June 12, 2010

Saturday 100612

Rest Day


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Robert Calhelha's home gym.

"Pure Pulling Power", CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The Men's competition at the Southeast Regional, by CrossFit Again Faster, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

Day Two at the Canada Regionals - video [wmv] [mov]

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto 1st mvt. Part 1, Part 2.

Shirley Jackson - "The Lottery"

California Firefighters Summer Olympics, CrossFit Challenge.

Watch "Sweat the Small Stuff" by Rory Sutherland, Ted Talks.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by lauren at June 12, 2010 5:00 PM

Sick garage gym!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Kade at June 11, 2010 5:09 PM

Sick garage gym

Comment #2 - Posted by: Kade at June 11, 2010 5:10 PM

pretty much all you need, I have same setup but with a squat rack and a couple other goodies, nice smile btw :)

Comment #3 - Posted by: samuel a at June 11, 2010 5:25 PM

Those people in "The Lottery" sound like the same astute crowd as in Mark Twain's "War Prayer".

Comment #4 - Posted by: Birdy Edwards at June 11, 2010 5:45 PM

I didn't even notice the smile until you mentioned it haha

Comment #5 - Posted by: zachh at June 11, 2010 5:57 PM

anyone else dread rest days?

Comment #6 - Posted by: joe g at June 11, 2010 6:01 PM

What's with the fancy pants jumping box?

I have a 2" dowel that I pile bumper plates on to make a ''box''. That left more money for... bumper plates!

Other than that, this is clearly a man after my own heart. (But where's the rope?)

Comment #7 - Posted by: Tim T at June 11, 2010 7:06 PM

I weighed aprox. 200lbs in April. I now weigh 181lbs. I am eating better, and crossfitting again. I have been stuck at 181 for a couple of weeks now. What can I do to overcome this weight loss stopage? Should I worry more about body fat? I am 29 and 69" I want to get to 170. Thanks for the feed back.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Matt_Joyner81 at June 11, 2010 7:16 PM

Awesome picture!! Very creative, props to whoever did it

Comment #9 - Posted by: Aaron at June 11, 2010 7:51 PM

Great WOD and nice to see two posts about other passions in my life, the fiddle and literature!

Comment #10 - Posted by: ken at June 11, 2010 8:46 PM

missed that it was a rest day, my computer is doubling up windows on me. I see Fridays post below as I write this.

Comment #11 - Posted by: ken at June 11, 2010 8:47 PM

"The Lottery" was a disturbing read. I guess for rest day it does make you think. Sweat the small stuff video was really good, I like his quote"every corporation needs a Chief Detail Officer".

Comment #12 - Posted by: Fernando at June 11, 2010 9:12 PM

yeah...can anyone explain the lottery?

Comment #13 - Posted by: ran at June 11, 2010 10:59 PM

Definitely do not understand the relevance of the lottery.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Tbg at June 11, 2010 11:22 PM

For today:

1 mile
20 shoulder press 45lb
10 snatch 45lb

3/4 mile
20 shoulder press 45lb
10 snatch 45lb

1/2 mile
20 shoulder press 45lb
10 snatch 45lb

1/4 mile
20 shoulder press 45lb
10 snatch 45lb


10 rounds of:
50 meter farmer's walk 2x45lb plates
10 18in box jumps


Comment #15 - Posted by: Irish Tom at June 12, 2010 1:48 AM

#5 Joe g,

Slow down brother. Relax and enjoy :-)

Comment #16 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at June 12, 2010 1:58 AM

good to have a rest

Comment #17 - Posted by: Mike at June 12, 2010 3:22 AM

Much needed rest day! :)

Comment #18 - Posted by: Mike m/21/6'2"/211 at June 12, 2010 4:28 AM

... one way to look at Jackson's short story is to think about how we automatically and arbitrarily pick a scapegoat for any misfortune that befalls us ... anyone other than ourselves, of course.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Jo at June 12, 2010 4:30 AM

First Wendell Berry and now Shirley Jackson! I love CF.com!

Comment #20 - Posted by: John S at June 12, 2010 4:57 AM

God bless the rest day. I got my tail kicked yesterday by doing bars dips instead of push ups. EGAD.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Zach B at June 12, 2010 5:16 AM

Remember "The Lottery" as a classic required high school (1960's) reading. The moral or underlying theme of the story poignantly underscores how we as groups of people within our own little societies persist in our blind allegiance to outmoded and often destructive practices all the while clinging to the belief that some how by sacrificing the random individual we are contributing to the so-called greater good.
i.e., and acceptable casualty level.

