May 18, 2011

Wednesday 110518

Rest Day


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UFC Fan Expo.

"Winning the Open: Part 1" with Dan Bailey, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Accomplishment of a 10-Year Goal" with Greg Amundson, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Sir Charles of CrossFit: Part 2" with Charles Barkley, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

Highlights from the CrossFit Sport Series WOD-SUP Event - video [wmv] [mov]

Antonio Vivaldi, Mandolin Concerto, 1st mvmt, 2nd mvmt, 3rd mvmt.

Guy de Maupassant - The Gamekeeper.

"The 'Education' Mantra" by Thomas Sowell, National Review.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by lauren at May 18, 2011 5:00 PM

Coercive monopoly works so well, why not depend on that to educate our children? What could go wrong?

Comment #1 - Posted by: Apolloswabbie 74 209 47yoa at May 17, 2011 5:13 PM

Thank God tomorrows the rest day. I can do todays workout tomorrow and rest my back from those deadlift workouts.

Comment #2 - Posted by: Aaron at May 17, 2011 5:22 PM

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.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Matt at May 17, 2011 5:31 PM

Charles Barkley needs to commentate the 2011 games!

Comment #4 - Posted by: Kush-fit at May 17, 2011 5:36 PM

Great pic today!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Bill Ortiz at May 17, 2011 5:52 PM

That pic is the box owner of Crossfit Altitude, located in Burlington, Ontario.


Comment #6 - Posted by: Mark at May 17, 2011 6:08 PM

Chuck Carswell is the man. Seems like a great guy. Hope to meet him one day.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Ben at May 17, 2011 6:14 PM

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.

Comment #8 - Posted by: jack at May 17, 2011 6:20 PM

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.
CrossFit Altitude
Burlington, Ontario

Comment #9 - Posted by: Jen at May 17, 2011 6:20 PM

Imagine if colleges actually published the return on investment based not on the level of education, but on the subject major.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Hari at May 17, 2011 6:25 PM

GREAT picture!!

Comment #11 - Posted by: sinbaderella at May 17, 2011 6:40 PM

great, now crossfitters have more reason to feel elite cause of barkley's speech.

Comment #12 - Posted by: jorge at May 17, 2011 6:59 PM

@Jack #8

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?

@Hari #10

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.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Matt at May 17, 2011 7:02 PM

yo jen looking strong and beautiful!

Comment #14 - Posted by: jjnnww at May 17, 2011 7:07 PM

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!


Comment #15 - Posted by: Jenna Scott at May 17, 2011 7:12 PM

Great video with Dan Bailey.

Comment #16 - Posted by: MattyB at May 17, 2011 7:16 PM

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.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Edward at May 17, 2011 7:18 PM


Comment #18 - Posted by: AndreaM - F/22/5'7"/150 at May 17, 2011 7:25 PM

Man-o-man Sir Charles has got some junk in the trunk now. Favourite player of all times, love that he's found CrossFit.

Comment #19 - Posted by: gaucoin at May 17, 2011 7:47 PM

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!

Comment #20 - Posted by: J.T. at May 17, 2011 8:12 PM

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?

Comment #21 - Posted by: Gar at May 17, 2011 8:19 PM

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.

Comment #22 - Posted by: ron at May 17, 2011 8:24 PM

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?

Comment #23 - Posted by: Jim at May 17, 2011 8:26 PM

If you find yourself turning every topic into a sliding scale between liberal and conservative then you've already missed the point of education.

Comment #24 - Posted by: adamk at May 17, 2011 8:55 PM

Great piece on Barkley! I already have more respect for him by his intriguing insight.

Comment #25 - Posted by: apollo at May 17, 2011 11:04 PM

That is Jenine Andali, sister of co-owner of!!

Comment #26 - Posted by: Tyler Slipacoff at May 18, 2011 1:08 AM

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.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Jo at May 18, 2011 3:04 AM

Love the "WODKILLA" shirt.....will have to look for one. Unless someone can tell me where I can get one

Comment #28 - Posted by: MDMelissa at May 18, 2011 4:15 AM

Wodkilla t-shirts are available at

Comment #29 - Posted by: Jen at May 18, 2011 4:23 AM


5K: 26:24

Comment #30 - Posted by: mom to five at May 18, 2011 4:53 AM

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.


