June 28, 2009
CrossFit Certification Seminars: Luke Air Force Base AZ, Bamberg Germany, CrossFit Montclair
"Grace" by Keegan, CrossFit Kids - video [wmv] [mov]
CrossFit Apex: Josh Wagner, 2009 CrossFit Games Competitor - video [wmv] [mov]
"The Pleasure of Architecture" by Bernard Tschumi, excerpted from Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture, Kate Nesbitt, Ed.
"La chute" by Denis Darzacq
Post thoughts to comments.
Posted by lauren at June 28, 2009 8:21 PM
I'm praying for more public certs in Germany!
Didn't one of the nancy boy whiners make a request for Architecture a couple of rest days ago?
I wonder who and how they will complain about this. But I'm willing to bet $20 that someone is going to complain.
I did one of my own...
3 push press 185 pounds
6 kb swings 2 pood
RULES!!: push press just a little explosive drive not even to quarter squat elbows and head in games RULES position, swings american swings fully overhead, buepees have a 1 foot jump over the max standing reach...it was tough!!! TRY IT guys you'll love it...hope so
Hugs and bad english to the FRAT!!!!
Way to go Keegan, you're an animal.
That is some amazing strength at your age.
-The Vale Fam
I believe that the crossfit games should test athelete's fitness without using conventional weights, barbells, Concept 2, and pull-up bars; instead, the event should test real world movement of non-tradional, asymetrical weights. The contest should be a hybrid of the Worlds Strongest Man and Ninja Challenge. This would test the atheletes ability to adapt and it would be impossible to train for a specific event.I am thinking on the lines of an easy to moderately challenging obstacle course while carrying a 90 lbs intertube half filled with water. This would challenge core strenght, power, speed, balance, agility, endurance, balance, and accuracy through a full range of real movements. Also it would be much more entertaining to watch/participate.
Keegan. So strong. Not surprised. Impressed, but surprised.
Special thanks to Speal, Miranda and Mike for excellent cert instruction. I've been doing CrossFit for 4 years and learned stuff both kinesthetically and intellectually that were news to me. Thanks for your excellent example of the high quality of Level 2 Training CrossFit expects.
If you are CrossFitting and haven't certed, do it tomorrow (or 6-9 months from now when the next cert that isn't sold out is offered)
Apex is the affiliate i go to atleast 3 times a week and it has changed my life for the past 3 or so months ive been going there. Both Tanya and Josh are amazing athletes and it inspires me to increase my fitness level every day and to push myself to the limits everytime i do a WOD. This affiliate is the greatest i couldnt be happier being a part of another affiliate, go APEX!
#5 Greg the strongest person ís not always the fittest one bro...i saw that in the crossfit football WODs the bigger guys killed me in the strenght WODs but i beat them on the met-con WODs less weight to move and more endurance involved...a 165 pounds dude vs a 245 pounds muscle monster in 1 rep max lift is not a clean fight
How old is Keegan? Much props, bro. However, the push jerk technque was poor. We are not cheerleaders; please don't split your feet wide!!! At least 1/4 squat with your feet directly under your shoulders!!! If you adults have problems with this, contact me. Otherwise, let's teach these kids PROPER technique in Olympic lifts!!!
I agree - someone needs to coach him on proper jerk technique. way to go on the wod, but if that was anyone else theyd get picked apart on their technique - why should we hold kids to any other standard? if coach B were there, theyd be drilling on a PVC.
"The pleasure of architecture". The pleasure of architecture for whom? Architect? Inhabitant? User?
For "each", I would say. Though because the products of architecture have a permanence, that for instance the products of music do not, it seems more important to the inhabitant and the user of a building that its architect gives significant thought to pleasures other than her own, than it is important for the composer of music to give significant thought to the pleasure of her listener. If the composer makes music that brings no one or almost no one pleasure, then her music will be played once and forgotten (unless the composer hires her own orchestra to play it in the future). But if a building brings hardly anyone beside the architect pleasure, and especially if it does not bring the intended or likely inhabitants or users of the building pleasure, if it actually makes pleasure less likely, then it seems to me the architect has designed a "bad" building. If not "bad", at least "ill-suited". The building, once it is off the page and on the street, is unlike music once it is off the page and in the concert hall. The building lasts a long time and affects people for a long time while music is evanescent. I wouldn't go so far to say the architect has an obligation to design buildings that will bring her users pleasure, but I would hope that is a concern for the architect. Sometimes she may need to teach us how to be pleasured in new and different ways, but if she wagers that we can be taught and that the lesson is worth learning, I really hope she delivers. It also seems relevant to me to consider whether public or private funds are paying for the building. Even if it is public funds, a few "bad" buildings can make for an interesting landscape.
