May 18, 2011
Coercive monopoly works so well, why not depend on that to educate our children? What could go wrong?
Thank God tomorrows the rest day. I can do todays workout tomorrow and rest my back from those deadlift workouts.
Interesting theory posited by Sowell that education leads to fascism and demagoguery. I wonder if he considers study of the law or political science as soft sciences. If so, wouldn't that prevent fascism? Unless of course, students of political science are so jaded by the democratic political process they don't interfere.
Charles Barkley needs to commentate the 2011 games!
That pic is the box owner of Crossfit Altitude, located in Burlington, Ontario.
Chuck Carswell is the man. Seems like a great guy. Hope to meet him one day.
Hats off to Sowell whose book Preferential Policies brilliantly exposed the folly of affirmative action. In this case his conclusion is correct, but his reasoning is off. It is not the "soft" sciences that lead to exposing us to the influence of fanaticism. It is the failure to base modern education on the roots of Western Civilization. Philosophy and literature correctly taught from original sources are our best weapons against, for example, the fear mongering "birthers", worried that America will be taken over by foreigners. Ethnic polarization is a real danger. He is right: education reform needs to happen. But more citizen engineers and scientists are not the answer.
I think that is Leanne Andali from WAF CrossFit in Sarnia and me cheering her on! That was quite a moment....20 axel deadlifts at about 165, throw a 75 pound bag over a 6 ft wall, climb over wall, carry a 210 pound yoke- zercher style-ouch- about 30 feet- do 6 muscle ups then flip a 300 pound tire another 30 feet to finish!! Awesome event held in Toronto about 2 weeks ago! thanks to CrossFit for putting this on, it was a great time.
Imagine if colleges actually published the return on investment based not on the level of education, but on the subject major.
great, now crossfitters have more reason to feel elite cause of barkley's speech.
Nazism/fascism stems from the roots of Western Civilization too, or so it was argued. Wouldn't learning about other cultures and societies prevent the fear of others that fuels the birther movement? Information that the "soft" sciences provide?
There is something to be said for simply being able to think for oneself that comes from a higher education. There are many scientists and engineers who might benefit from a civics course. But I agree students should be provided the information to make an informed decision before choosing a major.
yo jen looking strong and beautiful!
Amazing shot, Jen! It's actually Leanne's sister Jenine in the picture - all three Andali sisters competed. This was such an awesome moment at the Expo. Can't wait for the Regionals!
Great video with Dan Bailey.
Please don't post Thomas Sowell articles. He is one of the laziest writers in the business, and this article is no different. His approach is typically to give an interesting theory, then provide no support for it. In this article, he posits that a side effect of having a large number of people with liberal arts degrees can lead to demagoguery and even violence. He presents no statistics or even a rational argument for his position. It's just laziness, which is the exact opposite of what I thought Crossfit was trying to promote.
Man-o-man Sir Charles has got some junk in the trunk now. Favourite player of all times, love that he's found CrossFit.
Sir Charles has got some serious lordosis going on...I think he needs equal doses of WODs and K-Starr sessions...and good on him for doing something to change his life!
From the Rest day article:
"Students can graduate from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country without ever learning anything about science, mathematics, economics, or anything else that would make them either productive contributors to the economy or informed voters who can see through political rhetoric."
-Could this be because many of our nations college professors are atheist liberals?
I have been reading Thomas Sowell for quite a while. I think he is a CrossFiitter at heart. Work your butt off, do the best you can, make no excuses other than not working hard enough or not being given the God given ability to perform at a higher level. Be self sufficient and be prepared for anything.
I love how the libs come out in force to advise not posting any article with which they do not agree. Isnt that typical progressive thought nowadays? When they disagree they want to stamp it out. Why not dissect conservative articles piece by piece rather than asking that they not be posted. The article today is sowells opinion for the most part. I think he is commenting more on the watered down degrees people get and how they really arent challenged in the educational process anymore. Libs....accept that CF posts conservative articles and move on. Should you be the accepting ones?
If you find yourself turning every topic into a sliding scale between liberal and conservative then you've already missed the point of education.
Great piece on Barkley! I already have more respect for him by his intriguing insight.
That is Jenine Andali, sister of co-owner of WeAreFitness.com!!
Thanks for posting Thomas Sowell. Love him! I own everyone one of his books. He always has myriad facts to back up his op-ed pieces. But op-ed pieces are not generally where one would put all the data for these short newspaper editorials. It is assumed, unfortunately for some, that people have some basic knowledge about what passes for education in the USA since it has been covered in even mainline publications.
