October 22, 2010

Friday 101022

Rest Day


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Matt Chan, Team Rogue, Lake Tahoe.

"Rope Climbing Techniques: Legless Rope Climb" with Adrian Bozman and Carl Paoli, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

Event 1 at the Team Rogue Vs. Team Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown - video [wmv] [mov]

"Paddleboard Cam" with Jason Khalipa at the Team Rogue Vs. Team Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown - video [wmv] [mov]

Heinrich Ignaz Biber, Passacaglia in G minor by Richard Yongjae O'Neill.

The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

"In the 10th Year of War, a Harder Army, a More Distant America" by David Wood, Politics Daily

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Posted by lauren at October 22, 2010 5:00 PM

I'm so growing a crossfit moustache now!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Jacob at October 21, 2010 5:26 PM

Now thats a Wall Ball

Comment #2 - Posted by: Robert Bourgault at October 21, 2010 6:00 PM

Are you guys going to post a big video of the whole throwdown on the journal sometime? Or just release events one at a time? I can't wait to watch all of it!

Comment #3 - Posted by: B. Noyce at October 21, 2010 6:05 PM

Team Rogue all the way baby! Yes!

Meat Chang for the WIN!!

Video of Khalipa.....


Comment #4 - Posted by: Miranda at October 21, 2010 6:13 PM


back squat - 265
shoulder press - 145
deadlift - 335

Comment #5 - Posted by: Quinn McCutchen M/41/150/5'10" at October 21, 2010 6:33 PM

Really excellent article, thanks for the read.

Comment #6 - Posted by: chris137 at October 21, 2010 6:39 PM

Coach & Lauren
Thank you for posting the article I recommended.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Gabriel Wright at October 21, 2010 6:47 PM

I have to share this with some people who will appreciate it:

My 12 year old daughter beat our friend, an "ex" marine, in the Brenton wod and she now has a max pull-up set of 20.

When I asked the marine how he felt about being beat by a little girl all he could say was "yeah, but that is one tough little girl."

Thanks Crossfit for giving a healthy outlet to all the "hyper" kids, the grown up ones included!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Amykr F/38/5'9"/145 at October 21, 2010 7:10 PM

Whats up with the fab mustaches and crazy fu manchu? In the Tahoe vids. Standard!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Armand L at October 21, 2010 7:20 PM

Facial hair madness....Much needed rest day..CrossFit Nation!!!!!!!!

Comment #10 - Posted by: JD at October 21, 2010 7:22 PM

what's up with the bullying and trash talking up in Tahoe?

Comment #11 - Posted by: Grace at October 21, 2010 7:27 PM

Comment #8:

my lil bro at 12 years old, 4 foot 9 inches and weighing at 70.4 pounds did his first WOD ever! "Brenton" as RX'D at 19:33!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Daniel Krull AKA "Franiel" at October 21, 2010 7:42 PM

I'm diggin your guys' handle bar mustaches, jealous I didn't think of it first for Beast of the East!

Comment #13 - Posted by: John Thomas at October 21, 2010 7:43 PM

Man, I hope there is some serious beer drinking going on in Tahoe!

Comment #14 - Posted by: nranney at October 21, 2010 8:01 PM

What an amazing article, thank you for posting

Comment #15 - Posted by: B Dizzle at October 21, 2010 8:11 PM

Big thanks to Adrift Tahoe paddle shop in Kings Beach for the use of the paddle boards yesterday! That video of Kalipa is fun to watch!

Comment #16 - Posted by: Travis Weaver at October 21, 2010 8:56 PM

Some filthy facial hair!! Great videos!!

