August 12, 2012

Sunday 120812

Rest Day


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"I live in the midwest and recently went hiking in Colorado. My endurance was way above previous years and no muscle soreness post hike. CrossFit is my new style of living."
- Paul Linville

"Health And Wealth" with Coach Glassman at the CrossFit Tour, Big Sky Montana - video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"If It Doesn't Say CrossFit, It's..." by Dale Saran - free CrossFit Journal article [pdf]

Posted by Pukie at August 12, 2012 5:00 PM

Thank you, Coach. A thousand times, thank you.

Comment #1 - Posted by: Nicole Smith at August 11, 2012 6:09 PM

I like this WOD a lot

Comment #2 - Posted by: John at August 11, 2012 6:29 PM

age 22 bw 170

Coach, I have been following this site like religion since 2005 and that video was possibly the best and most inspiring I have ever seen from the archive - right there with the opportunities parts 1-3.

Thank you for everything you have done for us. I hope everyone realizes that we are a part of something truly special.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Chris S at August 11, 2012 6:33 PM

Great talk by GG..I'm the shoes too.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Scott Hunter at August 11, 2012 7:08 PM

I'm becoming a very big Glassman fan

Comment #5 - Posted by: Sean at August 11, 2012 7:10 PM

Great article. I've got to renew my Xfit Journal subscription.

Comment #6 - Posted by: D-ron at August 11, 2012 7:12 PM

Great Talk by GG - waiting for a "We Built This" Crossfit Commercial countering/mocking the Obama "You Didn't Build That" foolishness. Would especially like an affiliate owner duplicating a GG arriving at oh-dark-thirty, in the morning fog, pulling up the roll-up door, cleaning the toilet, mopping the floor, etc - all without gov't help but plenty of gov't interference with respect to zoning and event permits and the like.

Comment #7 - Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN at August 11, 2012 7:31 PM

I've been re-watching all of Greg's lectures in the Journal recently, and with this video included, all I can say is the guy's a f%ck!ng genius.

I couldn't be more in support of CrossFit and the affiliate model. I think it's great of HQ to be posting this video right now.

And it's awesome to see coach looking so well.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Mark at August 11, 2012 7:47 PM

LOL, hey D-ron did you read the trade mark PDF?
I'm not hating, I thought it was funny "Xfit"
Watch out for the CrossFit MIB.
To funny.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Nick R. at August 11, 2012 9:38 PM

Is that picture of Mt. Sherman near Leadville?

Comment #10 - Posted by: Jeff N. at August 11, 2012 9:46 PM

Thank you so much Coach Glassman. You saved my life. You are my hero!

Comment #11 - Posted by: Tj in MT at August 11, 2012 9:54 PM

Coach = “The government is best which governs least.”

Anthos = “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”

Comment #12 - Posted by: Hari at August 12, 2012 5:31 AM

That mountain is naked. Another rest day controversy...

Comment #13 - Posted by: Pinnacle at August 12, 2012 5:59 AM

Great Xfit article.

Comment #14 - Posted by: CalmLikeaBomb at August 12, 2012 6:20 AM

travel WOD

8 rounds 500m, 2 minute rest
100 push ups
100 situps

Comment #15 - Posted by: Mazzone, Chantilly at August 12, 2012 8:18 AM

Sunday musings*...

1) Chatterbox. A week in a bathing suit has made it painfully obvious that I have spent more time recently talking about CrossFit than actually doing CrossFit.

2)Maintenance. Standing still is expensive, both literally and figuratively. There is a cost involved in maintaining your position. Any position. In an economic sense this may be why there is so much strum und drang about the middle class (whatever that is) “falling behind.” It takes effort and it takes resources to stay in place. Kinda like swimming into the current when there’s always a current. Human nature seems to prompt us to look ahead, look beyond our status quo toward a next, new level, and to forget what it took to get, and stay, here.

It doesn’t work that way, though, in your little economic world for sure, and in our little personal islands of fitness, absolutely. It’s hard work to stand still, and sometimes it actually gets harder to do so over time. Who among us hasn’t learned the lessons taught by measurable, observable and repeatable fitness tests? Your “Fran” PR is a moving target that reflects your on-going effort, your on-going exertion. If you don’t do the work your 2 year-old 2:30 “Fran” is unlikely to still be a 2:30 “Fran”.

Perhaps this is why there is so much reported angst in the “middle class” about “falling behind.” Hard work got most folks there, and it actually takes hard work to stay there. This seems to be a recent development to some folks, like it’s somehow news. Is there truly a decrease in what the middle class actually has? Is what the middle class has somehow not enough? By and large we all have what we need, so where does this feeling of falling behind come from?

