June 20, 2010

Sunday 100620

Rest Day


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Eric Vandermeersch, Hawaii.

"Front Range CrossFit Training Camp: Grace", CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"All Over the Map 3: Phillips and Smith" by CrossFit Again Faster, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The Hendels do yesterday's OHS WOD - video [wmv] [mov]

Vincenzo Bellini, Symphony from "Norma"

Ernest Hemingway - Hills Like White Elephants

"Free to Choose" by John Stossel, Reason Magazine.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by lauren at June 20, 2010 5:00 PM

gone to the g-20 summit for the week.9 rest days !? Have a nice week guys!

Comment #1 - Posted by: 11381/29/m/5'7/155 at June 19, 2010 5:39 PM

First Berry, then "The Lottery," and now "Hills Like White Elephants." I bought a Hemingway short story book today specifically for that story. CF.com has been posting all of my favorites lately. I'm glad others are getting exposed to this stuff. : )

Comment #2 - Posted by: John S at June 19, 2010 5:42 PM

...love CF so much, and appreciate the main site tremendously. I wonder why the site insists on promoting a political ideology. It's a right-wing ideology, but what eludes me is why CF wants to risk alienating many of it's faithful followers by promoting one political mentality. Of course, it's a proprietary site and is entitled to espouse any view it's founders want. Just curious why.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Shane at June 19, 2010 6:18 PM

Good day for a rest day! Happy Father's day CrossFit Dad's.

Comment #4 - Posted by: grant at June 19, 2010 6:18 PM

btw...I refer mainly the articles and quotes. I really appreciate the music and literature links and postings. Not trying to gripe, just share thoughts cause I consider this a community a well as a workout site.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Shane at June 19, 2010 6:22 PM

Wow, I wish I looked like that with my shirt off. Less beer and more muscle ups prolly wouldn't hurt :-)

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at June 19, 2010 6:24 PM

Its not right wing, it Liberty. As the founders saw it. Stossel is a libertarian. I love it. Crossfit is a common sense movement. Gimme more HQ!!!!

Comment #7 - Posted by: Larry at June 19, 2010 6:28 PM

hendel video is awesome, rob orlando is just a genious i guess.

Comment #8 - Posted by: CT 16, 5'7", 145 lbs. at June 19, 2010 6:32 PM


Perhaps you've got it backwards. Perhaps the articles are posted so that they can be ripped apart. If you think the point of view of the author is wrong, why not just make a counter argument?

Is it your position that merely offering a viewpoint is inherently "alienating" to those who disagree with that viewpoint?

Comment #9 - Posted by: Hari at June 19, 2010 6:36 PM

The Hendels are the CrossFit version of the Mandelbaums on Seinfeld!!

Comment #10 - Posted by: ischuros at June 19, 2010 6:44 PM

The Hendels went to a Brazilian Steakhouse once.....once

Comment #11 - Posted by: tony d at June 19, 2010 7:18 PM

Hate ring dips but WOW that makes them look NICE :) Happy Fathers Day All!!!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Mindy S at June 19, 2010 7:22 PM

Spencer is a beast, it's amazing how smooth his lifts go, if he worked on his weaknesses (I believe was mainly upper body strength) I think he'll be a huge threat this year.....thinking actually, did he qualify?

Comment #13 - Posted by: Paul at June 19, 2010 7:35 PM

Hendels, you are awesome! That's all I gotta say...

Comment #14 - Posted by: troy at June 19, 2010 7:45 PM

@ home so no weights so started with a 2 hour run (training for a 50 K) then did 5 rounds for time of 10 push ups 20 squats with my homemade 22# medicine ball and 40 crunches in 7:10. It was 29 degrees celcius so was pretty knacked by the end. Happy Fathers day C Effers!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Aaron at June 19, 2010 7:53 PM

@ home so no weights so started with a 2 hour run (training for a 50 K) then did 5 rounds for time of 10 push ups 20 squats with my homemade 22# medicine ball and 40 crunches in 7:10. It was 29 degrees celcius so was pretty knackered by the end. Happy Fathers day C Effers!

