March 19, 2011

Saturday 110319

Rest Day


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Kevin Jr., Orlando, Florida.

CrossFit Games Open Week 1 workout deadline has been extended.

"The Trial" with Zach Even-Esh, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"From Losing 124 Pounds to the Open" by Maura Brown, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Breathe and Fire" with Greg Amundson by Again Faster Equipment - video [wmv] [mov]

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 5 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Jack London - The Unexpected.

"The Birth of a Word" by Deb Roy, TED.

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Posted by lauren at March 19, 2011 5:00 PM

kid is already stronger than me.

Comment #1 - Posted by: evan at March 18, 2011 5:38 PM

I WISH someone had put me in CF Kids when I was little (oh wait, it wasn't around in the 70s...but still!!)

Comment #2 - Posted by: Stephanie at March 18, 2011 5:56 PM

Maura you are BEAUTIFUL!!! Absolutely inspiring!!!

Comment #3 - Posted by: Heather at March 18, 2011 6:05 PM

After watching the Amundson video, I'm left with one question:

With which athletic company is Crossfit affiliated? It's on the tip of my tongue . . .

Comment #4 - Posted by: MB at March 18, 2011 6:08 PM

Maura is AWESOME!!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Frank R at March 18, 2011 6:10 PM

I still haven't been able to register as an athlete. Anyone else having the same problem? The FAQ says they are working on it, but thousands have registered and still I can't.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Smithy/m/50/5'10"/170 at March 18, 2011 6:21 PM

The Ted Talk is really something. We've been translating the data of the other four senses into visual data for the purpose of scientific study for a long time. Permanent representation makes repeated and varied analysis possible. Nicely placed along side Beethoven's Emperor - seeing is thinking, hearing is feeling (sort of). What is Wagner? Riefenstahl? Lincoln v. Douglas?

Is Lincoln v. Douglas possible in the age of Tw--er?

Comment #7 - Posted by: Prolix at March 18, 2011 6:29 PM

"Weaver" as Rx'ed


Comment #8 - Posted by: Quinn McCutchen M/41/150/5'10" at March 18, 2011 6:42 PM

Well done Kev!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Natalie at March 18, 2011 8:00 PM

To #4 MB: Inov8

Comment #10 - Posted by: Jon at March 18, 2011 8:14 PM

First off, great job Maura!

Second, I watched the Breath and Fire video with Greg. We used to call these anchor points and they do not always have to be verbal cues. My anchor point is a simple snap of my fingers or a clap with a quick breath. I can add 20 lbs to a 1RM that simple. You have to be in a winning mindset (strong position) and it helps to succeed in the early stages of setting these anchor points, but they work. The question is, how do I teach my son how to do this? He lifts and seems so flat almost like he was going to sleep. I just cant reach him.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Doug at March 18, 2011 8:44 PM

Maura Brown....that's what Crossfit is all about. Nicely done.

Comment #12 - Posted by: tipper at March 18, 2011 9:38 PM

Very awesome and fascinating TED talk!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Bill Gibson at March 18, 2011 10:36 PM

3 Weeks in and I am loving this. WOW. I have not had this much fun with my fitness in a long time. Thank you.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Berto Da Kidd at March 18, 2011 11:30 PM

What a cutie! I hope my baby grows up to be as strong as you!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Marina at March 19, 2011 1:25 AM

Question....has anyone tried doing olympic lifts on grass? Is that even possible?

I can't really build a garage gym so I'm thinking about a backyard gym.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Phil at March 19, 2011 5:42 AM

Maura: You are awesome. Great video and great story -- Thanks.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Dirk at March 19, 2011 5:52 AM

#4: that would be Reebok

Comment #18 - Posted by: sb at March 19, 2011 6:50 AM

Love the picture!!!

Comment #19 - Posted by: Spealwifey at March 19, 2011 7:36 AM

21 burpees for day 21

Comment #20 - Posted by: Sarah (f/22/122/5'4") at March 19, 2011 8:36 AM

Anyone else sore from yesterday?

Comment #21 - Posted by: Larry S 6'3/195/35 at March 19, 2011 8:54 AM


Very, very cool story. You look great and I bet you feel even better! Keep kicking ass and let us know when you beat Khalipa in a WOD for the first time (soon I think!).

Comment #22 - Posted by: Scott at March 19, 2011 9:01 AM

I have been doing crossfit for about six months now and will never go back to the normal workout of chest, back, shoulders, arms, etc... While I have been here in Afghanistan my wife says that when I get home she wants to join a gym, which is great but I dont think she wil give crossfit a try. It will be the standard globo gym thing. Any advice on suggesting crossfit. The goal would be for us to do crossfit as a family. Sorry for the long post.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Dewayne at March 19, 2011 9:37 AM

Ok, have now been able to register. Yay.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Smithy/m/50/5'10"/170 at March 19, 2011 10:08 AM

#16. I've had the same issue. I built a lifting platform/pullup station in my backyard for a little less than $300. If you'd like, I can email you pictures so you can get an idea.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Thompson/m/22/6'2"/205 at March 19, 2011 10:18 AM

An extra week to register and complete wod 11.1 for the games. Having been involved in IT I would suggest if they haven't sorted the games website by now another week will not make a lot of difference. Through perseverance we have managed to register all our athletes and have worked extra hard to put them through wod 11.1.

