December 12, 2011

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Rest Day


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CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Courses: CrossFit Central, CrossFit Miami Beach, CrossFit Southie, Colorado State Patrol Academy, CrossFit The Royal Danish Lifeguards, Captain CrossFit, 810 CrossFit.
CrossFit Coach's Prep Course: Rogue Fitness.
CrossFit Kids Course: CrossFit Brisbane.

"Be Your Own Bodyguard Part One: VIP" with Tony Blauer, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Using Odd Objects" with James Hobart, Austin Malleolo and Russell Berger - video [wmv] [mov]

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Cello Sonata in G Minor.

Guy de Maupassant - After.

"Citizen Scientists" by Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal.

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Posted by Pukie at December 12, 2011 5:00 PM

What an AMAZING weekend! My head was filled with so much CF knowledge it hurts.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Hoke Nunan at December 11, 2011 5:29 PM

Had a great time at the CFL1! I wish it didn't have to end. I loved how much group instruction and hands on application there was. The instructors were knowledgeable, entertaining, fun, and made the whole experience awesome. I have a much better understanding of CrossFit, and I even PR'd on my Fran time :) I highly recommend this certification to any CrossFit athlete!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Celeste at December 11, 2011 6:20 PM

Ha, funny timing on the video. Today I was at gym and saw my 4" PVC pipe that's filled with sand and thought I need to lift some weird stuff soon...

May head to CF tomorrow and take a long trek while carrying my PVC pipe.

Comment #3 - Posted by: brian p m/34/5'8-1/2"/170 at December 11, 2011 6:46 PM

Thanks to Eric, Nicole, Zac, Matt, and Stephane for a very professional well taught course.

Comment #4 - Posted by: jtoops m/27/205 at December 11, 2011 6:50 PM

Thanks to Russell, Ben, Heather, Denise, Jon and Chris. You are all fantastic coaches and all of us at CrossFit Southie were extremely lucky to have you as instructors. And thanks to the CF Southie crew for letting us invade your turf for the weekend! I know that's not easy!

Comment #5 - Posted by: Dan at December 11, 2011 6:54 PM

Great cert and fun weekend! Thanks to Chuck, Mike G, Nicole, Christmas, Sara and Jenni!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Pat O'Reilly at December 11, 2011 7:12 PM

Thanks for a great weekend in Golden for the CrossFit level 1 Coaches Certification Course. At one point I thought my brain would explode from all the information that I was given. The only thing I would do differently would be to make the break out groups smaller. I was very impressed by the quality of instructors at the course. They were very prepared, timely, and always had an appropriate answer to our questions. I am very excited to bring my knowledge back to my family and my gym. I am looking forward to training my children, wife and friends in CrossFit. Thank You!!!

Comment #7 - Posted by: John K. at December 11, 2011 7:55 PM

I learned a lot of new things and enhanced my knowledge on what I already know. The instructors were great and the Captain CrossFit facility was top notch. I recommend this class for anyone interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of fundamental CrossFit principles.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Ken at December 11, 2011 8:01 PM

Thanks to Todd and the staff at CF Central for putting on an awesome course this weekend! Great knowledge put out this weekend!!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Mark Pacheco at December 11, 2011 8:13 PM

I want to thank Todd, Lance, Zach and Lindsey for an amazing L1 Cert this past weekend at CF Central in Austin. Their knowledge, professionalism and dedication to the betterment of the CF community is unparralled. I am stoked to apply what I have learned to improve myself and others. CrossFit has truly been a life changing experience for me and I can't wait to see where it takes me.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Eric Long at December 11, 2011 8:37 PM

Another example of "citizen scientists" in action are both Anthony Watts and Steve McIntyre.

They each undertook 'amateur' investigations into the underlying measurements behind human-caused global warming finding fraud and deceit to be the norm by Alarmist Climate Scientists. Although one such Alarmist Climate Scientist at Penn State University was 'cleared' of accusations of scientific misconduct by the President of Penn State University; that Penn State University President was recently fired for 'clearing' a disgraced football coach of criminal misconduct. Food for thought.

Anthony Watts as a retired TV Weatherman, found that 70% of USA climate temperature measurements are skewed. The weather station temperature sensors were reading too hot due to sensor placement violating the US Weather Service published siting guidelines.

