Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Want To Read Faster?

From Think Simple Now

1. Use a Pointer

Your eyes don’t actually stay fixed in one spot. They are frequently making brief twitches away from your center of focus to gather more information. These movements are called saccades and they represent the first tool novice readers can use to read faster.

Normally, when your eye twitches away, it must relocate in its previous position. Unfortunately, when you read, this position is constantly moving. Saccades (and just general distractions) cause you to slow down as you must search for your current reading position. The solution is to use a pointer.

The easiest pointer is just the tip of your finger. Simply place your index finger below a line of text and move it as you read. Initially, using a pointer will be slower than regular reading. But after you’re used to the motion, you can read more effectively.

Note for Advanced Speed-Readers: You can further increase your speed-reading rates by keeping your pointer 1-2cm away from the margins of the text. Your eye can catch the words in about a 1″ radius, so this can shave off a bit of reading time.

2. Speed Reading Is About Control, Not Speed

I dislike the way speed reading is often presented because it makes the skill seem to be only about increasing your top speed. As a result, many people are quick to judge that people can’t physically process more information or point out that comprehension goes down while speed reading.

To me, these arguments miss the point. Speed reading is about controlling your reading rate, not just going faster. If you’re in a racecar, top speed is important, but even more important is the driver’s skill at adjusting speeds to make careful turns. The ability to control your speed will make you a much more efficient reader than just blazing through text.

A pointer helps with control because instead of just using your eyes, you can physically move your hand to adjust your reading speed. If you move your hand faster, you will be forced to read faster. Also, if you slow your pointer down, your reading will slow. This kind of control allows you to carefully read confusing or important sections of text and go faster through obvious text or pieces of fluff.

For example, in a book I’m reading right now, the author frequently resorts to the same 3-4 paragraphs of description to explain a recurring idea. The paragraphs aren’t identical, but similar enough that I can use my pointer to skim through the content and still get the message..............

Continue Reading.... and also get some other great articles!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What Was That?

Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm (from

" I find myself thinking of a checklist Wozniak wrote a few years ago describing how to become a genius. His advice was straightforward yet strangely terrible: You must clarify your goals, gain knowledge through spaced repetition, preserve health, work steadily, minimize stress, refuse interruption, and never resist sleep when tired. This should lead to radically improved intelligence and creativity. The only cost: turning your back on every convention of social life. It is a severe prescription..."


attempted 15 OHS @185....Goal is 15, and I got 14:( yeah. nuff said bout that.
couple of heavy sets of squat,
then the gym WOD. her name is "LILA" after our good buddy Yusuf, sends us his wife's tale.
He wrote;
"my wifes wod, 5 hours, 20mins, she weighed in at 6lbs RX'D"
way to go guys, and congrats!

So, Big Mike wrote up a wkout in honor of that awesomeness....
5 Rounds: For Time
2o burpees
6 pullups
13 kbell swings- 2pood

rx'd 10:06

Monday, October 26, 2009

Working On Your Weaknesses!

Olympic lifts, endurance, power, speed, strength, lack of knowledge with any movement in general...whatever your weakness is, you can do nothing better for your overall fitness if you focus on them rather than always doing what you tend to excel at.

Founder of Crossfit, Coach Glassman, talks about the benefits of working on your weaknesses here.
The Hopper: Balance of Modal Capacity...[wmv][mov] (

Here is Mark that comes 3x's/week to our early MWF classes, and saw great results from dialing in on what he needed to work on.

I want to thank you for your help. The PT sessions were great. You helped improve my CrossFit skills and boosted my confidence. I now perform most WODs as prescribed, and it's a good feeling! I know there's a lot of room for improvement on my part, and I'm looking forward to what I can do a year from now."

November starts next week, and I am offering 3 spots open to anyone wanting to improve on any of their weaknesses. This is a great opportunity to get focused work.

lancecantu@crossfitcentral or call me at 806_281-7873

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get Lost In It!!!

deadlift; 1-1-1-1-1
stopped at 385, didn't feel strong at all.

Then my second attempt at Max reps OHS @ #185(10 over bw)
went from 8 reps 3 days ago, to 12 today. This week, I am getting 15!
Take it to the bank son!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

This ones For You AT!!! Best of Luck To You!!!

AT, this person next to you is you, holding all the energy in the world in your own hands. Good luck this weekend at the Marine Corps Marathon. I know you have busting your ass long before you found Crossfit, but have upped your game with the program.

And a video for the Marines showing dedication to a cause higher then themselves.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Pleasure- Pain Principle;

We are born with a pleasure principle, that we will seek immediate gratification of needs, for which our bodies reward us with feelings of pleasure.

The reverse is also true, and the pain principle says that, whilst seeking pleasure people will also seek to avoid pain.

The pleasure-pain principle was originated by Sigmund Freud in modern psychoanalysis, although Aristotle noted their significance in his 'Rhetoric', more than 300 years BC.

'We may lay it down that Pleasure is a movement, a movement by which the soul as a whole is consciously brought into its normal state of being; and that Pain is the opposite.'

Tony Robbins takes it one step further and says that our Pleasure-pain decisions are made up of rules/conditions we have set up to make each decision. Are you successful? How is your relationship? Do you have a great body? All are questions that people have different answers to. And the answers are from each individuals standards or rules they have set forth to make that them feel they do or do not.

Why do I bring this up? Are you successful? Well, what are your rules to make you say yes. Do you have a great relationship? Well, does the significant other know the 'rules" or standards you may or may not have told them to make you think you are in a happy, successful relationship. If you haven't told them, if might be unfair to hold them or yourself accountable if no one knows how to hold each other accountable. You can think of it as playing a game with your significant other, not telling them how to play the game, then getting mad and frustrated because they are not following the rules you didn't tell them.

This can hold true for anything you may be setting yourself up for constant let down, or pain(friendships, co-workers, business, family, any relationship):(

Done with this tangent now!

MY WOD; 091022


The Prayer....even though I know my boy JDP already posted it, it's that good to me!