September 16, 2010

Thursday 100916

Rest Day

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Aimee Lyons, 2010 Central East Regional.


"The Bear-Hug Drill Revisited" with Tony Blauer, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]


Naval Re-Enlistment Ceremony at CrossFit by Overload with Marissa Mueller and Jon "Mouse" Hults - video [wmv] [mov]


Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in D minor, K 141, by Martha Argerich.


Alfred, Lord Tennyson - Ulysses


"The Enduring Solitude of Combat Vets" by Sgt. Maj. Alan Farrell.

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Posted by lauren at September 16, 2010 5:00 PM
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THese are the toughest days for me. Fighting the urge to do something anyway, even though I know my body needs the rest!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Scotty T (TX) at September 15, 2010 5:03 PM

rest day?... we don't need no stinking rest day! oh well..off to bjj or boxing then.

Comment #2 - Posted by: zack at September 15, 2010 5:11 PM

Very cool idea to re-enlist at the box! Thanks for your service and congrats on raising your hand for the final time before the retirement.

That WOD looks like a good one, I'm gonna hit it soon. Maybe I'll make my unit do that next time I re-enlist.

Anybody else notice that one loser not clapping. That guy shouldn't have had the privelage of doing the WOD.

Comment #3 - Posted by: A Casey at September 15, 2010 5:31 PM

Outstanding interpretation of a difficult Scarlatti sonata. The technique needed to execute what she did cannot be understated. Thank you for continually posting links to this great music!

Oh yeah, did "Cindy" today. Got 23 rounds. Pretty sure that's a PR.

Comment #4 - Posted by: guitarman29 at September 15, 2010 5:39 PM

Yeah Aimee! Picture perfect!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Chris P. - Crossfit King of Prussia at September 15, 2010 6:07 PM

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH Aimee!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty damn violent, girl ;)

Comment #6 - Posted by: denise t at September 15, 2010 6:13 PM

26:47 (24 inch box, 25 pound ball)

Comment #7 - Posted by: Mandeep mangat at September 15, 2010 6:14 PM

I'm impressed with the Scarlatti link, but as a harpsichordist myself, I have a really hard time listening to it played on the piano! BTW if you want to hear some really outstanding Scarlatti, try his 10-voice Stabat Mater. The last movement (Fac ut animae) is a double fugue with counterpoint that would have made Bach proud... makes me wish he would have spent more time writing choral music rather than writing so many harpsichord sonatas!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Liz at September 15, 2010 6:15 PM

#3 You mean the guy smiling and nodding, who looked full of pride, and may have even been crying?

hands mean nothing, the truth can always be found in the eyes, they don't lie.

It was a nice event for sure!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Kent at September 15, 2010 6:27 PM

Yea Amiee! She was a coach at my cert. And looked about 10 months pregnant and was still kicking butt!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Eric Fasciani at September 15, 2010 6:37 PM

I have worked with Tony B. in the past (actually now, its ancient history). I continue to say that no one in the self defense arena is better with pre-fight contact cues than Tony. No one that I know of has put as much thought into what happens right before a potential life and death struggle as Tony. He has based his defense on making you keenly aware of what happens right before contact. I have used this thought process many times while deployed and it has saved my @ss on more than one occasion.

Have Fun, Train Hard,

Billy

Comment #11 - Posted by: Crossfit Billy at September 15, 2010 6:38 PM

Awesome re-enlistment video. It came at an opportune time as I'm re-enlisting/promoting my sister to Chief this weekend. The re-enlistment oath differs slightly from the Army oath I'm used to administering. Thanks CF!

Comment #12 - Posted by: pgm m/5'7"/33/155 at September 15, 2010 6:55 PM

Excellent pic Aimee! Thanks for hosting my crew back in January.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Amy - CF Blacksburg at September 15, 2010 7:22 PM

When the arms bend... The power ends!

Comment #14 - Posted by: Chris S. at September 15, 2010 7:27 PM

Wow. SGM Ferrell gives a hainting narrative. I'm no where near a SF SGM and the experiences he's encountered, but I know there's a reason why you sometimes hug the friends you were deployed with.

Comment #15 - Posted by: K. Hicks at September 15, 2010 7:35 PM

Anchors aweigh my boys
Anchors aweigh
Farwell to college joys
WE SAIL AT THE BREAK OF DAY DAY DAY DAY!
Through our last night ashore
Drink to the foam
Until we meet again
Here's WISHING YOU A HAPPY VOYAGE HOME!
Great job Chief Petty Officer Marissa!