Steve McIntyre as an amateur statistician, discovered significant flaws in the underlying statistics used by alarmist 'professional' climate scientists.

This is summarized rather well in a short two-part short video interview with UC Berkeley Dr. Richard Muller of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project discussing his recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article. Although Dr. Muller stands by the article; he says the WSJ gave the piece a misleading headline. Muller goes on to say that the earth is definitely warming but says skeptics bring up good points and criticizes Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." He also says some scientists are to blame for the confusion among the public on what the truth really is:
Part 1 ...
Part 2 ...

Comment #11 - Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN at December 11, 2011 8:54 PM

Hands Down... Great experience and fun time. So much information and amazing coaches.Thanks to Chuck, Mike G, Christmas, Nicole, Sara and Jenni! You all seriously made this CFL1 Cert fun and kinesthetic. Finally learned how to False grip muscle up and teach it to others.. You all where full of life and a great asset to the CrossFit Community..
MIke H

Comment #12 - Posted by: Michael H at December 11, 2011 10:39 PM

Thanks to the certification staff at the CFL1 at The Royal Danish Lifeguards. You made it an awesome experience! Can't wait to get out at train people. Keep up the great work. Karl, Mads, Oliver, Sophie, Nolan, Jami, Juha - You're all a bunch of Ninjas!!!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Esben at December 12, 2011 2:08 AM

Thank you Todd, Lance, Lindsey and Zach--for the great Level 1 at that amazing box of Crossfit Central in Austin Texas! The insights and subtleties of Crossfit were key takeaways for me. Each instructor provided such value add and insight that will make me not only a better athelete but also a better person. Thank you

Comment #14 - Posted by: Erik at December 12, 2011 4:43 AM

Awesome weekend! :) Thank's to Karl, Mads, Jami, Nolan and all the others at the european team for a great CF-L1 seminar at The Royal Danish Lifeguards!

Comment #15 - Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2011 5:22 AM

To RM3 Frisker FTN:

Just out of curiosity, if the Earth's temperature isn't going up, and what some scientists are calling global warming is just inaccurate temperature readings, why is all of the ice melting? I thought at this point almost everyone agrees that the temp is increasing. The big debate is what is causing it (man-made vs. natural occurrences). Thanks.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Gil at December 12, 2011 5:45 AM

To Chuck C, Mike G, Nicole, Sara, Jenni, and Christmas-top notch experience this weekend. All of you are so full of passion and knowledge and I am so honored to have shared this weekend with all of you. Though brief, it was unforgetable. Thank you. You will be seeing/hearing things from me in the future!

Comment #17 - Posted by: Luke S at December 12, 2011 6:13 AM

Thank you Todd, Lindsey, Lance, and Zach for your plethora of knowledge at Crossfit Central LVL 1 this weekend. I think the best part of the course is that it was geared toward helping us retain coaching techniques for our members. I'm excited to help others help themselves and to help Crossfit grow. Thank you again!


Comment #18 - Posted by: Sonya B. at December 12, 2011 6:16 AM

@comment #16 - thank you for acknowledging that Global Warming might not be human caused.

Would you now care to acknowledge the Earth was even warmer than it is now during the Medieval Warm Period (presumably caused by Viking SUV power sailing boats)?

Would you now care to acknowledge the Earth was even warmer than it is now during the Roman Warm Period (presumably caused by Roman SUV powered chariots)?

Here's a plot showing the temperatures in days past ... ... The swings between hot & cold get even more dramatic if you go back further. Guessing the Neanderthal Woolly Mammoth hunts using SUVs caused the warming several hundred thousand years ago, followed by cooling when their prehistoric EPA instituted green emission controls?

Comment #19 - Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN at December 12, 2011 6:24 AM

What an amazing seminar at Captain CrossFit!! I would like to thank Dave, Kurtis, Lisa and Austin! The energy and passion from all of them was awesome, I learned so much! I can't wait to start spreading the knowledge I have gained.

I am still stoked about getting my first muscle up!

Comment #20 - Posted by: Justin Jones at December 12, 2011 6:50 AM

Any chance I can get the CF Central group photo emailed to me individually? I would like to print it and keep the memory, thanks for the help.

