In The Spirit Of Competition

This Saturday athletes from area crossfit boxes gathered at Ragin’ Crossfit to compete in the First Annual Ragin’ Crossfit Games. As with all Crossfit competitions that I’ve attended, the sense of community was strong. Friends from different boxes visited, competed with and cheered for each other. Athletes gave everything they had and inspired those who were not competing. I’ll bet you see some new PR’s next week among those observing. Here are some scenes from the competition. 

David makes the 70lb kettlebell look easy

Future Competitior!

Judges Count The Reps

Jay Grinds Out Another Rep

Prowler Push

SUCCESS STORIES – A Testimonial To Buying In

Teresa (Left) Before

Several months ago Teresa attended an Intro To Paleo Concepts Workshop that I taught at Crossfit Lafayette. Following the workshop, I received several questions from her and received pictures of groceries to show the change that she was making. She bought in completely, wanting better health for herself and her children. 

Not only did Teresa make changes in her food but followed all of the workshop advice, getting quality sleep and reducing stress in her life. She then joined Crossfit in order to work on the exercise portion of the equation. What happens when you follow the 3 pillars of paleo? 


I caught up with Teresa recently and she looks great and is excited about the things to come. She told me that-

“I’m doing things that I never thought possible. You really don’t know what’s inside you until you push yourself.”

It’s always gratifying to see someone who follows all of the advice, really buys in and then see them reap the rewards. Congratulations Teresa! 

Fight Gone Bad – Louisiana Style

Yesterday crossfitters around the country participated in Fight Gone Bad. In south Louisiana, Lance and Erin King, owners of Red Stick Crossfit put on an event to be remembered. Set Louisiana Memorial Park in the shadow of the U.S.S. Kidd, it was a fitting location for this charity event.

Crossfitters from all over Louisiana and Texas put in their 17 minutes of hell to raise money for three worthwhile charities including games competitor Aja Barto who put 440 on the board.

Aja Barto with Alex Norris

Lance and Erin brought this event from thirty participants last year to over 200 this year and included a color guard ceremony, weightlifting demo by Gayle Hatch’s crew including Kendrick Farris, gift presentation to a wounded veteran and lot’s more! 

Kendrick J. Farris

Lance and his fellow firemen even went the extra mile, performing the brutal workout in fireman’s gear with weight vests, My hat’s off to you Lance. It was a hot one out there!

This event was a huge success involving charity, community and competition. Knowing Lance and Erin, it will only be bigger and better next year! 

Crossfit Lafayette Team

Nice Jump!

Fight Gone Bad 6


On September 17th, thousands of CrossFitters will be enduring 17 minutes of pure grit and dedication in honor of those who have sacrificed their whole lives to service. I’ll be there. Please check out my page and support my 17 minutes! Pass it on.

Benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation was founded in 1980 to provide support and assistance to the U.S. Armed Forces special operations community, which includes:

  • Army Special Forces (Green Berets),
  • Army 75th Ranger Regiment,
  • The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment,
  • Navy Small Boat Teams,
  • Navy SEALs,
  • Air Force Combat Controllers,
  • Air Force rotary and fixed wing squadrons, and
  • Marine Corps special operations personnel.

There are two major aspects to the Foundation’s mission:

  1. If you are serving in the U.S. military special operations community, and you lose your life in an operational mission or training accident, the Warrior Foundation will provide a full college education to your surviving children.
  2. If you are severely wounded while deployed, the Warrior Foundation will provide immediate financial assistance and support to ensure your loved ones can be at your bedside during your recovery.

While the Foundation has bestowed college scholarships since 1980, they began providing financial support to wounded special operators in 2005.

Although there are other charitable organizations that give financial aid to wounded personnel and their families, SOWF saw a need for immediate financial assistance. Therefore, the Foundation provides $2,000 in cash to families of special operations personnel hospitalized with severe wounds; which the recipient(s) may use for travel, child care, food and lodging.

Paleo Concepts Workshop – Lafayette, LA – July 16


Paleo Concepts


The Paleo Concepts Workshop will teach you everything that you need to go Paleo. You’ll learn the science behind the paleo diet, what to eat and I’ll clear up misconceptions and common mistakes that people often make when going paleo. You’ll take home a comprehensive guide to help you along your journey.

-Improve Body Composition

-Have More Energy

-Reduce Inflammation

-Improve Your Health

-Change Your Life


“Mike has deep knowledge and a thorough understanding of Paleo nutrition. Not only has he made Paleo nutrition part of his lifestyle, he can help you make it part of yours.”-Travis Schefcik, Founder of Uncommon Wellness, Level I Crossfit Trainer



“Mike is one of the few area experts on paleo nutrition.” – Dr. Satin Perez – Back To Basic Wellness

“Mike’s knowledge has been paramount in attaining my body composition goals.” – Matthew Lesko – Chief Instructor, CQC Unlimited

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Best of Luck to Wesley Sun Chee Fore, The Crossfit Lafayette Team and to all of the athletes competing this weekend at Crossfit South Central Regionals!

Guest Post – “Why I Crossfit” by Nestor Perez

Nestor and I after a WOD @ Crossfit Lafayette

Why do I CrossFit?

Quite simply because I can’t not crossfit.  I have been at this for 11 months and I have gained stamina, strength, flexibility…in essense, I am fitter than I have been since I walked out of Parris Island on that April morning in 1992.  I have never been short on self confidence, but while I have always been proud of many of my accomplishements, getting in better shape than I have ever been, at 38, has me stoked.  My wife and kids have noticed my improvements which are noticeable in every aspect of my life.  I crossfit because I am healthier, stronger, and more balanced than ever.  I have an addictive personality, and I am glad that Crossfit has filled my need for a new addiction….hence, I can’t not crossfit.

Nestor Perez

Nestor Perez and I attended Riverside Military Academy together. He is a United States Marine, Proud Husband and Father, World Traveler. Nestor works out at Crossfit Vida in Miami Florida.


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