Comment #16 - Posted by: Brian at September 15, 2010 8:07 PM

way to go aimee! that's another one for the small girl mafia!

miss ya!
n

Comment #17 - Posted by: nadia shatila at September 15, 2010 8:20 PM

It fills me with pride to watch this re-enlistment ceremony. A large part of me would have loved to have served more than my five years in the Air Force.

Thank you CPO Mueller.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Mateo at September 15, 2010 8:22 PM

BZ Chief and congratulations! Perfect video for the CPO "season". Best of luck to you.

R,
Steve
HMC (DV/PJ/FMF) USN/R, Ret.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Steve S. at September 15, 2010 9:06 PM

of course, right when i get back.
well, off to yesterdays

Comment #20 - Posted by: matt at September 16, 2010 12:43 AM

of course, right when i get back.
well, off to yesterdays

Comment #21 - Posted by: matt at September 16, 2010 12:43 AM

Cf Billy wow. Thank you for the kind words. I can't believe I'm 50 and have been studying self-defense for 37 years now.

I still remember my mother asking me at age 13 what I was going to do when I was older and I told her "teach self-defense". She smiled, pat the me on the head (I was stretching on the floor) and said "we'll talk about this when you're older dear"

Well her I am older and I teach self-defense and I feel like I'm 13 :-)

I was talking to Jeremy Thiel today about crossfiters and how of all the groups I've worked with in the world during the last 2 decades, I respect and admire the CROSSFIT community the most...they're as close as you can get to that bond forged by warriors...crossfiters understand fear, pain and discipline...we suffer together and it fosters a deeper understanding of almost all things.

In every combative seminar I do I tell everyone to CROSSFIT, its the only workout I know that directly impacts some of the attributes that fuel, support and influence positive results for fighting and self-defense.

Every WOD inspires fear if you understand the importance of intensity. Therefore every WOD requires a tactical and strategic approach to the movement, under pressure technique suffers but the you still must move and execute the task at hand...I could go on and on, CF WODs cultivate the mental and emotional attributes needed to support the warrior athlete.

I'm flattered and honored to make contributions from time to time. Thanks to Hollis and Tony B for sharing this.

Stay safe everyone

Tony

Comment #22 - Posted by: Tony Blauer at September 16, 2010 12:47 AM

800 meter walk with 45lb plate in each hand
50-35-20:
Squat
Pull ups
Press ups
800 meter walk with 45lb plate in each hand

45:27

What is it with people using squat racks for barbell curls?

2 squat racks in the gym also house the chin up bars. Both were being used for curls at one stage.

Unbelivable, use it for what its designed for!!!

Ok, rant over, have a good day everyone.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Irish Tom at September 16, 2010 2:06 AM

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Ulysses has been my favorite poem for several years. I guess a deeper appreciation of the poem is one of many things that happen to you when you get old. Thanks for putting it up.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Dan MacDougald at September 16, 2010 2:23 AM

Hi Lauren! You are a goddess! Wonderful to see the essay posted today.

BUT the essay is by Sgt Major (ret) Alan Farrel, SF, Ph.D. Thomas Ricks reposted it in his column.

I would love to bring your re-posting to Alan's attention with his name on it as well as Ricks'.

Dan

Comment #25 - Posted by: vietnamlit at September 16, 2010 3:48 AM

Good morning! Perfect timing to read Ulysses as I contemplate the most recent ravages of time upon my body.

"...though much is taken, much abides."

Indeed, eh? Each day brings with it the detritus of every day before, both physical and mental. Spiritual as well. How will we address that? What will we do today?

Tony Blauer speaks of the warrior spirit, how Crossfit trains each of us as if we, too, might be warriors. Ever ready. Ever strong. Is this true? Aye, it is, it is indeed.

Why do this? Why do Crossfit? I mean, it's hard work if you do it right. But if you DO do it right, if you DO seek the intensity that defines a Crossfit WOD, willingly go to that dark place on the edge of your ability, the edge of your tolerance, you come back capable of function when you are FORCED to go there.

I've said many a time that I wish that I had Crossfit as a younger man, but I may not have been ready to do what it takes to Crossfit back then. Now, older, mortal and aware of my mortality, I visit that dark place at the invitation and through the generosity of the founders and HQ. Why?

"Some work of noble note may yet be done...'Tis not to late to seek a newer world."

And so I Crossfit...

Comment #26 - Posted by: bingo at September 16, 2010 5:24 AM

this morning did a Tabata Workouts,

for warm up did a 10 minute 100 meter run taking off every 30 seconds.

70 LB KB Swings
Burpees
2 x 1 POOD KB thrusters
Double unders

I gave my First Sergeant my watch to keep track of the rounds and the time, I think that was a bad Idea, he just keep going, instead of 8 rounds of 20 seconds it turn out to be more like 15 rounds of 20 seconds per exercise. I had fun though. nice workout to be a rest day WOD.

