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Entries in crossfit (24)

CFJ Feature: Constantly Varied

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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.

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.