Comment #31 - Posted by: Pat Overton at May 18, 2011 5:21 AM

Great article, hit the nail on the head. Also I think Comment #21 GAR is onto something.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Aaron at May 18, 2011 5:30 AM

Yay a rest day - the only day I can do as rx

Comment #33 - Posted by: Dave at May 18, 2011 5:31 AM

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.

Comment #34 - Posted by: George at May 18, 2011 6:50 AM

Love the Charles Barkley video.

0:15-1:30 is among the best 75 seconds of video on

"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.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Eric at May 18, 2011 7:16 AM

I am becoming a huge Charles Barkley fan.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Kamper M/47/200/74" at May 18, 2011 7:45 AM

Congrats on 10 years, Greg. Hard to believe Crossfit is that young.

Comment #37 - Posted by: Chris H m/32/148 at May 18, 2011 8:27 AM

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.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Maxwell at May 18, 2011 8:57 AM

Always loved Charles..

I hate off days...not an off day for me......

Comment #39 - Posted by: Keegan at May 18, 2011 9:12 AM

Made up yesterday's thrusters. Results posted there.

Comment #40 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/52/5'11"/172) at May 18, 2011 9:24 AM

Hell yes comment #4:

Charles Barkley needs to commentate the 2011 games!

We could use the mainstream star appeal.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Pär Larsson at May 18, 2011 9:48 AM

Charles is awesome...he obviously works hard and listens to what his CF coaches are teaching...keep it up Charles!!

Comment #42 - Posted by: Starr at May 18, 2011 9:54 AM

barkley is great, on theother hand looks like "T-Rex" needs to start doing crossfit and get in shape.

Comment #43 - Posted by: lorenzo at May 18, 2011 10:13 AM


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.

Comment #44 - Posted by: michael Payton at May 18, 2011 10:16 AM

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!

Comment #45 - Posted by: ellz at May 18, 2011 1:04 PM

and Yes! Thanks for Vivaldi!

Comment #46 - Posted by: Jo at May 18, 2011 3:18 PM

did my first muscle-up today on a bar... feeling good about getting 190 pounds that high!

Comment #47 - Posted by: Dan V. at May 18, 2011 3:30 PM

@44- Unfortunately, for many reasons, I highly doubt the type of article you're looking for exists.

Comment #48 - Posted by: AndreaM - F/22/5'7"/150 at May 18, 2011 4:45 PM

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.

Comment #49 - Posted by: matt h - m49 | 5'11" | 188bwt at May 18, 2011 4:51 PM

@ 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.

Comment #50 - Posted by: Matt at May 18, 2011 5:12 PM

Great pic of the tire flip! How much?

Comment #51 - Posted by: Katie at May 18, 2011 6:02 PM

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!

Comment #52 - Posted by: Bill M. m/46/5'3"/133 at May 18, 2011 6:21 PM

@Matt H,
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.

Comment #53 - Posted by: Hambone911 at May 18, 2011 7:45 PM

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...


Comment #54 - Posted by: matt h - m49 | 5'11" | 188bwt at May 18, 2011 9:43 PM

24 / M / 5'9" / 135lbs

Three rounds for time of:
95 pound Front squat, 15 reps
Wall walk x25 touches
30 sit-ups
Wall walk x25 touches


Comment #55 - Posted by: BC at May 18, 2011 9:51 PM

Okay of all the thing people are talking about on the seemed to mention that GREG AMUNDSON TOOK A TOTAL OF ONE WEEK OFF IN TEN YEARS!!! Are you kidding me!

Comment #56 - Posted by: James Eide at May 19, 2011 3:52 AM

row250m + squat75#x21 + DL75#x21
row250m + squat75#x15 + DL75#x15
row250m + squat75#x 9 + DL75#x 9
time: 12:52

Comment #57 - Posted by: LuisF at May 21, 2011 10:35 AM
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