Comment #17 - Posted by: Matt at October 21, 2010 8:58 PM

hey gang,
i'm in china for the time being, studying for a semester. Due to pollution, local food and its lack of nutritional value, business, laziness and lack of facilities/equipment, i am finding it exceptionally difficult to keep my fitness going. after about 3 weeks of sedentary existence, went back for a 5x5 shoulder press (my normal sets start at 135 or so and work up to 165) and failed after 3 reps of 150 on my 4th set. just did the Brenton WOD, 4 rounds. completed, and better than yesterday's pathetic attempt at a WOD, but i still thought i was gonna die. anyone else have similar experience abroad or in another scenario and have tips on how to get after it/stay motivated?

Comment #18 - Posted by: Phil at October 21, 2010 9:04 PM

I seriously appreciate how much fun CFers continually are having. Looking forward to more rogue / again faster videos. But I'm confused, why was Khalipa paddleboarding while everyone else was kayaking? An that was hilarious how he just hung on to Graham.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Jordan D. at October 21, 2010 9:08 PM

Phil, you're making excuses and taking the easy way. Grab some ground and do some puhsups. Stand up and do some squats. Find a stairwell and do some pull ups. run some sprints up that stair well and repeat for time.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Pete at October 21, 2010 9:19 PM

Awesome article, thanks so much for posting it. I recently came off of active duty myself and that article really hit it on the head. I went into the military just a month before Sept. 11th and it's hard to believe that it's been ten years already... so much has happened I can barely remember what it was like to live in a country at "peace".

Comment #21 - Posted by: BJones at October 21, 2010 9:19 PM

Hey Amykr I find it humorous that you put "ex" in quotations but the preferred term is "former" Marine. Those jarheads are so particular about their titles...lol

Comment #22 - Posted by: John M/26/5'9"/195 at October 21, 2010 9:21 PM

#22 Thank you for setting me straight. I will use "former" from now on.

#11 That's great. My girl is 12, 5' tall and 90 pounds. She finished as rx'd (no vest) in 12:54. I think doing it with the former Marine kept her moving.

I wish more people would post kids' times and loads. It would fuel my kids' hunger for competition and keep them on their toes.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Amykr F/38/5'9"/145 at October 21, 2010 9:42 PM

Outstanding article. A true heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our warrior class.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Tom at October 21, 2010 11:10 PM

@Phil #17
I understand where you are coming from, I am currently on a Patrol Base out in BF Iraq with next to nothing facilities. Each WOD that comes out is almost guaranteed to challenge my creative thinking to come up with substitutions that still meet the intent of the WOD. I have started thinking of the adjustment phase as a WOD for my creative thinking and problem solving and have come to enjoy that part almost as much as the workouts. Now I am almost (read: almost :-) disappointed when I get to do a WOD as RX'd

Comment #25 - Posted by: jeffbr83 at October 21, 2010 11:55 PM

Comment #24 - stop feeling sorry for yourself jeff.

Comment #26 - Posted by: Brad at October 22, 2010 12:24 AM

I love seeing all those mustaches in the videos. Looks like the guys are starting early for Movember.

Phil, check out CrossFit Tallahassee at www.cftally.com. They post an offsite WOD every week day, I used it camping this summer when I didn't have much in the way of equipment. Not quite mainsite, but it's a good place to start.

Comment #27 - Posted by: T Holm m/22/5'6"/165# at October 22, 2010 1:22 AM

Mustaches are getting more attention then the video content lol.
Can't wait for things to heat up a bit in Tahoe!

Comment #28 - Posted by: Kent at October 22, 2010 3:49 AM

Mustaches are getting more attention then the video content lol.
Can't wait for things to heat up a bit in Tahoe!

Comment #29 - Posted by: Kent at October 22, 2010 3:50 AM

Mustaches are getting more attention then the video content. :)
Can't wait for things to heat up a bit in Tahoe!

Comment #30 - Posted by: Kent at October 22, 2010 3:52 AM

Mustaches are getting more attention then the video content. :)
Can't wait for things to heat up a bit in Tahoe!

