May 15, 2010

Saturday 100515

Rest Day


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Worldwide Handstands 2

"Fundamentals and Respect" with CrossFit South Aurora, a CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The affiliate competition at the Central East Regionals, by CrossFit Again Faster - video [wmv] [mov]

Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Willa Cather - Paul's Case

Beat the Street Fundraiser by Steve's Club

"Rethinking Smart: The Idea of Intellectual Character" by Ron Ritchhart, pages 12-29.

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Posted by lauren at May 15, 2010 5:00 PM

GREAT picture from Costa Mesa!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Joe K at May 14, 2010 5:01 PM

I think I love you Costa Mesa.

Comment #2 - Posted by: Matt at May 14, 2010 5:13 PM

Coach, Just want to say thanks for saving me money. My wife (a librarian) and I (a teacher) are newbies who have been trying crossfit for about 1 year along with running the occasional 10K benefit and eating zoned meals. Recently, I had a physical and blood work done as a prerequisite for life insurance.
We are the first couple our agent has seen that have met the "elite" physical status which entitles us to the lowest rates offered through our company.
I think it's just another benefit of this excellent program.
Thanks again.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Benji at May 14, 2010 5:26 PM

wow what a tough WOD today. my first Eva.
Is the affillate competition video working for anyone? I love these vids. Thanks for posting, hopefully we can fix the broken link.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Nick Wijn at May 14, 2010 5:42 PM

The affiliate cup video is broken!!!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Lindy at May 14, 2010 6:20 PM

M/48/175 Lbs.
"Eva" as Rxd.
56:26 and was happy to finish this one..I know I am going to feel her for a couple of days. OUCH!

Comment #6 - Posted by: vic at May 14, 2010 6:45 PM

Nice! Costa Mesa is Alygirl from RX-STARS! Huge fan RX-STARS! Love your posts on facebook.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Sarah at May 14, 2010 8:23 PM

Instead of Eva I did the dumbbell shaker for my arms and shoulders, the ab belt for my score, and finally the assisted squat machine for my legs. It was 8 minutes and thirty seven seconds of muscle confusion, I am sorry to say thanks to technology the need for functional movement has been replaced.

Eva as Rx'd 32:15

Comment #8 - Posted by: patrick l bateman at May 14, 2010 9:34 PM

I'm 2 days behind so "Karen" was the WOD. Got the kids to bed. Hung out with wife, she went to bed, so then it was time to workout. Let me say that black medicine ball and nightime Wallball Shots don't mix well. First rep, I'm focusing a little too much on my target since it's dark and the next thing I know the ball is past my hands and on the bridge of my nose. Took a break, iced the nose. It wasn't broken so I reset set the clock and kept my hands in front of my face. Finally got it done 10:07. A lesson well learned. Great to be working outside again as the weather is warming in the Chicagoland.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Robert at May 14, 2010 9:58 PM

Yea, Costa Mesa is definitely pretty sexy.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Steve at May 14, 2010 10:45 PM

The bloody volcano, I love it.

Well done that man.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Cormac at May 15, 2010 4:49 AM

Eva was killer - very sore today.

Also, if anyone is interested I am holding a small fundraiser for testicular cancer research and awareness this afternoon called: Burpees for Balls. If you search for Burpees for Balls or CrossFit Gwinnett on Facebook you can learn more. Support and donations welcome.

Burpees for Balls: Today, 2:30 Collins Hill Park. about an hour of Burpees to raise money for cancer research and awareness. Registration is $35, that gets a T-shirt mailed to you after the event and donations of any size are welcome.

Donations can be made here:

Comment #12 - Posted by: Steven M. Platek, Ph.D. at May 15, 2010 4:56 AM

Not gonna lie...having a little Games withdrawal with no video stream today. On the upside, I'll get a little done over the weekend!

Comment #13 - Posted by: bingo at May 15, 2010 5:47 AM

Eva was way tougher and longer and expected ... but made it through!
Who's that in the poster from Marco Island? That's my home town baby!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Lance at May 15, 2010 5:57 AM

20 Pullups (C2B)
Run 400m
20 Deadlifts (225#)
Run 400m
20 DB swings (55#)
Run 400m
20 Wall Ball Shots (20#)
Run 400m
20 Burpees
Run 400m
20 Box jumps (36")
Run 400m
20 Push Press (75#)
Run 400m
20 knees2elbows
Run 400m

Comment #15 - Posted by: Matt Bruce at May 15, 2010 7:30 AM

Today's WOD as rx'd: 24.00 hrs

Comment #16 - Posted by: Chand at May 15, 2010 7:42 AM

HAHA! just wake up and slept for about 9 hours, I am not fully recovered from last 3 day cycle but by tomorow everything should be ok, I might do today the CFWU follow by a lot of stretching, I wonder what is in store for tomorow. if some one is in Colorado Springs, CO, Hit me up one of this days. BRING IT COACH! Have a nice rest day everybody.


