December 30, 2012

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Rest Day


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CrossFit Hardcore.

"Killing the Fat Man: Episode 12" with Gary Roberts, CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"Beyond," by Cale Glendening with Joey L., Vimeo.

Posted by Pukie at December 30, 2012 5:00 PM

Girls with bruised/banged up shins are hot! just sayin...

Comment #1 - Posted by: Russ Mock at December 29, 2012 5:13 PM

What up HardCore!!!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Chewie at December 29, 2012 5:36 PM

Yowza Yowza Yowza

Comment #3 - Posted by: JeffW at December 29, 2012 6:24 PM

Hubba hubba! Love the "knee" comment :P

Comment #4 - Posted by: Lan at December 29, 2012 8:16 PM

Anyone can do crossfit! If I can do it, anyone can do it!!!!'

Comment #5 - Posted by: Amy Holm at December 29, 2012 8:42 PM

Whats up crossfit HardCore I have been doing some WOD's here in mexico

Comment #6 - Posted by: Canada at December 29, 2012 9:38 PM

Hardcore represent! Props to my girls... I seriously doubt they will rest today. See y'all at open gym in a few hours

Comment #7 - Posted by: Pauly d at December 29, 2012 9:46 PM

Building home gym. Obtaining a barbell is the last piece of the puzzle. Does anyone have any advise on purchasing barbells and weights for crossfit. I.e. Brands, quality, or personal experience with various brands. Thank you in advance.

Comment #8 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 29, 2012 10:08 PM

Love the Killing the Fat Man series!

Gary Sr. looks so much more mobile than his first workout, I was wondering how he was doing. Absolutely awesome progress, really inspirational.

And the ladies are nice too ;)

Comment #9 - Posted by: Terrence O at December 29, 2012 10:38 PM

#8 hey hollyhog. I am a garage crossfitter myself. I recommend getting on because they have evertything you need. Very good quality, kinda pricey, but super reliable. They have a squat rack with a pullup bar, and plenty of bumpers. That and a set of rings will get you started. I really like their stuff because it is easily geared towards setting up your own personal box in your house. Enjoy!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Perry at December 29, 2012 11:08 PM

Hollyhog, check out That's where I purchased everything for my home gym. No complaints.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Matt at December 29, 2012 11:54 PM

"Donut," "Bacon," and "Possum" representin! Those are some bada$$ chicks right there!!

Comment #12 - Posted by: Triple F at December 30, 2012 2:45 AM

We made the main site! Love my girls and CFHC!!

Comment #13 - Posted by: Possum at December 30, 2012 3:33 AM

Sunday musings...

1) Living vs. existing. Your choice.

2) Newbies. They're coming. The Newbies. All of the New Year's resolutionaries will arrive in a couple of days. Be prepared.

Be kind.

3) Emergency. "The first thing you should do in an emergency is take your own pulse."

4) Daisy chain. I am flying from one winter wonderland to another so the first thing I did this morning (before shoveling Grambingo's driveway) was check the status of my flight. There, in little tiny print, was a place to click to check on the actual plane I would be taking, to see how my little aluminum birdie was faring on its way to pick me up in Providence.


I don't really fly all that much, just a bit for my consulting/speaking gig. The thought of checking not only my flight status but also my "equipment status" just never dawned on me, a truly silly thought if you are a true road warrior. In order to take me from Providence to Cleveland this particular plane started last night in Indianapolis, went to Louisville, then Chicago, to Cleveland (go figure), and will alight at PVD ~30 minutes before I depart. All of this happens today.

It's a wonder any of us gets any place on time. Ever.

5) GPS. Lunch was on my grad school roommate yesterday. A couple of 52 year old guys, both washed up jocks in mid-career, fathers and husbands, still the sons of two parents. I'm in RI to help my folks with some medical issues so the first topic we almost-old guys covered was aging parents and their various and sundry ailments. Not a lot of good news for either of us to share, unfortunately. Next up was kids--good news all around.

My friend then offered a question that he answered first: are you where you thought you'd be now, at 52? A question about expectations, dreams or goals fulfilled or still floating just out of reach. We'd both had much early success in our lives, and if we are honest with ourselves (and others) we pretty much assumed that the pattern would persist, that we would just continue on a never-ending upward slope of successes built one upon the other.

Right. About that.

B. had been outmaneuvered by corporate and took a big financial blow in 2011. He's more than a little bitter about it. The new reality is forcing him to examine pretty much every aspect of his life and prioritize them. While he is making the absolute, spot on correct choices as he does this, he is increasingly unhappy (bordering on angry)--he didn't think he'd find himself here, at this time, at 52.

