June 7, 2011

Tuesday 110607

Rest Day


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Kabul, Afghanistan.

"Grocery Shopping" with Nick Massie, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

The Regional Update 2.3 - video [wmv] [mov]

Beat the Streets fundraiser highlights by Again Faster Equipment - video [wmv] [mov]

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No.9 Mvt.4 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Seamus Heaney - Mid-Term Break.

"Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $100K To Quit College, Start Businesses" by Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company.

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Posted by lauren at June 7, 2011 5:00 PM

That was a fantastic update show, folks.

And a beautiful, terrible poem.

More better faster

Comment #1 - Posted by: Marty at June 6, 2011 5:29 PM

Can't get enough of Rory's actions at the end of the update vid. Ha, Ha, Ha.

Comment #2 - Posted by: brm at June 6, 2011 5:42 PM


Great video - some really good information there. But more importantly, where did you get that sweet shirt?

Thanks for rockin' CF MPLS.


Comment #3 - Posted by: Tyler at June 6, 2011 6:04 PM

Fantastic video footage, Patrick :)

Comment #4 - Posted by: Denise. T at June 6, 2011 6:45 PM

I doubt the legitimacy of the photo. I actually think it's staged - as if the subject wanted only to submit something for HQ's publication. I've never seen anyone PT while wearing a weapon and no shirt. Seems unsafe. Any other vets care to weigh in?

Comment #5 - Posted by: phil at June 6, 2011 8:08 PM

Damn I wish I was in the suck right now.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Pär Larsson at June 6, 2011 8:32 PM

Love the Mahler! :)

Comment #7 - Posted by: Alicia at June 6, 2011 9:24 PM

@ Phil, If I was in Kabul I would wear a gun if I was in the bathroom taking a dump. Its a cool picture, a holstered Glock (Appears to be) that wont go off unless you pull the trigger. What is so unsafe? And who cares? I am speaking from experience as a firearms expert and Police Officer.

Comment #8 - Posted by: JT at June 6, 2011 10:19 PM

Seems unsafe?! Huh? Like the weapon may spontaneously discharge? Wow.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Monty at June 6, 2011 10:21 PM


Where do you think it's safe in Afghanistan where you don't have to carry your weapon? I disagree with your statement. We know where he's at, but do you know exactly where he is located to do PT where you don't have to carry your weapon! I'm at a location thank goodness where we dont have to if we workout. Some FOB's are located where I would feel unsafe without one by my side. Always have it then to not have it! I'm just say'in. For everybody who is out there stay safe! Stay Alert Stay Alive!


Comment #10 - Posted by: Alex at June 6, 2011 10:27 PM

Every photo taken for HQ is staged.

Comment #11 - Posted by: mbp at June 7, 2011 1:45 AM

@ The Awesome VET. So people overseas actually work, some of us with guns. We had a 1/2hr to kick between missions, so Bryan went to get a quick workout in, I took a few snaps, and my Teammate, the guy that took this one ran up, took about 5 Seconds worth of shots then went to work. "I" did get a few posed shots of him in that outfit, The clothes he was wearing were work clothes, shirtless, because who likes get sweaty then go to work. The Glock, anyone whose weaved a pistol through belt loops knows that if you're only taking it off for about 30mins, you might as well just leave it on. And it helps keep your pants up. As far as it being unsafe, obvious you're not one of the "Cool Guy" vets. I bet you didn't even have to wear one at work; "unsafe", give me a break.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Hannibal at June 7, 2011 2:06 AM

Grocery shopping at Whole Foods? A bold financial move.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Emily at June 7, 2011 3:36 AM


I don't know about staged, but he's definitely not your average infantry guy in the suck. More likely a contractor/operator, works out with his sidearm and 5.11 pants, pisses excellence, all the usual operator stuff.

Comment #14 - Posted by: John at June 7, 2011 3:57 AM

@ Phil

That shot was not staged. We had 30mins between missions, Bryan was hard up to get a work out in. So he took 20 mins, anyone who has ACTUALLY worked in this environment knows it's a pain in the ass to un-weave and weave a holster on and off, and for just 20mins, might as well keep it on. Shirt off, who likes to sweat up a nice dress shirt. My teammate that took that particular photo, actually got about 5 seconds worth of shots. I admit I did get a few staged ones, this however was random. As for unsafe, I'm guessing you didn't fall into the "cool guy" vet category, any gunslinger knows what will set a gun off and what wont. Yes thing go wrong and malfunction all the time, but from the holster, give me a break.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Hannibal at June 7, 2011 5:18 AM

i wanna get crossfit produce certified too!

Comment #16 - Posted by: eat the worm at June 7, 2011 6:18 AM

Love the article, college is so over-hyped it's pathetic.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Matt DeMinico at June 7, 2011 7:45 AM

to the site developer:

I'd like to see a time/rep post wall seperate from the comments wall.

It's frustrating to read through all the unrelated comments when all I want is to compare myself to other crossfit enthusiasts.



Comment #18 - Posted by: RyanG at June 7, 2011 7:46 AM

Oh no! Corn isn't a veggie.. ;)

Comment #19 - Posted by: Sean at June 7, 2011 7:49 AM

Would love to be able to survive a workout like this...

