June 11, 2011

Saturday 110611

Rest Day


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Sunghwan Hwang, CrossFit Games Asia Regional

"Programming at Longevity" with John Van Every, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

One hand Muscle-up by George Piwko - video [wmv] [mov]

Alexander Scriabin, Promethee Part 1, Part 2.

Franz Kafka - In the Penal Colony.

"Government Creates Poverty" by John Stossel, Creators.com.

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Posted by lauren at June 11, 2011 5:00 PM

as rx'd! :)

Comment #1 - Posted by: Chris_M/36/5'5"/202 at June 10, 2011 6:08 PM

Kafka is sweet. Everyone knows The Metamorphosis, but his other shorts are great as well. See The Trial.

Comment #2 - Posted by: Mel/38m/5'10"/180 at June 10, 2011 6:34 PM

Would love to have some sort of CF competition in India so our young adults could join in. They would love it!

Comment #3 - Posted by: Rashmi at June 10, 2011 6:36 PM

That was one of the smoothest muscle-ups I've ever seen. I'm impressed!

Comment #4 - Posted by: AllisonNYC at June 10, 2011 6:39 PM

Great work, George. Completely motivating.

Comment #5 - Posted by: M.Conner at June 10, 2011 6:55 PM

Very impressive George!!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Justino at June 10, 2011 7:19 PM

Kick butt muscle up.
People find so many excuses as why they can't do'em, way to prove them wrong.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Robert Fabsik at June 10, 2011 7:32 PM

I personally liked when John Stossel got b-slapped by that dumb wrestler guy bwahaha . . .go ahead and youtube it; i about cried laughing so hard when i first saw it!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Todd Ovall at June 10, 2011 7:33 PM

1. Awesome MU!

2. Stossel for President! Not only should the government stop "helping" people they can also stop "protecting" me at airports.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Sid at June 10, 2011 7:39 PM

What happened to Graham Holmberg? I mean, he won last year's Games, got a huge sponsorship deal and was touted as one of the present and future faces of CrossFit, and...poof! He disappears from the face of the CF planet and Graham's name isn't even mentioned as a favorite for the upcoming Games by ANYONE, as if he never even existed at all. Is he hurt? Will he compete? Did he meet SEAL Team Six (6, VI)?

Graham seemed like quite a nice lad and a very marketable presence for any company who wanted to hire him. What the heck happened?!

Comment #10 - Posted by: J.T. at June 10, 2011 7:43 PM

i hear so many people say why they can't do a particular exercise and then to see a one handed muscle up its so inspiring. kick ass man!! next time someone tries to give me a drawn out explanation about why they can't do squats or pull ups i will show them this video.

Comment #11 - Posted by: matt at June 10, 2011 7:45 PM

George is a beast. I am impressed.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Keith at June 10, 2011 7:49 PM

Nice Work George!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Troy at June 10, 2011 8:08 PM

HOLY CRAP those muscle-ups were BALLERRRR!!

Comment #14 - Posted by: asuderelict at June 10, 2011 8:23 PM

George is a B.A. He truly believes in "NO EXCUSES". Too bad the people at my globo gym do. That's why they're spending 30 minutes on the elliptical everyday while they watch reruns of Law & Order on the TV Screen to keep them... motivated. Keep up the good work, George. Keep pushing. Keep digging.

Comment #15 - Posted by: Jason at June 10, 2011 8:55 PM

Love the article. Cant wait to see how the libs come out and tell us why stossel is a hack and how government is the key to happiness.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Jim at June 10, 2011 9:09 PM

love the muscle up. no excuses, play like a champion! get some!

Comment #17 - Posted by: drew at June 10, 2011 9:24 PM

I love CrossFit because it has changed my life. Indeed, over the past year, I have had to constantly check myself from proselytizing incessantly to my friends and family about its wonders. In all, I could not be happier with the training and support of CrossFit community and am looking forward to my Level 1 certification in 2 weeks.

Even more, I love what the main page has to offer. Videos of advanced CrossFitters completing the same workout I grind through. The cultural selections are great as well (coincidentally, Scriabin is my favorite Romantic composer, check out the piano etudes!).

However, I have recently been disappointed regarding the main page's foray into the political realm. The most recent article, "Government Creates Poverty", follows a recent strain of exclusively fiscally conservative arguments featured on the main page.

My concern is not necessarily with the article's content or even viewpoint. More so, I simply do not understand the need to politicize CrossFit and potentially alienate current and future clients. While the mantra of self-sufficiency and athletic Darwinism strongly parallels the physical programming, there is little to be gained from heavily favoring one side of such divisive, polarizing issues. CrossFit is about physical fitness/lifestyle choices, not the fiscal decisions of Congress.


1) Should the main page desire to get political, they could at least offer equal viewpoints of each issue, thus stimulating balanced and hopefully intelligent debate.

2) Some may disagree, saying CrossFit ought to only support "the Truth" (fiscal conservatism). But what is the other topic to be avoided at the dinner table? Religion. Ought the main page to take a stand here, as well, only supporting "the Truth"? (A bit of a Straw Man, I admit, but it brings me to my next point).

3) Regardless of your own political beliefs (the Truth or not), everyone should at least demand a higher level of academic rigor and inquiry. John Stossel's article provides little evidence beyond comparing vague stereotypes versus a sample size of one. If you want political/economic debates (again, I see no reason for this on the main page), at least source from peer-reviewed journals based on high quality empirical research.

4) "Well, at least we're getting people to think about these issues." Again, if you want to stimulate thought/debate, please frame both sides of the debate.

5) Finally, if the main page wishes to support "making it on your own" mentality, then post inspiring stories. I'm happy for the Lumbees. But you cannot parlay their story into an invincible critique of U.S. social policy via an op-ed.

This unfortunate trend has not driven me from CrossFit or the main page. I love it too much. I love the people, the community, the respect paid to our servicemen/women. But I see absolutely no advantage to politicizing a movement that has the potential to change the way America and the rest of the world lives.

I greatly appreciate any patient and non-aggressive feedback.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Michael Hankinson at June 10, 2011 9:53 PM

Just watched George's video. Truly inspiring.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Michael Hankinson at June 10, 2011 10:00 PM

Appreciate the effort to present a multiple-dimensional site with classical music, existential philosophers and political commentary.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Ron at June 10, 2011 10:37 PM

Truly amazing George. You are the man!

Comment #21 - Posted by: Dan B at June 10, 2011 10:42 PM

Nice George!

Comment #22 - Posted by: Tony Blauer at June 10, 2011 11:17 PM

A rest day WOD? Whats the lbs and reps? And is that something I can do prescribed or can I scale it down a little?

Comment #23 - Posted by: Aaron at June 10, 2011 11:49 PM

Awesome muscle up George!

"ow, you are going for two..." :D

Comment #24 - Posted by: Kevin at June 11, 2011 1:11 AM

Awesome job George!

Comment #25 - Posted by: gary spencer at June 11, 2011 3:56 AM

That is an awesome muscle-up, but I still want to see it done by someone with two hands using only one arm, then the other arm.

John Stossel is spot-on with this one.

Comment #26 - Posted by: Matthew at June 11, 2011 4:18 AM

Nice work George.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Gerard at June 11, 2011 5:25 AM

Hell yeah, George!!! That is awesome!!

Comment #28 - Posted by: Chris at June 11, 2011 5:33 AM

GEORGE FOR THE WIN! Way to erase "I can't..." from your vocabulary, sir. Inspiring and badass.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Justin at June 11, 2011 5:34 AM

That muscle-up video was fantastic! Great work! I wish my muscle-ups were that smooth.

Comment #30 - Posted by: Pat Sherwood at June 11, 2011 5:43 AM

George that is incredible. Does that hurt your right arm at all?

Comment #31 - Posted by: Chris S at June 11, 2011 6:28 AM

Awesome Geo, awesome....I'd challenge everyone to watch this vid next time you're not feeling motivated for whatever reason.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Scott Chlebove at June 11, 2011 6:45 AM

Can anyone explain why CF is choosing to politicize the main page? I really don't care about their political views, but I see very little to gain and much to lose by exclusively supporting one side of a very nuanced debate.

We have the potential to change how America and the world lives. Why jeopardize success with partisan bickering?

Comment #33 - Posted by: Michael Hankinson at June 11, 2011 7:02 AM

#32 Michael Hankinson

Welcome to the CF main page. They throw a "thinking" topic out every rest day in order to work your brain while your body rests. Since this has been going on for years, I don't think it will jeopardize their success. They could just leave the Rest Day post blank, but what fun would that be?

Comment #34 - Posted by: Jim Broun at June 11, 2011 9:02 AM

Michael Hankinson and all other libs who will complain about political posts today....

This is a privately owned page. The owner can post what they choose. Thats a simple example of liberty. Let me guess, you would rather internet pages be nationalized and run/policed by the government so that nothing too one sided could be allowed. How progressive of you. Why not read the article and either post a respectful counter argument with supporting info, or just accept that others have differing views? Stop complaining about the articles.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Jim at June 11, 2011 10:08 AM

John Stossel is great, I have been enjoying his articles and Op-eds for a couple of years now. I generally agree with what he has to say.

@ Michael Hankinson

As to why this sort of content is presented on the Main site page; I think the concepts of the "Renaissance Man" and being well rounded sum it up best. I generally stray away from the liberal/progressive stand point, however the idea of having both sides of a topic framed for intelligent discussion would not be a bad thing.

In short, CF HQ is doing a great job, I love this site, but just like many of us will always strive for new PRs, there is always room for improvement.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Aaron at June 11, 2011 10:10 AM


Comment #37 - Posted by: Cody at June 11, 2011 10:13 AM

I found the Stossel article to be a gross oversimplification of the problems facing impoverished communities. It is not as simple as government=bad, free market= good and to imply so using native american communities as an example is shameful.

All income levels benefit from government programs/ tax breaks/handouts whatever you want to call them. What Stossel is doing is advocating eliminating programs to help the lower class, a selfish republican tactic used frequently to grab more money for themselves.

Comment #38 - Posted by: Ryan at June 11, 2011 10:27 AM

Enough with the politics already. I saw one on here awhile ago about how the New Deal extended the Depression by 7 years. It was misleading because without the New Deal, it would have ended the Depression the same way this recession "ended." It ended for the rich already, but the average Joe is still struggling and the recession is nowhere near over for him-with only one point of view, most people won't know this. That's beside the point though. I love doing Crossfit and martial arts, but, not to be mean, just because someone can squat 500lbs doesn't mean they are an expert on the trade tariff. If I want to discuss politics, I 'll go to the Huffington Post (or if I'm a mouth breather, I'll go to the Daily Caller).

Comment #39 - Posted by: Matt at June 11, 2011 10:29 AM

But, Ryan and Michael Hankinson-you guys are right on! And, by the way, fellow Crossfitters, Google it: your Republican buddies on Capitol Hill are doing P90X-just sayin'.

Comment #40 - Posted by: Matt at June 11, 2011 10:34 AM

@Jim Broun #35
I like the idea of a “thinking” topic during rest days, it’s a great idea to keep things interesting. But I am disappointed that the political “thinking” articles have been exclusively one-sided and contain weak evidence for their claims. If CF is going to present opinion pieces on controversial issues, please offer a variety of opinions. Otherwise, CF’s actions are no longer an encouragement of thought, but an explicit endorsement of ideology.

@Jim #36
I am aware that the main page is privately owned and it is certainly entitled to its opinion. I just do not understand the benefit of using it as a mouthpiece for political opinion.

Comment #41 - Posted by: Michael Hankinson at June 11, 2011 11:15 AM

With all due respect (?) John Stossel is a f'n idiot. C'mon guys this is the same dude that did a whole story on how grass-fed beef is bogus.


He cherry picks little nuggets to criticize. He almost acts "scientific" in his analysis. He is part of the giant media complex, fed by corporations and ratings.

"American groups who are helped the most, do the worst."
Except for rich corporations, in bed with the government, paying to keep themselves on top.

Comment #42 - Posted by: ddm at June 11, 2011 11:23 AM

"weak evidence"...

There is a very extensive history of works supporting self sufficiency, free markets and free individuals and pointing out the lack of efficacy of government action from the last few centuries starting from before Adam Smith. An excellent starting point (in my opinion) for those unfamiliar with this literature is Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions". Whenever a libertarian point of view is espoused in a article posted on crossfit there is a knee jerk reaction from left wingers but rarely an attempt to discuss or refute with facts or argument the points of the article. The idea is to have a discussion, not make the sign of the cross and hide your face and complain.

Comment #43 - Posted by: MVE m/62/5'8"/157 at June 11, 2011 11:50 AM

Ryan #39,

I find it interesting that you feel that all income levels benefit from "government programs/tax breaks/handouts...." Maybe I'm uninformed but please explain how a handout given to somebody else results in a benefit to me. Since I pay taxes but receive no government handouts, where is my benefit? If those who pay no taxes receive the most handouts, where do you think the money comes from to pay for the handouts? And, I also find it interesting that you chose to use the term, "Tax break." A tax break is nothing more than the government "allowing" me to keep more of my own money; how nice-Thank you very much.

Comment #44 - Posted by: Rauterki at June 11, 2011 12:48 PM


Comment #45 - Posted by: Mark Lee at June 11, 2011 12:55 PM


Outstanding MU George. Very impressive. Keep up the SOLID work big guy!!

Sore left shoulder kept me from doing yesterday's WOD, so I subbed for a weighted 5k run for time= 33:47

Did yesterday's WOD today. Posted results there.

Comment #46 - Posted by: James at June 11, 2011 1:00 PM

Mad respect to George Piwko.

Comment #47 - Posted by: Pär Larsson at June 11, 2011 2:02 PM

Just what I was thinking Rauterki,#45. I guess you are supposed to feel lucky they don't take all your income. WOW what a break.

Comment #48 - Posted by: doug Ochsner at June 11, 2011 2:57 PM

Michael Hankinson,

With no disrespect to you, for those of us who have been around for years, we have read your post in one form or another by folks who think these articles are something new that CrossFit is experimenting with. It's not.

This is not a recent foray into politics by the main page or by CrossFit. This is CrossFit. Political articles, leaning toward the right, have been a part of CrossFit for years, basically since the beginning. CrossFit does not seem to be losing much business based on this process as it has grown astronomically while continuing this practice.

While I can certainly appreciate your desire for both sides to be heard, or for there to be no politics at all, again, this is CrossFit. As others have said, refute the articles claims, be that other voice as some on here have done, but this has been and will continue to be CrossFit, love it or hate it.

Comment #49 - Posted by: splinter at June 11, 2011 3:01 PM

Diabolical #34,
I would hope so. I'm a personal trainer and if I couldn't then I wouldn't be doing my job. Crossfitters don't use machines, they are machines. Have a good one

Comment #50 - Posted by: Jason at June 11, 2011 3:42 PM

Wow George great job!

Comment #51 - Posted by: Kevin McClellan 49/195 at June 11, 2011 3:58 PM

I love that CF posted that vid - WAY TO GO BROTHER!!!!
Way to not let ANYTHING STOP YOU!
Inspirational!!! truly..

Comment #52 - Posted by: Steven M. Platek at June 11, 2011 4:11 PM

PM workout:

short WU.

21-15-9 DL-50xSQ-PP WOD:

9:24 rx'd

(3:36,3:22,2:24) at globo.

Comment #53 - Posted by: brian p m/34/5'8-1/2"/168 at June 11, 2011 4:18 PM

#44 and #45...word

Comment #54 - Posted by: Jim at June 11, 2011 4:40 PM

@splinter #55

Thank you for the well-written, level-headed response. I appreciate it and look forward to tomorrow's WOD.

Comment #55 - Posted by: Michael Hankinson at June 11, 2011 5:18 PM

Intersting comments on the article. Spend as much time on as many reservations dealing with as many Native Americans as I have and you would realize that Stossel nails it. TERO policies would be criminal elsewhere in the world and result in tribal members simply milking the system. Tribal members that try to leave and get a good education are often outcasts. The BIA is as much a part of the problem as the way the tribes generally conduct themselves and their business. Between the two, it's pretty hopeless. Unless you've spent some time on reservations and understanding how things work, you have no place in disagreeing with this article. It's not nearly as political as you may believe, either. There's a very significant social issue on the reservations that add to this problem.

Comment #56 - Posted by: bill/52 yo/211/6' at June 11, 2011 9:28 PM

@ #36
You claim to support liberty / free speech but want others who don't share your opinion to 'stop complaining' (i.e. shut up).....that's a curious dichotomy.

