April 22, 2012

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Rest Day


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Poster at St. Jude. CrossFit For Hope Fundraiser, June 9th.

"Killing The Fat Man: Episode 3" with Gary Roberts, free CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

Greg Glassman visits CrossFit Sawmill Part 1 - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

Posted by Pukie at April 22, 2012 5:00 PM

"After all at the end you get stronger and you understand life and you take it as a gift." Amen.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Kevin D at April 21, 2012 5:51 PM

CrossFit Sawmill - what it's all about! Excellent job guys

Comment #2 - Posted by: Todd Lynch at April 21, 2012 6:27 PM

I have recently started Crossfit and my son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 3. He's still in treatment now and will be for at least another year.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that is participating in the Crossfit for Hope Fundraiser on June 9th. St. Jude's does much research and they are the frontline for life saving treatment for children.

On a side note, the Warrior Dash is also teamed up with St. Jude. So I would encourage any participating in that to look into it as well. My wife and I will be running our first this summer. :)
-Semper Fi

Comment #3 - Posted by: D P at April 21, 2012 8:14 PM

thank you Crossfit family and mobility wod. by far the best resource for multiple areas of fitness.

Comment #4 - Posted by: B New at April 21, 2012 8:52 PM

another endurance F***er, lol Gary that is classic, gonna have to steal that for my post WOD celebrations

Comment #5 - Posted by: j-n-ca at April 21, 2012 9:00 PM

We found out two days ago that my wife has breast cancer. With all of the fear and uncertainty, i know there isn't anything that she cannot overcome. Perfect timing for this post.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Cp rich at April 21, 2012 9:00 PM

I can't get enough of Gary and his ability to know that he is fat and out of shape and is actually doing something about it. This is better than the biggest loser. HQ you have a hit with this one.

Comment #7 - Posted by: lilA at April 21, 2012 9:01 PM

Gary, you motivate the s**t out of me brother. Keep it up!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Lincoln at April 21, 2012 9:20 PM

Touching poster. We just had Relay for Life at UC Davis and together have raised $77,141 so far!

Comment #9 - Posted by: rh at April 21, 2012 10:02 PM

There have been many epic, enduring, heartelt, and inspiring crossfit videos, but now there is "Killing The Fat Man". Fantastic so far. Keep killing it Gary

Comment #10 - Posted by: Brennan at April 21, 2012 10:30 PM


Comment #11 - Posted by: Rookie at April 22, 2012 3:20 AM

Really appreciate how CFHQ is using it's success to broaden it's influence in making this a better world.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Ron at April 22, 2012 6:53 AM

That picture's really awesome.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Aaron S. at April 22, 2012 6:56 AM

No musings yet? logged on to see what the Bingo had, guess ill check in later.

Comment #14 - Posted by: matt price at April 22, 2012 7:32 AM

@matt - I was logging on to check the weekly musings as well.
Bingo.... where are ya??

Comment #15 - Posted by: Sean at April 22, 2012 7:41 AM

Will check back later for my dose of weekly musings.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Sean at April 22, 2012 7:42 AM

Sunday musings...

1) Convention. Man, it's tough to stay with the CrossFit dietary prescription when you are on the road at a big convention.

Especially when your wine glass never seems to be empty.

2) Trouble. "If you don't go where trouble is likely to happen, it's more difficult to get in trouble." Advice Mrs. bingo and I have shared with the bingo progeny early and often. Called an audible after dinner last night in a strange city and went back to the hotel.

Less trouble likely there.

3) Levon Helm. The drummer/singer for The Band passed away at 71 from throat cancer. In the world of my day job 71 is rather young; Levon's life would be considered rather short.

Cancer of the throat is sometimes just bad Karma, but it's more often a result of not so great life choices. I don't mean to cast aspersions on Mr. Helm for I know nothing of his life outside of his music, but there is a lesson here nonetheless: life is less likely to be short if you choose to avoid those things known to be bad for you.

Simple, yet followed in the breach often enough that it still bears repeating.

4) Kodak. The great photography company is in the midst of a painful, excruciating death spiral. One of the most recognizable corporate names in the history of modern man is winding down to extinction. Why? It's the "buggy whip maker" thing. Kodak thought they were a photography company (buggy whip maker) and failed to realize that they were in the image management industry (acceleration). They fell victim to the creative destruction of the digital age, the age of the internet, and the age of "social".

How does that apply to CrossFit you ask? I think CrossFit is the agent of creative destruction now poised to disrupt an entire industry. No longer an outside, niche whatever, CrossFit is now big enough and has enough momentum that it will likely transform an industry and wreak havoc on traditional, entrenched businesses.

