Not long to go….Korea!

1 week from now the regional qualification for Asia for the 2012 CrossFit Games will all be over. One male and one female will have won the competition after 6 workouts and in doing so secured a place in at the 2012 CrossFit Games.
For me personally this is the exciting part. All training has been done and I am happy that I have done all that I can to prepare in the way that I have wanted to for the regional’s this year. A huge thanks to my coach Rob Downton from Raw Strength & Conditioning, insane programs that have helped beyond belief. Another thanks to Dan Harrison from Evolve for all his support and guidance through my training in Dubai. But most of all a big thanks to my wife and my family who have supported me all along and continue to be my main motivation. I appreciate all the support around the world that I get and all the support of the InnerFight brand. 
You can keep up to date with my progress during the competition on the CrossFit Games Site. The competition is in Seoul, Korea which is GMT +9 on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.

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Details of some of the references to other sites / blog posts made in this podcast can be found below:
Ben Greenfield Workshop in Dubai May 11th 12th 2012:
Information on the event CLICK HERE or contact direct
CrossFit Games Asia Regionals:
Marcus’s story CLICK HERE
Official games website CLICK HERE

General References:
“Smart Choices” CLICK HERE 
“Create genuine buy in” CLICK HERE 

Smart Choices!

“I’m traveling”, “I didn’t get time to cook”, “I couldn’t make it to the grocery store” and the list goes on of what I would call famous quotes on why you are sat there eating a meal that is doing you more harm than good.
Well I believe we should be solution conscious and not problem conscious. I believe that we should try and salvage each and every situation and make the best out of it so I want to share with you 5 “smart choices” when you are in a tricky situation of having to unexpectedly eat at an establishment which doesn’t quite meet your “healthy eating” criteria:

  1. Get your mind in gear: Where ever you go there are good options, you just have to be strong willed enough to seek them out.
  2. Drop the sauce: Just because the menu says that your meal is served with lashings of sauce this doesn’t mean you can’t ask them to leave it off.
  3. The right carbs: We need carbs, they fuel us but why not choose the right ones. Throw away the starchy ones such as rice and potatoes and bring in the green ones such as broccoli and spinach.
  4. No more salt: In many restaurants the food is enhanced with salt in the kitchen so there really is not need to further drown it in the stuff just to try and draw out even more flavor.
  5. Drink smart: Restaurants often like to offer us “free” refills on sodas? Ignore it, why do you want more sugar in your body? Stick to the water, its also normally in the free refill category and is often free altogether.
You may not be 100% prepared for your meals 365 days a year and we all get caught short form time to time, but when you are in a tricky situation, don’t let the wheels fall off all together, make smart choices as there are so many out there.

Become Superhuman with Ben Greenfield

“InnerFight is proud to announce the “Become Superhuman” seminar with Ben Greenfield on May 11th and 12th 2012 in Dubai.

Ben Greenfield, originally from Washington USA, has fast become one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced performance and health of the human body. Ben coaches and trains individuals for fat loss, muscle gain, and sports performance globally, working with executives, elite athletes, and weekend warriors to achieve their physical, mental and health goals. In 2008, Ben was nominated as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ben holds graduate degrees in physiology and bio-mechanics, is a certified nutritionist and has over a decade of coaching professional, collegiate and recreational athletes from a wide variety of sports. As an athlete himself Ben competes each year in the world championships of Ironman triathlon, and is one of the top ranked amateur triathletes in the US.

Over the past two years, Greenfield has been developing his vast body of knowledge and research into a new seminar entitled “Become Superhuman”, and will be presenting this seminar at a workshop in Dubai for the first time outside the United States. This interactive fitness, nutrition and lifestyle workshop delivers the seven crucial modules necessary for developing a superhuman body and mind: performance, fat loss, recovery, digestion, brain, sleep and hormonal balance. Participants in the “Become Superhuman” workshop will be given all the systems and components necessary to maximize physical performance, body appearance and mental function.

InnerFight founder Marcus Smith commented: “It’s great to be able to get a world class authority such as Ben over in Dubai to hold this 2 day workshop. This is the first time someone of Ben’s calibre will deliver something like this in the region and with our growing diabetes and obesity rates, this is for more than just for specialized athletes – this is for the general population to learn how to get the best out of their lives.”

“99% of people live their lives at just a fraction of their physical and mental capacity,” commented Greenfield, “The goal here is to teach people how to get their bodies to operate the way they’re supposed to – and equip folks with the knowledge to do things like feel exactly how they want to feel when exercising, achieve any physical goals they set their mind to, experience unparalleled mental clarity at work and play, turn the body into a fat burning machine, digest foods and absorb nutrients with precision and efficiency, have great sex, uninterrupted, deep restorative sleep, and – perhaps most importantly – a long life with an extremely high quality of life.”

The “Become Superhuman” workshop is anticipated to fill very quickly, but is currently open to anyone and will take place on May 11th and 12th at Evolve Gym. For complete details, contact or 050-6403556.”

Regional Qualification – CrossFit Games

So the CrossFit Games enters it’s next stage…..
The first stage was the open where over 60,000 people from around the world took part in 5 workouts over the course of 5 consecutive weeks. Their results broken down region wise now form regional leader boards around the world. The athletes sitting in the top 60 in their region are now invited to attend regional qualifications which will see spots for the finals in LA in July up for grabs! The final which will ultimately crown 1 man and 1 women with the title “Fittest on Earth”
But whats my interest in this?

In 2011 I entered the CrossFit Open at the 11th hour, not really knowing what was in store and certainly not able to do a number of the movements required in this sport. I ended up qualifying for the regional event and placing 5th which on a first outing was acceptable.
Having had a deeper look at the sport and with an obsession to challenge myself and set goals I set a goal to go one event better in 2012 and see if I could go all the way to the finals.
I have attacked this year differently initially spending a lot of time studying the different movements and demands of CrossFit, I then went and became a certified CrossFit trainer to further increase my knowledge of the sport. 

A great experience was spending time training with an old friend Jeremy Austin the owner of CrossFit Gold Coast It was here I met Rob Downton from Raw Strength & Conditioning and was fortunate enough to catch up with Rob in January this year and secure his services as a coach. With his background and approach to training and CrossFit I knew things would be “different”. His attitude to specific skills and to work capacity is a whole new level!

With just one month to go until the regional qualification in Korea I continue to execute Rob’s training daily at Evolve under the watchful eye of one of Dubai’s leading trainers and Evolve co-founder, Dan Harrison.

The only way to describe preparing for an event like this is “Full on” there are so many skills and techniques that you have to address in the gym and then outside the gym your life has to change too as there are a number of factors which can aid your performance such as sleep patterns, nutrition and lifestyle choices which have to be taken into consideration.

I am very lucky, I have a great coaching team in Rob and Dan, a huge support in my wife Holly and my family and then all the guys that drop in to do sessions with me and push me as hard as they can. 

Lets see what happens at the start of May in Korea!