Tomorrow I begin my umpteenth attempt to get back into shape. My medical condition is supposedly cleared up and I have been given the OK to start training again. So we’re back to the original plan: 3 days of kickboxing, 2 days of weightlifting.
I’ve run the usual tests: weight; and arm, chest, waist, thigh, calf measurements. I’d also like to get a body fat reading but I can’t find my calipers so it might have to wait until Tuesday when I hit the gym. All I know is that I am slow, weak, and smooth. My weight is 173lbs, but other than that I will not post any of my stats yet, but in due time I shall.
Two things have inspired me today:
- University of Florida’s starting quarterback, Tim Tebow
- This video here: CrossFitters are Strong
What’s so Great About Tim Tebow?
I stepped outside of my typical sphere of influence and picked up the Sept. 2008 issue of Men’s Fitness due only to Tebow’s presence in the magazine. This is the first man ever to win the Heisman Trophy as a sophmore. Dude threw 32 TDs and ran for 23 more, setting something like 15 different records in the process. I’ve also been a Gator’s fan since before Rex Grossman but I digress.
The strength and conditioning coach had to stop him from lifting too much weight because he was competing with the linemen trying to be the strongest guy on the team. A quarterback who is as strong as the linemen… think about it.
Off the field he is also a hero. He’s been involved with Christian missionary work that has resulted in medical and dental services for underprivileged folks in the Philippines. I’m not big on religion personally, but to go in and help people or man an orphanage is much more respectable than trying to convert everyone you see to your faith.
Anyway, the guy is strong, motivated, relentless, conditioned, and he’s a good person. This is the type of inspiration I look towards. If you want to find out more about Tebow, check out the Sept. 2008 issue of Men’s Fitness. There are probably plenty of other interviews with the guy that I don’t know about. Try a Google search. Oh, he also dates hot chicks.