Wednesday, January 18

For as long as I’ve been around, the best CrossFitters, the hardest workers, the ones that brought a whole different level of intensity have been called Firebreathers.

I’ve casually used this word over the years to describe athletes that have impressed me with their performances and efforts, but I had never considered where it came from.

I finally learned the origin of the Firebreather yesterday when I was reading Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, by J.C. Herz. (Thanks Jon and Amber for the book!)

The original Firebreather, as we all know, was Greg Amundson. You may remember him from the video a couple of weeks ago on “The Greatest Adaptation to CrossFit.” But how did he get this name?

Turns out, early in his training with Greg Glassman at the original CrossFit, he and some other great athletes did Fran – 21-15-9 Thrusters and Pullups – (before it was even called Fran). When they were done and rolling on the ground, Amundson said, “It felt like I was breathing fire the entire time. It’s like we’re a bunch of firebreathers.”

I love this because to me this says we can all be Firebreathers. We can all push ourselves to that level and raise the intensity. Remember, your intensity is relative to you.

It’s not just a word reserved for elite athletes. If you are willing to take it to that level you too can be a Firebreather. Remember that intensity is what forces our body to adapt, to get stronger, to get faster. Intensity is what makes us better.

So I am challenging all of us to be Firebreathers in 2017. Take your fitness and health to the next level and let’s breathe fire!

Workout for Wednesday, January 18
Heavy Object Squat

Front Squat – 20 min
7X2 @ 80% to 90%

Thrusters (95/65)