Full Circle members in the class, as well as from other classmates, is a simple list of things that anybody from any background can use to prepare physically and mentally (most important thing to me really) for the challenge. Do CrossFit – I know what you’re thinking, “Well duh…you’re a CrossFit coach and you own a box!” Well, yes that is true, but in my experience training with a GOOD CrossFit gym/coach will take you out of your comfort zone and...
CrossFit Isn’t Dangerous – I am

CrossFit Isn’t Dangerous – I am

By Ryan Burns  At the age of 40, long gone were any accumulated benefits of my active youth. Married with 3 kids, I was at a point in my life where I knew I should be taking better care of my health, and my witty “I run… when chased” was getting old, even to me. Having not grown up with much exposure to weightlifting, I knew a $10-a-month gym membership would just lead to me wasting $10 a month, and experience had shown me that relying on my own will power to go run and do body weight exercises would be short lived at best. I needed something to push me, to train me, to help me. Then the ad appeared, and I signed up to try CrossFit. In my excitement to try something new and hopefully establish some healthy habits in my life, I began to tell my friends. Most of them couldn’t believe that I was actually going to begin working out. A few gave me looks of concern. Then came the email. “Hey Ryan, a friend of mine thought you should read this before you get into CrossFit.” I clicked the link and began to read about cases of Rhabdomyolysis connected to CrossFit. For those who don’t know, Rhabdomyolysis (also known as Rhabdo) is a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases damaging protein into the blood often resulting in kidney failure and has been connected to cases involving high intensity workouts. Also, for those who don’t know, I only have one kidney. Six years ago a friend of mine was dying of a rare genetic disorder that caused...