Comment #16 - Posted by: Aaron at June 19, 2010 7:53 PM

You make a good point. I guess I consider the forum. If I go to someone's house on the premise o encountering a vigorous debate on religion, for example, then if I'm greeted at the door with an expression opposite of my own, it's NOT alienating. But if the visit is predicated on a different main premise (as fitness is to this site), and every time I walk in I get a lecture from the host that opposes my view, I begin to feel alienated from that home, sure.
Ultimately, though, I'm just whining about something small. In the end, I'm going to keep showing up because I love CF, live the site, and am blown away by the great information and wisdom here.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Shane at June 19, 2010 7:53 PM

Tomorrow I will do “The Seven” (I follow the WODs on a delay). One of the seven CIA officers killed in Afghanistan in December was Scotty Roberson, a former Atlanta Police officer. Although I was not close to Scotty, my feelings about him are typical in our department: respect and high regard. Scotty was a skilled investigator and hard worker. He was also a good friend and was one of the founders of the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society. It was our loss when he left the department. After his death, word filtered back to the department about how he died. Apparently the suicide bomber was allowed through more than one checkpoint without being searched, but Scotty would not let him pass and was about to search him when he detonated his explosives. I wonder how many more would have died if Scotty hadn’t prevented him from getting further into the compound.

Instead of sleeping in on Father’s Day, I will get up early and do The Seven. Then I will spend the day with my wife and sons and think about Scotty, who won’t get to spend Father’s Day with his wife and his daughter, who was born soon after his death.

Rest in peace, brother.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Dan Titus at June 19, 2010 8:05 PM

Did a bell ring, i think he's growing wings look closely

Comment #19 - Posted by: Mad Science at June 19, 2010 8:18 PM

Why did America prosper while most of the world remains poor? I think America knows how to deal with Supply and demand, Elasticity on things make the money go around producing new jobs and helping the economy one way or the other making our country prosper, I vote for Dave Ramsey to be the secretary of treasure. Nice Video of the Hendels, Nice Video yesterday of Lipson and Rob, I am working out with an affiliate sometimes now so hopefully my times due to not working alone in my garage or going to go up, Happy Rest day and Happy Fathers day, I GOT A CROSSFITTERS QUESTION? WHAT WORKOUT IS THE FATHERS DAY 500?? HAHAHA!

ANSWER THAT ONE ANY ONE? happy fathers day.


Comment #20 - Posted by: SANTI at June 19, 2010 8:39 PM


I would have to agree with Hari in that the articles are not placed in order to indoctrinate or espouse you into following a same view. IN general I would say that the articles are more so Libertarian than "Right-Wing" and in essence CF embodies libertarianism a bit in the "Freedom" and "Liberty" given to create your own workout, adopt a new outlook on fitness, etc.

The other aspect to consider is the audience of CF.... A large component of which are Military/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters/Paramilitary/etc, all occupations that are overall more "Right" of the general population.

Just a couple of things to consider. Personally I thought the Stossel article was great, but it does align with my views on economics.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Daane M/21/5'10"/170 at June 19, 2010 8:52 PM

Day 1 of the coaches prep course. What an great course. Great job by all. I am excited for tomorrow and then returning to the box to train as a better trainer.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Thaddeus at June 19, 2010 9:47 PM

Thanks for your comments. Reality has shown again and again the results of specific actions.
Just as the CrossFit approach has been proven to increase gains across a broad spectrum of physical modalities...Big Government results in poverty and lower standard of living.
Reality gets in the way of Marxism. The Liberty that our forbearers died to deliver is under daily assault. Stossel's argument is compelling. There is a clear choice today between Liberty or slavery. This November will define the next step toward one or the other.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Will at June 19, 2010 10:30 PM

300 Workout

25 pull ups
50 135lb deadlifts
50 press ups
50 18in box jumps
50 floor wipes 135lb on bar
50 clean & press 35lb dumbells
25 pull ups


I attempted this workout 9 months ago before I started crossfit and was half way through floor wipes at the 30 minute mark and did not complete the rest.

Happy with this, going for sub 20 min in future.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Irish Tom at June 20, 2010 3:47 AM

Happy Father's Day to all the Cross Fit Fathers.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Andrew White at June 20, 2010 5:29 AM

Sunday musings...

Really just one thing on my mind today, Father's Day. It's a funny little day, really, in just the opposite way that Mother's Day is a funny little day. On Mother's Day we are prompted to remember to thank Mom for all of the thankless stuff she does for us, putting our needs first, before hers, on a daily basis. Mother's day is our one day to expunge any guilt we might have for not noticing all that stuff as well as a day to tell her how much we love her.

On Father's day we remember Dad's in the house.

