Tonight I finished up my CrossFit Games Open workout 15.1 and 15.1a.  The workout was:

15.1 – 9min AMRAP
15 Toes to Bar
10 Deadlifts (115#)
5 Snatches (115#)

15.1a
Then 6min to find 1RM Clean and Jerk

As you can see from the picture I did not go Rx and scaled the workout to High knees, 85# Deadlifts and 85# Snatches. Any other year I would have been pissed that I went scaled and would never even consider it. What was different this year? Well for starters I had my first baby and I’m enjoying every moment of it, even if it includes the sleepless nights. Second I stopped CrossFitting since October to focus on my lifting and started my first CrossFit to prep for the open on Feb 19th. I’ve come to realize and am living proof that you have to stay consistent in order to do well in WODs. I went from CrossFitting 4-5 days a week before my baby to only 2 days then just lifting 2 days a week in October. In lifting the snatch weight wasn’t an issue for me but the type of intensity is totally different. I would hit a lift, think about it and recover then add weight for the next lift.

So why am I not pissed or upset that I had to scale the workout?  Because that’s not what the open is about.  The Open is about COMMUNITY!!  Even though I did the WOD scaled I heard the cheers of the people watching me.  Without them I would have rested that extra 5s, I would have dropped the bar when I could have hit one more rep, I wouldn’t have left everything on the floor.  This is why I love this time of  year when the open comes around.  It brings everybody together to push a little harder, cheer a little louder and best of all meet some great people.  I know as I slowly increase the consistency of my WODs I will be better but until then I’m going to enjoy the rest of the Open.  I’ll be there cheering on my friends as well as pushing hard as they cheer me on every week.

Google released the Nexus Player last year which was another attempt at the TV market.  This time I believe they may have something going for them.  The Nexus Player (Android TV) run Android with a new LeanBack Launcher.  It comes out of box with your normal apps you would expect from a media player (Netflix, YouTube).  Other apps like Hulu and Songza can also be downloaded from the app store.  However there are actually more apps that will work on your Nexus Player but aren’t officially available in the app store.  There are several ways to install apps on your Nexus Player but this method is the easiest way to install apps on to your Nexus Player without enabling debugging mode and using adb.

With your Nexus Player already setup and signed into your Google account, you can visit the Google Play store from your web browser.  For this example I will be using ES File Explorer File Manager as I will be using it for the second part to install apps that are not available on the Google Play store.

Search for ES File Explorer File Manager and click on the install button which will show a pop up that will list all the permissions the app will require.

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Next you will see a drop down under the Choose device option.  Click the drop down and pick your Nexus Player (No Carrier Asus Nexus Player) and click install and the app will be available on your Nexus Player.

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Congratulations you have successfully install an app onto your Nexus Player that is not available on the Play Store.

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However because these apps aren’t natively made for the Nexus Player it won’t be displayed on your LeanBack Launcher like your other apps (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube).  So to run these applications you will need to head to the Settings, Apps, Downloaded apps, ES File Manager File Explorer  and Open to run it.

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So there you go, you can now install some Apps and Games that aren’t available on the Nexus Player Google Play Store.  Next post will be about installing APKs that are not available on from the Google Play store.