Comment #22 - Posted by: ian at June 12, 2010 5:18 AM

Doing the CFE 4X300 All Out Sprint

Comment #23 - Posted by: Christopher Hearn at June 12, 2010 5:27 AM

Anyone know what the wallball / pullup wod was in the Canadian regional? They didn't say the reps, was it 21-15-9 or something else? Would like to try it and compare my time.

Comment #24 - Posted by: CoreyB at June 12, 2010 6:18 AM

Canada regional video is excellent. Love the slo-mo and background music. Great capture of the snatch complex!

Comment #25 - Posted by: matyb at June 12, 2010 6:18 AM

WOD "Seal Team 10"
Basically JT, then Michael, then no-vest partitioned Murph back to back to back. A strong mental challenge in the heat of South Carolina.

Brian Abram 1:16:47
Josh Lehew 1:17:32
Bryan Reynolds 1:17:45

Yes it really was that close. For full credit (and honor to our heroes), do a ten minute-ish metcon several hours earlier.

Carolina Crossfit, Columbia SC

Comment #26 - Posted by: Brian A at June 12, 2010 7:05 AM

ran 10.34 miles- 1h 29min

Comment #27 - Posted by: mike/40/6'3"/210 at June 12, 2010 7:20 AM

Gonna swim some TI drills in a bit.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Tony at June 12, 2010 7:55 AM

What was the back ground music in
Canada Reginals video. Awsome sound

Comment #29 - Posted by: D Cole at June 12, 2010 8:05 AM

The Wallball WOD at the Canadian Regionals was 4 rounds for time of 35 wallballs and 20 pullups.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Chris at June 12, 2010 8:11 AM

CUTE ...... Luv the picture!!!! FUNNY :)

Comment #31 - Posted by: Mindy S at June 12, 2010 8:34 AM

Happy Rest day!



Comment #32 - Posted by: SANTI at June 12, 2010 8:57 AM


dont worry about your weight. just keep smashing the wods as best you can

Comment #33 - Posted by: stan at June 12, 2010 9:02 AM

15 rounds of "Cindy", details there.

Comment #34 - Posted by: bingo at June 12, 2010 9:11 AM


thank you

Comment #35 - Posted by: Matt_Joyner81 at June 12, 2010 9:13 AM

Did yesterday's "Cindy 15", results there.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Kevin C. at June 12, 2010 9:24 AM

it amuses me that the home gym looks like a face with a crooked grin, the rings being the eyes, kettlbell as a nose and the chalk drawing the teethy mouth...hah, makes my day.

Comment #37 - Posted by: belle at June 12, 2010 10:24 AM

15- rounds cindy - did ring pull ups rest Rx


Comment #38 - Posted by: nickPFD at June 12, 2010 11:30 AM

Decided to try part of a SEALFIT WOD today!!!

CFWU x 3

'Running Bear'

1. 750m Run
2. 20 x Bear Complex (95lb)
3. 450m Run
4. 20 x Bear Complex (75lb)
5. 450m Run
6. 20 x Bear Complex (75lb)
7. 750m Run


That Bear Complex is BRUTAL!!!!!


Comment #39 - Posted by: Dean at June 12, 2010 12:27 PM

Yo Dean. . .

What's that Bear Complex again? Was 95/75 the RX'd weight?


Comment #40 - Posted by: Tim Carr at June 12, 2010 1:55 PM

I am very sore from the last several days of workouts. I am very happy with the progress that I have made in the last several months. I am performing more pullups in a row...I am lighter...etc.

It seems that Coach Glassman and the Crossfit team have stumbled into an area of "Chief Detail Officer". Weights can have a good cost at the beginning. Yet, over time, the benefits of the weight training far overcome the initial cost of the equipment.

The same can be said for proper diet. Spinach (not one of my favorite snacks) costs about 50 cents a can. This stuff is incredibly balanced nutritionally...So, I think that this is one of the items that can do quite a bit of good for you.

What is in the fourth quadrant? Coaches, teachers, gurus, etc. Coaches like Mike Burgener, Louie Simmons, Coach Glassman, etc...do not really cost all that much money. Yet, the coaches, teachers, gurus, etc. all do an incredible world of good.

Thanks, Coach Glassman!

BTW - background music on the Canada Day 2??? Good stuff. I would like to look it up. Would someone please post the group and song?


Comment #41 - Posted by: Stuart at June 12, 2010 3:02 PM

"The Lottery" - some people are saying that they do not get the point.

What type of society do you want to live in? In the 70's, there was a movie called Logan's Run. The society had formed a means of population control by giving everyone in the society the same amount of time to live. No exceptions.