How about me? way am I where I thought I'd be at 52! Here's the rub, though: for everything I DON'T have, every box on the ledger unchecked, there are at least TWO things I DO have, one of which I had no idea would be so important, would make me so happy. Indeed, while what you could call my traditional or standard expectations have not been met by a long shot (I'll be a working stiff until I'm 70, for example), those things that have exceeded my expectations have been such a pleasant surprise that I kinda feel like I'm, you know, winning. As surprising as this has been to me, everyone who's known me as a young man finds this just short of not believable.

So, how about you? Where are you right now? Are the GPS coordinates of life lined up with the destination you thought you programmed? The important thing, obviously, is not so much where you are, or even where you think you should be, but what you see from your location. Expectations are funny things. When they feel more like goals they motivate us to move; when they fell more like burdens they drag like the proverbial anchor. Whether met or unmet expectations are part of the human existence.

How you feel about them when you arrive might determine whether you are living or existing.

I'll see you next week...

Comment #14 - Posted by: bingo at December 30, 2012 7:05 AM

Thank you for the KTFM update on Gary's dad. I am so happy for his weight loss.

Comment #15 - Posted by: anna at December 30, 2012 7:08 AM

Thanks Matt,
I checked the rogue page out and they definetly have every thing I would need. What type of bar did you buy. They range anywhere from $160 to $1000. Thanks again in advance.

Comment #16 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 30, 2012 7:37 AM

@Hollyhog - Gonna be lots of opinions so here's mine.... What are you using it for? I recently researched this extensively for price/function and purchased a Team Barbell from Again Faster for Olympic lifts and a Buddy Capps Texas Barbell for deadlift, bench, and squat. That said, unless you like center knurling (which I do for squat), the Team Barbell is all you'd need.

Or, unless you're doing substantial weight, you could get a junky cheap bar from Craigslist and just abuse the snot out of it until you decide to commit $200+ for a good one. Keep in mind, if you're gonna drop it, it's going to turn into a pretzel even if you use bumpers.

Comment #17 - Posted by: Brian B at December 30, 2012 7:43 AM

@Hollyhog, my $0.02 is that your best bet is spend a little more money now and go with "The Rogue Bar" which I think is now about $270. I've had mine for several years and it is the best bar I've ever used (been lifting for over 30 years). It's the right diameter, the knurling has the right feel and the bar has enough whip for Oly lifts (and it does not have center knurling so you won't tear up your collarbone in the front rack position) -- and Rogue guarantees it for life. You'll thank yourself every time you use this bar, especially once you've gotten used to it and then find yourself using a lesser bar on occasion.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Bill M. m/48/5'3"/135 at December 30, 2012 7:55 AM

Great videos today! Thank you for keeping it real and accessible, as well as beautiful and artistic.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Britton at December 30, 2012 8:29 AM

got to go to Pompano Beach !

Comment #20 - Posted by: Dan at December 30, 2012 8:38 AM

Hollyhog, check out Craig's List and buy an Oly bar and plates for a fraction of the cost of new. Comparing brand names and paying full retail is silly for bars and plates.

Comment #21 - Posted by: Mike at December 30, 2012 8:46 AM

Really appreciate the feed back guys. Probably gonna look at a new rogue bar and see if I can't find some used plates before buying new.

Comment #22 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 30, 2012 10:03 AM

Poor girls, they have done so much crossfit they have forgotten which way is up.

Comment #23 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 30, 2012 10:20 AM

Musings in the filter around 0700...

Comment #24 - Posted by: bingo at December 30, 2012 10:28 AM

@hollyhog, that sounds like a plan. A cheap bar is like a cheap pair of shoes -- doesn't feel right from the start and never gets any better. As for plates, in my experience you can easily find used iron ones, but used bumpers are rare. If you ever see them, don't hesitate because they'll be gone almost immediately. I bought Rogue's Hi-Temp bumpers and got two 45's, two 25's, and two 10's. Then you supplement those with cheaper iron plates for additional weight, but you still have the cushioning of the bumpers so you can drop them if necessary. I don't know for sure, but you might be able to save on shipping if you order everything together. Hope this helps.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Bill M. m/48/5'3"/135 at December 30, 2012 11:12 AM

Gary - keep up the good work! Real inspiration.

Comment #26 - Posted by: Dennis P at December 30, 2012 12:33 PM

#14 bingo I like reading your Sunday musings. Thanks for sharing :)

Comment #27 - Posted by: Elena at December 30, 2012 1:03 PM

Great musings as usual bingo. Iam 33 and found myself having a similar talk with a friend. Maybe the approaching new year forces us towards introspection. As we discussesd goals, meaning and purpose over the course of our lives we realize that ultimately it is meaning that we strive for. And their is no singular meaning but meanings that change as we age. If this meaning is not clear conciously the rest of life is hard to bring into focus. The meaning which drives my purpose is my daughter, which determines my goals and makes them worth achieving. For the new year i would recommend truly finding and knowing the meaning in your life and your goals will seem to fall into place. A man that knows the “why” for his existence, will be able to bear almost any how. (victor frankl) sorry in advance for the existential rant.