Comment #31 - Posted by: Kent at October 22, 2010 3:54 AM

The isolation of troops from society, to get on with the job in hand, is necessary. But it strikes me as unhealthy when "distance" changes to "alienation". It is the latter which struck me as the predominant emotion from the article.

Comment #32 - Posted by: J1 at October 22, 2010 4:13 AM


5K: 28:13

Comment #33 - Posted by: mom to five at October 22, 2010 4:29 AM

Saw this, seems to only further the points made in the original article..http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/10/the-militarys-deepening-geographic-divide/64012/

Definitely agree, gearing up for deployment #2 now and most people don't understand what we go through; any word on CF set-ups at Victory Base?

Comment #34 - Posted by: RussA at October 22, 2010 5:54 AM

haha those are some epic mustaches, esp Khalipa's.

and Lipson...come on dude. if you're gonna make fun of Mikko that's fine but don't get scared when you're called out. trash talkin' is def fun, but that was weak. well done James Hobart.

not that it's my business anyway, the guy just seems to be "a habitual line-stepper," as charlie murphy would say

Comment #35 - Posted by: Mike E at October 22, 2010 6:04 AM

I love these videos!!!! This is great. I love reality TV. Reality TV + CrossFit=TRUE LOVE. Thanks Again Faster, Rogue, and .com. Wish I was there!!

Comment #36 - Posted by: L.Plumey at October 22, 2010 6:47 AM

@22 and 21There is no former or ex. Once a marine always a marine! The term we prefer is marine.

Semper fidelis

Comment #37 - Posted by: Ben l at October 22, 2010 6:49 AM

Never felt the need to post before. The distance between active duty Soldiers and the civilian world is big, but, part of me would rather be on active duty than continuing my service as a National Guard Infantryman/civilian police officer. On active duty, your family has the support of other families on post, closer/cheaper counseling services for them (albeit overloaded), etc. As a Guard family, we get an attitude from the community almost as if there’s something wrong with us followed by questions like, “He doesn’t have to go again, does he?”, “He isn’t volunteering to go again, is he?”

I pray the history books in 2050 read something like this: “In the early part of this century, many Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines returned from the war and were elected to political office, moved up through corporations, and/or were a strong influence in their community. These men and women, now known as the Warrior Generation, caused American society to make an about-face and turn away from their constant search for the newest instant-access / instant-disposable product and their strong sense of entitlement, both of which nearly caused the end of the United States.”

Comment #38 - Posted by: Defender 6 at October 22, 2010 6:57 AM

Cool videos had me crackin up - NOT so cool mustaches everyone jk! Love this new team vs team thing and doing non traditional "wods" looks like fun.

The Khalipa surf video thing cracked me up - keep em coming!

Comment #39 - Posted by: Andy P at October 22, 2010 7:14 AM

Great article ... thanks for posting.

Comment #40 - Posted by: Larry at October 22, 2010 7:16 AM

#36, I totally concur with both of your points.

This is a very relevant and timely article. It hits some of the key points that have been swirling around in my mind since I returned from OIF II on my first deployment. It's difficult for me to relate to people outside of the military. I often feel like I'm out of place at parties, social events, football games, whatever. My wife and I always seem to find the military guy or former military person to hang out with. All of mine and my wife's good friends are military or former military. The best though, are those I have deployed with. Probably one of the largest gaps that I can point my finger to is core values and beliefs. Core Army values such as selfless service, integrity, honor, and personal courage are, for the most part, not part of corporate America's core values. There are many exceptions to this, but I think overall it's the truth.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Wade at October 22, 2010 7:21 AM

Greatest Khalipa video ever!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Daniel Sonsini at October 22, 2010 7:22 AM

Great article. God Bless our Armed Forces, they are still fighting day in and day out. And I am damn proud of every single one of you!

Comment #43 - Posted by: Hirst at October 22, 2010 7:23 AM

#36 "The Warrior Generation" I love it! Spread the word.

