January 1, 2012

Sunday 120101

Rest Day


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Gary Dinh's Santa Fe home gym.

Registration for the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open launches on Feb 1 - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"CrossFit After Professional Baseball: Finding That Competitive Outlet", with David and Jason Benham, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]

"Setting Specific Goals" with Greg Amundson by Again Faster Equipment - video [wmv] [mov]

Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata 27, Op 90, mvt. 1.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson - The Death of the Old Year.

"Is Self-Knowledge Overrated?" by Jonah Lehrer, The New Yorker.

Post thoughts to comments.

Posted by Pukie at January 1, 2012 5:00 PM

Happy new year to all

Comment #1 - Posted by: Keven pauling at December 31, 2011 5:33 PM

Happy New Year to my CrossFit family!

I hope 2012 is filled with great health and tons of PRs for all of us. :D

Comment #2 - Posted by: AllisonNYC at December 31, 2011 5:48 PM

Hey CrossFit family...just wanted to share with everyone what I found in my Runner's World magazine today...an article on Brian MacKenzie and CrossFit Endurance! I've been reading lots of fitness magazines over the years and finding this article on CrossFit was such a wonderful surprise!! Anyway, just thought I'd share :) Happy New year!

Jennah :)

Comment #3 - Posted by: jennah at December 31, 2011 5:51 PM

Happy New Year to all! Wish you much happiness, good health, and prosperity!

Comment #4 - Posted by: rh at December 31, 2011 6:05 PM

Happy new year to all. It's already January 1st in Okinawa and the world hasn't ended. Not yet anyway.

Comment #5 - Posted by: KaysheeZEE at December 31, 2011 6:18 PM

wow, uhhh, his home gym looks way better than mine

Comment #6 - Posted by: steve scott at December 31, 2011 6:21 PM

the benham burpee immortalized on the crossfit main site.......

Comment #7 - Posted by: baker at December 31, 2011 6:48 PM

Love the Hero WODs. How about next year you do the 12 days of Heroes or 12 Nasty Girls for Christmas.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Shelli Sibert at December 31, 2011 6:53 PM

Rob Orlando needs to go to the Games in 2012!!!! Who agrees?!

Comment #9 - Posted by: J Kirk at December 31, 2011 7:26 PM

Jennah @#3, what issue/month was it?

Comment #10 - Posted by: anthony at December 31, 2011 8:42 PM

what a great new yorker article!

Comment #11 - Posted by: Mauricio Carneiro at December 31, 2011 11:25 PM

Anybody know how to request a hero WOD? My buddy SSG Jorge Oliveira was killed here in Afghanistan 19 October 2011 I would like to get a WOD in his name. thank you

Comment #12 - Posted by: Jon Burns at December 31, 2011 11:39 PM

Wow, love the look of Gary Dinh's Santa Fe home gym..

Comment #13 - Posted by: Steve at January 1, 2012 2:50 AM

Seems strange not to do something on the first of the year, so from CFE ...
W/U: snatch balance form work 3-3-3
WOD: 100 hand rel. push-up, 100 air squat, 100 double unders: 11:20. DUs still troublesome.
Endurance: Row 5 sets of 1min 90%, 1min 50%: 310/299/293/297/301 meters.
Happy New Year to all and best wishes for 2012.

Comment #14 - Posted by: anthony at January 1, 2012 6:18 AM

Anthony, I just got it in the mail the other day...but it's February 2012...I think it's weird how magazines are always a month ahead! So yeah, check it out!


Comment #15 - Posted by: jennah at January 1, 2012 6:20 AM

Thanks Jennah. I hung your tip on the CFE website as well.

Comment #16 - Posted by: anthony at January 1, 2012 7:11 AM

Happy New year!

As a Recovering Alcoholic all I needed to do was read our book to know self-knowledge does me little good! Just because I know I can't drink does little to keep me away from a drink. I can also do a written moral inventory and see how fear runs my life but that alone will do little to keep me for living a life run by self will and fear!

The only way I can get a reprieve from "risk of loss", or in my language self centered fear, is by taking certain spiritual actions and my fear is lifted from me a day at a time.

Goals for 2012: Move towards emotional sobriety and keep working on developing a dope work capacity.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Grant F at January 1, 2012 9:20 AM

Happy New Years to everyone!!

