April 17, 2010

Saturday 100417

Rest Day


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Theoretically, a handstand on parallel bars is identical to one on parallettes, yet the height can be an obstacle for the mind.

"Playing on the Parallel Bars" at CrossFit Santa Cruz with Tony Budding, a CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

Emily Riddell prepares for the Southeast Regionals, by CrossFit Again Faster - video [wmv] [mov]

Robert Hayden - The Whipping.

Emerson String Quartet: Shostakovich, String Qtet no. 3, III

Change We Can Believe In by Steven Strogatz, The New York Times.

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Posted by lauren at April 17, 2010 5:00 PM

Nice. Rest....Ahhhhhhhh....

Comment #1 - Posted by: Casey M/42/170/5'10 Milwaukee at April 16, 2010 5:05 PM

If anyone is interested there is a Mud Run taking place in Newtown Square, PA June 12. Looks like fun and a good cause.


Comment #2 - Posted by: Quinn at April 16, 2010 5:21 PM

So the CrossFit derivative of changing how the term 'fitness' is used and understood is increasing ... and the integral of 'fit' people is accumulating accordingly - ?

Comment #3 - Posted by: Apolloswabbie 72.5 209 46 yoa at April 16, 2010 5:34 PM

Emily, nice interveiw and a great job at the NC/SC sectionals. I wish you the best in Florida.

Comment #4 - Posted by: andy hendel at April 16, 2010 5:59 PM

You rock Emily!! Thats my coach!

Comment #5 - Posted by: A.O. M/36/168/5'6' at April 16, 2010 6:24 PM

Swab...BINGO!! ;=)

Comment #6 - Posted by: bingo at April 16, 2010 6:42 PM

whaat is with that poem thing?

Comment #7 - Posted by: Connor Thompson at April 16, 2010 7:08 PM

Have a nice rest day everyone.


Comment #8 - Posted by: SANTI at April 16, 2010 8:59 PM


Comment #9 - Posted by: galvite at April 16, 2010 9:06 PM

4 Rounds

Row 500m
Rest 3 min


Didn't expect that to one be so bad, lol

Comment #10 - Posted by: sdw at April 16, 2010 9:30 PM

A semester of grad school coming to a climax, combined with a week straight of 10 hour days at the office and this past workout cycle and on Friday night I get to analyze poetry and calculus. What a unique fitness/lifestyle approach. It made me laugh when I thought about todays intellectual content as compared with that picture from a couple of months ago of a dude in a bikini doing a kettlebell snatch. (full squat)

Comment #11 - Posted by: Flarega 6'4" 220# Marforlant 2001-2004 at April 16, 2010 10:29 PM

Elite vs Crossfit

Elite athletes train for specific events. Crossfitters train for the unknown.

Sure it would be great to be a world class athlete but realistically how many people reach that status?

If you could pick a top athlete upon whom you would depend in the real world, would you pick a 100m champ, or a winning decathlete? I'd pick a decathlete every time.

Further, who would you have on your team (again for the unknown - rescue, combat, survival) -

Usain Bolt & Paula Radcliffe or
Mikka Salo and Tommy Hackenbruck?

Crossfitters aren't training to be the best rowers on the planet, we are training to handle the unknown possibilities of life.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Martin at April 17, 2010 3:09 AM

Apologies - that comment was meant for yesterday's debate. Sorry!!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Martin at April 17, 2010 3:12 AM

Strogatz's articles are all worthwhile reading. He's explaining math, from why 6 isn't 5, through calculus, in ways that the non-mathematician says "Oh, now I get it!".

Comment #14 - Posted by: JoeMoho at April 17, 2010 5:42 AM

Ever since taking my first calculus course I've thought it should be taught earlier in a student's life than it typically is. Certainly a strong base in algebra is necessary, but why not introduce basic derivatives with algebra 1?