Love the "WODKILLA" shirt.....will have to look for one. Unless someone can tell me where I can get one
Wow, what a great post today for an off day! Great vids, great pic (although it offends me a little because I think Jen has bigger arms than me!). Barkley as commentator at the games? Absolutlely! NOW he has junk in the trunk? He's ALWAYS had that. They didn't call him "the round mound of rebound" for nothing. Finally, will watch anything with Amundson in it. My CrossFit hero! Thanks for everything HQ.
Great article, hit the nail on the head. Also I think Comment #21 GAR is onto something.
Yay a rest day - the only day I can do as rx
Great piece on Sir Charles. He was an all time great and a great commentator. Good to see him working hard. His boys on TNT have been killing him about his weight for years.
Love the Charles Barkley video.
0:15-1:30 is among the best 75 seconds of video on crossfit.com.
"You know what? I'm better than the rest of these sumbitches out here. I got something left and they don't".
Even as a decidedly non-jock, non-elite crosfitter this speaks volumes to me.
I am becoming a huge Charles Barkley fan.
Congrats on 10 years, Greg. Hard to believe Crossfit is that young.
I bet Sir Charles, if he trains 3-4 times per week, loses 60 pounds in 6 months.
Plus, I bet six months from now he is squating like my two year old daughter - flawlessly and naturally.
Always loved Charles..
I hate off days...not an off day for me......
Made up yesterday's thrusters. Results posted there.
Hell yes comment #4:
Charles Barkley needs to commentate the 2011 games!
We could use the mainstream star appeal.
Charles is awesome...he obviously works hard and listens to what his CF coaches are teaching...keep it up Charles!!
barkley is great, on theother hand looks like "T-Rex" needs to start doing crossfit and get in shape.
Quick question. I'm looking for some peer-reviewed articles on Crossfit comparing it to controls in other exercise conditions. I haven't been able to find any in journals of sports medicine but I would be interested if any do in fact exist.
Email me if you know of any.
Killebrew workout (He wore #3)
3min each exercise x3 rounds. Score total reps
PowerClean (75lbs), 3Pullups then 3dips, pushup with dumbbell row, wallball, situps
Way to go Idaho!
and Yes! Thanks for Vivaldi!
did my first muscle-up today on a bar... feeling good about getting 190 pounds that high!
@44- Unfortunately, for many reasons, I highly doubt the type of article you're looking for exists.
Doc took 30% of my right medial meniscus this AM, scraped crud off back of kneecap, then in post-op dropped the bomb: something up with femur and so exercise is fine but "no squats or lunges." Going to have to research to find out his exact clinical observation and conclusion, and then negotiate; can't imagine CF'ing w/o those two moves...
On the plus side I have no post-op pain (wife says wait a day or two) and am not worn out from the short procedure, drugs, etc. -- I attribute that to 2 mos. of CF -- prep for the unforeseeable indeed.
Tomorrow I start with bodyweight non-right-leg stuff @ home; see if I can get to the Y this weekend or perhaps early next week to do WODs.
@ Gar #21
I'm not sure I see the connection between the majors students choose and professors' beliefs.
Sowell's problem is that his conclusion "degrees in the soft sciences lead to demagoguery" has no basis. Nazi Germany was an advanced industrialized nation with plenty of scientists and other "hard science" degree holders.
Great pic of the tire flip! How much?
Matt H @48 -- best wishes for a quick recovery. Did your doctor mean no squats or lunges "for a while" or "ever again"? If he meant "ever again," maybe you should find a new doc!
I had a similar procedure in February 2010, and I squat and lunge with no problems. A couple of weeks ago I did 400m lunges with a 20# vest. Running, double unders, and box jumps can be painful unless I wear running shoes. Work on the mobility WODs; flexibility, along with a good warm up prior to intensity, has been the key to avoiding problems for me. I've also found an ART chiropractor who is a crossfitter, which has given me an edge on recovery.
Thanks Bill M @ 50 and hambone911 @ 51 -- Bill, you've nailed a key question for next week's followup appointment -- is it "for a while" or "for ever" no lunges & squats? For a while I can live with and understand...
Good advice Hambone911 on ways to warm up -- and I like the idea that a CF-knowledgeable medic might be the way to go...
24 / M / 5'9" / 135lbs
Three rounds for time of:
95 pound Front squat, 15 reps
Wall walk x25 touches
Wall walk x25 touches
Okay of all the thing people are talking about on the blog...no seemed to mention that GREG AMUNDSON TOOK A TOTAL OF ONE WEEK OFF IN TEN YEARS!!! Are you kidding me!
row250m + squat75#x21 + DL75#x21
row250m + squat75#x15 + DL75#x15
row250m + squat75#x 9 + DL75#x 9