Tuesday 04242012

Todd Juen.....

Todd’s Story

What lead to me joining Crossfit Progression?….To answer that question I’d like to give you a snapshot of my previous life (known as life before crossfit).  It started with me getting up three mornings a week to go to the gym, followed by a day at work.  Then, approximately one year ago, I started gaining weight and to everyone’s surprise it was NOT muscle.  What I did not realize until recently, was that what I called going to the gym, is what crossfitters call socializing for forty-five minutes.   In fact, as I reminisce about my previous life, I cannot recall one time where I even broke a sweat.   Then the big 40 hit me, could I really be getting old?  I didn’t feel old, well at least mentally, but physically was a whole different story.   Coincidently, my wife must have been thinking the same thing when she gave me a membership to Crossfit Progression for my birthday.  Of course my first thought was this is the best gift ever!  But my next thought was “what the heck is that?” So I checked out the website and it looked alright, but too intense for me to actually join so I put it off.  Unfortunately, not soon after I was due for my annual physical where I heard “we need to recheck your cholesterol in six months at which time if not controlled we will talk about medicine.”  That is when it hit me! I need to fix this myself, instead of relying on medication to be healthy. I have two older brothers who are both overweight and subsequently have several complications.  If I didn’t do something, and something soon, I was going to be heading down the same path.  This leads me to the beginning of my next life, life with crossfit.

My crossfit experience started November of last year, a month after my 40th birthday.  I never imagined I could be so sore from only doing air squats.  Even going upstairs was difficult, very difficulty, the first few days.  There were a few times I thought about quitting, but my wife’s encouragement kept me going.  Now that I conquered actually showing up to crossfit, it was time to progress to the ‘real’ class; I was no longer a beginner.  I was scared at first, but after feeling the encouragement from everyone in the class, I wanted to come back and now I can’t sop.  Believe it or not,  I now get disappointed if I have to miss a WOD.  What happened to me?…..Here are the top five things I have learned about myself since I started:

  1. I am proud of myself for sticking with this.  If I did not receive the encouragement from the trainers, my wife and fellow members I would have been long gone.
  2. I am proud and happy to have my wife join me in this journey.
  3. I am proud to look in the mirror and see muscle where there was not any 6 months ago.
  4. I have not been in better shape since I graduated basic training when I was 18.
  5. I cannot wait to see where my journey will take me in another 6 months.

I would like to end my story with my Lipid screen results before and after.  All of these results went from high to normal range. These results are mainly due to exercise and some Paleo diet changes.   I post my results because I hope people will see them and know that exercise can lower your results.  Too often these days we look for the magic easy pill to get us healthy.  I found the pill for me it is located in the “Box” which is Crossfit Progression.

Test name Before After 6 months  Percent change
HDL 217 177 18%
LDL 154 147 4.5%
Cholesterol 259 216 17%
Triglycerides 313 149 52%

I would like to personally thank all the trainers and members who have encouraged me in the last six months without that encouragement I would not have achieved these results.  Lastly I would like to thank my wife for the support she gives me each and every day to help me succeed in this journey.

-Todd Juen

A.  20 Minutes to Establish your 1 rep max thruster from the Rack 

B.  Fran 21-15-9 

Thrusters @ 95lb/65lb 


C.  3 x 15-20 Toes to bar 

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16 Responses
  1. Mike Ganrude

    WOD 21-15-9
    Burpees and pull ups with vest (brutal)
    *Energy level is low. Still recovering from strep throat and a ear infection last week.

  2. Angela Andrist

    max thruster 105 lb
    WOD 5:29; 55 lb & green band for pull-ups
    this was my 1st time meeting Fran & she was tough!

  3. jen

    So wish I could do this one. I am taking a break to get my knee better. Will try and come and cheer people on before the kids class tonight.

  4. Jim Sorum

    1 reps thruster max: 160lbs (5lbs pr)
    Fran 6:16 (23 sec pr)
    hung around for the 5:30 class and saw some outstanding performances.

  5. Cally Vinz

    Did PR challenge instead of Fran — not sure which would have been worse. Felt good but I sure pushed myself, nearly needed the waste basket!

  6. Steve Vinz

    Max thruster: 105 lbs.
    WOD: 5:51….65 lbs thruster with a red band for pullups.
    Fran was tough….good workout.

  7. Nic Scudamore

    Great Oly Class tonight! 16 people! For those who don’t know you now can have your own personalized Olympic Weightlifting program to follow for each class! The only difference with the program from what we already are doing in class is that you will have your own set numbers to lift each work out. All I need are your top numbers for each of the following lifts……
    Snatch, Clean and Jerk, Front Squat, Back Squat,

    If you are new and do not have any numbers do not worry about this. We will get to this point in the coming weeks.

    If you don’t have all of the numbers that is fine e-mail me what you have
    [email protected]

    See you Thursday!

  8. Mark

    Nice work Todd!

    Part two of the PR Challenge today: 8 rounds, up from 6+10. In retrospect, I should have paced myself a bit more at the beginning.

  9. bryanakervik

    Max Thruster: 125#
    Fran: 4:08 – Barbell and jump pull ups.
    Can’t wait to start adding some weight! Ha.
    Great workout, glad I went today.

  10. Keith

    Max one rep thruster 125#
    Fran: a glacial 7:29 at 65# with a red band. Not really comprehending how anyone does this in under 3 minutes…