SANTI

Comment #27 - Posted by: SANTI at September 16, 2010 7:24 AM

"The Enduring Solitude of Combat Vets" by Thomas E. Ricks, Foreign Policy. Nice Article. Thank to All Combat Vets from all wars, past, present and future, I don't want to be normal.

Comment #28 - Posted by: SANTI at September 16, 2010 7:40 AM

"Very cool idea to re-enlist at the box! Thanks for your service and congrats on raising your hand for the final time before the retirement.

That WOD looks like a good one, I'm gonna hit it soon. Maybe I'll make my unit do that next time I re-enlist.

Anybody else notice that one loser not clapping. That guy shouldn't have had the privelage of doing the WOD."

Comment #3 - Posted by: A Casey at September 15, 2010 5:31 PM

The guy not clapping is a great friend of mine and a veteran who has spent a portion of his life in Afghanistan defending your very right to talk crap. Marissa and this loser are friends and I guarantee there is nothing but respect between the two of them, and she would never consider him a loser. It’s amazing the conclusions you would draw from a 2 sec video segment. You should come to our box and I will show you how to show some respect to this loser you were so quick to call out in complete ignorance. How dare you taint such a great video with your own need to blast wrongful negativity on someone you don’t even know. He deserves the privilege more than you will ever know.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jon Levell at September 16, 2010 8:33 AM

Not a rest day at Evolved Fitness. Todays Wod.

The Dirty Dirty Thirty:
30 Reps of all following exercises.
Burpees, Pretzel Crunch, Thrusters 65lb, Pull-up, Box Jump( 20in ), Push-up, Lunges, KB Swings ( 35LB ), Knees To Elbow, Wall- Ball, Weighted Russian Twist 10lb, V-ups, Ab Mat Sit-ups, PVC OHS, BURPEES

Gonna be a bad day.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Aaron at September 16, 2010 8:35 AM

Very very nice Bingo

Comment #31 - Posted by: Tony Blauer at September 16, 2010 8:44 AM

Taken together, today was quite a posting for us old guys! I haven't visited the main page for a bit, looks like I picked the right day to come back.

I drew a lot of inspiration from Ferrel's speech. Where he says the one thing that those of us who are not combat vets can do is to try to build a society worthy of their sacrifice and commitment. Wow. Tall order, that.

And I agree, much better to be an appple than a grape.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Kamper M/46/200/74" at September 16, 2010 9:46 AM

The guy not clapping is a great friend of mine and a veteran who has spent a portion of his life in Afghanistan defending your very right to talk crap. Marissa and this loser are friends and I guarantee there is nothing but respect between the two of them, and she would never consider him a loser. It’s amazing the conclusions you would draw from a 2 sec video segment. You should come to our box and I will show you how to show some respect to this loser you were so quick to call out in complete ignorance. How dare you taint such a great video with your own need to blast wrongful negativity on someone you don’t even know. He deserves the privilege more than you will ever know.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jon Levell at September 16, 2010 8:33 AM


If that is the case, then I apologize. I probably was too quick to draw a conclusion from too little info. I am currently serving (if you notice i stated MY next re-enlistmen) and I too have spent alot of time in the two sandboxes and other places around the world, which is the reason the issue probably got to me so quick. No disrespect meant to my brother in arms. I would hope if I came to your box you would show the same respect for me that you claim I owe to him. Again I apologize. I shouldn't have assumed. Lesson learned. Now let's get over it and go get our WOD on!

Comment #33 - Posted by: A Casey at September 16, 2010 12:27 PM

This is what motivates me:

"How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!"

Comment #34 - Posted by: Jake at September 16, 2010 1:16 PM

PB on the "Rest" WoD today.

Comment #35 - Posted by: lp at September 16, 2010 1:29 PM

Male, 46, 5'6 202lbs

I know I'm going to be laughed at/critized here for saying this but, I think to many on this blog and on this planet talk to much about their age.

I soon as someone over 35 gets a pain somewhere, a kink somewhere, is tired, fatigued, feels run down .. .more often then not it's, "oh boy getting old", "Oh man, it's a bitch getting old", "can't do this and can't do that because of my age"

Whatever

See you at the NY/NJ Sectionals

Tim

Comment #36 - Posted by: Tim Carr at September 16, 2010 2:44 PM

What's a good way to build better shoulder flexibility for the overhead lifts?

Comment #37 - Posted by: ren at September 16, 2010 3:14 PM

My god you Americans are getting hard to bare. CrossFit needs a UK forum for the normal human beings among us.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Dave at September 16, 2010 3:24 PM

Good Stuff Aimee!!