I could have understood if the wod had been a "fully Inclusive" wod that had truly been open to everyone but the inclusion of double unders made it a very CrossFit specific wod. Outside our community double unders are not the norm, boxing apart, and their inclusion completely tipped the balance in favour of an experienced CrossFitter.

Oh well, suppose it give the world an extra week to learn to double skip!

Comment #26 - Posted by: Ron McKinstray at March 19, 2011 11:44 AM

This is hardly what I call competition. Extending the deadline out an extra week. So much for the pressure of competition. This seems wrong some how. Now your messing with peoples plans and schedules. Come on HQ! Lets make deadlines and stick to them. Very upsetting.

Comment #27 - Posted by: dustin at March 19, 2011 11:47 AM

Hello, I know you probably have a million and one things to do and e-mails to respond to, so I won't be offended if I don't get a response. As an affiliate owner and die hard CrossFitter, I am really concerned about what is happening to our sport with the set up of the games this year. The fact that individuals have multiple opportunities to submit their scores for the WODs on-line is an issue to me....I though that "routine was the enemy"? I really am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this format of knowing the score I need to beat and being able to keep trying over and over again until I get that extra rep that could possibly place me (or and athlete) ahead of another and allow them to move on. You have now created a whole different sport- one where we can practice and practice the same thing over and over again until we get it right- obviously those of us that our skilled enough in all 10 components of fitness will rise to the top over the 6 WODs, but keeping results hidden until AFTER the submission deadline would be a much more effective way to run this little Open we have going on here. What happened to the UNKNOWN AND UNKNOWABLE??? what happened to "General Preparedness"???. We should be doing these Games WODs ONCE and giving our best shot ONCE. Sure people will try and try again on their own, but allowing them to keep re-submitting scores is a ridiculous thing that only encourages routine, possibly over stresses certain muscle groups leading to injury, only works one time domain, interferes with regular training, makes it hard for small affiliates to manage things and generally makes athletes question the whole process.
I am severely disillusioned by this whole process and would really ask you to consider the following:

1. Only allow athletes to submit a score ONCE
2. HIDE scores and placements until after the submission deadline

A perfect example of an on-line competition going on right now that follows this format is the "Throwdown Series". You do the WOD once, submit your score and wait for the results to go up. JUST LIKE A REAL COMPETITION YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE!!!

On a positive note, the Games Open format has created a wonderful feeling of belonging and community in our box, so thank you for providing people of all abilities to compete in the games. It has done wonders for the spirit of our little box.

Anyway- enough of my rambling, I hope you will find the time to consider what I am saying as the buzz in the community is NOT GOOD right now about how this has all gone down.

Jennifer Morris
owner and head coach

CrossFit Altitude
1423 Grahams Lane
Burlington, Ontario
L7S 1W4

Comment #28 - Posted by: Jennifer Morris at March 19, 2011 11:59 AM

Work capacity across broad time and modal domains is fitness. So if you can't double under then your not one of the fittest is my opinion!

Comment #29 - Posted by: Matt Moore at March 19, 2011 12:13 PM

Oh and here is an idea......why not extend the first week out until Tuesday evening and still keep the competition on schedule? This would give the genius minds of HQ plenty of time to fix their mistake. Seems like a quick fix without much thought.

Comment #30 - Posted by: dustin at March 19, 2011 12:26 PM

Matt, you miss my point. Dustin couldnt agree more. Now I understand the meaningof broad time!

Comment #31 - Posted by: Ron McKinstray at March 19, 2011 12:29 PM

Problems with the games site were keeping some people from registering and submitting scores. I think extending the deadline in the interest of being as fair to all potential competitors is not a bad solution.

I am a little disappointed that it had to happen, since it will presumably push out the length of the whole competition. But I think HQ is doing their best with a pretty challenging task.

Comment #32 - Posted by: BathMatt at March 19, 2011 1:55 PM are an amazing inspiration!

Comment #33 - Posted by: Anna Pace at March 19, 2011 1:57 PM

BathMatt - in all fairness they removed the much loved meets and chose this method, this least that could do is get it right. No excuses.

What if Mikko, Spealler or I for example had booked a nice holiday to recoup after these 6 weeks? Cancel it, lose money, don't compete? Don't like any of those options.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Dave at March 19, 2011 2:01 PM

*the least they could do

Comment #35 - Posted by: Dave at March 19, 2011 2:03 PM

This Beethoven piano concerto is one of my faves (if not my absolute favorite). So incredibly beautiful. The 2nd movt (starts somewhere in the middle "part 3") is one of the most amazing compositions ever! Great pick! Hope you all enjoy.

Comment #36 - Posted by: macleay at March 19, 2011 2:17 PM

The Open certainly seems to be increasing some people's whining capacity across broad time and modal domains.

