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Hip Hop Quotables: I Miss the Old CrossFit

I miss the old CrossFit

Meet-up-at-Rogue CrossFit

The never-slow CrossFit

Not all these holds CrossFit

I hate the new CrossFit

The strict moves CrossFit

The healthy-food CrossFit

The in-the-news CrossFit

I miss the sweet CrossFit

WOD-in-the-heat CrossFit

I gotta say,

I'm kinda tired of diabetes-CrossFit

See I invented CrossFit

There wasn't any CrossFits

And now I look and look around and there's so many CrossFits

I used to love CrossFit

I used to love CrossFit

I even had the Pukie shirt,

I thought I was CrossFit

What if CrossFit

made a WOD about CrossFit

Named in Miss the Old CrossFit


But it's all love, CrossFit

I still love CrossFit

And I love you and anyone who does CrossFit

Doctors Treating Bad Lifestyles?

Hi everyone! I would like to share some things on the site with you guys. Most of this stuff will be what I learn from school, work, and even some softball and swimming stuff, too.   


     Last semester at Wayne State, I took a Sports Psychology class and there was a week where I was required to read a bunch of articles and write summaries about them. One of them made me think on a doctor’s perspective. This article was called “Physical activity may be good for you but we are not the key players.” Here are some main points on this article:

  • “Physical inactivity is a social problem”- Which we should already know. As a society, we are very immobile, inactive, and sedentary.
  • There’s not a medical prescription for inactivity and obesity. It is a “huge healthcare burden but, it does not have a medical solution.” One may get surgery, but unless they change their lifestyle to keep that weight off, they are most likely to gain that weight all back again.
  • “Efforts to increase physical activity through primary care have had limited success.”
  • “GPs believe that obesity is the responsibility of the patient and do not consider obesity management to be within their professional domain. Patients think otherwise. They tend to blame an internal control problem and would like a professional-based solution, but doctors favour a patient-led approach.” - The best treatment a doctor can tell you is to fix your lifestyle. Your doc may tell you to take more breaks during work, walk around more, take the stairs instead of elevator or escalator, watch what you eat, and so on. Your doctor can only do so much!

As I finished reading this article, I ended up talking to Chris about it when I went into the gym, well, it was more like me just talking and Chris nodding his head… But what was cool was that after I shared this with that brick wall, the CrossFit Journal posted, “CrossFit is amassing an army of doctors trying to disrupt health care”. My first article I read was saying it is not their responsibility, but the Journal one is saying physicians are “taking patients to the gym with them, or opening CrossFit boxes right in their hospitals.” This article addresses many things but talks about how CrossFit can be an extension to the health care system. About 20,000 US doctors do CrossFit and many felt “disappointed by their inability to prevent chronic disease and help patients change their behavior.” So, what do they do? Most become the doctor they have envisioned when they were little and help their client become healthy again.

Let me know what you guys think about these articles!


CFJ Feature: Constantly Varied


This! This! This!

Ever feel like you're always doing something you're not good at? Or ever feel like you never have enough time to get good at something you really want to? James Hobart explains it perfectly above.

CFJ Feature: You're the vanguard

One of the things I've been a big fan of is the somewhat recent change-of-direction from CrossFit HQ to veer away from a CrossFit Games bias and lean towards the overall general health bias. Every day I look up on the main site and see a story about someone reversing their diabetes, heart disease, or cancer from the combination of CrossFit and good nutrition (primarily the good nutrition).

Another thing that's been under way is te all-doctor Level-1 Seminars. I'm trying to nudge Sabal to going - seeing as they're free - but most of them have been on the west coast so far. The hope is that by reaching one doctor at a time, a slow change can be made in the public health field. Here's a clip from Coach Glassman at a recent seminar.

You Make the Call: What's the Priority

One of the things I have been contemplating since the Fieldhouse days - and even in my high school/college CrossFit time - is how to balance sports training and strength and conditioning. It can vary depending on the season for sure, and it also depends on how serious the athlete in question is for their sport. For example, a general high school athlete - 3 sports, no real college aspirations but is pretty good and enjoys playing - would probably want to make CrossFit the priority, then drill stuff on the side. Same goes for a fat kid trying to make weight for football or wraastling. And I used to think for the serious athlete, it would swing the other way. But some observations I've seen over the last year make me second guess. So you make the call.

*for both scenarios, make the assumptions that 1) the Champions Club is the best place to train young athletes for their sport, 2) their sports trainer would also be the best in their business, 3) their general fitness is not as good as their sport-specific skills.

Scenario 1

Jessica is a 6th grade soccer player who has been in the travelling circuit for three years. She has posters of whoever is today's Mia Hamm on her wall, and has no problem putting in hard work to play at the highest level she possibly can. She's at that weird age where yes, she's still a middle schooler, but the clock will start ticking within the next few years where the serious players get separated from the casual ones. Jessica got introduced to the Champions Club and is ready to sign up. Only problem is she wants to do the rookie session at 5:30, and that's when she does her soccer lessons with her soccer trainer.

Assuming Jessica can only do one thing per day, how many days out of the 5-day-week should she do CrossFit and how many should she do soccer training? What kind of factors would go into your decision?

Scenario 2

Billy is a sophomore offensive lineman and, like Jessica, he wants to take football as far as possible. He's gone to some camps, talked to some coaches, and recently picked up his first D2 offer to play at Wayne State, although some coaches have told him he might have a chance to play at the D1 level. 

Billy also found out about the Champions Club and is signing up, but he has the same issue as Jessica. So how many days should he do CrossFit and how many should he do football-specific drills?

Dumb CrossFit Propaganda from Glassman

In this episode of Dumb CrossFit Propaganda from Coach Glassman, he has the audacity to say that CrossFit is more than just the Games or sub 3-minute Frans, but the bigger picture is showing that it's saving lives, keeping people out of the hospital and doctor's office, exposing corruption, and helping develop a permanent healthy lifestyle by employing a few very simple rules:

1. Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, then perform constantly varied functional movement at a high intensity.

2. Focus on doing this for one person at a time as best as humanly possible.

3. Keep the parties with conflicted interests out of the health space

And he swears too. What a jerk!

Calories In/Calories Out: Not the Full Picture

Mike Giardina of CrossFit HQ gave a great lecture to other CrossFit Level-1 Seminar trainers about some of the details behind the calories in/calories out claim.

Last night he released an article in the CrossFit Journal that goes into more detail about the topic. Check it out.

Beyond Calories

Change your food environment. Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. If you do, the simple energy balance can help you maximize results. If you are already eating natural foods that work well for you, keep your intake to levels that support exercise and not body fat.

Essentially, eat quality foods and only eat enough to support your activity.

The solution is simple.