Comment #39 - Posted by: Erik Miller at September 16, 2010 5:09 PM

The guy not clapping is a great friend of mine and a veteran who has spent a portion of his life in Afghanistan defending your very right to talk crap. Marissa and this loser are friends and I guarantee there is nothing but respect between the two of them, and she would never consider him a loser. It’s amazing the conclusions you would draw from a 2 sec video segment. You should come to our box and I will show you how to show some respect to this loser you were so quick to call out in complete ignorance. How dare you taint such a great video with your own need to blast wrongful negativity on someone you don’t even know. He deserves the privilege more than you will ever know.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jon Levell at September 16, 2010 8:33 AM


In that case, I apologize. I should not have assumed. Lesson Learned. I, too, am a service member and have deployed numerous times which is why the issue set me off so fast. Much love for me fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

Comment #40 - Posted by: A Casey at September 16, 2010 5:18 PM

Improvising while on the road.
5x
2min run (~7 min pace)
25 burpees
37:02

Comment #41 - Posted by: Jim S. at September 16, 2010 5:29 PM

Comment #35 Tim Carr

Today's poem was about Ulysses in his twilight. While you may, indeed, have a point about the antiquities who populate our fair Main Page, today at least our ruminations are apropos.

Comment #42 - Posted by: bingo at September 16, 2010 6:03 PM

Bingo

Didn't intend to lob any shots across the bow. . .you're an experienced Crossfitter. I know you're a Doc and I think a surgeon. I realize your knowlegde of the human body runs much further than mine. However, I just hear so many excuses as to why people can't be their physical best.

I know as we age we experience inevitable cell death and mitochondrial uncoupling but, we have SOOO much control . .so much more than most people ae willing to accept.

Most individuals would rather just say, "I'm to old".

Irks me sometimes. It feels like their poison is getting on me and I need to wash off after havring been in their company.

Cheers

Tim

Comment #43 - Posted by: Tim Carr at September 16, 2010 6:10 PM

Way to go Aimee! Aimee taught my L1 cert. She's a great trainer and a class act. Go kick some butt at USAW Aimee!!!

Comment #44 - Posted by: Todd at September 16, 2010 8:25 PM

Ricks would have us consider not just the knowledgeable optimism driving on Tennyson's Ulysses' after the Trojan war, but also the solitary perseverance and and calamity suffered respectively by Sophocles' Philoctetes and Ajax.

Was it Ulysses' epic journey after Troy that allowed him to take back his old life, and to look with such warmth and comfort upon his child and his domestic affairs? Is this what some of today's veterans need before returning home from Basra and Bagram - a journey through a third, fourth or fifth world on the way between the two worlds of war and peace, to be allowed the opportunity to come to terms with themselves as the hero in their own emotional or psychological epic journey between who they were and who they are, between the home they left and the home they are returning to?

Comment #45 - Posted by: Prolix at September 16, 2010 8:47 PM

Sgt Maj Farrell, said it exactly like I feel it. This crushed me. 99.99 percent of the people who read this just don't know, and I'm glad you never will.

Have Fun, Think Hard,

Billy

Comment #46 - Posted by: Crossfit Billy at September 16, 2010 9:12 PM

M/50/153/1-1-06

Casual 100M row W/U 4:10

30-25-20-15-10-5
Abmat SU
BAck Ext

8:58 PR

WOD chosen due to knee injury suffered landing from PU during W/U, probably NOT age-related.

:=)

Comment #47 - Posted by: bingo at September 17, 2010 5:27 AM

#8 Liz,

I'll check it out. I imagine anything Scarlatti wrote is beautiful!

Comment #48 - Posted by: guitarman29 at September 17, 2010 6:11 AM

What a great Re-enlistment Ceremony!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Victoria Wolford at September 17, 2010 8:35 AM

Great Tennyson poem.

Comment #50 - Posted by: BrianO at September 17, 2010 2:22 PM

Anyone know what Barry Cooper is up to these days (Barry?), and think he wouldn't mind you saying so?

Comment #51 - Posted by: Prolix at September 17, 2010 6:39 PM

Prolix,

Barry is writing his own stuff on his blog, doing a personal version of CF-like stuff in Louisville. Friend him on FB for more info. Sounds like he's OK.

FWIW, I miss him here, too.

Comment #52 - Posted by: bingo at September 17, 2010 7:14 PM

Thanks Bingo.

Comment #53 - Posted by: Prolix at September 18, 2010 10:54 AM

Fight Gone Bad

100, 100, 111

Total: 311

Comment #54 - Posted by: MNinKC at November 9, 2010 7:59 PM
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