Comment #20 - Posted by: KEVIN at June 7, 2011 8:02 AM

Would love to be able to survive a workout like this...

Comment #21 - Posted by: KEVIN at June 7, 2011 8:02 AM

Missed a couple days over the weekend. Did a 21-15-9 today of 1.5 Pood KB swings, GHD situps and push ups. Note to self: This combo produces higher amounts of nausea.

Comment #22 - Posted by: preacherman at June 7, 2011 8:22 AM

kids are awesome. the future...train them up!

Comment #23 - Posted by: danlau at June 7, 2011 9:08 AM

Did Regional WOD #6, details there.

Comment #24 - Posted by: bingo at June 7, 2011 9:24 AM

Did Sevens Today. I done them before in the past, but scaled down with 1.5 pood kb, 225 dead lift, regular push ups, 95# thruster. My scaled time was 28:30.
Today I did the Sevens as Rxed,. I got 47:13 for time, and in trouble with my heart at the end. I started getting a rapid heart rate , I some how triggered my anxiety attacks I used to get years ago. It really freaked me out. Im not sure why they got triggered today. I been doing crossfit for almost a year now. So im in pretty good shape. Thank goodness i didnt have a heart attack lol. Im happy I finally did it as rxed.

Comment #25 - Posted by: DamonWV at June 7, 2011 9:37 AM

What are peoples opinions on the best Oly lifting shoe?

Comment #26 - Posted by: Todd at June 7, 2011 10:15 AM

Did 5.24.2011 swim + pushup WOD...time over there. Knew I could smoke this one...

Comment #27 - Posted by: matt h - 49m - 5'11" - 185bwt at June 7, 2011 10:20 AM

AWESOME job by steve, his staff, and all the kids at steve's club. We seem to get caught up in "ourselves" and what we have accomplished through "crossfit". It's refreshing to see a person giving of themselves and providing a sense of hope to our youth.

Comment #28 - Posted by: steve price at June 7, 2011 10:30 AM

Suggestions on how to find a Crossfit-savvy doc and physical therapist in Seattle area, for post arthro knee rehab?

I'm not affiliated with a box (work out at local Y).

If this request for help is best posted on CF.com Discussion Boards, please advise.



Comment #29 - Posted by: matt h - 49m - 5'11" - 185bwt at June 7, 2011 10:47 AM


5K: 27:35

Comment #30 - Posted by: mom to five at June 7, 2011 12:07 PM

Just a note for the commentators (an excellent review of the regionals, by the way - you could all go pro on TV!): I am pretty sure that while they spell it "Island", those competitors that have it in their team name would pronounce it "Iceland".

Comment #31 - Posted by: Remy Tompkins at June 7, 2011 12:22 PM

article on main page of Fox news today about best and worst diets... zone and paleo finished last in every category. Which ones finished first? Weight Watchers and Jenny Criag. Hmmmm. wonder who the "experts" were the did the study and who was funding it? Find me a weight watchers meeting full of people that look at good as a crossfit crowd. LOL

Comment #32 - Posted by: anc at June 7, 2011 12:54 PM

Made up last wed power clean wod
But did full squat cleans:

145 powered- 145 full squat-145 failed-145 full squat.
Then 95x3 for a down set.
I would guess that is a pr for me as I dont believe I have ever done singles.

Laura f/48/5'7/150

Comment #33 - Posted by: power-girl at June 7, 2011 2:47 PM

Every crossfit video should be an AllisonNYC video

Comment #34 - Posted by: Andrew at June 7, 2011 4:47 PM

Just watched the beat the streets video. Great stuff. Keep up the good work!

Comment #35 - Posted by: robert kerr at June 7, 2011 5:38 PM

30-20-10 of
15# ball slam
ring rows
ring rows took most of the time
on ring rows shoulder aprox 30cm higher than feet

Comment #36 - Posted by: LuisF M/38/1.64/73 at June 7, 2011 8:18 PM

The poem could not be written by the parents of the dead boy. How could it? For the brother: a tragic, steering, potentially damning episode in his life history. but still a young life that could and would continue. For the parents (of whom the dead boy is flesh and blood and life itself): a calamitous terminus that must be hidden (...after a time...) for the sake of the other living son - but a terminus all the same (finem vitae futurum).

Comment #37 - Posted by: Prolix at June 7, 2011 8:39 PM

Like 6 months ago, the WOD asked for your favorite poem and I sent in Mid-Term Break. Glad to see HQ has excellent taste in poetry, haha! But that last line is artistic perfection. So devastating.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Aidan Carr at June 8, 2011 5:42 AM

@Hannibal...I liked the photo...brought back good memories of my team...did plain-clothes stuff in the same environs, similar conditions, and appreciate your service. Kabul's been dicier in recent weeks...stay safe.

For the folks not used to Afghanistan and other combat zones, it's not totally to drop everything to the "first line" and get some PT...particularly on long and somewhat silly days of doing details or the constant, day-long ebb and flow of events. By the way, for the gun-uninitiated who thinks this may be an unsafe practice, just think about what actually happens on an op..."PT with a weapon" is just another term for an operation.

Drop the mag, clear the pipe, and get some work done on the rope...hoo-yah.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Jason at June 8, 2011 10:03 AM
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