Ultimately, I think we are all justified in saying to the architect (as we are justified in saying to the composer, the writer, the painter, and the engineer ): "make it good."
so ive been out of cfing for a few months just due to school and really busy with things, gained some weight back, and lost my cardio. and now im taking my cpat in a month, and the stair master kills. now monday im starting back up and going hard... and im not gonna slack and i will make the time to make these wod, cuz without cf im slack, i had no idea what kind of impact it had on me until today.. so im back guys
Team USA is playing in the finals of the Football (soccer) Confederation Cup Today against Brazil. It's a big game and a big deal after their win against Spain. Everyone root for team USA!
I can't vouch for the coolness of that wing, but from here, Josh seems like a hell of an athlete.
Level 1 cert was absolutely awesome. I would not change the experience one bit. Thank you for everything guys you are amazing.
Adrian, bro, where you get the traps? Dude you weren't stacked like that when I met you at my cert last year. I'll have whatever you and Kelly are cooking up!
>> I'm praying for more public certs in Germany!
I need a rest I have been working nights, really hard to get motivated to workout after shift change but I have been faithful to the Fit.
BTW I really sucked at yesterday's WOD , zero form skillz
Keegan is 15. I do not believe he yet weighs 135, and if he does he has just gotten there.Very nice effort young man.
"Grace", 135# overhead anyway, for time. WOD completed. All observations about technique must be made in context. It is understandable that people who are unaware of either CF Kids instruction in general or Brand X is particular might have comments on the push jerk form, but in doing so it is necessary (as it is in the videos of all athletes doing WOD's) to remember the particular WOD being performed.
Prior to being allowed to lift any weight in any lift Keegan has been extensively drilled using PVC, and very low weight. He undoubtedly will review that video and discuss with his coaches the fact that better technique will result in a faster "Grace" and ultimately a heavier Jerk PR. He may even totally change his technique and do split jerks; who knows?
Keegan's technique was not optimal but it also was not unsafe. Under the circumstances ("Grace") coaching in a timed WOD may not necessarily require anything more than the type of cuing we heard on this video. For learning purposes here today we should remember the context in which this video was shot. It is entirely appropriate to offer technique and coaching tips, of course, to foster the learning process. One must be mindful of context, and mindful that we only see a very tiny snapshot of a coaching relationship on these videos, before we offer coaching criticism
Level 2 Retest
From what I experienced the one day retest was a great idea. It gave individuals to test who were really close to passing in the past.
Personally, I wasn’t as fatigued and the pressure wasn't there from the two day certification. It simulated TRAINING new as well as people that I knew. Just like teaching a class.
I am impressed by the high level of quality CrossFit is searching for. I’m glad someone is stepping it up in the fitness industry.
Any advice would be: Have fun, be you, have a sharp eye, and train!
That piece was very French. Virtually no one else speaks approvingly of Sade.
For my own purposes, I speak of qualitative and quantitative pleasures. Qualitative pleasure is Goodness. It is contentment in your self assigned role, which enables an expansion of pleasure that does not depend on context. You do not wear or seek masks, because you don't need them. You tell the truth.
For all his subtlety, the French intellectual tends to seek only quantitative pleasure, which IS contextual, and which feeds as often on evil and good; in fact, it rejects the difference. Did he comment once on Virtue? Such a man can only say words like that with irony. Where were most of the supporters of Stalin in the West? Who originated the project of radical freedom coupled with open support of tyranny?
This man finds pleasure in constraint. Why? We all must be limited in some way--bound, in his words--and those who do not CHOOSE who they will be, who do not submit their personal whims to higher principles, must find those limits elsewhere, and they must be PHYSICAL.
For him, the juxtaposition of Reason with sensuality creates an irony he enjoys. Formally, he has already rejected Reason as a means for governing his own life (like all leftists), but its recurrence has the emotive validity for him that an old song that takes you back many years.
In point of fact, he rejects, in principle, ANY organizing principle or genuine rationality, even the rational pursuit of pleasure.
This is decadence, pure and simple. I see no other acceptable word. He would likely concur.
As far as the picture: well executed, very European. That's all I will say for now.
