Christmas in August!!

I’ve recently ordered the Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus and the Reebok CrossFit Nano U-form. After much conflicting veiws about weightlifting shoes, I decided to get a pair and try them out. As for the nanos? I just couldn’t resist. The classic Reebok CrossFit look was just imprinted all over them and I could not restrain.
I ordered Nano classics ( I’ll call them) in a 10.5 , gray and purple. I decided to half size down these because my first pair, the nano 3.0, were size 11 . I found that Reebok CrossFit does run a bit big, and 11 was kind of big. Turns out 10.5 is just perfect. After doing the whole blow dryer – U form activater thing, they were finally ready. While waiting for them to dry, I kept staring at them and honestly couldn’t decide whether I want to even workout in them! I may just want these to be as casual wear! Maybe I’ll just order another pair­čśť.
I contemplated on which color to get for my Reebok Lifter Pluses for a bit. I decided on the red and black ones, also in size 10.5. Even though I’ve yet to use these, I’ve heard many times that you want to order a bit smaller for weightlifting shoes because you want that nice, snug, secure fit. I listened to this and gave it a go. I think it works because it fits real tight but snug. Now, with the Lifter Plus, it also has U-Form technology. Thus I popped them in the oven as soon as I knew what I was doing. The U- Form may be a hassle to activate and be a burden to have to do just to wear your shoe, but it is there for a reason. Once pulled out of the oven, the U-form tab turns red. This allows you to wear the shoes for a small amount of time so that it molds to your foot. It’s pretty incredible and I believe it works well.
Can’t wait to do some Oly Lifts in these puppies!
Also, to see the U-Form in action and other neat pics, check my instagram -xfittom





Today I tackled the benchmark WOD Jackie. It was um, well, an experience. Anything with thrusters lead me to straight up sadness. I hate thrusters. However, I do enjoy rowing and pull-ups , plus thrusters were only a mere 45 pounds. Or so I though.
Bottom line– thrusters always suck!
On a lighter and happier note, I achieved a new overhead squat pr of a 135lb! A 10lb increase. That stoked me for the upcoming Jackie I was to face later on that hour. With only 4 rowers at CFS, we had to to this in waves. I was in the second wave and knew a 1000m row is pretty far and I should be able to be ok in it. Well, to my surprise , I was! I managed to finish first off the rower and felt decently OK. Feeling satisfied, I walk over to the barbell….” Yeah , this isn’t gonna happen” ran through my head. I chalk up just for an extra second of rest and then I tackle the 50 thrusters in full throttle. I knocked out 15 in one onslaught, but then the effects came at me full fledged. I couldn’t do anything for about 1 minute. After gaining enough strength to carry on sets of 5 , I make it to the pull up rig. These 30 pull-up went… as expected. I did ok, small sets of continuous reps and I would finish soon. I managed a time of 14:49. For the first time doing, I was ok with that; but I know what I need to work on. Thrusters
Walking out feeling like a Mach truck ran me over , I was excited to carry on with the rest of this fine Friday evening.
Promptly, the family heads to Red Robin. Being a relatively Paleo friendly restaurant (at least for what we can find around here) it seemed to be the clear choice. I order up the usual, I like to call it “the Tom Special” . With the requests, I order a guacamole, bacon burger with a chicken Breast, wrapped in lettuce, with sweet potato fries. Yup,mm hmm. I downed in it about two minutes, tops. Quite a satisfying meal, post Jackie.
To even further the adventure, my dad,brother and I go watch the most sci-fi, action packed blockbuster of the Summer, Pacific Rim. Talk about robots, alien creatures, and non-stop fighting and we have a winner. I really didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t have prior knowledge on the movie, but it was nothing short of what I heard. I was sold after the first 5 minutes. I can’t say I watch sci-fi’s more then the next guy, but this one was just purely fun and entertaining.
It is rather late from the theater, and writing this blog seems like a good idea , perhaps rest.