That is, of course, if Dad is actually IN the house on Father's Day. Have you taken a moment to think about our time honored Father's Day activities? You know...Dad goes off with his buddies to play golf, or he's on a boat or in a stream somewhere fishing. It's kind of a throwback I think to the days when Dads were the sole breadwinner in a one-income family and worked 6 days a week so that they could do a week's worth of fix-it duty on Sunday. Father's Day was that one "get-out-of-work" pass.

I always thought this was kinda weird, actually. I mean, Dad was gone all week at work, and he was sorta at work even when he was home during the week, engaging only when forced to by our transgressions or if we as kids asked him to help with some very major issue. It wasn't malicious or unkind, just...distant.

If you're a wonky egghead like yours truly you read stuff about the effect that Fathers have on their kids and the kids' development. Turns out that just having a Dad in the house (as long as he's not hurting folks), even one who mostly occupies a rocking chair with life swirling around him rather than through him, is actually really beneficial for healthy growth for both boys AND girls. Makes it all the more strange that we traditionally give the old guy the "day off" on Father's Day.

I think I've always felt this way, even way back when I was too young to either know it or articulate it. When my Dad would play golf on Father's Day I would make sure that I was a caddy assigned to his group. After my brother and I did the lawn I would plop myself down next to that rocking chair for whatever ball game or golf tournament was on the tube, ready to catch any stray words that might fall my way. Those could be some quiet afternoons, for sure, but those were also the rare days that ended in a hug.

Mrs. Bingo asked me what I wanted to do today for MY Father's Day. She knew the answer, of course, because I've given the same one for 21 years now. I said I wanted to be included in all of the kids' stuff, whatever they might have going on. I wanted to be THERE, even if there is not typically some place I might choose to be (garden, barn, etc). I thought I'd do some of the Dad stuff that they know me for, too, if they'd have me. I'll be off to make buttermilk pancakes in just a minute.

So Happy Father's Day to all of you Crossfit Dad's. Remember to give your own Old Man a call; most likely he really DID love you and really DID like being your Dad, he just didn't know how to say it. Then, if you can, jump right into whatever the kids have going today. Fully engage in the act of "Dadship". Your kids will think that it's you who is giving them the gift, but really it's still your day and it's still all about you today.

Giving yourself a day to be nothing but Dad. 3-2-1...GO!

I'll see you next week...

Comment #26 - Posted by: bingo at June 20, 2010 6:33 AM

Happy Fathers Day to all CrossFit Fathers and fathers of CrossFitters!

On a less cheerful note re: John Stossel's article, (link above) this guy is using pretty blunt technique to bolster his argument that the free market is the way to be...
Yes, America has an amazingly high standard of living ~ if you can pay for it.

Yes, more centralized government imposes restrictions and regulations that limit some financial activities (like creating ~ and doubtless reaping tax benefits from ~ a "charity" that distributes your own books, Mr. Stossel)
These same restrictions and regulations protect people better from the Madoffs of the world.

and by the way Mr Stossel - Alan Greenspan, for decades the free market's most ardent proponent, admitted under oath in a Congressional hearing that "he was mistaken".

Comment #27 - Posted by: Mama at June 20, 2010 7:05 AM

Musings in the filter around #25...

Comment #28 - Posted by: bingo at June 20, 2010 7:49 AM

Oh shoot, my comment was sucked in the filter. I didnt think it mattered as long as it provoked thought or was fitness related You try Goose Stepping for 5K. Its great for the abs. I only wish I could do it in the shade like the old days in Paris.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Bodie at June 20, 2010 8:02 AM

BINGO HAPPY FATHERS DAY, Thanks for the musings, Happy Fathers day everybody.


Comment #30 - Posted by: SANTI at June 20, 2010 8:53 AM

Happy Father's Day gents. Spence and Andy that was awesome...gotta love the +5lb success. How cool.

Comment #31 - Posted by: Kyl Samway at June 20, 2010 9:00 AM

Crossfit Mississauga represent!

Comment #32 - Posted by: Maple Leafs at June 20, 2010 9:38 AM

Well said Bingo, thanks

Comment #33 - Posted by: Apolloswabbie 72.5 209 46 yoa at June 20, 2010 12:07 PM

What a ridiculous article. What a pipe dream. Leaving free people to their own malicious devices, "free to choose" how they interact with others, "free to choose" how to spend their time, "free to choose" how they maliciously abuse each other and the so called liberty they like to think they deserve for being born.

This whole place would fall into rubble in a heartbeat if we didn't give the reins of power to the most ambitious, soulless, and eager for control people the planet can create. People are far too corrupt to get along on their own. We have to make a position of power for those most corrupt to hold it together for the rest of us. It's the only thing that makes any sense.

