April 9, 2013

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Samantha Briggs wins this year's Open with the lowest overall score in CrossFit Games history.

"Remembering Glen" CrossFit Journal video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

"Bang With Friends Facebook App Won't Be Just About Sex, CEO Says" by Anna Klassen, The Daily Beast.

Posted by Pukie at April 9, 2013 5:00 PM

What does "Bang with Friends" have to do with Crossfit?

Comment #1 - Posted by: Zach at April 8, 2013 5:10 PM

Zach, perhaps you're new. Interesting articles are often posted along with the workout of the day. Welcome to the community!

Comment #2 - Posted by: Anon at April 8, 2013 5:27 PM

I get that Crossfit.com is going to post articles in line with Coach Glassman's libertarian views, but I don't get the connection with "Bang with Friends".

Comment #3 - Posted by: Dave at April 8, 2013 5:35 PM

Seems like if it's posted on the frontpage it's an endorsement.

Comment #4 - Posted by: anon at April 8, 2013 5:37 PM

Also not a fan of this article, has nothing to do with fitness, diet, or health. Simply posting this article makes it seem as though Crossfit is promoting this app, which I sincerely hope is not the case.

Comment #5 - Posted by: Nick at April 8, 2013 5:40 PM

There's a LOT of stuff posted on rest days that sort of meant to be a workout for your brain. Something to form an opinion about. Something of interest. Something to get your blood going.

I've never seen any of it as an endorsement of anything except to use my brain & a bit of skepticism to examine what I think is true about the world.

Sometimes, the only connection that needs to be made, is now old guys like me are "in the loop" for the sometimes random post-workout chat.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Max at April 8, 2013 5:55 PM


Comment #7 - Posted by: Raúl Álvarez Chávez at April 8, 2013 6:05 PM

The article is very supportive of this app, and therefore makes it appear that Crossfit is endorsing it. It has nothing to do with fitness, diet, or health in general and I hope this is not sort of product the community will be supporting.

Comment #8 - Posted by: Nick at April 8, 2013 6:09 PM

Wish that App was available when I was single!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Jim at April 8, 2013 6:14 PM

The nice thing about links are that you don't have to click them and in fact you can ignore them all together!

Well done Sam Briggs! This years Games are going to be the best yet from a fans point of view-the level of competition is unprecedented!

Comment #10 - Posted by: Mark Lee at April 8, 2013 6:41 PM

I can see a bit of sarcasm in the posting of the "bang w/ friends" article. However, I don't see any reason for CF to allow crap like this to make it's way onto the mainsite.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Brian at April 8, 2013 6:52 PM

Maybe Bang With Friends will help some crossfitters meet up. Some people are too shy to do it at the box.

Comment #12 - Posted by: scott spencer at April 8, 2013 6:56 PM

CrossFit 2013 Update: This is my sixth year being a part of the CrossFit community and my fifth year competing in the CrossFit games season. Moving from pre-Bok to Reebok has not been without growing pains, but words can't describe how proud I am to be part of a movement that is making people fitter, happier, and healthier on a global scale.
As a gym owner, I don’t hesitate to tell people that CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program. I'm quick to point out that these programs have been around (and successful) for a long time, well before the CrossFit organizational structure became an industry onto itself. But as an athlete, I know that what makes CrossFit special isn’t its workouts or intense programming because those are things you can find on your own in any number of settings. What’s harder to come by is a sense of community that drives actual performance gains, and that’s what we’re fostering here.
Being a “crossfitter” means that no matter what gym you go to, if someone in class knows your name (and they will) you can be damn sure they will be screaming it at some point during your workout, whether you’re breathing fire or the last one to finish. Crossfitters perform and excel within a microcommunity; the sweaty people around you who want nothing more than for you to finish your workout as best you can, to pull off one more (good) rep, to get back on that bar even when your hands and knees have other ideas. But as the sport has grown, Crossfitters now belong to something much bigger than just the members in their home gym. You don’t have to be a games competitor to get “that feeling” when you meet someone random on the street representing their box on a shirt, there’s something special about being able to go anywhere in the world and find someone who wants the same thing you do – even if it’s a value as basic as “to be better than yesterday.”
I am aware that the "Open" system isn't perfect, things can be done better and people need to be held more accountable, but you can’t force-feed integrity. As much as we’d like to think otherwise, we are human. Mistakes happen and as our numbers grow, so does the room for error and ego. Does it suck that some people lose their chance to experience the next level of competition because someone else was unwilling to read and follow standards? Of course it does. But as an owner of a facility, at no point would I want any of my athletes to use this as an excuse for not making the cut. My job is to lead by example and my athletes know that HQ isn’t the reason that another affiliate posted questionable scores. My athletes know that at our box their scores are the true metric of their fitness at this moment in time, and frankly it is these measurable results and improvements that keep our businesses viable. In the long run, inflating scores and collecting DNFs at regionals doesn’t attract or retain members. We’re in it for the long run, and in the long run, stroking egos won’t pay the rent, but cultivating a community of hard-won PRs just might.
I have faith that, year over year, HQ will continue to take steps to better and correct the Open experience. Maybe it's blind faith, but this is the sport of fitness after all, and I’m a sports fan. So just like a football fanatic whose team is having a rough go of it, a fan still believes his team can win, no matter the opponent or ruling on the field. If you don’t like the direction your team is going in relation to players, coaching staff or corporate decisions, you’re welcome to change your jersey. Find a new team to support and rah rah the hell out of them.
For those who were up in arms about paying four dollars a week to do the Open, why is it that you feel HQ should donate their time? CrossFit is a growing business; it is not two guys in a basement tallying a few paper score sheets when they get home from their day jobs. I have found that CFHQ does a lot for their affiliates and if you feel like they don't, no one is keeping you here. Personally I am proud to be a part of a bigger business model where (to date) the ultimate goal hasn't been to screw you over, but believe me, should that environment change, my attitude and allegiance will follow suit.
We will not complain and use excuses. To my CrossFit 516 athletes and community members worldwide, always know that your position is determined by your performance, not by anyone else’s. If someone cheats, beat them. If someone isn’t squatting deep enough, squat deeper. If someone isn't doing all the reps, know that you finished your workout doing every rep required. Because at the end of the day, your level of fitness isn’t determined by someone else's score. If you’re the best, you will be the best, and at some point in competition or in life, you will pass that person with a huge smile knowing that your integrity paid off, and you’re better because of it. Some things are inevitable and cheating is one of them. So let’s coin a new term, "Get over it and crush the next one!” Let’s be as resilient as we are capable. Good luck to regionals athletes near and far.

