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CFI Vault 3-peat: Brian’s Thanksgiving Guide

By Holley | In Uncategorized | on November 22, 2012

image from crossfitadvanced.com

I debated writing a new post for today, but I decided it wouldn’t be fair for our newbies to miss out on an oldie that’s such a goodie. A couple of years back, Ruth posted on the healthy way though Thanksgiving in “Ruth’s Survival Guide to Thanksgiving.” I highly recommend reading this post (Brian’s response will make more sense if you do), and then read this one. I know, I know, twice the reading, but it’s worth your time. I made a few edits and additions this time, as some things have changed over the years.

Today we have a guest post from Brian, one half of Team Tan Tahitian Beauties Pasta Power (no more pasta for this duo, they eventually joined the Paleo bandwagon and came back from their honeymoon fit and darker than ever).

Let me first preface this post by saying – the views expressed in this article are those of the author (Brian) and do not reflect the official policy or position of the CrossFit Intrepid or any of its trainers.

That said, Brian took some umbrage with Ruth’s survival guide and had the following response:

Let me be the first to say this is not an anti-Paleo rant, I have witnessed the benefits and results of the diet and yes… have been known from time to time to dabble. This rant is in defense on the BEST holiday ever and no one… not even the Son of Zeus himself (or his lady and heir), is going to diminish the amplitude of the day. So when I first read “Thanksgiving Survival Guide” my defenses were already up. I revised the original list for those of us who live in bliss… sometimes known as ignorance…. But that’s beside the point.

1. Prioritize your PLATE: If you’re like me, the mere act of fitting all the goodness on one plate is like Tetris on Level 99 when the music is all fast. So here it’s key to avoid the crap that you can get everyday like dinner rolls or some b/s salad. Needless to say everything is getting smothered and covered with gravy anyways, so make it work.

2. BYO-B: Lets be honest, whats BYO without the B!? probably BORING that’s what. Besides the “B” is the only thing that keeps me interested in another atrocious Detroit Lions performance other than getting another “B” or going “P”. Downside is filling your stomach with “B” before all that Thanksgiving goodness, so you can always sub out the “B” and BYOJD and coke.

3. Leave NO leftover behind: 10 lbs of stuffing leftover?? Back the truck UP!!!

4. Earn your Cheat: “Earn” is very subjective here. Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions so I’ll cover a few and how most can “earn” their dinner.

Football- Let’s be clear Ruth, much like fun and run, friendly and football don’t go together. Your 50 year old uncle catches a pass on you, you’re going to hear it until Christmas… or later! God forbid it’s a catch for a touchdown. Lock it down with a solid bump and run or better yet be a spy linebacker. Make a statement when your 18 year old cousin tries to catch one in the middle by knocking him out of his cleats. (just don’t lead with the head that’s a no-no) Congrats you’ve earned it!

Fun…ugh.. Run – Okay for those crazy people who want to get up early on a HOLIDAY and run for an extended amount of time, you DEFINITELY earn it. Even contemplating signing up I would give you a pass. Now I know what youre going to say… “well we probably run the same distance as those playing football”. Not quite. After a few intense minutes, most realize why the annual football game is only played once a year, quit and promptly start cracking open some “B”s. (While Brian complained about fun runs, he has now participated in or signed up for two obstacle course race-type events and a tough mudder…maybe they actually are fun runs???)

Short Week Festivities – One of the best traditions of Thanksgiving is the short work week, essentially making Wednesday a Friday. This means you can get completely bombed on Wed night with no remorse of having to explain to your co-workers why you thought it was such a great idea when you are wearing the same thing as Tuesday. Some have traditions of meeting up with old friends at a local bar and catch up over a few glasses of chardonnay. Just a few, you gotta keep it together to be presentable for the family tomorrow or worse yet… have to cover that 18 yr old cousin in your annual “friendly” game of football. And if you’re like my friends the chardonnays are shots and a few equals a few dozen and keeping it together turns into find whatever mischief we can get into (it sounded like a good idea initially!). Anyways, if you’re like that the mere fact of getting up and putting on pants is a definite earn. You don’t want to be that relative who ends up Donald Duckin it in front of grandma.

Crossfit Wednesday before Thanksgiving – Okay, this is not my first rodeo so I know whats coming. Our loving coaches relish in the fact the holidays come up on the calendar solely for the fact that they can concoct some hellish workout and give it a cute holiday themed name (i.e., “12 days of Christmas”). If you suffer through one of these… SOLID earn! (This year the cute holiday themed name workout comes the day of Thanksgiving, say hello to “Revenge of the Turkey”)

In all seriousness, we have all earned it through our hard work, blood, sweat and sometimes tears (yes I can admit ive cried on the inside on a few workouts). Its been close to a year since ive started CFI and its awesome to workout alongside such a motivated group of athletes and talented and dedicated trainers. I’m very proud to call this gym my home and wish you all (wherever you may be) a Happy Thanksgiving.


WOD 11.22.12

“Revenge of the Dirty Turkey”

100 double unders

90 squats

80 kayaks

70 lunges

60 situps

50 wall balls

40 KBS

30 burpees

20 pull-ups

10 bear crawls (15 yards)


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