Freedom? Free to choose? What a joke. I can't believe the owners of this web site would be so provocative as to advocate for liberty and freedom on a fitness site.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Reversoswabbie at June 20, 2010 1:19 PM


Warm up, 50 Meter row, 10/10 Archer pulls with the band, 25 meters sumo squats, and the Burgerner warm up x 2 .

WOD- On the first minute, do 1 power snatch. The second minute, do 2 push-ups. The third, 3 power snatch, and continue this until you cannot complete the reps within the minute. Prescribed weight is 115 lb. MEN /75 lb FEMALE. for power snatch.

Did 6 ROunds Completed, when I started on Minute 7 I could get the weight up to my chest not all the way over head, Nice WOD though, then did 50 x 95 LB Power snatches for time, time was 8:42


Comment #35 - Posted by: SANTI at June 20, 2010 2:44 PM

This Rest Day article is written with very little historical sensitivity and very little sense of our current position in history, at the apex of the "Petroleum Age".

There are many reasons why the US has been successful and wealthy. The flattering ones are "democracy", "hard work", "a pioneering spirit" and "a love of freedom".

Other reasons are perhaps harder to digest for those living in the home of the brave. Did slavery accumulate wealth? Does massive exploitation of natural resources over many decades with very little understanding or care for consequence accumulate wealth? Does having lots of mentally challenged homeless people wandering around your cities help the bottom line?

I love the US. I love its people. But too few of its citzens travel abroad (I believe only 12% hold passports) and too much of the media is clustered in hateful tribes. It is hyper-sensitive to any criticism. I just can't take this "freedom to choose" article seriously at all.

Here's a quote from Wikipedia:

"In the United States at the end of 2001, 10% of the population owned 71% of the wealth and the top 1% owned 38%. On the other hand, the bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation's wealth".

My guess is that the concentration is getting stronger.

No doubt, some will criticise this comment, calling me a "hater" or a "socialist" etc. The truth is, I'm not. But nor am I someone who is going to read libertarian-slanted articles and sit back and pretend they're just dandy. The US is great, but not perfect. And libertarianism isn't an answer to why America is such a fine country.

Comment #36 - Posted by: J1 at June 20, 2010 3:57 PM

It should be "bizarroswabbie"!

Comment #37 - Posted by: ischuros at June 20, 2010 8:15 PM


my fathers day present to myself was my first muscle up today with my rings hanging in my mothers blue spruce tree.......a great addition to a near perfect day!

Comment #38 - Posted by: JimL at June 20, 2010 9:46 PM

Sort of amusing that on Father's Day there is a link to a Hemingway story about abortion.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Patrick at June 21, 2010 12:22 PM

Happy belated Father's Day everybody!

Yeah, that is a bit strange Patrick. Was just thinking that.

Comment #40 - Posted by: Slav 22/m/68"/158 at June 21, 2010 2:04 PM

John Stossel is the man and you can't argue with Reason.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Jason at June 21, 2010 3:37 PM

What's with the "Free to Choose" article? Friedman's ideas do not hold near as much worth as they did in the 70's and are basically becoming more and more worthless as we go through one recession after another. We learned in the 1930's that the Free Market is not safe enough, leads to cyclical recessions. If you want to know why America is what it is now try reading some newer academic literature; "Guns, Germs, and Steel" is one place you can start.

Comment #42 - Posted by: Steve Mac at June 22, 2010 7:46 AM

The reason the United States is the richest nation in the world is probably most directly due to the fact that we exterminated the indigenous population when we got here. The number of Native Americans slaughtered by white, European settlers is estimated between 10 million and 100 million. Truthfully, no one knows for certain how many were killed. But, they were trespassing on our land when we got here. Right?

Comment #43 - Posted by: James at June 22, 2010 11:39 AM

"In the United States at the end of 2001, 10% of the population owned 71% of the wealth and the top 1% owned 38%. On the other hand, the bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation's wealth".

True, and a libertarian such as Stossel would argue that it is also true that the government's power and interference into our freedoms has increased during the same time period. Government regulations have made it increasingly difficult for "average" people to compete with the highly established wealthy. Instead, they are forced to subordinate to the wealthy and those with new outlooks on solving problems have their ideas squashed by laws, regulations, and other bureaucratic nonsense.

Comment #44 - Posted by: Chris at June 23, 2010 8:06 AM
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