People tell me about their fitness programs on a regular basis and ask me to compare them to Crossfit. I’m willing to answer but usually just thank for not being a couch potato. (P90x, some Boot Camp, bodybuilding, shake weight etc.) First of all I’m just glad they’re not part of the obesity epidemic in America. Anything is better than nothing. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s all it’s better than. If it’s a fitness program I’ll ask them a simple question: How does your program define fitness and how will I know when I’m fit? Is fitness strength? Abs? VO2 max? Consecutive episodes of Oprah while I’m on the elliptcal maybe? Another simple question – can your women do pullups? Can your guys lift double their bodyweight?
The biggest thing Crossfit does that’s different is draw a line in the sand and define fitness. We say fitness is increased work capacity across broad time domains and modalities. We measure it 3 ways: Your ability to perform the random tasks of life, your power output across short, medium, and long time domains, and your competency in the 10 aspects of fitness (Cardio, flexibility, stamina, strength, speed, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.) If my fitness program gets me stronger, faster, and helps me snowboard, move a piano, play flag football on Thanksgiving, or dominate my peers in anything I choose then I would consider it good. If it consists of dancing around in my living room or has me practice flexing while spraytanned then not so much.
The last thing is simple: Fitness takes hard work. I wish it could be done with a magic pill, a thigh-master, 4 minutes/day, etc but like most things in life that which is worthwhile requires discipline & commitment.
1/June/2011 Wednesday WOD
21 DB Thrusters
15 DB Thrusters
9 DB Thrusters
Bob Haywood, Vietnam veteran and avid Crossfitter, reading the Medal of Honor citation just prior to “Murph” kicking off.
Thank you again to all of our veterans, military, and their families. It’s always special to me when we do “Murph.” If you haven’t read “Lone Survivor” you should run to the bookstore now and get it. After nearly 2 decades of schooling I could dissect a frog, understand an atom, understand a bunch of math I’ve never used, but I never was told a single story of American valor.
1/June/2011 Monday WOD
2 Hang Power Cleans & 2 Overhead squats per minute for 15 minutes
Strength: 3×15 dips. Weighted if possible
9am – Olympic Weightlifting with Erin Doyle
10am – “Murph”
Murph’s a big workout and you’re definitely welcome to divide it up with a friend.
Holly doing one of the 45 strict pullups she did on Wednesday. That’s strong work!
Today is the day we’ll be announcing the Beach Body challenge awards. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page, as soon as Carol gets done compiling them we’ll post them immediately.
Tonight’s our fundraiser. Bring all the cool stuff you don’t wear anymore and $20 and take home all you can carry. I’ve been looking long and hard for a “Members Only” jacket so if you’ve got one of those in extra medium I’ll wear it proudly.
Tomorrow is “Murph” regardless of weather. This is one of my favorite things we do in Crossfit and you won’t want to miss this chance to honor an American hero. It’s also the first day for our new Saturday morning Olympic weightlifting coach, all are welcome. Here’s a short video about the Medal of Honor and Murph:
27/May/2011 Friday WOD: “Annie”
50, 40, 30, 20, 10
Optional: For time – Row 4x250m w/20 KB Swings after each row.
GamesLab: Rest day. If you’re headed out of town and want to stop by and borrow a kettlebell text me.