Comment #13 - Posted by: Logan Schecter at April 8, 2013 7:09 PM

I always thought facebook was dumb, now it's official.

Can't wait for the games!

Comment #14 - Posted by: steve at April 8, 2013 8:09 PM

Glen, RIP. Now I have another hero wod that I must try.

Thanks for your service.

Comment #15 - Posted by: G at April 8, 2013 10:04 PM

A great and moving video about a true American hero who died in service to all of us and the comments are all about the 700,000 guys who are never going to actually get laid.

Glen, fair winds and following seas brother.

Comment #16 - Posted by: D-rawk at April 8, 2013 11:04 PM

Congrats Sam... she tightened yup her program and she looks tough for this year.

As for the ad[?] if it that we pay for this so why hype it here, Im not bummed but Id rather see something more toward why Im here.

Also RIP Glen, thank you for your service

Comment #17 - Posted by: D at April 8, 2013 11:06 PM

Disappointing article. Neither a fitness-related nor thought-provoking topic. I had come to expect better of you, HQ.

Comment #18 - Posted by: Jason Duby at April 9, 2013 12:01 AM

#6 I might buy that BS if they didn't delete any articulated opinions that oppose their point of view. Ill be surprised if this even makes it up for more than 12hours. Crossfit as strength and conditioning is great stuff, but in no way are they looking for any opinions or thought process besides their own. As for this article, why wouldn't it be endorsed?? You think at one of the busiest times of the year when more people are on the main page due to the games they wouldn't sell a space? They are out to make money plain and simple, they are a corporation at heart, it isn't like it was 8 years ago and it never will be again.

Comment #19 - Posted by: Aswmg at April 9, 2013 12:48 AM

699,938 horny guys. 42 fairly unattractive girls. Sounds like a great app.

Comment #20 - Posted by: go kart mozart at April 9, 2013 1:54 AM

maybe its of note that we as a community busted our ass for 6 years and grew the games from a Back yard bbq to an all inclusive online fitness competition with 138,000 people competing.

on the other hand bang with friends went from 20,000 to 700,000 online users in a matter of weeks with slightly less people "participating". Crossfit might be getting "huge" to those who have been around the block but it is still a very unique person with the discipline to work this hard day in and day out. its so much easier to "bang with friends".

Comment #21 - Posted by: chad m at April 9, 2013 2:46 AM

wow, Logan, re:#13,how 'bout a summary?
& I know I don't have to read or click on the stuff posted on rest days, but I STILL wish Crossfit would just post WOD/health/fitness/nutrition articles. there's all ready enough out there to "stimulate" my thinking, even if I don't want to be "stimulated"

Comment #22 - Posted by: MDMelissa at April 9, 2013 5:05 AM

So dissappointed with the decision to link this article. No application to what I'd previously thought we stand for as crossfitters. We emphasize community. Is this the kind of community we want to build and/or promote? I truly hope not.

