From the Mind of Sam

Human movement, coaching, dogs, college football

Must Watch: Under the Armour

My good friend, great basketball mind, and general possessor of good taste Andrew introduced me to this “Under the Armour” video series. It’s a really cool, 24/7-ish web series that follows Brandon Jennings, a rising young point guard on the Milwaukee Bucks. The second season is underway, but I’m still working my way through the first.

This one is great . He shows his All Star Weekend training routine. Watching NBA players workout is like porn to me.

My favorite, though, is the first video in the series. It features BJennings in the offseason: chilling with friends in LA, going to the Elite 24 game at Venice Beach (with a Kevin Durant cameo!), and my favorite scene: doing some hill sprints(!) with his trainer and chef(!) at what appears to be Runyon Canyon (skip to 1:51):

We’re all just trying to get it in, chef. Every day.

You can watch the rest of the series on BJennings’ youtube channel. This year’s UA Elite 24 is this weekend at Venice Beach, with the dunk contest on Friday at 4 pm and the game on Saturday at 4 pm. Regrettably, 5’6″ phenom Aquille Carr is apparently not a good boyfriend, and won’t be making the trip. Still, Andrew, Dray and I will be there–come find us and say hi!

Your Handstand is Bullshit

It’s OK, so is mine. So is everyone’s that you know.

CrossFitters love to use a weird possessive voice when talking about skills.

“Do you have muscle ups yet?”

“I got my first double unders today!”

“How many handstand pushups do you have?”

The thing is, you don’t “have” anything. You may have shown the ability to do something, or performed a certain number of reps one time, or whatever. And that’s fantastic! You should feel amazing.

But for some reason, we like to use that possessive. “I have _____!” As though the box is checked, now move on to the next thing.

The thing is, you don’t have it. And you never will. You may have the best handstand at your entire gym. But you actually suck at handstands. If you “had” handstands, you could do this:

It’s not just handstands. Your jump shot also sucks:

Skills are NEVER completed. You’ll never “have” anything, but you will continue to learn new skills and more finely hone the ones you’ve learned. Everything is one long, never-ending progression to amazing performance. Steph Curry hits the layups first, then moves out for jumpers, then threes, then the longer ones.

Train the fundamentals. Practice. And enjoy the process, because there’s no end in sight.

Meet Dray (on the CFLA blog)

I was meandering amongst the noisy cages when I was utterly stunned to see two crystal blue eyes staring right at me. The very large, 7-year old Alaskan Malamute those eyes belonged to wasn’t barking, wasn’t making a fuss, he was just sitting there panting. A volunteer took him out for me and we walked around the yard together, and that was pretty much that. My room mate came to meet him the next day and I brought him home that afternoon. Draymond “Dray” Martin was now a part of the family.

Read the rest on the CFLA site.

Lots of bonus Dray pics can be found on my instagram (@samworkmartin). Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Inhabiting My Life (on the CFLA blog)

No longer able to cling to my excuses, I went to LACMA and watched those awesome matchbox cars whizz around that very afternoon. And it was fantastic! The next weekend, I took a friend to the “Who Shot Rock & Roll?”exhibition at the Annenberg. I went to see some Ernst Haas photos at Bergamot station. Then Herb Ritts at the Getty.

You can read the rest over at CrossFit LA. Bonus Metropolis II pics here: