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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.

Quote of the Week vol. 224

"People in the “industry” often don’t want to hear this, but like it or not, the reality is the advent CrossFit and its derivatives, and the influence it has exerted over the last 15 years, has reshaped the entire fitness industry."

- Jim Fitzsimmons, director of fitness and rec sports at the University of Nevada

The main place I notice this is in the weight room layout. When Brian and I first started CrossFit, and even in 2010 when the Champions Club was born, we were fighting with football coaches constantly about getting rif of the machines in the weight room and just having more open space. And we were not alone. It has been cool to see the CrossFit effect on weight rooms. Every high school I have been in besides two have updated and upgraded their equipment; less machines, more squat racks, barbells, and even lifting platforms.

Innovation happens when you make something you know relevant to someone else. Coach Glassman and CrossFit didn't invent Olympic lifting, or squats, or high intensity training, but they sure made it relevant to the masses. And especially school strength coaches.

You guys are all part of a revolution; it's just hard to see it because we're all right in the middle.

Teardrop Model for CrossFit

Last Wednesday's Quote of the Week was definitely taken out of context and was not a great introduction to Ben Bergeron. He definitely like the competition side of CrossFit - aka, the Sport of Fitness - but he is also a great coach both to his athletes and to business owners around the world.

He released a video yesterday of a small lecture he gave to his 8:30 am class at CrossFit New England that shared his views on what is actually happening in the CrossFit ecosystem at the moment. Check it out.

Quote of the Week vol. 211

"What. Why. What."

- Pat Barber

Pat Barber is one of the CrossFit OGs; he went from being a kid hanging around the original Santa Cruz gym, to the camera guy at all the Level-1 Seminars, to moving his wayup the ranks to the HQ staff and affiliate owner. Over the weekend he was part of this webinar I signed up for giving affiliate owners access to some great minds in the fitness business community. One of the main ideas Pat shared was his progressions for dealing with problems in the gym (movement or business related).

What. The first thing that needs to be diagnosed is simply, what the hell is actually going on? As simple as this sounds, this requires both honesty and knowledge. This "what" could be as simple as knees are caving in to complex as these two people are not getting along.

Why. The next thing to think about is, why is this happening? This requires some time to reflect, and that time might be 2 days, 2 minutes, or 2 seconds. Either way, this is an important step that cannot be jumped.

What. Finally we take action, but this action comes from us. The last step is, what am I going to do about it? Not what is that person going to do about it, or what is my boss going to do about it. Good things happen when we take ownership of every part we can control.

So this is a pretty cool checklist to go through in your head any time you see something that could be considered a problem. If this sounds familiar, check Observe. Understand. Judge.

CrossFit Cures Chronic Disease

"We sit collectively (CrossFit trainers) in unique possession of an elegant solution to the world's most vexing problem. And it may be so elegant that it's optimal" That is Coach Glassman's intro at a Level 1 seminar in California. What is this problem, you ask? That would be chronic disease.

CrossFit may turn out to give people a pass on cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and just about every other chronic disease we know of.

This is a bold statement; I am proudly in the worship-Glassman group, and I was still skeptical when I first heard this somewhere around a year ago. But man, the stuff coming out is pretty convincing. Of course, I would expect the same knee-jerk reaction I had: there's no way that's a legit claim. And I'm not asking you to watch one video I post and be convinced.

But watch this video. [note, it's Coach Glassman. Course language, obviously]

"All of it is preventable. Much of it is reversable."

Sunday Reading: Cholesterol, Calorie, and Muscle Roles

This article was posted on the CrossFit main site on their rest day and has some interesting insight into the role of cholesterol and heart disease, as well as the ongoing debate about calories (which, to my understanding, is not really a debate any more).

Shifting the focus away from quantitative and toward qualitative food distinctions (i.e. that the diseases of metabolic syndrome are due to food-induced changes in physiology; for example, neurohormonal and mitochondrial metabolic pathways) is required to see chronic disease abatement. This cannot be accomplished through arithmetic caloric restriction (i.e. calorie counting). Calorie balance sheets — targeting ‘calories in’ and/or ‘calories out’ — reinforce the message of overeating and inactivity as the underlying causes, rather than the resultant effects, of this aberrant physiology

Instead, "insulin resistance" is stated to be the primary factor in many of the disease you are afraid to get - which is something the CrossFit community has been preaching for years. Pay attention to the quality of your food, and try to balance out the foods that cause your body to release insulin (carbohydrate) and those that don't (protein, fat).

Waffles: great for the Christmas Workout Spectacular, maybe not so great on a regular basis in terms of insulin resistance


Another good read this week came from the Pose Method site called Theory and Practice: Athlete's Muscles. I am learning that the role of muscles has long been misunderstood and over-emphasized by the athletic and physical therapy communities. Muscles play a supporting role in movement, and they can help prepare for a movement, but the emphasis should always be placed on the movement pattern, itself. Not the muscle groups being activated.

Dr. Romanov also brings up a very interesting point that I have been wondering about, myself, for some time now.

Within the context of athletics and training there are things we need and don’t need to know in a sense of practically useful information. It is human nature to want to know. However, just because we’re curious about various layers of muscles, it doesn’t mean we need to know, or that that type of knowing will be practically helpful for performing a specific task. As a matter of fact, certain types of information prevent people from seeing the big picture. It’s ok to amass information, but it is also important to not lose sight of the correct hierarchy of things.

I think the internet is a great thing, obviously because we get to share an unbelievable amount of information. And just about all of the good things I have taught came from the internet in one way or another. The fact that we can progress as quickly as we are is a testament to that.

As Dr. Romanov said, though, knowing is not understanding. There are few things more destructive than someone who thinks they are smart because they read an article or watched a video. Maybe I'm one of them?