Comment #44 - Posted by: Hirst at October 22, 2010 7:27 AM



Comment #45 - Posted by: danlau at October 22, 2010 7:53 AM

I'm guessing Jason might have a new found respect for lifeguards and their lifeguard competitions! Impressed the "Speal" had the knee technique down. Wish I wasn't working and at home in Tahoe so I could have seen the throwdown!

Comment #46 - Posted by: Anne-Marie at October 22, 2010 7:55 AM

Great vid and awesome event! In Jason's defense, I did tell him to grab on. Since it was a team event and we weren't finished until our whole team all crossed the finish line, it did us no good to make him swim the whole way and be so far behind.

Thanks Bill, Jon, Dave, Coach, and all of Crossfit and media that helped make this happen. I had a blast! Team ROGUE way to represent! Good luck at Seal fit.


Comment #47 - Posted by: graham holmberg at October 22, 2010 7:59 AM

I know we are doing bar bells for boobs and thats awesome. Starting in November it testicular cancer month. Check out Movember, I encourage all Duded to participate. Shave your stache and regrow it for the month of November. Go to Movember.com for details.

Comment #48 - Posted by: Brad at October 22, 2010 8:29 AM

@46--Matt is an awesome and humble athlete, and that was the trend for all the athletes on Team Rogue this week--Congrats guys.

It was great to be able to throwdown with the best. I look forward to the next competition. Thanks to all the mustaches, cameras, and (most of all) people who made this possible. I can't say thank you enough.



Comment #49 - Posted by: James H. at October 22, 2010 9:03 AM

While I keep track of my times/loads/rounds on my own, I am compelled to post for the first time concerning the mustaches. I can't know their own reasons, but October AND November are used for Mustaches vs. Cancer (www.mustachesvscancer.org), benefiting pediatric cancer at Sloan-Kettering Children's Hospital in New York.

Comment #50 - Posted by: CHazen at October 22, 2010 9:53 AM

For all those interested in the Rogue vs Again Faster Tahoe Throwdown, we will be releasing short vids on the events as frequently as we can. And then Sevan will be putting together a full length HD version for the Journal. This will take several weeks, so in the meantime, enjoy the snippets!

Comment #51 - Posted by: Tony Budding at October 22, 2010 9:56 AM

Fine article, right up to the ending.

Society does have little room for restless souls, whether in the Army now, or whether all-WOD-CrossFitters who never read rest day articles. The all volunteer military is training as another Greatest Generation for a nation sorely in need. A place is waiting for these veterans to assimilate back in civilian life. I am optimistic, but impatient because the WOT (formerly) runs at a fraction of the pace of WWII, somewhat proportional to the casualty rates.

Prolix wrote the following about American Society in the death throes of Rest Day a couple back:

>> Do you think the Erie Canal, the St Lawrence Seaway, the Panama Canal, the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal, the transcontinental railroad,

>>a) could have been made with private capital alone?

>>b) were constructed for the purpose of the next election cycle, and if so did this short term purpose undermine their long term benefits?

>>c) are anything other than government "investments"?

>>Governments invest and make returns on their investments all the time. A most obvious example of this is investing in infrastructure (residential, leisure, economic) to attract people to build and buy dwellings in a particular area thereby increasing the tax base of the local government.

Governments SPEND all the time, but they never invest. They own nothing to risk. Government today never defers gratification. It doesn't practice capitalism. Private individuals do that. They create wealth; governments consume it, dragging down the economy, sometimes legitimately, but more often today not. Sometimes, our elected officials may reduce-the-tax-base-to-increase-the-tax-base, but regularly they take public money and spend it to perpetuate themselves in office. An occasional Interstate Highway System, maybe a war or two, perhaps, but in the modern era more ear marks -- bridges to nowhere, mass rapid transit, environmentalism in all its forms, welfare, Affirmative Action, and Marxist control over every decision.