Comment #17 - Posted by: SANTI at May 15, 2010 9:02 AM

5-15-10, First muscleup on the bar. Today has been a good day. Also did the Crossfit Charlotte WOD 10 rounds of 10 burpees, 10 jump squats w/16 kg KB, 200 meter Sprint 22:01. Wore a 10 lb vest the first 5 rounds. The weight wasnt as bad as the constricted breathing.

Comment #18 - Posted by: neal at May 15, 2010 9:14 AM

150 WB, 15# "sand bag" med ball, 9.5-10ft target= 10:30

That was fun! Was at a different gym and able to access the gymnasium so each wall ball was not about to take out ceiling tiles like usual, and the "sand bag" ball as opposed to a reg med ball added more of a challenge. Usually use 12# med ball to ceiling ht for time: 7:11.

Then as a treat, did the DB workout again ;)
5 rounds
DB DL x5
DB HC x5
DB PP x5
DB FS x5
wts: 25-30-40-45(broken)-40

Love that wod! Sometimes a treat to do strength and not have a timer going ;)

Comment #19 - Posted by: in8girl at May 15, 2010 10:19 AM

I'm trying to teach myself the butterfly kip, and I'm having some problems. Is it normal to hesitate some because you feel like you are going to smash your face into the bar? Any suggestions?

I love the Handstands around the world.

Comment #20 - Posted by: FinnishCraig m/22/5'8"/155 at May 15, 2010 10:24 AM

So is the handstand 'poster' actually available as a poster; or just a virtual poster? I don't see it in the store. CrossFit has SO many great pictures that should be sold as paper poster in the store.

Comment #21 - Posted by: John Seiler at May 15, 2010 10:44 AM

Are no gloves a rule for pullups or is it choice? I want to do EVA tmw but I dont want my hands to be so jacked up I cant box for the next week and a half like they were last time I did a WOD that involved a lot of pullups. I bought some golf gloves and cut out the fingers and man they feel so good!

Comment #22 - Posted by: neal at May 15, 2010 10:51 AM

Question about Deadlifts. When doing 3x5 or 5x3, is it alright to re-grip in the middle of the set? I thought you had to touch and go with the weight for all the reps in order for it to count, but I've seen a few videos where people will set the bar down, reset, and then do another rep. I guess this same question goes for Cleans and Snatches too.

Comment #23 - Posted by: TJ Miller at May 15, 2010 12:15 PM

Patrick Bateman is the best poster. Or should I say Marcus Halberstram.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Paul Allen at May 15, 2010 12:26 PM

23 / M / 5'9" / 135lbs

Karen, scaled to
150 wall-ball shots, 11lb ball


I can't access my CF log at present, but I think this is a big improvement over my last time. I need to get a heavier ball, though.

Comment #25 - Posted by: BC at May 15, 2010 12:46 PM

41:44 Rx'd
Eva stands for EVIL....Total Mind (!#&@# !!
On the bright side I made the mainsite with a Handstand in Philly "Rocky Statue" !!! CrossFit Overload with Cert in Ann Arbor now a poster! Big PROPS TO THE CF CULTURE!!! Yesssir!

Comment #26 - Posted by: JD at May 15, 2010 1:29 PM

@ Paul Allen

Not only am I the best poster, I have a slightly better haircut.

Comment #27 - Posted by: patrick l bateman at May 15, 2010 1:32 PM

Big shout out 2 Steve and all the crew @ Crossfit Tribe for putting on a great event 2day. Not enough could be said about what Steve and his crew are doing for the kids in that area. They really are saving these kids EVERY DAY!!!!!!. Also, thanks 2 everyone who came out and supported the event.

Comment #28 - Posted by: RB at May 15, 2010 2:03 PM

I have a question

With a WOD like Eva yesterday; is it OK to do Russian swings(eye level) or must all swings be above head?


Comment #29 - Posted by: Tim Carr at May 15, 2010 2:57 PM

just wanted to say that I am enjoying the poetry and prose links on the rest days. Still get squeamish thinking about the rats in the EAP story a few cycles back, and enjoyed today's story despite the depressing end ...

Comment #30 - Posted by: fern at May 15, 2010 3:27 PM

Man...sometimes it's just impossible to get to the gym. Sigh...

Neal #22, most of us work out to live, not the opposite. If protecting your hands in Eva allows you to perform elsewhere in life it's a pretty easy call, eh? I work with my hands every day in my day job and I wear gloves whenever I need to.

Comment #31 - Posted by: bingo at May 15, 2010 3:37 PM

Finished my now I official belong to a box. WooHoo

Comment #32 - Posted by: Keith M at May 15, 2010 4:01 PM

As a Humanities professor in the suck of grading essays, I appreciate the reading and the baroque classical piano link. Crossfit is my escape from mind pickling essays and faculty politics. Moreover, I agree with fern and compliment your choices today for the rest day. Crossfit is constantly varied including the mind as well.