Yes!!!! I needed this rest day, plus its a CHEAT day...o yea its gonna be a good one
My WOD time from yesterday is not legit. After looking at other people's times, I checked the distance on the run using mapmyrun.com. Turns out my route was probably about 50 meters short. That's a total of 200 meters not run which explains the faster than expected time.
I still felt good and flew through the workout, but unfortunately it's not legit.
Please DQ my Saturday workout, it should not count toward the PBPB Challenge.
I really like La Chute. I wish there were pics of the people hitting the ground also. "Damn you gravity! You win again."
#5 I don't know about crossfit games becoming the worlds stongest ninja challange but if you set up that O. course with the innertube and all . . . I'd love to run it.
Excellent job Keegan!! #11 and #12 CrossFit Kids does teach, coach, and hold the kids to the highest of standards and proper technique. Jeff Martin and Brand X does an outstanding job with kids (and adults for that matter) of all ages teaching them to move correctly starting as young as preschool with basic movement patterns.
Keegan - Congratulations! Nice work.
Re: CFApex garage gym video (Wagners)... Refreshing to watch a video without a soundtrack once in a while. Less can often be more.
Awesome garage setup.
Keegan, nice job young man! First time Rx'd very well done and I commend you. Bingo very nice comment.
vacation hotel WOD:
100 butterfly situps
100 walking lunges
50 wide grip push ups
OK--a day off, so I did yesterday's WOD.
Right arm PP 65# x 12
Left arm DL 145# x 12
800 m run
Left arm PP 65# x 12 (easier than right arm??)
Right arm D: 145#
800 m run
The push presses were difficult not to arch the back too much-had to really concentrate on form. Deadlifts were hard to control with only one hand & the bar spinning. It really accentuated grip strength (or lack thereof!)
800m runs really sucked! About 4 minutes each...
Now I get to go lift beams & trusses!!!
Keegan...fantastic!! I thought you are starting to look a bit like Connor now.
I must be going soft as I am not going to waste my time on two other posters of this thread!!
Keegan congrats bro...bad technique??!!! Ok people it is hard to focus in technique when you are going fast and by the way think about this...keegan 2 years from now..dude that will be awesome thoughts??
Fantastic job Keegan...strong work bro. Don't tell me you're going the oly lifting route though...you need to be working those chest rolls to headstand!
Completely agree with Bingo above, Grace is 135# overhead anyhow...jerk technique is irrelevant, as he improves he will become more efficient.
VERY interesting topic; I hope people will read the article and look at La Chute and not be put off by the nationality of their creators. The article is perhaps one of Bernard Tschumi's best known works of writing.
Rather than enter into a discussion that begins and ends with a binary distinction (which Tschumi himself can seem to do, and which is tempting for the reader to do, as well), I prefer to begin thinking about his overall point in writing. There is WAY too much of the Rational in our collective 'built form,' which is to say, the spaces we make, the buildings we build, the homes/gyms/offices/restaurants/public plazas that we inhabit. When I say "our collective," I mean those of us who have inherited the aesthetic and capital traditions of Western Europe.
What would or COULD our collective built form be like if we *also* considered the more qualitative goals of pleasure and delight (yes, differently defined for each of us). Tschumi's last sentence presents this challenge; perhaps good architecture if mobilized even somewhat in the direction of pleasure --and the erotic is definitely pleasurable, but I can only speak for myself here, of course-- could not only fulfill some of our significant NEED for pleasure but also perhaps even surprise us in what we might be able to accomplish.
The Darzacq photographs present an interesting point of departure in this regard. One person already noted the power of gravity. What if we could suspend it? What is the relationship of time to gravity? What if...? These questions may seem pedantic. But only by attempting the absurd can we achieve the impossible.
As far as what pleasurable space is, or means, think on it for a moment: Can you remember a moment during which you came upon a façade or an entryway and you were DRAWN to enter by delighted curiosity? Are there parts or streets of your home town that are so compelling or beautiful that you can't even begin to explain why you feel so good there? (With the mention of "beauty" we dip our toes into the realm of aesthetics, also a dirty word in the past decades.) Can a pleasurable space make you feel that perhaps more is possible out of life? For my part, I have felt that in some CrossFit gyms, many of which have the feel of automotive garages, especially powerful since so many affiliates began humbly in their own garages. They maintain this trace of the former occupation which I find extremely pleasurable.
