Dear Pin Up CrossFit…

With your words you say you love me, but your “heart” says something COMPLETELY different!

Just a 1600 meter warm-up/cool-down walk from my downtown Houston hotel is a little brick building with a fenced-in parking lot on the corner of Austin and Webster.  It’s pretty unnoticeable from the outside save some markings on the front plate-glass windows…at least for now until it gets a fresh coat of paint this weekend.  In the dark of the early morning, it could be easy to miss.  But it’s not about what’s outside…

Enter Pin Up CrossFit (  With early morning Mon, Wed, and Fri classes in the weekly schedule, it’s a perfect fit for desk jockeys (like me) who spend FAR too much time seated in front of their PC’s (like I am right now).

Three times now I’ve been able to have my butt kicked and handed to me with a phenomenal 6 AM crew (space was at a premium in there this past Wed) who’s not afraid to go at it 100% before the sun’s up to rock the start of their days, exemplifying the universal community that is CrossFit.  From my first visit, I felt right at home amongst the various states of awakeness [heh, let there be no question – by the time the hour’s up, EVERYBODY’s fully awake and a TON more alive than they were when they came in (though it certainly might not feel like it when “Time!” is called)].

Charlie’s coaching will wring tears out of the toughest of ’em.  Well, actually, his coaching’s great – very good on technique, safety, and motivation…it’s the programming that derives tears.  (Mine are actually sweat drops, not tears – that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!)…

Charlie and 6 AM Pin Up crew, thanks for reminding me how much CrossFit…”loves” us all…

…I make no promises on when I’ll be back

…and I’m not sure if I should let Charlie know or not – for I detect an evil trend here that was expressed quite well with his smirk just before this morning’s countdown, and I’d like to save you all from that evil if at all possible…

Pin Up CrossFit – keep kicking butt!


P.S. If I ever see that heart on the board again…
The gory details of my experiences at Pin Up CrossFit:
WOD 1 – Wed 2011 Feb 02 06:00

OH Squats: 5, 5, 5, 5 straight sets @ 95 (skill, not strength)
“Frienemy” faceoff with Aaron.
75 Thrusters @ 65# (75# Rx)
Person A does AMRAP thrusters while Person B does 7 burpees. When 7 burpees are complete, “frienemies” swap stations and person on thrusters initiates start (burpees cannot begin until thrusters begin). Alternating stations continues until one person finishes 75 thrusters and is declared the winner.

WOD 2 – Wed 2011 Apr 06 06:00

“Buddy Battle” teamed with Sean (Shawn? Shaun? Sorry dude, didn’t see it spelled out…)
3 Rounds

18 Thrusters (HEAVY) @ 125#

50 box jumps

75 push ups

Buddy carry, down and back across parking lot (I let him carry me since he’d have some serious road rash on his knuckles if I was the one doing the carrying)

Warning!  Warning!  Warning!

If you’re a Pin Up member reading this on Fri 2011 Apr 08 and have not made your visit to the box today yet, !!!STOP HERE!!!…spoiler info below!

Ok, you asked for it…

WOD 3 – Fri 2011 Apr 08 06:00

“Burpee Love”
150 burpees for time

Finished LAST in the class, everybody watching (except for the couple guys passed out on the deck) as I did my last, painful 25

19:55…and in a couple hours, the longest 3.5 hour flight back to Boston I’ve ever sat on…



  1. Brandon! You killed it!

    You finished last because your burpees are picture perfect!

    • Thanks Mel, that’s quite the compliment! I’ll take last place if I get “picture perfect” finish to go along with it. 🙂

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