It’s all about the want vs. need continuum. It may actually be harder to obtain what we want now, or to move to that next level of convenience where what we want is obtainable, reachable. It’s hard to know if this is actually the case, but I will grant that it’s easy to see how folks feel this way. People who not only have each and every conceivable need covered and then go on to publicly cover the most outrageous wants (see below) seem to make us yearn more for, well, more. Our side of the solution also lies along that want vs. need continuum of course: once you have what you need simply want what you have.

Maintaining that probably won’t be as much work.

3) Virtue**. Is there truly a bigger gulf between the middle class (whatever that is) and the rich nowadays? Frankly, from a factual standpoint, there is no way to; traditionally the rich were pretty secretive about the extent of their riches. It sure feels that way though, doesn’t it? Why do you think that is, anyway? My bid is this: there is now a disconnect between financial success and what we might call traditional American ideas of personal integrity.

Certain things have been the same for all time. “The rich are different from you and me; they have more money.” Duh. What is different, I think, is not only how much money some folks have made and how rapidly they have made it, but also how they have behaved once they’ve gotten it. There’s a smugness about a segment of the newly rich. It’s like they got away with something, they know some inside joke that we don’t. Many of them didn’t really make anything, build anything, create something new that we can get our heads around, actually see. The wealth is just as difficult to get our heads around because it happened so fast and grew so large and came from…what, exactly? What, exactly, is a CDO, and what does it look like? It doesn’t seem like it really came from work.

There’s a concept banging around that is a partial explanation for Happiness, the concept of “earned success.” I think that’s a part of our disconnect with this new wealth, that it happened so quickly and seemingly with so little effort, that it somehow wasn’t earned. We’d all be pretty OK with this if things then went on like they did once upon a time with the wealthy of yesteryear who were a bit less self-congratulatory in their consumption. I find it so much easier to look upon the success of another in comfort if I can see at least a modicum of virtue in their post-success behavior.

Ah, there it is. That’s what’s eating at us. What’s missing in all the public folderol is the expression of traditional American virtues that once-upon-a-time at least appeared to go along with wealth. Self-restraint. A sense of seemliness. A kind of public personal integrity and concern for those who depend on you in some way or another. Once upon a time, if you became wealthy, that not only bought you the ability and freedom to do pretty much anything, it also came with a stern moral obligation not to take advantage of that. At least not in the unseemly way we see this new wealth chase and then consume their wealth.

The unseemly behavior, the lack of self-restraint, is absolutely impossible to ignore unless you do not own a TV, cell phone, computer, or receive a newspaper. Movie stars and media moguls of yore lived in large homes that still were recognizable as houses; now they live in small villages that cost somewhere north of the GDP of Sudan. Wealthy bankers had an apartment with a view and a weekend view with a bedroom; now they Trumpet centi-million dollar addresses and weekend on a private island. Let’s not even get started on the unseemly segment of our upper crust who become and remain rich and famous simply by being rich and famous. Ugh.

Not all in this new group of the wealthy behave this way, of course. There is still a sense of stewardship, a kind of net fidelity to a standard of propriety from a time gone by. There are still those who have succeeded who seem to remember what it was like before their success, who seem to remember the rest of us who have yet to succeed in such a grand way, who tend to think more openly about people who depend on them, and tend to act in such a way that we know they are interested in more than their own next success. They are interested in OUR next success. OUR ultimate success. OUR chance to build wealth. Sure, they have the freedom to do pretty much anything they want, and who knows, maybe they do. Publicly, though, what we see is self-restraint. What we hear is an open concern for others, an open acknowledgement that they are concerned about the wellbeing of the others who depend on them.

Like that trainer from Southern California who launched this CrossFit thing that produces health in the folks who buy it, and at least a chance for wealth for the folks who provide it.

I’ll see you next week…

* Written yesterday AM. I swear.
**Inspired by Charles Murray.

Comment #16 - Posted by: bingo at August 12, 2012 8:27 AM

@Jeff N. Looks like either that or Torreys peak to me

Comment #17 - Posted by: ryan at August 12, 2012 9:05 AM

Musings in the filter...

Comment #18 - Posted by: bingo at August 12, 2012 9:11 AM

Thank you again Coach Glassman. You are MY hero.

Comment #19 - Posted by: TJ in MT at August 12, 2012 9:40 AM

Awesome comments Coach! Where can I get one of those shirts?

Comment #20 - Posted by: Glenn at August 12, 2012 12:27 PM

Great photo, great hike I am sure.

Comment #21 - Posted by: sebastian m/43/180/6'2" at August 12, 2012 4:57 PM

Thanks for the thought exercise, Bingo. We used to get opportunities to exercise our brains on rest days. Not so much anymore. I am afraid the main page has also changed just as the new rich you wrote about.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Bailey at August 13, 2012 5:16 AM

Looks like Quandary Peak to me!

Comment #23 - Posted by: Andy Scott at August 16, 2012 3:15 PM

Get ye a box. I love it!!!

Comment #24 - Posted by: Adam Stolen at August 27, 2012 12:03 PM
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