This comment is more of an aside, really: Architects are not unlimited in scope. There are a TREMENDOUS number of constraints placed upon the makers of all architecture: demands of the client, the market, the budget, the goals/limitations/aspirations (often conflicting) of the design team, which is often quite large. So it behooves us to remember that it can be so much more than bricks and mortar and shelter and solving problems.
But we're only human, right? Who was it who said people get the government they deserve? We also get the architecture we deserve. What if we thought more highly of ourselves and what we deserve?
Some of Tschumi's "advertisements for architecture" illustrate his piece well. Check some of them out:
I wrote this too quickly, so my apologies for rushing. I wish to flesh this out a bit more later on today, but right now I have to go to the beach. Have a great day everyone!
Ps, if you can, read the commentary on La Chute in the original French. The English translation therein renders the piece incomprehensible. Best, RF.
Any luck with Carlos Andrade making it to the games?
No bro we had no good luck with Carlos...it is terrible for me as his brother...he is a GREAT man a perfect mentor a good athlete he doesn't quit he loves crossfit he belives so much un crossfit that he is like our "MORPHEUS" free minds every day including mine...he makes me belive in crossfit..and now he can't go to Aromas...justice?? No sir i can't find any justice on this
Did fridays "nicole.
in 20 min.
Please tell me that comment #21 isn't the Sunday musings. I'd feel jipped.
you only did one round correct?
haven't finished the article yet but felt like posting this anyway:
The only bad buildings are ones that fall down.
Completely awesome Keegan! It was an honor to be able to see you in action in person at the CFK cert last week. Highest props and respect to all the team at BrandX. They rock.
ran some hill sprints. 100m up, walk back x8. around :17 to :19 runs 1:45 walk/rest. then played...50" box jump and jump to handstand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL5jmqzSTvc
fun rest day!
I made up yesterday's workout:
Two rounds of:
Right arm barbell push-press 12 reps
Left arm deadlift 12 reps
Run 800 meters
Left arm barbell push-press 12 reps
Right arm deadlift 12 reps
Run 800 meter
I had to use a 50# dumbbell for the push presses, since I only have one barbell. I used 135# for the deadlifts
My time reflects my knowledge of my limitations, and my skill at basic barbell math (ahem).
Keegan - monster work my friend! The points stated already will have been obvious to you and when fixed will allow even more impressive efforts.
You've inspired me, I'm gonna hit up Grace at bodyweight + 5lb (210lb) and I only hope that mine looks as good. I'm certain it will be a darn site longer
I did yesterday's WOD today.
28 minutes flat. (I'm a poor runner.)
The last DL rep ate up about a full minute. I failed twice - my grip was totally shot!
I could have gone a little heavier on the PP. This WOD really exposed some strength inbalances. I'll be working to correct that.
as px'd ... 5:49 ... rest day PR
as px'd ... 5:49 ... rest day PR
Comment #50 - Posted by: Goat 33/M/199/5'-11" at June 28, 2009 3:16 PM
Don't think I missed that little buddy.
so i saw there is a video called "annie are you ok?" and i figured since MJ just died it would be cool to do one sort of named after him but i was wondering if it was fight gone bad style because there was no specified rep scheme
There are idiots among us, one named "bingo" if memory serves, who have done "Annie are you OK?" tabata style. Not recommended...
jakers at June 28, 2009 4:24 PM
C'mon, I give you more credit than that.
Love the new single day format for the level II. Just what the doctor ordered.
Thanks for all the advice Todd, Boz & Chuck...you guys ran a great cert.
Now you just gotta bring one to the ATL.
I recognize he big dude in the back left....LOL Way to go Maj. B.
I recognize the big dude in the back row....way to go Maj. B.........
Excellent effort, scary form on the push jerks.
Under the duress of fatigue and a timed workout, form will degenerate however in this circumstance the form was bad from the get-go.
I disagree that Keegan's technique wasn't dangerous - the stress through the knees hips and ankles with that wide unbalanced and shaky support position cannot be good for any body, let alone a developing teen.
I see this as being reckless. Two weeks of technique training on a split jerk and Keegan could have done the exact same (or better) without the same danger to his joints. A better job needs to be done with him with the focus being on performance down the road.
I was very impressed at his ability to hold neutral spine and a solid first pull throughout though - nice work on that front!
Single L2 test days are very helpful, thanks for putting it on for us guys.
Here is the core of the thing: "Such architecture is perverse because its real significance lies outside utility or purpose and ultimately is not even aimed at giving pleasure.
