Perfectionism is Killing Me (and You)

Hi.  My name is Brandon and I am a perfectionist (cue the monotone AA "Hi Brandon" in response).  As a perfectionist, there are many things I do well.  Sometime exceptionally well.  But there are also things I don't do well...so I don't do them at all, and that's a problem.Being a perfectionist takes on many forms.  It's pride in a job well done.  It's knowing that what you have done has been done to your own never satisfied standard so you know it's "perfect".  These are good things...to an extent.  It means that those receiving your work will receive not

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There's No Such Thing as Free Time

“No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.” - Henry RollinsYeah, that Henry Rollins.  As in the Henry Rollins Band.  Pretty smart little nugget when you hear it, huh?It's a direct push against the procrastinator in me and it made a little angry, which made me take note that there's probably something there.We spend our lives trying to find "some free time", "down time", or "spare time" because we believe that's the magical land where all the things are done and we'll have all the time

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I Want to be Your Trainer

There.  I said it.  I want to be your trainer.  Why?  Because I want to help you.  I help people like you everyday and I actually love it.  And I want to help you.A few blogs ago (Finding Your Purpose) I wrote about the question:  If you never had to worry about money ever again in your life (meaning you have, say, $1 Billion in the bank), what would you do with you time that would make a positive impact on the world?You want to know my answer to that question?  This.  I would coach.  I would be a trainer.  It's

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Letting Go of Excuses (Member Feature Story)

The first question that we all get asked is, "Why CrossFit?"  It's one of the few questions that us crazy CrossFitters always have more than one answer to.To be honest, I didn't even know what CrossFit was until Naomi (a friend of my wife's and a member at CrossFit Crossroads) told my wife and I to try it.  She's bossy so we eventually gave in (kidding...kinda...hahaha)!For me, the trigger to change was a family trip to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs this year.  I was so out of shape it was all I could do to keep

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30 for 30!

So, I'm going to be honest.  I really didn't think I would make it to 30 consecutive blog posts.  And to be honest, I'm a little lost now.  I'm not sure what to do.  Do I keep going?  Do I set a schedule?  What on earth do I do?Today is technically 29 of 30.  Tomorrow's blog (already written) will mark 30.  Here's what I know: this was a project of self challenge and self growth.  It was also a project of passion.I have a passion to change lives.  Some of you follow me on Instagram (@xfitcoachb) or on Facebook where

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Lifeguards and Swim Coaches

"Physicians are lifeguards. Trainers are swim coaches."  Coach Greg Glassman gave this great analogy in this awesome little video.  If you get it, you get it.  If you don't, Here's what it means to me.When I started school I was a pre-med student.  I was all in on healing people, doing surgery on broken bones and all kinds of other cool stuff.  As I learned more about what doctors did, I started to wonder if there was a better way.  Some of this stuff is unavoidable.  Car wrecks, falling off bikes, slipping on ice, cancer...major traumatic events that happen in

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Finding the Best in Your Day

CrossFit.  The very word brings to mind images of ripped, hard bodies doing insane feats of fitness and YouTube videos of average Joes and Janes falling on their faces “trying crossfit”.  Both of those are real and true.  And they’re both a myth.CrossFit does produce the fittest men and women on earth, but it’s not exclusively for them.  CrossFit is a methodology (I know, too big a word for Friday) that makes real, useable fitness possible for all of us.  The elite are just that, elite.  The few that have decided that CrossFit is their sport and they want to

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Get Off the Couch, Get Off the Carbs

The message is simple.  We all know it intuitively.  Yet we seem to block it out of our brains so much that we have convinced ourselves of the opposite.  These 2 statement, if acted on, will change your life, literally.  Follow me, I'll tell you how. Statement 1) Get off the couch. We live in a world that tells more and more that we should be comfortable.  That things that are uncomfortable should be avoided at all costs.  In the fitness world there are gyms full of impact absorbing treadmills, recumbent bikes, and ellipticals all for the sake of comfort.

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Your Morning Smoothie is Making You Fat

Dang it!  I did it again.  I click-baited you.  I don't enjoy doing it...or do I?  Either way you're here so read on.By the way, the title of the bog is both click bait and true.  Now I'm not here to bash and trash all smoothies as evil.  They have their place and if having a daily smoothie is the worst thing you do, you're doing better than, if I had to guess, about 90% of the population right now.Smoothies can be great.  They can contain all the nutrition you need and, if well balanced, can get you thru to

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Finding You…

So this blog has become a place of musings and rantings.  A place of small chunks of education and motivation.  At least I hope that's what it has become.  A place where most of the content I put out there pulls you off the couch to go and do something good or better with the life you have been given.  And today will be no different.Our quote of the week this week at the gym is by a man named Sam Adeyemi, the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.  He has also been a speaker at the Global

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