March 25, 2012

Sunday 120325

Rest Day


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Dzendereni School before and after.

CrossFit and Kenya - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

Dispatch 5 from Kenya [pdf]

Posted by Pukie at March 25, 2012 5:00 PM

Amazing. Way to go, CrossFit.

What was that school made out of before? Sticks and what??

Comment #1 - Posted by: AllisonNYC at March 24, 2012 5:44 PM

Whats the story behind the photo please?

Comment #2 - Posted by: tylar at March 24, 2012 7:51 PM

Nevermind, ha, ill watch the video.

Comment #3 - Posted by: tylar at March 24, 2012 7:52 PM

Holy smokes! VERY cool!

Comment #4 - Posted by: Mark & Theresa at March 24, 2012 8:16 PM

@AllisonNYC: I presume sticks, hay, plastic, and fecal matter.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Sam Fisher at March 24, 2012 8:18 PM

Clean water, education, and especially getting to feel like someone cares! Very beautiful gifts to our brothers and sisters in Kenya, and very similar to the quality of gifts you all have shared with me. Thank you!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Doug R. at March 24, 2012 8:23 PM

Awesome job by CrossFit and Glassman for taking on the Kenya project. Much respect.

Comment #7 - Posted by: Joe at March 24, 2012 8:53 PM if we could only get some of these initiatives
in the US, like in the inner city or a reservation. Still,
great work.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Drewa at March 24, 2012 9:43 PM

Yeah, if only there were government programs for poor people in the US...

Comment #9 - Posted by: Matt at March 24, 2012 10:50 PM

Great project and donation from CF. The picture alone doesn't do the project justice. See the story in CFJ but also this blog from the guys who built it.

Comment #10 - Posted by: Dave at March 25, 2012 4:14 AM

24hr AMRAP
50 Shovel scoops
50 Cinderblock deadlifts
50 Sledgehammer hits
50 Drywall Clean and Jerks

Comment #11 - Posted by: Eckers 22/M/6'/189lbs at March 25, 2012 6:47 AM

Nice, but there are many living in poverty in the USA & hand outs have been proven not to end the cycle of poverty. Why not try helping our fellow countrymen first with things like a HQ sponsored membership bursary program for low income families so they to can join in on CrossFit. Let's get our country working and healthy first before worrying about too many other countries.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Dawn at March 25, 2012 7:44 AM

Just another reason why I am proud to be part of this great organization.

Comment #13 - Posted by: William Payne at March 25, 2012 7:49 AM


Comment #14 - Posted by: Richard Meurk at March 25, 2012 8:03 AM

I can't begin to express my excitement and appreciation for what you all are doing! I am a affiliate owner and located in PG County Maryland where 98% of my athletes are of color and a few are from various parts of Africa. It warms my heart to see this type of action being taken and just shows how CrossFit is much more then pukie workouts and PRs! That is why I am so proud to be a part of this community! Keep up the good work and if you ever need anything give CrossFit Laurel a holla!


Comment #15 - Posted by: Curtis at March 25, 2012 8:05 AM

Sunday musings (courting controversy)...

1) Volume. If you undertrain you may not finish; if you overtrain you may not start.

Lotta meat on that bone, especially around Games season.

2) Enabler. One who provides either implicit or explicit support of dysfunctional or harmful behavior.

I am an American physician, a specialist. Universally reviled, and nearly universally acknowledged as being at the root cause of what people regularly call our “dysfunctional healthcare system.” Funny thing, though, but my specialty includes providing ongoing care to patients with chronic eye diseases. I actually bridge the divide between specialty care (highly complex, single–organ surgery) and chronic primary care. Every day in my office I see patients with type II diabetes and other diseases that are at the very least highly influenced by lifestyle decisions.

We do not really have a healthcare system in United States, but rather a sick–care system. We actually do a pretty good job in pediatrics with a well thought out, well–established system of well–baby and well–care visits for the vast majority of children in America. Somewhere after our children leave their pediatricians in their teens the whole concept of well–care seems to disappear. No longer guided by the doctors of their youth, Americans are left to their own to make decisions about where their priorities will lie. This is certainly true of health and wellness.

There is an article on today written by a very well spoken, highly intelligent and intuitive primary care physician from New England in which he cites a couple of examples of patients who got sicker when they decided they could not afford care for their illnesses. His approach disappoints me greatly; the appeal to the emotional is just one more way that our American sick–care system is the great enabler of our Nation's un-well.

Think about it. We actually have the very best sick–care system on the planet. We manage to keep incredibly sickly and unwell Americans alive, and to some degree functional, in SPITE of horrific and horrible health–related decisions on the part of these individuals. Cardiac bypass surgeries and coronary artery stents. Evermore complex oral diabetic medications layered one upon the other. Heroic, simply brilliant surgical interventions to replace the joints of people who managed to double and triple the “load” they were meant to carry.

Our “health care system” not only enables our population to abuse their health and their fitness by rescuing them from their excesses, but in its present and proposed future forms it also insulates them from the responsibility of being healthy. There are certainly a minority of people who cannot afford sick care, but that number is buried by the number of people who choose to not be able to afford either health-maintenance or sick care. You only need to spend one day in a doctor's office watching people finish a conversation on their iPhone ($499 + $100/month) about a game they watched on ESPN last night ($80/month for cable) before heading to the brewpub (smothered fries!), as they walk out to their new car ($500/month) to retrieve their iPad ($699 + $60/month) and catch a quick smoke ($5/pack, 1 pack/day), just before they complain to their physician about how hard it is to pay for their diabetes medicine.

