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Full Details of Lift, Move, Work Event Announced

All three components of the CrossFit Lift Move Work virtual competition have now been announced. Athletes will have 4 minutes to establish a 1-rep-max lift. The next 4-minute segment will test max reps of a gymnastics movement. The final segment will be an 8-minute CrossFit AMRAP. The virtual competition will run from Oct. 21-25. Some movements vary by track or division. View complete details to see yours.

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Quinn McCutchen
October 8th, 2021 at 2:56 pm
Commented on: CrossFit Health Panel: Wearables

Good stuff, thank you for this and the other medical and physiology-based presentations. Knowledge is power to make beneficial adjustments in training and lifestyle.

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Chris Sinagoga
October 8th, 2021 at 3:57 am
Commented on: CrossFit Health Panel: Wearables

Right off the rip I'll admit that I have a bias against wearables because they distract me; they're not allowed in our gym (along with phones) and I even made an unprofessional innuendo/acronym for them. I definitely side with Mr. Weasley from Chamber of Secrets, "Ginny... What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain!" That being said, I'm glad I watched this because it made me really think about the topic again, which I haven't done since 2019.


I think the best part of this segment was the first question of the Q&A where the panelists were giving input on what to teach/practice if we didn't have a wearable device. Eating the real food before dessert and breathing through your nose, in particular, are things I'll be more aware of. Also putting your fingers to your neck and taking your heart rate in the morning. That empowers me! I also understand that that advice was given based on what they observed through tons of readings from the devices, so I can see how they find them useful.


Lately I've been obsessed with athletes building independence (inspired by our sudden influx of travel soccer girls) and it seems these devices encourage the opposite. In the end, shouldn't the goal of a wearable device be for a person to not need a wearable device? A scenario I could see these things being a great use would be for a doctor/coach to be like, "Okay dude, you're telling me you're eating all this good stuff and getting your sleep outside the gym, but I'm not seeing the results back that up. Slap this bad boy on your wrist and we'll know for sure." Or maybe for someone who is so out of tune with what their body is telling them that they need a start. I think a good analogy would be sometimes in the gym I'll play a metronome of 180 bmp for about 30 seconds for the athletes to mimic so they can get a feel for what a minimum running cadence needs to be; it's temporary and comes out maybe once a year at the most. What we really need to develop is perception because it will always be ahead of anything we try to measure or coach, and in my experience the quickest way to develop perception is to subtract unnecessary things, not add things.


My gut feeling tells me that in like 50 years we will be looking back on this era and laughing at our attempts to measure all this little stuff about the human body that will probably be always beyond our understanding. "Dude, grandpa, you look so weird with that thing around your wrist!" Every human that has ever walked the earth could eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar, and do constantly varied functional movement at high intensity. CrossFit didn't invent anything, it just highlighted the two biggest factors in our species survival. Keep those two things on top of the health hierarchy and it should take care of most stuff.

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Mike Andridge
October 8th, 2021 at 4:23 pm

Well stated Chris---My personal "Technology" is my Timex ironman wathc:) and my log book.

I teach my students how find their pulse/THR using the fingers on the neck technique and math also.

But if their technology gets them moving and tracking, I'm all for it.

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Marc DeVito
October 8th, 2021 at 6:13 pm

Chris, I agree with you. However, you did note "in like 50 years, we will be looking back on this era" etc...


Given I agree, it will take many years for this to become the norm, i.e. for more and more to return to our more natural state of healthy activity and lifestyle habits (dare I say, perhaps more than 50 years!), having some reproducible measures of our functional (more like dysfunctional) capacities and habits, can perhaps be helpful to "push" the needle on progress towards a healthier community and species. :)

Be well.

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Chris Sinagoga
October 8th, 2021 at 7:23 pm

Good point Marc. I'm with that.

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