Comment #21 - Posted by: eric long at December 12, 2011 7:14 AM

Great time @ Southie! I'm happy I did the full RE-cert! The L1 Training Team was AMAZING!
:) Thank U !

Comment #22 - Posted by: Missy at December 12, 2011 7:19 AM

Absolutely incredible weekend at the Level 1 Cert at CrossFit Central in Austin! I can't say enough good things about the seminar staff - Todd, Zach, Lindsey, and Lance... thank you! Learned a ton of new stuff and am without a doubt a better CrossFitter having completed the course. Highly recommend the cert!

Comment #23 - Posted by: Nicole T at December 12, 2011 7:23 AM

cf-box wod:

Helen -> 50 c&j for form -> 100 parallette pushups for time

Helen: 9:32 with blue band pullups (guy next to me did 7:04, :13 off his box-best PR, and said "my last run was slow." Yow.)

50 c&j @ 65#, 75# - focus on slow 1st 2 pulls

100 parallette pushups = 4:55.

w/u - 3rounds - push press 45# x 15, 35# sandbag squats x 15, 300m row

c/d - stumble out of box at 6:35am

Comment #24 - Posted by: matt h - 50 179# 1mar11 at December 12, 2011 7:32 AM

I think this article simplifies things a bit. Should ordinary people be allowed to participate in science at some level? Sure, and what scientists would dispute that? Carl Sagan went as far as to say that San Bushman are using scientific knowledge when they track prey, knowledge that they themselves created. And who could argue with the feeling that scientists have an ethical obligation to share data generated using one’s cells, with the people who donated the cells. There’s no question that science too often fails to make its findings and conclusions available to the lay audience so that we can all benefit from it.

On the other hand…. If this new movement is about people with autistic kids who are angry with doctors because they harbor some fantasy that the autism was caused by a flu vaccine, and they’re going to out and prove that; or people who watch too much Fox “News” angry that this climate change “hoax” is being foisted on us by sweaty-palmed liberals fabricating emails and stealing research money, and they’re going to do their own study and prove their bizarre conspiracy theory; or creation “science”… then that’s another matter. IMHO the “data” generated by that kind of pseudo science poses no threat to real science because it’s flaws will be obvious to people who are actually trained and educated. Nevertheless citizen pseudo-science could, in today’s environment, inspire anti-science politicians to cut funding for legitimate science and that would be bad for everybody. But the problem there is politics, not the flaws of citizen science per se.

If we’re going to have citizen science, then we scientists need to step in and help the citizens do science, and understand how to do it. This has been going on for years with things like using volunteers to do species counts or excavate archaeological sites; maybe medical genetics is a little behind on this. For example: when Sharon Terry says, “It’s my data,” she’s showing her lack of familiarity with the philosophy of science and with how science is done. Many people think data are “things” or events. They are not. They are the result of applying observational templates to empirical stuff. The molecules that we identify as “genes” and that reside in Ms. Terry’s body are hers (although she gives it away free every time she puts a used tissue in the trash); the numbers that scientists generated by studying samples of those molecules are data. The data belong to those who paid the researchers to write the research design, run the lab, generate the data, draw the conclusions, and publish the results. This isn’t’ a trivial point. You’ve got to understand this if you want to understand where measurement error comes in, how you control or account for error, how hypothesis testing works, how theories arise, are evaluated, and are replaced by other theories, etc.

Science isn’t some fun little hobby. It is really, really difficult and it takes really hard work. To do it properly takes years of education and training. If ordinary citizens want in, let’s let them in, but let’s give them some better education about it so their contribution will be more meaningful and more useful.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Steve Cole at December 12, 2011 9:24 AM

A huge thanks to Kurtis, Lisa, Austin and Dave for putting on a stellar L1 seminar for everyone! Captain CrossFit loves you guys!!

Comment #26 - Posted by: Tom Leigh at December 12, 2011 9:54 AM

The CF Level 1 Course @ Crossfit Southie was everything expected plus much more. The ability the trainers had to transfer knowledge to all in attendance was top notch. Russell, Ben, Heather, Jon, Denise and Chris were all true professionals in breaking down complex models in order to make everyone understand the fundamentals of becoming a better crossfitter, coach and overall person. Thanks to all of you and especially CF Southie for opening up their amazing box to make this happen. Keep rockin in 2012!