I see many students who are intimidated by the monster of calculus and often feel they aren't smart enough to understand it, but in reality the subject of calculus by itself is not so complex, its the combination of all the algebra, geometry, trig and calculus that overwhelms these students. Some of the ideas from calc could potentially be presented even before algebra. Just my 2 cents.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Brett at April 17, 2010 6:47 AM

#12 excellent point. If I was hanging onto the edge of a building I would be glad to be a crossfitter instead of someone that can curl 50 kg. I know u will all bring up if's and buts but u get my line of thought I hope. Just saying that crossfit it fitness you can use. Maybe a cardio example would have been better: ie RUNNING 4 YOUR LIFE !! Having been involved in the fitness industry for sometime I can see the pro's and cons for both sides but I take crossfit over body building any day but that's just me and there is room for both.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Mr flakey at April 17, 2010 6:57 AM

I'll take anybody who values physical fitness as an improvement over the alternative. I'm just saying, I'm not so elitist to believe that there is only one way to attack fitness. If you like to run 200 miles per week like Anton Krupricka (if you don't know who he is, just google him- he's amazing), who am I to impose what I think is the best? I just happen to love CrossFit, and if somebody wants to listen to why I love functional fitness, I'll try and convey some wisdom I've been able to obtain from this great community... and Brett, completely agree on calc. The most difficult math course I ever took was my 8th grade geometry course, but 11th grade calc was the most enjoyable I ever took.

Anyway, all be well and be nice.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Tim/34/M/70/171 at April 17, 2010 9:34 AM

decided to make up new HERO wod "McGhee"


27 rounds
+2 deadlifts

I liked it!

Comment #18 - Posted by: graham holmberg at April 17, 2010 10:08 AM

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
185-205 pound Deadlift, 5 reps
13 Push-ups
9 Box jumps, 24 inch box

5 rounds, 5 dl, 8 pushups

Comment #19 - Posted by: snowblind M/33/80"/220 at April 17, 2010 10:15 AM

Has anyone noticed that many of the top crossfit female competitors are getting stockier and more muscular? Just an observation from following crossfit the past couple years. With more emphasis on oly/power type lifts, some of the elegant lines are disappearing. I'm wonder if introducing swimming events and/or more agility type wods would restore those lines. Emily R. is a very fit woman indeed, but her body type is different from many of the competitors that graced crossfits mainsite in years past.


Comment #20 - Posted by: Kelly at April 17, 2010 10:17 AM

24/6'/165 on a good day.

McGhee 15rds at 225#. Did 5 extra rounds to make up for the work lost by going lighter after time expired.

Great Hero WOD.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Corey at April 17, 2010 10:21 AM

I agree that crossfit test/works people over a large domain. Comparing a crossfit athlete to an elite athlete in a single domain sport is really like comparing apples and oranges. All I know is that if you find a sport that you love and it allows you to compete among the best in the world, you may as well pursue that sport... because you're really good at it. Not everyone can excel at crossfit but everyone can participate in it... just like most sports. I think it really comes down to what you enjoy. Yes, rowers have hunched shoulders from hauling on an oar for 40km a day but believe me, rowing on the water is a whole lot different than erging. I rowed because I loved the teamwork, the feeling of the boat cutting through the water, the challenge of trying to master the perfect stroke. The challenge of going fast with different people in different denominations of boats in different weather conditions against different competitors. I loved challenging my limits (this is satisfied in crossfit for me these days) and I loved the technical/scientific knowledge I acquired. I loved the early mornings on the water and I loved having a group of teammates who were my best friends that I saw every day... I didn't even have to know their phone numbers... I'd see them face to face every day.

I love that I met my husband through rowing.

The fact that my shoulders are more flexible forward than backward didn't even factor into the equation. I didn't row for fitness... I rowed because I loved it. Being fit and having the opportunity to travel the world doing it was a fantastic side effect.

Can't remember whey I started this note...something about comparing crossfit with elite one-domain sports. I won't ever really excel at crossfit (too old and I'm not so good at pullups) but it's good to keep challengng myself... and maybe, who knows, I'll be hanging off a cliff one day and need to pull myself up. (happens in the movies all the time)

Comment #22 - Posted by: JuliePlatt at April 17, 2010 11:30 AM

hopefully someone can help with this. on the 300 workout regarding the floor wipers you do 50 reps. is one rep considered to be one side or is it both sides equals one rep?

