I’m so excited we get to share our stories with you! I will leave out some of the details, but here is part of my past, and the sequence of events that has led me here, to you, today. I hope you enjoy!
Growing up, I knew that I was destined to be an ER surgeon. I had a passion for helping others and was searching for a way to directly impact others and save lives. I went through elementary school and most of high school with the goal of attending medical school. I immersed myself in school work and volunteer activities, and spent my days (and nights) doing homework, volunteering in the hospital, or working part time. Things seemed to be going smoothly, until I started high school. Like every new high school student, I was nervous, self-conscious, and scared – I didn’t want to be a small fish in a big pond. I focused on my school work (I wanted to be a straight A student) and joined multiple sports teams. I played semi-competitive basketball in a league outside of school and trained to be a lifeguard. I was getting good grades and making new friends, but at the time, that wasn’t enough. About half-way through grade 9, I was unofficially diagnosed with anorexia.
With our 12-week squat cycle coming to an end and a new cycle beginning (keep reading to find out what it is!), we wanted to take this opportunity to explain the method behind our madness.
CrossFit training should not be random. CrossFit should prepare you for random. CrossFit is based upon the premise that high intensity, constantly varied functional movements will better prepare you for life – physically and emotionally. The movements that fall under the umbrella of “CrossFit” span a wide spectrum, and this can sometimes be mistaken for randomly selecting movements to better prepare you for the unknown. However, randomization should not be mistaken for preparation. In order to better prepare you for “the unknown”, programming needs to have structure. There needs to be a WHY attached to every movement, every workout, every day. This structure inevitably will improve overall fitness with the goal of being better at life. Structure looks different to everybody and takes different forms at different gyms.
Hi everyone! This is the first part of a 4 part series to introduce and tell the story of our coaches at CrossFit 6S. I get the honor of writing the first post and telling you a little bit about my story and how I came to be an owner and coach at CrossFit 6S. I imagine writing this will be a bit of a challenge for me. I’m not big on talking about myself and would much rather prefer to listen to others tell their story but hopefully it turns out alright and provides you with some of my story and pushes my comfort zone a little! The focus will mainly be on my powerlifting career and the lessons I learned along the way.
My name is Adam Michael McKinty. I was born and raised in Red Deer Alberta. I have an older brother and a younger sister who both still live in Alberta. Growing up, I was a bit of a chubby kid. My mom is a great cook and there was always lots of food which I loved. I’m still a big fan of eating! My childhood day were filled with hockey games, piano lessons and practice and playing in the neighborhood with friends. Like many Canadian boys, hockey was my life. When I wasn’t at team practices or games, I can remember vividly playing hockey on the out door rink in the Alberta cold from the time I got out of school until the lights shut off at the rink. I played competitively for about 8 years and quit when I was 15. With all this new found free time, I decided to take up weightlifting to fill the physical activity void. I started off at the local community centre with some friends, using machines, trying out some free weights, and learning about different techniques and methods to get huge. Like most young teens who start in the gym, I was motivated to get jacked. I idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ronnie Coleman, had a subscription to Flex magazine and eventually started paying attention to my eating and taking supplements all the while not knowing I was building a lifelong passion for health and fitness. I quickly grew tired of the community centre and signed up for a membership at the more hardcore gym in Red Deer.
This is where my fitness career really started to take off.
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