3) DWB. Driving While Black. No matter what the story eventually turns out to be, there is very little that is good that is likely to come out of the Trayvon Martin debacle. Not for the Martin family, not for that neighborhood watch guy, and probably not for society as a whole, at least for quite a while. Why? For the simple reason that it is now 2012, we're still having this conversation, and nobody has demanded change.

Let's go back a bit, shall we? How about a trip to 1979 and suburban Rhode Island. I'm driving the family beater, my close friend in the passenger seat waves at a police car as we drive by on our way to the mall. My close friend, STILL my close friend, happens to be a very large Black man. You guessed it–flashing lights followed by “license and registration (no please).” Why? A version of Driving While Black.

"Come on, bingo. That's ancient history. Things are different now." Well, let's move forward a bit. Dinner chez bingo sometime around the year 2000. My good friend the Rev. Mel and his beautiful wife are joining us at our house for dinner. Mel, a black Baptist minister, drives a bullet-proof Mercedes sedan. Never more than 5 mph over the speed limit. The Woodards were late for dinner. When I teased him about it Mel just shrugged his shoulders and said “DWB.” Even impeccably dressed for a dinner out, Mel was still a Black American man.

Now? I young black man in a hoodie returns from an errand, surely guilty of something until proven innocent. A non-black man approaches the youth, surely someone to be feared until proven otherwise. The fault, my friends, lies on BOTH sides of the conversation. At this late date in history it no longer matters what came first, you know? One side of the conversation needs to openly acknowledge that the vast majority of the other side does NOT participate in violent criminal activity. This part of the community needs to openly acknowledge this and aggressively teach that lesson to people of all ages. The other side of the conversation needs to openly knowledge that their ARE small parts of their community who DO engage in violent crime and to go about the hard work of isolating them as the outliers that they are and shunning them as a pox on BOTH communities.

We need to be done with the blame game. Indeed, indulging in finger-pointing at this late historical stage is also a type of enabling. By taking the easy way out, blaming this one for not fighting harder against unsupportable prejudice or pointing the finger at that one for some weak justification for criminal behavior is quite simply enabling the prejudiced and the predators to continue their pathologic behavior patterns.

NONE of us could have influenced the tragic outcome of that encounter In a random Florida neighborhood. ALL of us...Black, White, and other...have the duty and the responsibility and the ability to do the hard work necessary to prevent what STARTED it.

Start now.

I'll see you next week…

Comment #16 - Posted by: bingo at March 25, 2012 8:38 AM

Way to go CrossFit!

Comment #17 - Posted by: Rob Corson at March 25, 2012 10:41 AM

I am new to crossfit, and I was wondering if the workout it says is all you are supposed to do that day. Is that the full workout, or should I do other stuff as well, such as specific muscle groups?

Comment #18 - Posted by: Nick at March 25, 2012 11:15 AM

Congrats Crossfit HQ, that is an admirable goal and accomplishment. For those who think we shouldn't reach out to other people because they live in a different country, remember we often make the most progress by working on our greatest weaknesses, not improving on strengths. Protectionism creates imbalance.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Brad at March 25, 2012 11:41 AM

Musings in the filter at 0845PST

Comment #20 - Posted by: bingo at March 25, 2012 2:15 PM


Excellent job on paying it forward to an area that is under nourished and in dire needs of resources. I salute you and the other CROSSFIT members in your efforts.


Comment #21 - Posted by: Adrian D at March 25, 2012 3:28 PM

Sciatica issues also affecting the left psoas muscle. Ant suggestions on changing training so I can continue training.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Angiestone 50 yr 115 5'3 at March 25, 2012 4:08 PM

@Bingo -

I always like reading your musings (a statement posted often here; I applaud your maintained stoicism), today I was particularly impressed. My eloquence does not begin to approach your level, so I'll just say bravo to clearly stating a position that often gets implied, but often drowned out by the vitrol that comes with such conversations these days.

The admittance that "we" are not always as righteous as we'd like to believe is the first step. The acceptance that the "they" are not as overwhelmingly "bad" as we like to believe (and I do think people enjoy believing it) is the second step. The willingness to actually open our eyes to the world is the third, and most important step IMHO.


Comment #23 - Posted by: danny at March 26, 2012 1:17 AM

Unreal, congrats on another home run HQ!

Bingo - well said. Thank you

Comment #24 - Posted by: Apolloswabbie at March 26, 2012 7:37 AM

This is GREAT!! Our family has a heart for helping out in Africa. Would love to help out in any way possible!

Comment #25 - Posted by: Kimberly at March 26, 2012 11:40 AM

Love this! Our family has a heart for Africa. Would love to help out where we can!

Comment #26 - Posted by: Kimberly at March 26, 2012 11:41 AM

((A)) IM here waiting for you Milaya Moya.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Andy at February 22, 2013 1:14 PM

(((A))), Thank you very much for uplifting my spirits, I wanted to stay the whole night with you. Sleep good Milaya Moya!I`ll see you Sunday.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Andy at February 22, 2013 10:09 PM
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