Teen Crossfit body changes

George has been growing rapidly.

He took up Crossfit last year at the age of 12, just as his body began to take on the kind of life-changing transformation which comes with puberty. It has been THE best thing that could have happened during this period. Some time after that he decided to adjust his diet  to become semi-Paleo.

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The combination of these two changes has brought him:-

  • self confidence
  • fitness
  • camaraderie
  • a role model in the form of his fitness coach
  • an outlet for his hormones and his energy
  • a sense of joining manhood as he challenges his body to increasingly difficult but rewarding things
  • a marked improvement on the rugby pitch

Instead of succumbing to the spreading middle which so many early teenagers end up with after the endless hours of X-Box coma, he has blossomed. His shoulders are broadening, his strength is increasing and his abs are tight. I could not be prouder.

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Thanks indeed to the wonderful coach at Crossfit HG3 who dedicates so much time to these boys. I would highly recommend this as a form of exercise for any teen, any time.

These pictures were taken just over a year apart – June 2012 and August 2013. What a difference a year makes.


Post-op fitness

Hello Trog Blog, ‘sbeen a while!

In truth, I’ve just been a little too busy to blog here, but it feels like a good time to write a quick post.

After surgery and 6 weeks in a plaster cast, I emerged, withered and sore at the end of June. The good news was that I managed to stay ‘clean’ with my diet for the whole period, achieving the impossible at my age – I didn’t really gain any weight. Phew.

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Apart from the initial two weeks when I was limited to sitting with an elevated leg and in severe pain, I managed to get back to the gym immediately. It’s quite amazing what you can do on one leg.

It’s now about 8 weeks since the plaster came off and I’m finally back to full WODs. I am running (carefully and even more slowly than usual) and have managed my first sets of lunges and box jumps in the last couple of weeks. It feels good.

There is no doubt that I have lost, in this order:-

1. Flexibility – my foot is like a rod of iron and my ankles are refusing to rotate fully

2. Strength – the squats I lifted with ease are now feeling much heavier to me

3. Fitness – having been an impact-free zone for so long, I must accept that it’s also going to feel much harder now I’m back to aerobic exercise again.

That said, I am determined to get back to full fitness, lose the remainder of my body fat which is stubbornly protecting my middle, and finally master the unaided pull-up this year. Age is just a number.

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