Comment #28 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 30, 2012 1:41 PM

Hardcore's 3 blonde angel girlies are awesome. Love their banged up shins and happy faces. Xoxo to my strong sisters!

I belong to Swamp Rabbit and think their gym is without any comparison the best I've ever seen anywhere in the world. Their facility is simply shocking. Huge. Quality. Intensity. It's great to have such a playground and playmates.

But, I have a country house for weekends and holidays, and built a garage gym there. One word on how to get it done: Rogue.

I have a squat cage, 2 bars, bumpers and iron on a weight tree, stall mats, dumbbells and kettlebells, rings, speed rope, treadmill, stationary bike, C2, paralettes, medicine ball, bench, abmat, distance measuring, a stereo to play Tool at eardrum bleeding decibels, an American and the 4 service flags, and a hot tub for after it's all over.

Make your garage gym into your X-fit fantasy playground, and enjoy! Take your time buying, look for gyms who are going out of business, you can make some stuff like the paralettes, lurk on craigslist for the C2, and sometimes you just have to go ahead & pay the man at Rogue.

I'm going to live to over 100, and the garage gym is going to get me there.


Comment #29 - Posted by: Spider Chick at December 30, 2012 2:41 PM

#8/hollyhog, I did (and am still doing) the same thing in my barn. A couple thoughts, all of which must reconcile w/ your budget. If money is no object, will give you a great gym. I especially like their commitment to US manufacturing. But assuming you have financial constraints:
What do you want out of Crossfit? Let that guide what you buy now and what you buy later. I like improvising. My box for box jumps is a tree stump sitting on 4x6s. Bomb-proof, and free.
Rogue equipment is good, service is good, and their support to Crossfit is good. But they are expensive, and their shipping prices are high. I used Rogue for some things and Christians Fitness Factory for others; their stuff is also very good, cheaper, good service, and shipping is normally (for me...I'm in California) cheaper as well. Metal plates are everywhere and cheap (esp. used), but I bit the bullet and got Rogue Hi-Temp bumpers; a little pricey, but American made and safe to drop if you must (esp. if you put stable mats over your floor). Good luck!

Comment #30 - Posted by: Jim R. M/50/5'8"/155 at December 30, 2012 3:19 PM

Watch the bar tutorial on Rouge then make a decision about the bar you want/need. I picked the rouge bruiser bar, use it every day, most useful piece of equipment so far. The bumpers are crucial, a proper medicine ball and at least 1 kettlebell and a good speed rope. There are a ton of do it yourself equipment projects you can do too (plyo boxes, racks, chin up bars, etc)and then be creative about other pieces, tractor tires are easy to find cheap, hard to transport....

Comment #31 - Posted by: sebastian m/44/180/6'2" at December 30, 2012 3:30 PM

26 / M / 5'9" / 140lbs

2 rounds of
Run 600m
pull-ups x20
65lb front squats x20
toes-to-bar x20
65lb power cleans x20


Ah, my grip...

Comment #32 - Posted by: BC at December 30, 2012 3:31 PM

Thanks Sebastian and Jim for the advice. Putting together a home gym or in my case a work gym gas been as fun as doing crossfit. Iam fortunate because I have a full metal shop at my disposal. I have built a pullup bar, med balls, plyo boxes, and even made my own Olympic rings for about $30. So if I have to splurge on good barbells and weights I will still be coming out pretty good .

Comment #33 - Posted by: hollyhog at December 30, 2012 3:45 PM

Built a home gym using rogue bar and starter set of 180# hi temps and have been happy with this ever since. In retrospect would have bought the HG bumpers to save a few bucks. Like others picked thru craigslist to pick up supplemental weights to add. Rogue is awesome but consider treadmill factory for some things. Picked up climbing ropes, jump box, and squat stands and bench for a fraction of the rogue price. Some things are not as critical as others. Pull up bar built out of plumbing pipes. I'm 200# and the ceiling hasn't caved on me yet. Yse lag bolts to stud. Check out crossfit HQ for a ideas to build a home gym on the cheap.

Comment #34 - Posted by: eric at December 30, 2012 5:38 PM

Great video.

To realize that kid is 19 and has never taken any formal photography training is absolutely incredible. The photos in that video are simply breathtaking...

Comment #35 - Posted by: Paul at December 31, 2012 12:44 PM

Thank you for posting "Beyond." What a remarkable achievement for a bunch of guys so young. Hard-working, relentless, uncompromising yet infinitely adaptable, clear-eyed yet wide-eyed ... inspirational in every way. A portrait of artists as young men.

More better faster

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