Comment #27 - Posted by: Zak L at December 12, 2011 10:22 AM

RM3 Frisker FTN:
The flaw in your little conspiracy theory is right there in your response. Yes, mean global temperatures have fluctuated in the past. (Btw your little graph is a cartoon; we now have detailed, fine-grained records showing rapid and dramatic fluctuations, with a radiocarbon-dated record that goes back at least 40 kyr.) Yes, the causes of those fluctuations were natural (patterns of overlap in the periodicity of variations in the earth’s orbit, the tilt of the axis, and the wobble around that axis). Yes, there have even been some fairly dramatic fluctuations even within the past 1,000 years (e.g. the Little Ice Age), which were not likely human-caused. You seem to think that all this was discovered by Fox News, but no actually, quaternary geologists are the ones who generated these findings, even before Megyn Kelly’s parents were still learning to spell names.

But here’s what you seem to have overlooked: When Neanderthals inhabited Europe and the Near East, there were no coal-burning plants (gasp!), there were no automobiles (really?), and there was no clearing of land for agriculture (you’re kidding, right?). The world’s population at that time was a wee bit smaller than today: probably no more than a few million. News flash: The world’s population is over 7 billion! News flash: We make electricity by burning coal and natural gas! News flash: burning coal on a major scale began in the Industrial Revolution! News flash: we are in the middle of an unprecedented acceleration of deforestation! Now, look back at your little cartoon graph with these new facts in mind. Do you really think it’s preposterous to propose that human activity in the past 100 years has contributed to global warming? I know your little conspiracy theory is fun to believe, but isn’t truth worth something?

Comment #28 - Posted by: Steve Cole at December 12, 2011 10:27 AM

Wow, using odd objects was NOT what I was expecting when I clicked on the link... tee hee...

Comment #29 - Posted by: mike at December 12, 2011 11:21 AM

Thanks to Steve Cole for providing some informed rationality. I don't know why global warming is so frequently argued on a website devoted to exercise, but it's nice to hear from someone with a science background who can refute some of the opinions expressed on this issue.

Comment #30 - Posted by: scott r. at December 12, 2011 12:34 PM

i have been doing cf for 2 years. i learned a lot more going to this class and learning the foundation of crossfit for the 2 days than i have in 2 years. i highly recommend this course for anyone whether you want to be an instructor or not. GREAT TRAINING GREAT PEOPLE

Comment #31 - Posted by: rube rodriguez at December 12, 2011 12:36 PM

I think a more basic problem is that putting information online for everyone to see means that insurance companies can discriminate simply by googling your name and seeing you have a predisposition for something i.e. heart disease, cancer. They're not supposed to discriminate but if people put the information out there, who says they won't.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Matt at December 12, 2011 1:41 PM

M 51 6'2" 195
Did yesterday's WOD: had to sub 150 lb cleans and regular handstand pushups: 11:40
Then did 100 hand release push ups: 8:00
total time 19:40

Comment #33 - Posted by: bobr at December 12, 2011 3:29 PM

@Comment #28 by Steve Cole:

When I do a "Control-F" using "conspiracy" as the search term, the only posts using "conspiracy" are yours. BTW, "Control-F" is the FIND function built into many browsers (grin**grin).

@ Comment #30 by Scott R:

Crossfit prides itself on:
1) safety
2) efficacy
3) efficiency

For a fitness program (or Alarmist Human Caused Global Warming claims) to have meaning, those three elements must be supported by measurable, observable, repeatable data (what a concept!). Moreover, its methods, outputs, and criticisms must be transparent (not so for Alarmist Human Caused Global Warming crowd), or available for anyone to see and evaluate (not so for Alarmist Human Caused Global Warming crowd). These are the fundamental bases of scientific inquiry and of rational argument and evaluation, and (despite the unempirical, profit-driven nature of so much of the silliness that pervades the fitness industry - or the Alarmist Human Caused Global Warming industry), they are necessarily the requirements of any fitness program (or public policy) that claims to make you fitter (or safer).

See Coach's video "Evidence Based Fitness" in the Journal here ...

