December 14, 2012

Friday 121214

Rest Day


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"'Cute Ass!' I hear it all the time hiking with my donkey, Jasmine. Thanks to my coaches and workouts at CrossFit Purgatory in Tucson, AZ, I am able to hike the beautiful Arizona National Trail. I am 63 and I just finished 30 miles."
-Leigh Anne Thrasher.

"The Rob Davis Story" CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"Meet J.P. Bolwahn" CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

Posted by Pukie at December 14, 2012 5:00 PM

My front squat is nearly as strong as my back squat, is this normal?

Comment #1 - Posted by: Anthony at December 13, 2012 5:34 PM

Great 3 days!!! Definitely tried some new exercises i had never even heard of or couldve imagined. I've been doing Crossfit for 2 weeks, eating right and have already seen dramatic results!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Tony W at December 13, 2012 6:38 PM

Great job Leigh Anne! you are a joy to coach.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Nathan Claridge at December 13, 2012 6:46 PM

Didn't this guy play rugby for Los serpientes? I swear there was a pic of him tackling someone on this page maybe 5 years ago.

Comment #4 - Posted by: Plieb at December 13, 2012 7:07 PM


Yes sir. I played for Mexico in 2009. Loved it!

Comment #5 - Posted by: JP at December 13, 2012 7:50 PM

The Rob Davis story is amazing!

Comment #6 - Posted by: JP at December 13, 2012 7:59 PM

Rob Davis, what an amazing story!! My husband and I can so closely identify with your story. We both lost our jobs in March of this year with a family of four, a home, a new vehicle, and a lifestyle that unemployment could not support. Job searches have been unsuccessful. Our passion led us to create a CrossFit business along with two of our friends. We have had to scale down and invest everything we have, mostly our determination, in order to make our box a success. We have grown over the past few months and are continuing to see growth. I worry at times that this journey will not be successful, but your story has inspired me to keep pushing until we do succeed. CrossFit is changing lives everyday, including our own, and I absolutely love what we do. Thank you for sharing your story!!

Comment #7 - Posted by: Andrea Tapia at December 13, 2012 8:09 PM

Leigh Anne you are a role model and it's an honor to coach you!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Arumayta at December 13, 2012 10:27 PM

Congrats Rob and family! Inspiring story for us new to CrossFit. Thanks for sharing.

Comment #9 - Posted by: Doc at December 14, 2012 4:51 AM

@ #1 Anthony,

I just asked this of my coach the other day, and he says yes, that is absolutely normal! I'm like you, with my max deadlift @215#, max back squat @205#, and max front squat @185#. Another of my coaches is also the same, as are many other people in our box.

Hope that answers your question!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Ariel at December 14, 2012 5:23 AM

Just getting started in crossfit and I was wondering how many of you incorporate yoga (or designated stretch routines) into your workout schedule. And if so, how much?

Comment #11 - Posted by: Zac at December 14, 2012 6:38 AM

great story JP,,, dang I was feeling pretty good about myself now I feel like a slacker ! very inspirational thanks!!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Michael Brooks at December 14, 2012 7:15 AM

I hope I can hike 30 miles when I am 63.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Alan H. in Toronto at December 14, 2012 7:25 AM

Davis story all goes back to the anonymous $8k...sounds like a Jesus miracle to me.

Comment #14 - Posted by: TP at December 14, 2012 7:56 AM

Subbed Blue Flame CrossFit WOD:
For time:
50 burpees
40 pullups
30 WBS (20 lb.)
20 OH lunge steps (20 lb. MB)
10 Power Cleans (155 lb.)

Comment #15 - Posted by: SB at December 14, 2012 8:04 AM

I really liked Rob's story - from the $8K gift, to starting in the garage and then making a very successful CrossFit gym. Many lessons learned - keep up the great work.

Comment #16 - Posted by: steve at December 14, 2012 8:16 AM

Decided to give the 7 minute burpee WOD another go.

Last time: 61

Today: 69

Happy Friday everyone!

Comment #17 - Posted by: Playoff Beard at December 14, 2012 9:22 AM

excited to see what use have in store for us tomorrow :)

Comment #18 - Posted by: jason at December 14, 2012 9:32 AM

Because I have a final exam today I needed to workout to get the blood pumping through my brain. I did the twelve days of Christmas workout.
1 burpee
2 Push Press 75#
3 Front Squat 75#
4 Hang power clean 75#
5 DeadLift 75#
6 double unders
7 Pull ups
8 Pushups
9 sit ups
10 air squats
11 35# Kettle Bell swings
12 (one 500m row)

Comment #19 - Posted by: JTJ/M/28/160 at December 14, 2012 9:46 AM

Great story Leigh Anne. Keep it up!

Decided to do a workout from the OneWorld site today.

12 minute amrap of:

3 clean and jerks at 65% of 1RM. I did 115#
9 toes to bar
20 double unders

6 rounds + 3 c&j + 1 ttb

Thanks Freddy.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/53/5'11"/175) at December 14, 2012 11:22 AM

JTJ- great job on the 12 days. Beat me by 4 minutes!

Hope you did just as well on the final!

Comment #21 - Posted by: Kevin C. (M/53/5'11"/175) at December 14, 2012 3:02 PM

Yesterday's workout, with a twist. Subbed 135# cleans for med ball cleans, 1/2 the RX reps.

25 X 135# clean
5 rope climbs (15')
20 X 135# clean
4 rope climbs
15 X 135# clean
3 rope climbs


Forearms: burning.
Heart, after today's tragedy in CT: broken.

Comment #22 - Posted by: Kyle at December 14, 2012 3:15 PM

Thanks Kevin. I attribute the time to well placed pieces of equipment. As for the final, I do believe I executed it well. Cheers.

Comment #23 - Posted by: JTJ/M/28/160 at December 14, 2012 4:06 PM

@ #10 Ariel,

Thanks for the info, it definitely gives me a little peace of mind knowing that it is normal to have those numbers relatively close to one another.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Anthony at December 14, 2012 4:12 PM


JTJ- how many rounds is that 12 days wod you did? Or is it just one time through?

Comment #25 - Posted by: SeanP at December 14, 2012 4:42 PM

Wondering how to improve rowing. Anyone seen great improvement in their times / form, and if so, how'd you do it?

Comment #26 - Posted by: matt h at December 14, 2012 4:45 PM


Search "rowing" in CF journal and some stuff from the crossfit endurance guys should show up. There is a video with Brian Mackenzie showing proper rowing technique. It helped me a lot.

Comment #27 - Posted by: SeanP at December 14, 2012 4:56 PM

treat it just like the song.
1 burpee; then
2 push presses and 1 burpee; then
3 front squats, 2 push presses, and 1 burpee

Comment #28 - Posted by: JTJ M/28/160 at December 14, 2012 6:37 PM

JTJ- thank you. I am to much of a dunce to figure that out. Big help.

Comment #29 - Posted by: SeanP at December 14, 2012 7:07 PM

I remember Leigh Anne welcoming me to the Morning Uglies, she complimented me on calling her Ma'am. And I'm pretty sure she beat me in a 2 min AMRAP of situps!

Comment #30 - Posted by: gaberock at December 14, 2012 8:02 PM

Thanks SeanP, I'll check out those rowing resources. Anyone else improved their rowing & if so how?

Comment #31 - Posted by: matt h at December 15, 2012 12:03 AM
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