Comment #33 - Posted by: Stacy at May 15, 2010 4:12 PM

My legs were crushed by Karen on Thursday. I thought I could compete with Khalipa and ended up with a 5:45 time. Thought maybe I would put Eva away for today but as I was heading for the gym wondering whether I should or should not do Eva I realized that if I was still "recovering" to the point that I was questioning myself that it would be a bad idea. Decided on the CFE Tabata swim. Give my legs 72 hrs of rest and be ready for the next cycle. I still can't figure out how I could have done that much damage to myself in less than 6 minutes? Khalipa you are just a beast!!!

Enjoy the rest day everyone..

Comment #34 - Posted by: Casey M/42/170/5'10 Milwaukee at May 15, 2010 4:36 PM

Anyone at the cert in Elizabeth City, NC this weekend. Just wondering who the HQ trainers are that are there. I am headed out there tomorrow to take the Level 1 written test.
See you tomorrow afternoon.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Bubbalito at May 15, 2010 4:42 PM


no medicine ball and didn't feel like 150 thrusters. haven't seen fran in so long i decided to reconnect with her
fran rx'd: 4:41 PR

Comment #36 - Posted by: kellyr at May 15, 2010 4:44 PM

"Eva" Rx'ed 46:04 PR!

Comment #37 - Posted by: quinn McCutchen M/40/150/5'10" at May 15, 2010 4:53 PM

The 'assigned' reading struck me as being motivated by a false dichotomy between abilities and performances from those abilities. On traditional views of abilities (and those current in contemporary philosophical discussions), the most plausible don't really separate the two in a way that supports Ritchhart's view. Conceptually they can be distinguished, and in reality they can as well; but when we care about evaluating agents for what they do, that a persona has a given ability, is for many people crucial to whether they get credit for their performances. Why? Because if a person lacks the ability but performs well, it's usually merely a matter of luck that they did what they did. Think of the difference between me and Jason Kalipia--he can do amazing crossfit WOD's at ridiculous speeds. I can't. But imagine one day I do 100 snatches at 135# in under 2 minutes. Do I deserve credit for it? Maybe--it really depends on how much luck factored into the equation. If I could never do it again, and we can see that there was some lucky factor that is responsible for my performing as I did, then I don't think I deserve credit for it. So there seems to be something fundamental to the having of an ability--something that is stable and reliable--that grounds our attributions of credit generally. So with intelligence, it's just as important that one has the relevant disposition as that one exercises it. Ritchhard mentions Aristotle--he was keen on dispositions for without the relevant virtue, one was not deserving of the relevant credit--but Aristotle also said that without exercising one's abilities, one never actually receives credit for having them. His example is a race: you might be able to win a race, but only those who compete are eligible for the prize. (See his Nicomachaen Ethics, esp. book 1 for a compelling general account along the lines I've defended here.)

Comment #38 - Posted by: Ben at May 15, 2010 7:10 PM

Smart is as smart does. Whether you are smart or not depends on whether you DO THINGS smartLY.

The TASK you ask a person to do will likely suggest the criteria you will use to evaluate whether that person has DONE THE TASK smartly (i.e., write the GMAT or LSAT, coup d'etat, hang cupboards, choreograph Stravinsky).

I think the article is interesting and thoughtful (I also think it suggests that anyone using Dewey should feel free to paraphrase him rather than quote him - what a terrible stylist! - see Book III of Hume's Treatise for a more lucid treatment or many of the same ideas).

Pritchart does an admirable job of warning us against looking for a forumula or checklist for smartness. But it seems in the end he offers us a looser, more pragmatic account of smartness. Why? Why attempt to isolate the attributes of intellectual character that make for smartness? Why not look for persons who do things smartly? I think the reason philosophers ("philosophers of education" or "managers" or "HR professionals") look for the attibutes of intellectual character is that they are in the business of testing for/identifying smart assets for big institutions (educational, corporate, government). They do not have time to observe whether candidates (for jobs, bonuses,graduate scholarships) do (the relevant) things smartly, so they use a proxy for observation - they use a checklist. I imagine it often works because the range of tasks people are expected to do as employees, teachers, researchers etc are so narrow that a checklist may very well get at the bulk of them.

I like Pritchart's criteria, I like his caution against the Jeopardy Conestant forumla for smartness, but I wonder whether his project is misguided. Smartness is like confidence - you don't help someone get it by describing it, by providing them with a map for it, a checklist. A person has to try, and fail, and succeed in order to do smart. Perhaps P's point is that we should try many things often and with determination. Ok.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Prolix at May 15, 2010 9:19 PM

Great poster!

Comment #40 - Posted by: kevin o at May 16, 2010 5:16 PM

Completed the Famous Potato Half Marathon today. 13.1 miles in 2:28:37.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Becker at May 17, 2010 9:14 AM

Love the worldwide handstand photos!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Angie at May 17, 2010 2:35 PM

Eva - not a well bred lady!

Beasted this one up with 5 min skip/7 min elliptical trainer alternately instead of the runs (it was raining)

Cleans instead of kb swing

about 45 mins.

Comment #43 - Posted by: Nick K at May 19, 2010 2:21 PM
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