No kidding, bingo. Wow...verrrry perceptive insight on the fitness business. Ah, Grasshopper, but it isn't the fitness business of which I speak at all. CrossFit is sitting at the edge of one of the more entrenched, businesses of all, and it is quite possible that CrossFit will upset the apple cart in a very substantial way, indeed, will be the agent of creative destruction.

The industry, Grasshopper, is health care.

5) Beauty. My two larger worlds (healthcare, CrossFit) are populated in part by extraordinary women. At the moment I am at a convention of my peers, many of whom are women of magnificent talent and accomplishment, just like my CrossFit world. Some of my professional peers and some of the women on the industry side of my world are also quite beautiful. Interestingly, here is where my two worlds diverge.

Beauty in my professional world makes one a target, and comes with an assumption of lesser significance. The prettier the woman the less serious her contributions are assumed to be, and the more she is resented and targeted when it is clear that she is someone who will make a serious contribution to any professional endeavor, be it business related or patient care.

Weird, huh?

This is one more way that our CrossFit philosophy--chase measurable, observable, repeatable fitness--informs our extended world view. I won't embarrass any of the notable female Games athletes by naming names, but we all marvel at their results first, and then notice that they are also very attractive. Some of our best trainers and leaders, people who have made major contributions to the canon of CrossFit training and the growth of the CrossFit movement are women. Very attractive women. What we see of them first is their success, their value, their input.

Nicole Carrol (ANSI accreditation, co-director CrossFit training), Mikki Lee Martin (co-founder, co-director, CrossFit Kids)...these are leaders in our world and we rightly recognize that leadership first. They also happen to be beautiful women, a fact that we certainly don't ignore but rather celebrate.

It saddens me to hear my colleagues lament the treatment they receive in my professional world, treatment that is so very different from how we recognize and relate to beauty in our CrossFit world. I thank the women of CrossFit for the lessons they have taught about true beauty, for being role models for women within and without CrossFit.

I welcome the day when this part of my CrossFit world crosses over into my professional world.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #17 - Posted by: bingo at April 22, 2012 8:43 AM

Musings in the filter around 0840 PDT...

Comment #18 - Posted by: bingo at April 22, 2012 8:45 AM

Back Squat 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 reps: 135-155-175-185-195-200-200(pulled hamstring)-45-45-45.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Alan H. in Kabul at April 22, 2012 11:03 AM

Thank you CF for helping to fuel HOPE within us.

I've said many times to myself while going through cancer and to others who have been diagnosed after me:

"Cancer is like a lion's fight. Let it hear you roar."

Comment #20 - Posted by: Kim Malz~FitMom in CT (F41/133/5'2") at April 22, 2012 12:59 PM

Keep it up Gary!

Comment #21 - Posted by: LurkerSteve at April 22, 2012 3:36 PM

Good to see CrossFit Oakland written up in today's NY Times Bay Area pages. Ran 5k Redwood Regional Park loop 37:59. Then an hour later, picked up wife and 9 yr old daughter, and hiked same loop, part of it barefoot. See a lot more hiking and picked up some random bits of trash along the way.

Comment #22 - Posted by: kevin o at April 22, 2012 4:13 PM

totally out of synch. was feeling very overtrained last week and took a few days off, then did some construction work yesterday. Tried to get back in today: 135 lb snatches (20), 300 push ups, 50 pull ups, 100 sit ups

Comment #23 - Posted by: bobr at April 22, 2012 4:39 PM

That brought me to tears. Like so many, I was diagnosed w/ a primary brain cancer in June of 11, requiring back-to-back craniotomies in June & July. Taking it all in stride, I simply pressed on and treated it like a long WOD. I was CF’ing within two weeks of both surgeries, looking like freak doing it too. Staples in my head the size of a mellon, man it was funny. So many people ask me how I do it, and I simply chuckle privately. Much of my swift and steadfast recovery I link to Crossfit, God, and my family. So, to the community, I thank you; and to the young one who put Cancer on notice, “you motivate me. God bless you young Lion!!”

Comment #24 - Posted by: djk at April 22, 2012 6:11 PM

Having surgery in a week..stage 2+ breast.cancer. i am a coach and thank you for the inspiration for our whole being.. for being on my team....going to be back to Fran, when i can

Comment #25 - Posted by: donnamarie at April 22, 2012 6:45 PM

Gary.. it's inspiring that you really grasp the importance of mental fitness as a mind-body endeavor even at week 2.. nice to see you get out of your head and back into your body.. too boot, your humility is infectious.. Big grin.. Looking forward to seeing more.

Comment #26 - Posted by: April at April 24, 2012 6:24 PM

I want to know how to do this, I've been looking all day and nothing yet... I want to be a part of this!

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