7 RFT of:
3 Deadlifts (315/225)
6 Box Jumps (30″/24″)
We’d love to get as many folks out tomorrow to work as hard as Gabe would in a moment to honor our friend. In a first for us, we (Jason and I) will be working out with the 5:30am gang (that was the class Gabe most often attended – oh and the reason you can’t go to 5:30am…’cause it’s “too early” right? Gabe came from Modesto) to honor our friend (then we’re probably going to share a meal as well).
There’s not enough time or distance or space or perspective for us to do a fair job telling you how much Gabe meant to us but we’ll share why “House” is what it is…
Gabe LOVED deadlifting. Loved it. He generally like bad assed strong stuff but mobility wasn’t his strong suit. The very simple idea of just picking up something heavy and screaming “MRWARRRRR!” always struck him as the fitness equivalent of swinging a battle axe. (BTW…Gabe would CRUSH these 315lbers)
Gabe HATED box jumps. Hated ’em tons. With passion. But guess what? He kept doing ’em every time they came up. Took more than a few shinburgers over the years but his 18″ box jump was up to a solid 30″ by the end. BTW, as much as he hated box jumps, the idea of parting with flesh in the pursuit of fitness kinda suited him as well. 😉
Yeah. He hated these too. Everyone hates burpees. Except Jason. Unfortunately, even if you hate burpees, you can’t escape them. Deal. He did. 😉
Gabe HATED running. Then, somehow, someway, he came to tolerate it. In the last year or so, I think a credible case can be made that he almost liked it.
Even if he didn’t love running, he charged it House style. Probably never won a footrace but he went from a guy who would nearly die running two or three miles to a guy who completed a 13+ mile Tough Mudder last year with his pals.
Most of this improvement in attitude came from running with his buddy (and our CFM friend) Joe Ameen. (Unfortunately, with Joe’s enthusiasm came Joe’s running style and – let’s just say – it’s not in most textbooks)
Yeah. Seven rounders suck. Kinda long. And guess what? There’s no time cap on this. Guess why? Yep, ’cause if you didn’t put a cap on Gabe (and then tell him at least twice he was “at the cap”) he’d keep working. Until. It. Was. Done.
We’ve seen Gabe go 60+ minutes on WODs that took J and I 20 minutes but it never mattered – he wasn’t going to quit. While we very much encourage everyone to scale the WOD to their abilities (as we always do at CFM) we also want you to approach the WOD with a “I CAN AND WILL” attitude and not a “ZOMG SEVEN ROUNDS SUCKS” attitude. That kinda attitude honors Gabe and he’s a friend worth honoring.
I’ll sign off with a link to a song Jason, our friend James and I put together for Gabe’s wedding – “Guns, Snakes, Computers & Bikes.” We played it the second time at his memorial service as well ’cause he dug it so maybe you’ll grab a smile from it too.
We miss you Gabe.
– Brian & Jason (and the rest of the gang)