The architecture of pleasure depends on a particular feat, which is to keep ARCHITECTURE OBSESSED WITH ITSELF in such an AMBIGUOUS fashion that it never surrenders to good conscience or parody, to debility or delirious neurosis."
This is Deconstruction. It is a deliberate rejection of Purpose, understood generally. It is a self obsessed, incoherent narrative which in the course of talking seeks to destroy the very possibility of a shared, common narrative. It rejects common sense morality. It rejects common sense aesthetics, or the systematic use of architecture for any purpose whatever.
This fellow does not appear malignant--indeed most of the practitioners of his craft were and are congenial, erudite bon vivants--but this doctrine is quite literally aimed at destroying the entirety of our cultural tradition.
That radical politics should typically accompany this process should surpise no one. Sometimes these clowns are so self obsessed that the look of themselves looking back at them in the mirror is sufficient for their on-going affective and cognitive continuity, but much more often they combine their radical "freedom" with activities designed, ultimately, to reduce their freedom through the physical compulsion of a tyrannical government, typically a Communist one, although what I have termed Black Fascism would work just as well, as it did for Heidegger.
These things are much more dangerous than most people are able to grasp.
Put in only slightly exaggerated terms, this guy got Obama elected, and cost us the Vietnam War.
Never underestimate the power of ideas, or the extent of the propaganda penetration of our supposed cultural elites.
Lone Ranger today. I'm used to it.
Well, my work today left ample time for abstract thinking. One thought I won't pursue at this point is that intellectuals are not workers, but they claim to be able to speak for them. This is rank arrogance.
As far as Gramsci--no, that's not right--Tschumi, I wondered what we could build with his criteria. My thought was a teepee. To prevent it from being utilitarian we could poke a hole in it, and to prevent pleasure, we could erect it lopsided. But that might be parody, so perhaps we stand it back up. We avoid neurosis by omitting the pink polka dots, and debility by paying someone else to build it.
So we have our architecture. Is it erotic? Bound? Rational? Purposive? Fully random? Have we balanced our Apollo and our Drunk?
Who knows? Who cares? The simple fact is that this is a narcissistic enterprise. The task, for him, is to rationalize what he likes, not to build what he thinks he and others will like.
The Liberal Arts OUGHT to be dedicated to useful ends. It is possible, for example, to study the creation of pleasurable literature. Or literature designed to broaden young minds in ways conformable to the freedoms we have created for ourselves.
What this is, though, is a rejection in principle (which cannot be named, lest that principle in turn decrease freedom) of purpose. I've already said this, but the extension that occurred to me today is that what he has done is reduce reason to the ex post facto rationalizatoin of the fait accompli, the already finished work.
You could show him literally anything, and at some unexpected moment he would squeal with delight, then deliver a very erudite, accomplished defense of his reaction, which would sound good, but offer up NO means by which to understand his actual criteria.
Here is the net, net: the unpainted white canvas hanging in the Art Gallery represents latent autocratic tendencies, because rather than work to create something new using Reason, it works to create something without purpose, and then explain it.
Reason, then, for the Left is the tool by means of which thoughtless conformity is justified.
I like these Leftist pieces. I would like to see an Op Ed from Paul Krugman. I'm thinking about submitting a piece to the New York Times titled: "Why Paul Krugman is an idiot", or possibly "Why Paul Krugman is the Al Gore of economists". I'm not sure, though, if that would fly.
As far as the flying man, first off, those picture are for all intents and purpose Parkour. He likely hit hard on a few of them. Very well executed.
Second, if the riots are the proximate cause of his version of the Doomsday Clock, then I have to say I find it interesting how often artsy Leftists get their angst on about problems that would be easily solved if only they would wake up, smell the coffee, and either make some hard decisions, or at least let someone else do it.
Get the Government out of the middle of everything, let free markets work, kick out the troublemakers, enforce public order, and begin teaching some form of respect again for liberal self government which includes moral clarity with respect to civil virtue.
The problem with Detroit is they never had a Rudy Guiliani. New York's problems looked intractable, too, and they would have been, had sensible people not kicked the bozos out of office.
Conservative policies work. Period.
I am a german student from bamberg, following crossfit for about a year now with my mini
gym in my apartment ;-) would love to work out with some other mates if there are any here in bamberg.
I'm a german student in bamberg, following crossfit for about a year now. Are there any other mates in bamberg, maybe for some wods together?