Comment #23 - Posted by: John P. at April 17, 2010 11:42 AM

John, when I have done that workout, I counted 1 rep as the legs going back and forth. So starting with the legs on the floor to the left, they go right touch the floor and come back to the left or vice versa.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Blair Lowe at April 17, 2010 12:21 PM

What ever happend to ring dips?

Comment #25 - Posted by: Bobby at April 17, 2010 12:43 PM

Al Udeid

100 Thrusters 45#/12#
100 Double Unders
100 Burpees

Adam 24:17
Tommy: 36:28
Jay: 38:16
Julie: 38:49
Danielle: 41:01

Comment #26 - Posted by: AdamL at April 17, 2010 1:37 PM

Comment #20, Kelly,
I agree the shape of proficient female crossfitters tends to be more muscular and a little stockier. Tanya Wagner, winner of last year's games, is another example. I don't believe adding swimming would change their shape as most swimmers have broad shoulders and muscular legs as well. By agility workouts, do you mean workouts that you need to be more limber and flexible to do? Because again, I don't think this will make a difference. I am a black belt in TKD and am pretty flexible, and I have no tiny body with long lean lines. I'm 5'9, and let's just say, I'm not 115 lbs. Being a crossfitter prepares us for many events across the board. Those muscles are there for a purpose, to carry us through whatever may come our way, whether it be pushing a car out of a ditch, or running down a purse snatcher. I would believe that if you aren't interested in that specific build, crossfit may not be the way to go, but to "specialize" in something else that would shape the body differently.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Kim at April 17, 2010 2:05 PM

Been taking it a little easy on the WODs for Thursday and Friday (5k and then just 21-15-9 knees-to-elbows and HSPUs - time of 5:55) because gym access has been restricted, so tried turning it up in a different way today. Almost met pukie!

5 rounds for time:
25 x 65# straight-legged deadlifts
1/4 mile uphill run (steep)


Comment #28 - Posted by: Slav 22/m/5'8"/155 at April 17, 2010 3:36 PM

WOD: "Jackie"
1000m row/50 thrusters/30 pullups
500m row/25 thrusters/15 pullups
250m row/15 thrusters/10 pullups

19-lb aluminum bar
Jumping pullups
Damper setting 5


Comment #29 - Posted by: J.T. 45/M/69"/200# at April 17, 2010 4:30 PM

comment #20

I think Emily looks fabulous. Strong, yes. Stocky? No. Not everyone has a super lean swimmer/runner build, especially girls who lift heavy. I'm a very small girl but I admire girls who have strong powerful bodies. No need to change anything IMO. I do agree that these days to get anywhere as far as the Games, a girl needs to be bigger as the weights RX'd have gotten lots heavier. That is probably why the girls we see featured who are having the most success are those who are carrying more size and muscle. CrossFit chicks rock, no matter what their size!

Comment #30 - Posted by: Suzanne at April 17, 2010 5:05 PM

John p- what is the 300 workout and what are floor wipers? Someone once told me the guys in 300 trained with crossfit but I don't know if its true. Can anyone give me a little insight?

Comment #31 - Posted by: Aaron Dietrich at April 17, 2010 5:56 PM

46 y.o Newbie here (new to Crossfit, not new to working out). 5 rounds in 12 minutes. HSPU for ring HSPU

Comment #32 - Posted by: Stevie C. at April 18, 2010 10:32 AM

The tragedy that "The Whipping" describes happens all too often among our kind (humankind); we deal with our weaknesses and insecurities by taking them out on others in one way or another.

As far as "Change We Can Believe In," read "Clara's" link in her comment - comment #4 - about "Transgression in Nature." That's a mind-bender.

Comment #33 - Posted by: Chad at April 18, 2010 10:48 AM

Thank you very much for the comment and hosting the sectionals Andy!! Thanks Alex and Thanks for the really sweet comment # 30 Suzanne...That is just my build and trust me women that have more size have to work harder at keeping up with the smaller women at met con workouts! We all have our weaknesses and that is the point of doing Crossfit...I don't do it for the look, but the sport. Crossfit chicks do rock no matter what size...I agree Suzanne!!!

Comment #34 - Posted by: Emily riddell at April 18, 2010 8:19 PM
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