This society had found a similar means of population control of stoning a person to death by the use of the Lottery in the local township.

With the way that the population is going up (+6 billion people) and resources possibly becoming more scarce, several wonder what means will be used? Will soceities/countries choose to become like China with one child per household? If you have not read about the effects of that experiment, look into it.

Lauren and Coach found an interesting short story and wanted us to think about it a bit.

When I first saw it, I thought that it was the prelude to a new documentary film, called "The Lottery" coincidentally enough. It is about a school in New York City that allows students to be enrolled by a lottery system. The ACORN group and others deem it unfair. Yet, testing would also be seen as unfair.

Take it easy, verybody. I am definitely resting and in recovery!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Stuart at June 12, 2010 3:18 PM

@ #5

"anyone else dread rest days?"

I do take advantage of the rest day; but at 4:45pm, I sit at my computer and impatiently wait for tomorrow's WOD.

Thank you Coach G.

Comment #43 - Posted by: beau_D_47_67"_145# at June 12, 2010 4:41 PM

Nooo... Didn't do rest day and hurt my knee!!! Warning to all. Do not take a rest day and risk the CF gods taking their wrath out on you...

Comment #44 - Posted by: Mike 76" #225 26y/o at June 12, 2010 5:30 PM

To catch up, I did both the deadlift wod and the pullup/pushup/squat wod yesterday...so today is a much needed rest day--my legs are killing me.

Comment #45 - Posted by: Jim at June 12, 2010 6:46 PM

3.11 mi trail run 40:44 in redwood regional park.

Comment #46 - Posted by: kevin o at June 12, 2010 8:42 PM

I read "The Lottery" in my first year of university. One of the best short stories I've ever read.

Reminds me of the Monkey Story...

The Monkey Story
The experiment involved 5 monkeys, a cage, a banana, a ladder and, crucially, a water hose.

The 5 monkeys would be locked in a cage, after which a banana was hung from the ceiling with, fortunately for the monkeys (or so it seemed…), a ladder placed right underneath it.

Of course, immediately, one of the monkeys would race towards the ladder, intending to climb it and grab the banana. However, as soon as he would start to climb, the sadist (euphemistically called “scientist”) would spray the monkey with ice-cold water. In addition, however, he would also spray the other four monkeys…

When a second monkey was about to climb the ladder, the sadist would, again, spray the monkey with ice-cold water, and apply the same treatment to its four fellow inmates; likewise for the third climber and, if they were particularly persistent (or dumb), the fourth one. Then they would have learned their lesson: they were not going to climb the ladder again – banana or no banana.

In order to gain further pleasure or, I guess, prolong the experiment, the sadist outside the cage would then replace one of the monkeys with a new one. As can be expected, the new guy would spot the banana, think “why don’t these idiots go get it?!” and start climbing the ladder. Then, however, it got interesting: the other four monkeys, familiar with the cold-water treatment, would run towards the new guy – and beat him up. The new guy, blissfully unaware of the cold-water history, would get the message: no climbing up the ladder in this cage – banana or no banana.

When the beast outside the cage would replace a second monkey with a new one, the events would repeat themselves – monkey runs towards the ladder; other monkeys beat him up; new monkey does not attempt to climb again – with one notable detail: the first new monkey, who had never received the cold-water treatment himself (and didn’t even know anything about it), would, with equal vigour and enthusiasm, join in the beating of the new guy on the block.

When the researcher replaced a third monkey, the same thing happened; likewise for the fourth until, eventually, all the monkeys had been replaced and none of the ones in the cage had any experience or knowledge of the cold-water treatment.

Then, a new monkey was introduced into the cage. It ran toward the ladder only to get beaten up by the others. Yet, this monkey turned around and asked “why do you beat me up when I try to get the banana?” The other four monkeys stopped, looked at each other slightly puzzled and, finally, shrugged their shoulders: “Don’t know. But that’s the way we do things around here”…

Comment #47 - Posted by: Kevin - CFMoncton at June 13, 2010 6:30 AM

had to act out 'The Lottery' in high school ..*shudder* that story is messed ... lol

Comment #48 - Posted by: Dawn Kratzer at June 13, 2010 5:09 PM

Had to act out the Lottery in high school *shudder* that story is messed ....

Comment #49 - Posted by: dawn Kratzer at June 13, 2010 5:11 PM

If you dread rest days you are not training properly, check your progress it should be steady.

Comment #50 - Posted by: grambo at June 13, 2010 10:35 PM
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