• CrossFit Athlete & Coach at CrossFit Ooltewah
• Professional Carpenter / Furniture Maker
• Former Chaplain
• Former Behaviorist / Trainer at SeaWorld
• Husband, Father & Grandfather
• Ken’s Games Profile
• Ken’s Training History & Athletic Background
• How he found CrossFit
• His first impressions of the CrossFit Games as an athlete
• Ken’s training & build up to the big event
• Ken & Ben walk through the Masters Games events one by one
• Ken’s advice for other Masters athletes on staying healthy while training hard
“When it comes to our physicality one thing I might say is that as we age it is important to accept the reality of limitations. They are evident on the field, in the gym and in the mirror.
Yet we may not be as constricted as we tend to resign ourselves.
Twenty five years ago as a young father my son asked me if I had ever been able to run. All he had known was a Dad who for years had been debilitated by chronic back pain. A couple of weeks ago this same son accompanied his sixty five year old father to the CrossFit Games.
Consistency in training, faith, willingness to venture into discomfort, sleep, sound nutrition, humility to heed the wisdom of others, healthy relationships, purposeful action and patience can be a recipe for surprises.
In practical terms of motivation, find a new movement or three to progressively work on.
Have high goals displayed, so to speak, on the horizon, but then make it about the work in the present. Make a plan and trust the process.
Use the clock.
Example: Working on your double-under consistency?
EMOM for ten minutes, 5 reps unbroken in minute #1, 10 in minute #2, 15 in minute #3 and so on. You must complete each increase unbroken before moving up.
Limit to ten minutes as part of your warm up or at the end of a session. Tomorrow repeat.
You end up both honing your skills and building work capacity. This can be applied in many ways and with combinations of movements.”