Comment #37 - Posted by: Jay at March 19, 2011 2:48 PM

I hate burpees so bad. I thought to myself what can I do to; one get better at them and; two start to like them. Well I decided to do the hundred day burpee challenge. LOL get some. Day 5
One question though. If the workout of the day calls for burpees do those count for the 100 day challenge, or do I do the wod plus the burpees for the 100 day challenge.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Keith at March 19, 2011 3:31 PM


Your burpees should count in your day...

Have fun! ;)

Comment #39 - Posted by: Guy - M - 6'2" - 215 lbs - Ottawa, Canada at March 19, 2011 3:41 PM

ok thanks

Comment #40 - Posted by: Keith at March 19, 2011 4:17 PM

We had a great time at Crossfit Whistler on Friday doing WOD#1. It does take a bit away stretching it out another week. Sort of feels like a reset. Plus we won't have a new WOD for next Friday! :)

Comment #41 - Posted by: BruceS m/55/5'10"/155 at March 19, 2011 4:17 PM

#28 Jennifer,

I have to disagree with you opinion on the Open Format, though it's a completely reasonable and valid option that you gave.

To say an athlete can only submit once does not mean an athlete can only do the WOD once. One can easily record themselves each day of the week, then just wait till Sunday to upload their best WOD time/score. By allowing them to upload/submit multiple times it just answers this problem.

To say scores should be hidden is a great idea, however there's the problem that many scores are known due to A) being done at an affiliate so someone somewhere blogged/tweeted the scores or B) have a YouTube channel with the video already there with the score.

Keeping the scores public and allowing multiple submissions lets people mentally push themselves to do better early on. In addition, I like that it can give those with little familiarity with CrossFit a chance to improve the technical aspects. True, they'll be hammered at Regionals and/or the Games (see Thorisdotter when it came to muscle-ups in 2009), but we'll find our rising stars.

Yes, some people will be taking one week to specialize one workout. There are guys that perform the Fran workout (a variant of which is a likely WOD for the open) lots of time to improve their score there. Yes, there are those that can now try to game the open especially for those in Asia/Africa/S. American regionals where you're almost guarenteed a seat at regionals if you're male and a seat at the games if you're female. There are problems inherent in the system as set-up, but they are not game stopping problems. We will still have the Top 50 at the games for men and women.

The number one person this year can say "I scored better than 30,000 other people this year over three major competitions, I am among the world's fittest"

Comment #42 - Posted by: Nukemarine at March 19, 2011 4:39 PM

Yeah get those burpees Sarah!

Comment #43 - Posted by: Colin at March 19, 2011 4:42 PM

24 / M / 5'9"/ 135lbs

Behind the neck jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1


My form went to hell at 155lbs. I think I was leaning forward in the dip and so driving the bar in front of me.

Comment #44 - Posted by: BC at March 19, 2011 7:19 PM

Weekend Throwdown @ CrossfitGainesville:

Crossfit Open Workout 1:
6 rounds + 30 Dubs +2 Snatch

Comment #45 - Posted by: Espinosa m/26/5'11"/165 at March 20, 2011 11:47 AM

@ 16

My buddy and I oly lift on grass because we don't have bumber plates. You still can't drop the weights during a workout, but in the case of a failed rep it happens. Overall it's not too bad.

Comment #46 - Posted by: Ryan at March 20, 2011 12:12 PM

Loved the Zach Even-Esh video. It's great to see him and his staff using CrossFit and physical training to teach these kids life lessons they can utilize outside of the gym. Everyone is so consumed by The Open and how HQ is handling it etc, but it's guys like Zach that show us what is important in this community

Comment #47 - Posted by: Ryan D at March 20, 2011 1:55 PM

I would like to extend my gratitude to Michael Krivka and all of the great folks at the National Guard Armory in Jacksonville, FL, for putting on an absolutely awesome workout at the "Kettlebells for Warriors (KFW)" event! I attended a KFW event last September in Maryland and was so impressed by the quality of instruction and amazing level of enthusiasm to support the Wounded Warriors Project, that this time I drove five hours to do it all over again! I had a phenomenal time and, as whenever I spend time with Mike, at the end of the day I was completely wiped out but my knowledge of using kettlebells for building GPP seems to have doubled! I am REALLY looking forward to the next nearby KFW event! :^)

Comment #48 - Posted by: J.T. at March 20, 2011 4:39 PM

Great music. Great story by Jack London, one of my top five favorite authors. Keep it up!

Comment #49 - Posted by: Crix (m/40/6'/171) at March 20, 2011 8:38 PM

Jennifer you sure do have a high need for control, read choice theory by William Glasser it'll help you to feel better!

Comment #50 - Posted by: jeremy at March 20, 2011 10:26 PM


Pirate Ran Holyoke MA 10k
Started in back of pack/Crossed Finish at 51:4x

Fun as hell!

Comment #51 - Posted by: onepostandimout at March 21, 2011 6:34 AM

another good ted talk - barefoot running!

Comment #52 - Posted by: mike from NJ at March 21, 2011 8:08 PM

ooooh, love me some Glasser!!!

Comment #53 - Posted by: macleay at March 23, 2011 6:46 PM
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