The Erie Canal was proposed in 1807 and opened in 1825. Karl Marx had yet to publish Das Kapital, legitimizing the socialism that organized poverty and gave birth to Communism. That was in 1867, four years after ground breaking on the Transcontinental Railroad. It wasn't until the 14th Amendment in 1868 that half the Blacks, the males, got the right to vote, and then the 19th Amendment in 1920 gave Women that right. Whereupon they promptly elected that generation's articulate, handsome, miscreant with an alien middle name: Warren Gamaleil Harding. In between, the 16th Amendment gave us the Federal Income Tax, the Government's ultimate pipeline to everything. That was in 1913, a year before completion of the Panama Canal.

The 17th Amendment converted the Senate from a body representing the States to a redundantly populist body. That, too, was in 1913. Our President wasn't intended to be popularly elected, so States began to require electors to pledge their support for the name on the ballot. This conversion to populism was finally endorsed by the Supreme Court in 1952. Thus the role government plays, legitimately or otherwise, has undergone a revolution since it was first a Republic, and since those glorious projects.

The St. Lawrence Seaway was proposed in 1909, but opened in 1959, making it almost contemporary with the modern era. However, it was over 70% Canadian, sponsored by the Crown, which claimed rights to property in Canada and most of its corporations. It was hardly in competition with free enterprise, or much of a democracy, lacking even a Bill of Rights.

The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, proposed in 1887 and opened in 1900, is an interesting study in government all by itself. Untreated Chicago sewage used to drain into the Great Lakes after government dumped it into the Chicago River, colloquial name Bubbly Creek. So in what was considered an engineering marvel in its time, civil engineers ostensibly reversed the flow of the Chicago River. Today this open sewer carries sewage – still untreated -- 156 miles into the Mississippi River basins, where fecal matter is quietly dumped. In 2007, the University of Illinois published a paper reporting that subsurface currents seasonally reverse flow, so still old Bubbly still returns sewage to the Great Lakes.

Governments manage to be the greatest polluters of all. The Soviet Union turned Czechoslovakia into a Technicolor leaching pit. China's choking smog is a blot visible from space, sharing an honor with the Great Wall. Japan let the sky over Tokyo Bay be painted with a dense rainbow of smoke and pollutants, to say nothing of the water pollution. EPA includes the former USMC airbase at El Toro as a superfund site from fuel dumped on the ground. By comparison, the US is spanking clean, except possibly for Chicago.

Then of course there's California's tyrannical Air Pollution Control Districts whose unelected wild-eyed officials have managed to intrude on every phase of life in the State for infinitesimal improvements in air quality. What it has accomplished is cleaner air, to be sure, but it is long past the point of diminishing returns. Lately its gains are a consequence of the decline in the State's manufacturing base, and population, for that matter. Furniture manufacturers, once abundant in the Los Angeles area, are gone, now free to pollute in Mexico. So is a goodly share of aerospace. Farms in California's Central Valley, where a fourth of the nations fruits and vegetables are grown, are now being driven out of business by big government, enforcing the radical Endangered Species Act for the delta smelt, a lowly creature of no commercial value likely destined for natural extinction anyway.

Now since Cap & Trade couldn't get past the Senate, our Manchurian President is enacting the same thing through his dictatorial powers administered by the EPA. This move will create an economic disaster for a fiction, that CO2 is a pollutant. It is the Holy Grail of environmentalism. Even with a Republican tidal wave this November, the Great Recession has yet to bottom out.

Is Obama going to issue Emancipation Proclamation 2.0, granting citizenship to the illegals by executive order? That had been considered a way to ensure the Democrat oligarchy for generations. After November, it might help restore it.

Now back to the veterans. If Obama follows through with his plan to abandon his politically correct war, the Afghanistan phase of the War on Terror, next year he's going to unleash a flood of veterans at home. This will counter-balance his comprehensive immigration plan, currently languishing in its open-border, sue-the-states, sanctuary-nation phase.