Comment #18 - Posted by: Austin Winter at January 1, 2012 9:31 AM

Happy New Years to everyone!!

Comment #19 - Posted by: Austin Winter at January 1, 2012 9:32 AM

CrossFit Games marathon on ESPN2 all day today. Pretty awesome!

Comment #20 - Posted by: tyson at January 1, 2012 10:04 AM

Nice interview w/the Benham bros. I like the accents.

Comment #21 - Posted by: MDMelissa at January 1, 2012 10:31 AM

Thanks Anthony! Good idea :)

Comment #22 - Posted by: jennah at January 1, 2012 11:23 AM

Sunday musings...

1) New. Happy New Year! I just realized my office is closed tomorrow. Not even a day old and 2012 is already giving gifts.

2) Old. Rafiki: "It doesn't matter; it's in the past."

Amazing how well we remember mistakes, mishaps, faux pas and fluck-ups. It's also crazy how they all come back to us, unbidden, at seemingly random but always awkward times. Out of nowhere a youthful indiscretion with a microphone returns and I am still mortified that those words actually came out of my mouth, in public, over a loudspeaker. I not only have the memory and the memory of how I felt, I actually FEEL it again as if it just happened. Sigh.

But here it is, another New Year. Another chance to re-boot, wipe the hard drive clean of all that kind of stuff after you save the good memories on a little virtual thumb drive. Sure, we learn from our mistakes, at least some of them, and we learn from some of our bad experiences, at least some of them. We should carry forward the lessons, not necessarily the full-blown memory. We can choose to lighten the load, free up some space on the emotional hard drive.

I've given up all hope of having a happier past.

3) Resolution. Fascinating article in the WSJ on New Year's resolutions this week suggesting that you allow a loved one to make a resolution for you.

Whoa. Gutsy move, that.

The article goes on to say that dialogue before and after the declaration is mandatory, and that the loved one making the suggested resolution must do so with extreme kindness while thinking only of what's best for the one so resolved.

We are playing around with this chez bingo. It's apparent that we are incapable of a complete awareness of either our personal strengths or weaknesses. What are we choosing? Well, I finally got Mrs. bingo to do strength and fitness training in October in order to improve her ability to do her sport, and to reduce her chronic back pain (3 guesses what she chose!), so I'm struggling to find another weakness. Mrs. bingo, on the other hand, appears to be paralyzed, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices she could make for yours truly.

Tune in for updates.

4) Newbie. Welcome to CrossFit if you are new here. If you have decided that 2012 is the year that you take your fitness and your health seriously and you have chosen to do that here with CrossFit, we are ready to welcome you.

CrossFit.com is chockablock filled with resources that will allow you to do what we do better and more safely. Spend some time getting to know the stuff on the Main Page, especially the FAQ and the Exercises And Demos sections. You'll be happy you did.

The cyber-gym went live in 2003 and believe it or not, there are folks who have come here every day since then. Have a question about the workout, some exercises, etc.? Cool. Feel free to ask; most folks here will be glad to help. Please realize that almost every question you have has been asked and answered before so be patient after you post. You'll likely be rewarded with lots of help and kindness. Starting tomorrow, as I have done for some years, I will "pre-answer" the most common questions seen here each time a particular WOD comes up (including what a "WOD" is).

Welcome aboard. Fasten your seatbelts.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #23 - Posted by: bingo at January 1, 2012 12:41 PM

M 51
a friend challenged me to complete 16 round cindy today, but I fell short at 15 rounds/3 pull ups. Still think I could have done it if my motivation was stronger. I work out alone at home. Competition at a good gym is a very positive motivator.

Comment #24 - Posted by: bobr at January 1, 2012 4:10 PM

How did Gary attach the pipe for the pullup bar? Just with a pipe flange, or with something more "engineered"?

The gym looks great, but I'm more interested in the how to of it.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Paul at January 2, 2012 11:23 AM

Gary, I second that. I've been looking for different ways to build up my pull-up bar system in the home gym. Yours seems pretty nice but I too would love to know how you built it? Thanks!

Comment #26 - Posted by: Aaron at January 3, 2012 1:46 PM
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