Comment #23 - Posted by: Jed Roebuck at April 9, 2013 5:11 AM

Obviously, it was a great post by HQ, as every comment seems to be about the Bang With Friends article. If the intention is to "be stimulated" and "form an opinion", then it clearly met its goal (positive or negative feedback). I will say though, you obviously had an interest in learning more about it (even if you say you don't) as you DID click on the link to read about it.

That being said, if you don't like it, don't read it. Noone forces you to. It's your right to dislike the idea of friends banging on "Banging with Friends".

I am more interesting in the Remembering Glen CrossFit Journal Entry. RIP Soldier, you made the sacrifice for us all. Godspeed over Jordan.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Nick at April 9, 2013 5:40 AM

Good morning. Logan Schechter @13, good on ya. FWIW MDMelissa, we used to call those "FR@T" posts, as in "F Reading All That", and they used to be rather common round here, especially on Rest Day. I rather enjoyed Logan's post.

But then, I'm a serial FR@T abuser, aren't I? ;-)

The Founder re-entered the home office, so to speak, in January. The Rest Day articles, indeed the whole feel of the Main Page, have taken on a more retro feel. More like circa 2008 or so. Rest Day articles are posted solely because they amuse the poster and because he thinks they might interest us. Thus far there is exactly zero advertising or promoting of anything other than CrossFit, the CrossFit Journal, and the CrossFit Games here on .com. Posting an article does not even imply endorsement.

All the old Rest Day rules are now once again in force. Wanna comment? Read the article. Not interested (I have no interest in an app so named)? Don't even click on the link. Just don't expect that anything that is posted here by any of us will have any influence on what is posted on Rest Days.

Back to the future...

Comment #25 - Posted by: bingo at April 9, 2013 7:59 AM

just sent our affiliate application! so excited!

Comment #26 - Posted by: kelley at April 9, 2013 8:34 AM

Glen, I remember you and Benghazi. Thank you, thank you...

Comment #27 - Posted by: Spider Chick at April 9, 2013 9:18 AM

I for one appreciate the article. Having kids of my own it helps me to be more aware of the good and the garbage that lurks out there trying to degrade our young and society as a whole. With technology available to even elementary school kids, there are corupt things that parents need to be aware of when they by their kids these devices and to teach them of the dangers that are there.

Don't get me wrong, technology is great, but it also comes with a negative side. Thanks Crossfit.

Comment #28 - Posted by: Mike/UT at April 9, 2013 10:16 AM

Finished the open in 8,000 place. First year crossfitting so first open as well. Really enjoyed it and already looking forward to next year. Congrats kelleyon your affiliate app. Keep us posted

Comment #29 - Posted by: hollyhog at April 9, 2013 11:06 AM

Yes, Bingo, you ARE a serial abuser, but you are somehow able to inject a wry/dry humor to your "tomes", & have figured out how to make paragraphs and indentations, which help readability. :-D
I tried to read (& finish) Logans post, but I must need stronger glasses or something. Logan, nothing personal.
p.s. Bingo I miss your rest day "musings"
p.p.s what's FWIW?

Comment #30 - Posted by: MDMelissa at April 9, 2013 12:39 PM

RIP Glen. Thank you for your service.

Comment #31 - Posted by: Mike Andridge at April 9, 2013 2:01 PM

This app ain't taking away from Glen's article - Glen was awesome; one of the most humble men I've ever met, a hilarious mothereffer, and now a true hero. Miss you dude.

Comment #32 - Posted by: Blair Brownyard at April 9, 2013 2:55 PM

Didn't clink on the link, but did spend some time thinking of Glen and how lucky we are to have real heroes. Fair winds and following seas.

Comment #33 - Posted by: Trish at April 9, 2013 3:52 PM

Thank you Glen, for your service as a SEAL, and in Benghazi. I'm ashamed of the way our country left you and your team mates there to die, and no one cared.

Spider Chick-I don't always make it all the way through the comments, but I haven't seen your name in years it seems. Where have you been?

Comment #34 - Posted by: Denver Sheepdog at April 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Finally got to watch the video about Glen. How lucky we are to have Americans willing to risk themselves for a greater good and a higher calling. I wish more folks had watched, learned about him, and commented on that rather than venting outrage about some throw-away article about hooking up. Time spent admiring positive qualities (and hopefully internalizing those qualities) is a better use of time than generating stomach bile on something not worth the effort

Comment #35 - Posted by: Jim R./50/5'8"/160 at April 9, 2013 5:05 PM


FWIW = For What It's Worth.

Thanks for your kind words. I still "muse" every Sunday. With the return of somewhat incendiary Rest Day links I may have more to say every 4th day!


Comment #36 - Posted by: bingo at April 10, 2013 6:54 AM


21 OHS 75#
21 PU
Run 235M
15 OHS
15 PU
Run 470M
9 PU
Run 705M


Comment #37 - Posted by: bingo at April 10, 2013 6:58 AM
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