The US didn't recover from the Great Depression until years after WWII -- after the many millions of war workers were turned loose on the labor market; after the Federal government cut its spending to the core; after its massive tax cuts; after relaxation of oppressive government regulations over what could be built, what could be bought, and at what price; and after the GIs reassimilated to lead that Greatest Generation. The War on Terror is a baptism and a training ground.

Comment #52 - Posted by: Jeff "drrocket" G. at October 22, 2010 10:09 AM

Is there a technique to the bear crawls?

I just watched the video of people doing them and it seems they keep their legs straight. Is that the "standard"?

I was told by a trainer (the one who introduced me to CF) it's bad on the knees to jump with a weight vest. I have really bad Osgood-Schlatter so I didn't do use it while jumping. I can't imagine jumping on concrete like that would be good at all.

Comment #53 - Posted by: FinnishCraig 5'9"/m/23/152 at October 22, 2010 10:33 AM

Oh crap! I misread the WOD. I thought it said BAREcrawls. No wonder I was getting the funny look at the globo-gym.

Comment #54 - Posted by: Tim at October 22, 2010 11:34 AM

Made up the Wednesday, 101013, wall ball/mu WOD

25:25, with 5 kg ball, and 3:3 sub for the muscle ups.

Comment #55 - Posted by: Carole F/52/5'6"/133 at October 22, 2010 11:41 AM

This video reminds me, yet again, what CrossFit is really all about: good people who love to work harder than everybody else. But the first part is more important, and more valuable to our community. Wish I could have been there as a spectator.

Comment #56 - Posted by: Tyler Quinn at October 22, 2010 12:16 PM

the mustaches are hilarious, but they are definitely ratcheting down the sexy-factor in a big way. stay strong, Mikko!

Comment #57 - Posted by: Olivia at October 22, 2010 12:42 PM

1RM Thruster, details there.

135 PR (Prev. 125)

Comment #58 - Posted by: bingo at October 22, 2010 2:57 PM

Khalipa on the paddle board fail hahahah.. double arm? sill boy!!
Speal had it sorted on his knees at the start..
And whats with the getting a ride business off the kayak..

Comment #59 - Posted by: RyanShanksNZ at October 22, 2010 4:57 PM

Awesome article.

After a tour in Afghanistan 02-03, and tours in Iraq 04-05 & 08-09, it hits home. Absolutely the truth.

Comment #60 - Posted by: james.patrick [M/48/66"/135] at October 22, 2010 5:30 PM


Here's a definition of "investment" from BusinessDictionary.com

"1. Money committed or property acquired for future income.
2. Trade off between risk and reward while aiming for incremental gain and preservation of the invested amount (principal). In contrast, speculation aims at 'high gain or heavy loss,' and gambling at 'out of proportion gain or total loss.' Two main classes of investment are (1) Fixed income investment such as bonds, fixed deposits, preference shares, and (2) Variable income investment such as business ownership (equities), property ownership. In economics, investment means creation of capital or goods capable of producing other goods or services. Expenditure on education and health is recognized as an investment in human capital, and research and development in intellectual capital. Return on investment (ROI) is a key measure of a firm's performance."

I think it is empirically false to say that governments "never invest".

Once we're over this ideological hump, we can start talking about how well governments invest (or not) and in what situations it might be appropriate for them to do so (or not). I like to think I have more of a practically oriented mind than a theoretically oriented one (this comes from experience giving advice to people, businesses and government officials who have to make decisions in the real world. I don't see much value in expending energy trying to score doctrinal points with my imaginary ideological foes - I'll leave that to the academics and the shock-jocks.

Comment #61 - Posted by: Prolix at October 23, 2010 10:08 AM

Lipson = hilarious

Comment #62 - Posted by: Sean M/25/5'9"/170 at October 24, 2010 9:59 AM

PAT for e-days

1:31 (New PR!)

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