@ 45
An incomplete list of the government programs YOU have benefited from: fire and police service, public education, roads. Open you eyes, taxes pay for many important things. On the flip side they are also wasted, often times on the rich and powerful: corn, soybean and oil subsidies to name a few. So when you shake your head as you watch the poor fat wash down his high carb. meal with his 99 cent 2 liter bottle of soda take a movement to ponder why he can afford that but not the apple, chicken breast and handful of almonds he should be eating.

@ 57
I work on a reservation in the emergency room. Upwards of 80% of the patients I see are there due to alcohol abuse. Either they're drunk and beating each other up / driving into each other / falling of a cliff / etc. or their not taking care of their kids or themselves (noncompliance with treatment of both acute an chronic medical conditions). The second issue is primarily caused by mental retardation and or learning disabilities associated with in utero exposure to alcohol. This combined with the generations of US government attempts to completely destroy native's socioeconomic frameworks paints a much more complex picture of the causes for the stagnation evident in reservation than simply "they get free money". Though I would argue the price is quite high and their still paying for it as we speak (for starters you weren't taken away from your parents and beaten every time you tried to speak you native language were you?).

Considering tribal elections and their aftermath: people who's family lost the election lose their jobs to the relatives and friends of those who won.....it sounds a lot like what happens in Washington, DC every two years. Perhaps that is why nothing much changes there, regardless of which party is in power.

Comment #57 - Posted by: blindeye at June 12, 2011 2:00 PM


Please point out to me where I said that I don't benefit from government programs. Go back and re-read my post. I asked to be shown just when and how I receive a benefit when it is I who pays for the handouts. I did not complain about having to pay taxes for the infrastructure items you mentioned. My eyes are wide open and what I see is a laundry list of government programs that have done nothing but keep the poor people poor (All at my expense) and reliant upon others. I'm tired of it dude and so are a lot of other people......

Comment #58 - Posted by: Rauterki at June 12, 2011 3:37 PM

George Piwko = indomitable spirit + fire breather!

Amazing job George!

Comment #59 - Posted by: Phoenix "No Longer an Infidel" at June 12, 2011 4:34 PM


I did, maybe you should:

"I find it interesting that you feel that all income levels benefit from "government programs/tax breaks/handouts...." Maybe I'm uninformed but please explain how a handout given to somebody else results in a benefit to me. Since I pay taxes but receive no government handouts, where is my benefit?"

Maybe you didn't mean to say it the way you did, but you lumped it all into one pot. Cops, firefighters, public schools, roads all those things benefits from our tax dollars.

Is there waist in government? Tons. Has either side done much of anything about it? No (go back and check, even under the late / great Ronald Reagan government spending increased). Of course there is the Ryan bill...we'll see how far that one goes, but last I checked a lot of people don't want medicare (a social program) turned into a voucher system.

I can think of a lot of programs we should nix, in fact I mentioned some of them in my first post. But there's a sea of good that EVERYONE in this country benefits from that is funded by taxes and a host of people who claim all taxes are bad. Next time you should construct your argument in a way that doesn't lump you into that group.

Comment #60 - Posted by: blindeye at June 12, 2011 5:09 PM

Maybe THIS will help you out: I merely copied and pasted what a previous writer had submitted ("government programs/tax breaks/handouts...."). Then, I asked for an explanation as to how a handout given to somebody else benefits me ("please explain how a handout given to somebody else results in a benefit to me"). Next time YOU should stick to the point in question (Or, go ahead and start a new discussion). At no time did I even mention that I was against responsible spending or infrastructure. However, YOU chose to bring up things into the discussion that I clearly did not address.
I have absolutely no problem paying my share but I do have a problem with having my money wasted on programs that do nothing to truly benefit people. I also have no problem with government spending as long as it's done responsibily.
Time to go to work...millions on welfare depend on my money

Comment #61 - Posted by: Rauterki at June 13, 2011 8:05 AM

@Michael Hankinson:

Thank you so much for so eloquently saying what I've been thinking for a long time. I love crossfit, but I think this website does itself a disservice by consistently presenting a single side to every argument. If the owners are truly interested in cultivating an intelligent debate then maybe they should try posting something with an opposing viewpoint every once in a while.

Comment #62 - Posted by: Sam at June 14, 2011 10:12 AM

Yeah I agree. Some pieces by Mao or Che or Krugman would be nice from time to time.

Comment #63 - Posted by: XAF at June 15, 2011 5:26 PM

Deep thought! Thanks for coigbirutnnt.

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