Why _EXACTLY_ are so many alarmist human-caused global warming scientists neither open nor keen on sharing their measurements with _ALL_ who ask? Why did a military-industrial complex UC Berkeley Physics Professor have to go back and do all the work all over again, independent of the secretive clowns at both Penn State (we love kids here at Penn State!), NCAR, University of East Anglia, etc.

Why _EXACTLY_ did so many many alarmist global warming scientists have to literally "Hide the Decline" as explained here in four-minutes ...

Comment #34 - Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN at December 12, 2011 9:57 PM

I took the Level 1 CF course. It was GREAT! Joe DeGain & Nadia did an AWESOME job, and they teach well as a team. I have been amazed at the time that Joe takes to perfect technique. My CF experience at 810 has def exceeded my expectations.

Comment #35 - Posted by: Emily Manship, CPT, RYT at December 13, 2011 5:35 AM

RM3 Frisker FTN:
I'm the one calling your idea a conspiracy theory. The term fits perfectly: aren’t you saying there is an international conspiracy of scientists to fool the public into believing a false theory and cover up the evidence that proves it wrong? And to support this claim you cite a reference to some web page created by some other wingnut with no credentials.

Gee, I don't know, why don't you ask all the "alarmist human-caused global warming scientists" why they are "neither open nor keen on sharing their measurements with _ALL_ who ask?" Good luck finding one; I've never heard of or met an "alarmist human-caused global warming scientists" so I have no idea where to find one. Hint: if you stopped using campy rhetorical tricks to talk about the people you perceived as opponents to your conspiracy theory, then your postulations might seem slightly less ridiculous to some.

Are you seriously banking on the idea that all the data indicating global warming and an anthropogenic explanation are somehow being hidden from the public? See, the problem with that is that anybody with two fingers and a computer can prove you wrong in a bout five minutes. Don't believe me? Okay, follow these steps:

1. Peruse/examine/read the Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007) (start here: This ought to keep you busy for a long time, especially if you follow up on the cited studies and read those. And by the way, this is only the most recent summary report
2. Go to the University of Washington Quaternary Research Center webpage and follow the links, such as this one for the International Trans Antarctic Scientific Expedition: Follow the links therein and start reading.
3. As you read, make a list of the references for the studies that you’d like to read more about. Go to a library (one that houses academic journals; not a public county library), look up the studies, and read them.
4. If you live near a major university that has faculty who are actively involved in recent climate change research or global warming, check their departmental web page for any seminars that you might be able to attend. My first exposure to global warming was in such seminars that I attended as a grad student in 1988/1989.

This ought to keep you busy for about, oh, a couple of years. Along the way you’ll be getting into a sample of what’s out there for public viewing. .

Btw, the fourth assessment report is only the latest in a series of assessment reports prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The first report came out in 1990; the second in 1995; the third in 2001; and the fifth is underway. You can check Wikipedia for a nice little description of the IPCC. These are summary reports that synthesize the findings from thousands of studies done in dozens of scientific disciplines in over 100 nations over the past 20+ years.

If you actually follow these steps and still think the data are being hidden, or don’t exist, or are just being made up, I will be able to call you crazy. Right now I just think you’re uninformed.

Comment #36 - Posted by: Steve Cole at December 13, 2011 7:37 AM

rx 11:44

Comment #37 - Posted by: Caleb at December 13, 2011 3:46 PM

Congratulations to all the level 1's! Free Kool-Aid and T-shirts for everybody!

Comment #38 - Posted by: adam smith at December 13, 2011 6:02 PM

That article reminds me a LOT about Dr. Art Robinson, and the article that was written about his situation, namely that it's illegal to do analysis on human blood (or other) samples, but essentially the same equipment is used for studying animals in veterinary clinics for less than 10% the cost.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Matt DeMinico at December 14, 2011 1:17 PM

I had an amazing time at CrossFit Southie this past weekend. The instructors were awesome! Thank you so much for making learning fun and being so hands on. Yeah I passed the test!

Comment #40 - Posted by: Kelly at December 15, 2011 8:01 AM

My experience at Captain Crossfit in Prescott was great. Thanks Kurtis, Lisa, Austin and Dave you were all very professional and thoughtful in everyway. You deserve a standing O!

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